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Westlake's Rosa LaMattina is

OAC Tourney MVP - #25 Mount 

Union Wins OAC Tournament Title 

with 80-71 Win at Capital; 

Raiders Advance to NCAA 


Feb. 27, 2010

By Lenny Reich

BEXLEY — Mount Union women’s basketball team win its second-ever Ohio Athletic Conference tournament title with a 80-71 win against Capital at the Capital Center this afternoon.

The Purple Raiders (24-4) used a 21-5 start to the game and never trailed in snapping the OAC’s longest homecourt winning streak at 26 games.

Mount Union led 42-34 at the half and withstood several Capital runs throughout both halves. The Crusaders  (20-8) never got closer than five points (45-40) after falling behind 13-0 at the outset.

Photo for Student/Athlete-Cleveland By Mike Munden

Freshman point guard Rosa LaMattina, who earned tournament MVP honors, finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Senior Tessa Pohovey, who also earned all-tournament honors, and junior Lauren Forquer each scored 11 points.

Capital’s Kristen Richardson led all scorers with 27 points in her final home game while the Crusaders’ other All-American candidate struggled from the field. Senior post Caitlin Richardson hit just 3-of-12 field goals and scored nine points.

Raiders Celebrate (#11 is Twinsburg's Kelly Evans)

The Purple Raiders had 11 players score and wore down the not-so-deep Crusaders.
Westlake High alumna Rosa LaMattina
(Photo for Student/Athlete-Cleveland by Mike Munden)

Mount Union’s only other OAC championship came in 1998.

Battling Bishops Too Much for Yeomen
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2/27/2010 6:59:27 PM

By Mike Mancini

Delaware, Ohio – The Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University proved to be too much for the Oberlin College men’s tennis squad to handle this afternoon, defeating the Yeomen 8-1.

Although today’s match was against a North Coast Athletic Conference foe the loss does not register in the Yeomen’s conference win/loss column as the two teams fall on opposite sides of the East/West NCAC divide. OC drops to 2-4 on the year and remains 0-1 in conference action.

Senior Ben Godlove continues to shine at No. 1 singles. He is a perfect 6-0 thus far and today defeated Kevin Kahn 6-3, 6-4.

Sam Towne moving up in the line to the No. 3 spot found himself in a hard fought match against OWU’s Will Thieman. Thieman would prevail but not before Towne provided some excitement in the second set losing in a 7-4 tiebreak.

“Today’s match was a tough one, we dropped all three doubles matches and couldn’t overcome the deficit. Ben continues to play well and I thought Sam battled well at No. 3,” commented head coach Adam Shoemaker.

Oberlin travels to Mount Union College Wednesday, March 3rd for a non-conference match up, the two teams are slated to take to the court at 6 p.m.

Horizon League announces 

pairings, times for 2010 

Speedway Men’s Basketball 


Regular-season champion Butler 

to host second round, semifinals


Feb. 27

By Will Roleson

INDIANAPOLIS – Regular-season champion Butler is the number-one seed in the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship, which will begin Tuesday (March 2).


By earning the top seed, #15/10 Butler (26-4, 18-0 Horizon League) receives a double-bye in the tournament and will host the second round and semifinals Friday and Saturday (March 5-6) at historicHinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  The Bulldogs completed only the fourth undefeated conference season in League history -- and first since 1995-96 -- with a 74-69 victory at Valparaiso on Saturday.  Butler, which is on an 18-game winning streak, has won or shared the last four regular-season titles and is looking for its first tournament championship since 2008.


Wright State (19-11, 12-6) is the number-two seed and also has earned a bye to the semifinals.  The Raiders, who have won eight of their last 11, last won the League championship in 2007.


The championship will tip-off Tuesday with four first-round games hosted by the higher seeds.  At 7 p.m. ET, defending champion and fifth-seed Cleveland State (15-16, 10-8) will play host to eighth-seed Loyola (14-15, 5-13).  Then, at 8 p.m. ET, third-seed Green Bay (20-11 11-7) will host 10th-seed Youngstown State (8-21, 2-16), fourth-seed Milwaukee (18-13, 10-8) will face ninth-seed UIC (8-21, 3-15) and sixth-seed Valparaiso (15-16, 10-8) will host seventh-seed Detroit (18-13, 9-9).


Friday’s second-round doubleheader will start with the Green Bay-Youngstown State winner meeting the Valparaiso-Detroit winner at 6 p.m. ET.  The Milwaukee-UIC winner will face the Cleveland State-Loyola winner at 8 p.m.  All first-round and second-round games will be available live on the Horizon League Network at HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv.


Butler and Wright State will make their tournament debuts in the semifinals next Saturday.  The Raiders will face the winner of Friday’s first game at 5:15 p.m. ET, and Butler will host the winner of the other second-round game at 8 p.m.  The first semifinal will be shown live on ESPN360.com and tape-delayed at 10 p.m. ET on ESPNU, following a live broadcast of the second semifinal on the network.

2010 HL Men's Basketball Championship


The higher remaining seed earns the right to host the championship game, which will be broadcast live by ESPN on March 9 at 9 p.m. ET.  The winner receives the Horizon League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


The top seed has won only 15 of the previous 30 League championships.  Last year third-seed Cleveland State completed a four-game run to the title with a 57-54 upset of top-seed Butler in the championship game.


2010 Speedway Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship:


Tuesday, March 2 / First Round / at campus sites

Game 1 - #10 Youngstown State at #3 Green Bay, 8 p.m. ET (HLN - live)

Game 2 - #7 Detroit at #6 Valparaiso, 8 p.m. ET (HLN - live)

Game 3 - #9 UIC at #4 Milwaukee, 8 p.m. ET (HLN - live)

Game 4 - #8 Loyola at #5 Cleveland State, 7 p.m. ET (HLN - live)


Friday, March 5 / Second Round / Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Game 5 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m. ET (HLN)

Game 6 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m. ET (HLN)


Saturday, March 6 / Semifinals / Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Game 7 - Game 5 winner vs. #2 Wright State, 5:15 p.m. ET (ESPN360.com - live / ESPNU - tape-delay at 10 p.m. ET)

Game 8 - Game 6 winner at #1 Butler, 8 p.m. ET (ESPNU - live)


Tuesday, March 9 / Championship / at higher remaining seed

Game 9 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 9 p.m. (ESPN - live)


Tickets for first-round games may be purchased through the athletic ticket offices of the host institutions. 


Tickets to the second round and semifinals are available at the Butler Box Office in Hinkle Fieldhouse (510 W. 49th St., Indianapolis) or via TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.


For more information regarding the championship, log onto HorizonLeague.org

Final Four

ONU sweeps 2010 OAC Track & 

Field Championships; Avon High 

alum Dan Smith wins 1,000

meters and earns three total 

all-OAC honors to lead

Polar Bears

By Dan May

2/27/2010 7:23:38 PM

MARIETTA, Ohio — The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) crowned 29 more champions on the final day of the 2010 Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by Marietta College inside the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. In addition, the top three relay teams and individuals in each event earned All-OAC honors for the 2010 season. [Men's Results<http://pioneers.marietta.edu/custompages/track/OAC/mens_results.htm>] [Women's Results<http://pioneers.marietta.edu/custompages/track/OAC/womens_results.htm>] [Championship Site<http://pioneers.marietta.edu/index.aspx?path=oactrackchampionship>]

For the second straight year, Ohio Northern University swept the competition.The Polar Bear men collected 155 points to win their fifth overall title and the Polar Bear women compiled 122 points for their second title in school history.

Marietta's women finished runner-up to Ohio Northern with 104 points, Baldwin-Wallace took third with 99 points, Mount Union placed fourth with 81 points and Otterbein was fifth with 75 points. Heidelberg (74), Capital (64), Wilmington (54), John Carroll (24) andMuskingum (5) rounded out the women's team standings.

Heidelberg's Judy Bataille received Fred Raizk Most Outstanding Sprint Athlete honors in 2010. Bataille claimed the OAC title in the 200m Dash with both a facility and championship record time of 25.00 seconds. She also took runner-up in the 55m Dash after crossing the line in a NCAA Automatic Qualifying time of 7.00 seconds. Bataille was also a key member of the 4x200m Relay and 4x400m Relays, which both won OAC titles this season.

Baldwin-Wallace's D'Arcy Hlavin and Ohio Northern's Alison Steinbrunner were named Julie Rajac Co-Most Outstanding Distance Athletes in 2010. Hlavin won the Mile Run after crossing the line in 5:09.13. She then took runner-up in the 800m Run with a time of 2:25.96 and seventh in the 5,000m Run with a time of 18:47.01. Steinbrunner won the 3,000m Run on Friday with a time of 10:32.27 and then captured the 5,000m Run on Saturday with a time of 18:04.96.

Berea native Darcy Hlavin

Mount Union's Aubrey Loy (Canton/Massillon Jackson) was named the 2010 Phil Gordon Most Outstanding Field Athlete. On Friday, Loy won the Long Jump with a mark of 5.46m (17-11.00). On Saturday, she captured the Triple Jump with a leap of 11.06m (36-03.50).

Aubrey Loy

Capital's Emily Goerig won her second straight Shot Put title after unleashing a NCAA Provisional Qualifying toss of 13.12m (43-00.25).

Marietta's Kim Keesler took home the OAC title in the Pole Vault after successfully clearing 3.50m (11-05.75).

Heidelberg kicked off the running events with a victory in the Women's 4x200m Relay. Jamie Depinet, Alexis Goodman, Jazmine Shaw and Judy Bataille combined to run a time of 1:45.65

Otterbein's Sarah Petraitis captured the 55m Hurdles title with a time of 8.52 seconds.

Baldwin-Wallace's Erin Norton took home the crown in the Weight Throw by winning the exhibition event with a toss of 14.78m (48-06.00).

Heidelberg's Jamie Depinet reclaimed the OAC title in the 400m Dash as the 2007 champion won this year's event with a time of 58.80 seconds.

Ohio Northern's Brittany Farber won the 500m Run with a facility record time of 1:18.94.

Wilmington's Callen Martin reclaimed her crown in the 55m Dash when the 2007 champion ran a NCAA Automatic Qualifying as well as an OAC Championship and facility record time of 6.98 seconds.

Baldwin-Wallace's Kimberly Chinn defended her title in the 1,000m Run by crossing the line in a facility record 3:30.11.

Heidelberg closed the women's competition with a victory in the 4x400m Relay when Jamie Depinet, Jessica Jones, Jazmine Shaw and Judy Bataille combined for a time of 4:03.53.

Mount Union took second place behind Ohio Northern in the men's standings with 119.50 points. Heidelberg finished third with 96 points, Otterbein was fourth with 66.50 points and Marietta placed fifth with 51 points. John Carroll and Baldwin-Wallace tied for sixth with 48 points, while Capital (46), Wilmington (44) and Muskingum (28) finished eighth through tenth, respectively.

Mount Union's Charles Pratt was named the 2010 Don Frail Most Outstanding Sprint Athlete. Pratt won the 55m Dash with a time of 6.51 seconds. He then placed runner-up in the 200m Dash after crossing the line in 22.74 seconds.

Ty Griffin (Canton/Massillon Perry), also of Mount Union, earned the honor of being the 2010 Most Outstanding Distance Athlete. Griffin won the 3,000m Run on Friday with a time of 8:45.05 and the Mile Run on Saturday after crossing the line in 4:22.72. He also finished runner-up in the 1,000m Run Saturday after running a time of 2:37.76.

Baldwin-Wallace's Greg Patrick was named the 2010 Bud Yoest Most Outstanding Field Athlete. Patrick won the Shot Put title with a NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark of 16.63m (54-06.75). He then placed second in the Weight Throw with a mark of 6.33m (53-07.00).

Muskingum's Demetrius Bailey captured his third straight OAC crown in the Triple Jump after leaping 14.09m.

Ohio Northern captured the Men's 4x200m Relay when Shane Hurley, Ryan Fleming, Jacob Schwab and Even Heyman finished with a time of 1:31.31.

Otterbein's Austin Curbow defended his title in the 55m Hurdles by running a time of 7.84 seconds.

Mount Union's Korey Smerk (Middleberg Hts/Midpark) won the 400m Dash after crossing the line in 50.17 seconds.


Midpark grad Korey Smerk

Heidelberg's Mark Childs captured the 500m Run title with a winning time of 1:06.70.

Mount Union's Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) ran to victory in the 800m Run by crossing the line in 1:58.68.

ONU's Dan Smith, an Avon High alum, covered the 1,000m Run in a winning time 2:36.46.


Avon High alum Dan Smith

Capital's Josh Woods won the 200m Dash after covering the lap in 22.58 seconds.

Baldwin-Wallace's Kevin Phipps shattered the OAC championship record in winning the exhibition Weight Throw. Phipps uncorked a NCAA Automatic Qualifying throw of 18.62m (61-01.25) to win the event for a second straight season.

Ohio Northern's Alan Bowsher ran to victory in the 5,000m Run after crossing the line in 15:15.60.

Mount Union's ended the championship with a victory in the 4x400m Relay as Smerk, Kelly, Ben Russell (Hilliard/Hilliard Davidson) and Cory Hoover(Alliance/Marlington) ran a winning time of 4:03.

Following the meet, Ohio Northern was named the Men's Staff of the Year and Marietta was named the Women's Staff of the Year.

(Note on author of this story: Dan May is an Avon Lake High alum who is the sports communications director at Marietta)

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Falls, 9-

0, at Kenyon in Final Match 

Before Spring Trip

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost 9-0 at traditional power Kenyon College this afternoon (Saturday, February 27, 2010) at the Jasper Tennis Center in Gambier. The Yellow Jackets are now idle until their annual spring trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina from March 6-13.

B-W plays six matches in five days while in Hilton Head and opens versus Marian (Wisc.) on Sunday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m.

After three dual matches and one tournament in 2009-10, the Jackets are led in singles play by junior number-four Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/Green) and junior No. 6 Katy Marshall (Medina/Senior) with 3-2 overall records.

Medina alum Katy Marshall

Pelosi also has teamed with sophomore Jenny Green (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) for a 5-1 mark at No. 2 doubles.

For B-W’s complete women’s tennis schedule, visit http://www.bw.edu/athletics/wt/sched/

Tennis Match Results
Baldwin-Wallace College vs Kenyon College
 27, 2010 at Gambier, OH

Kenyon College 9, Baldwin-Wallace College 0

Singles competition
1. Prita Kidder (KENW) def. Caitlyn Pecinovksy (BW-W) 7-5, 6-4
2. Amy Schlessman (KENW) def. Jenny Greene (BW-W) 6-1, 6-1
3. Amanda Polster (KENW) def. Rebecca Mittler (BW-W) 6-3, 6-1
4. Eva Ceja (KENW) def. Emily Pelosi (BW-W) 7-5, 6-3
5. Lydia Winkler (KENW) def. Andrea Essig (BW-W) 6-2, 6-0
6. Anna Becker (KENW) def. Katy Marshall (BW-W) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Prita Kidder/Amy Schlessman (KENW) def. Caitlyn Pecinovksy/Rebecca Mittler (BW-W) 8-1
2. Amanda Polster/Eva Ceja (KENW) def. Jenny Greene/Emily Pelosi (BW-W) 8-4
3. Erin Ivanoff/Lydia Winkler (KENW) def. Andrea Essig/Katy Marshall (BW-W) 8-2

Schultz Wins Indoor Pentathlon; Gallagher & McChensey End Fifth
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2/27/2010 6:43:25 PM

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio - 
Oberlin College senior Madeline Schultz cruised to victory in the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Pentathlon this afternoon at the John W. Heisman Field House.

Schultz, a native of Concord, Massachusetts, racked up 2,920 points to best the second-place finisher Emily Amburgey by 238 points as she finished with 2,682 points.

The Yeowomen also got a fine performance from sophomore Ryann McChesney as she tallied 2,491 points to place fifth overall.

Schultz was victorious in the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.35. McChesney’s best event was the 55-meter hurdles as she checked in second with a mark of 9.27.

Competing on the men’s side of the event was junior Josh Gallagher. A throws specialist from West Harrison, New York, Gallagher displayed his overall athletic ability by placing fifth overall with 2,606 points.

He shot put heave of 48-02 was nearly 16 feet longer than the second –best throw in the event.

“This was a great way to kickoff the conference meet,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “Madeline did her thing and Ryann was just awesome for someone who was competing in her first multi-event meet in her career, and to perform like that at the conference level was just great. Josh also added some critical team points.”

This event is part of next weekend’s NCAC Championships. The combination of Schultz and McChesney provided the Yeowomen with 14 team points, while Gallagher picked up four points for the Yeomen.

The Yeowomen won the conference crown last season and have a great chance to repeat again this year, while the Yeomen will be right in the mix for a top-three finish. All of the action gets underway next Friday evening from Denison University.

B-W Women Third, Men Sixth 

at OAC Championships;

Phipps Shatters Weight

Throw Record

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s indoor track and field team finished third and the men were sixth of 10 teams competing at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Marietta College at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center in Marietta, Ohio. Highlighting the meet was an OAC-record and NCAA-qualifying weight throw by junior Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial).

B-W also had two athletes earn special awards. For the women, senior D'Arcy Hlavin (Berea) was named the Julie Rajac Co-Most Outstanding Distance Athlete. For the men, senior Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) was named the Bud Yoest Most Outstanding Field Athlete.

On the women’s side, Ohio Northern University placed first with 122 points and was followed by Marietta (104), B-W (99), Mount Union College (81), Otterbein College (75), Heidelberg University (74) Capital University (64), Wilmington College (54), John Carroll University (24) and Muskingum University (5).

For the men, Ohio Northern also placed first with 155 points and was followed by Mount Union (119.50), Heidelberg (96), Otterbein (66.50), Marietta (51), John Carroll (48), B-W (48), Capital (46), Wilmington (44) and Muskingum (28).

For the B-W women, Hlavin and junior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) placed first and second, respectively, in the mile run with times of 5:12.25 and 5:15.27. Chinn also placed first in the 1,000-meter run with a facility-record time of 3:03.11 and Hlavin placed second in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:25.96.
Lakewood alumna Erin Norton

In the weight throw, senior Erin Norton (Lakewood/ Senior) placed first with a mark of 48 feet and six inches. Also, freshmen Stephanie Graber (North Royalton) and Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) finished third and fourth, respectively, with marks of 46’4” and 43’1.”

Padua alumna Stef Graber

In the shot put, junior Rachel Marinucci (Brunswick) finished second with a throw of 39’9.25”.
Brunswick's Rachel Marinucci  

In the 55-meter hurdles, junior Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/ Sandy Valley) was fourth and sophomore Kara Kasper (Amherst/ Steele) was fifth with respective times of 8.83 seconds and 8.96. Freshman Sarah Rospert (Milan) placed third in the 5,000-meter run at 18:23.06 and was followed by Chinn in fourth at 18:26.92.
Amherst grad Kara Kasper

For the men, Phipps won the weight throw with a mark of 61’1.25”, breaking the old OAC-record by over four feet. His throw automatically qualifies him for the 2010 NCAA Championship meet and currently ranks fifth in all of Division III. Phipps also placed fourth in the shot put at 50’2.75. ”

In addition, Patrick placed first in the shot put with a school-record throw of 54’6.75” and second in the weight throw with a mark of 53’7.” Patrick’s mark in the shot put improves his NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Also for the men, senior Steve Price (North Olmsted) placed third in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.05 and third in the triple jump at 44’5.25.” Junior Matt Kromer (Parma/ Senior) placed fourth in the weight throw at 47’11” and sophomore Tom Wilkin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) placed fifth in the mile with a time of 4:29.26.
North Olmsted alum Steve Price

Former Redman Matt Kromer

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Friday, March 5 at the Mount Union Last Chance Meet at 10:00 a.m. in Alliance. The Division III National Championship meet is March 12-13 at DePauw (Ind.) University in Greencastle, Indiana.