June 30, 2016

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Sports: Area talent makes big ‘racquet’

The men’s and women’s club teams at Baldwin Wallace combined to win the Division II USA Racquetball National Intercollegiate Championship with some help from a handful of Medina County natives.

Under the direction of longtime coach Tim Miller, a Medina resident, the team secured the Ohio Racquetball Association Collegiate state title and the Mideast Racquetball Conference championship.

The national crown was the 16th overall for Miller and the school.

Brunswick graduate Kristen Szutkowski led the women with a fourth-place singles finish in the No. 3 Global Division, which earned her All-America status. The senior captain also joined Nicole Fraley for a three-set victory at No. 2 doubles in the consolation bracket.

Fellow Brunswick natives Stephanie Poutz, a freshman, and junior Rebekah Holley also had solid tournaments. Poutz captured the silver medal in the No. 1 White Division, while Holley placed fifth at No. 3 doubles and sixth at No. 5 singles.

On the men’s side, junior Brad Sevcik of Brunswick finished fourth at No. 6 singles in the Red Division, along with winning a pair of rounds at No. 3 doubles.


Right fielder Chad Sedio (Highland) had two hits, an RBI, walked twice and scored a run in Miami of Ohio’s 13-4 win at Toledo. Earlier in the week, the rookie doubled in a run in a 10-2 loss to the Rockets.

 Mount Union’s Sean Mohney (Cloverleaf) recorded his first triple of the season in an 8-1 victory over Otterbein. The sophomore also had a single, drove in a run and scored a run.

 Heidelberg recorded 15 hits, two of which belonged to Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick), in a 15-0 drubbing of Wilmington. The shortstop finished with a pair of RBIs and scored twice.

 Chaz McGrain (Liverpool Twp. resident/Olmsted Falls) drove in a run on a single as BW downed Muskingum 5-3. The junior catcher also had a triple and two RBIs.

 Dylan Cintula (Highland) doubled and scored a run as Findlay won a 3-2 thriller over Tiffin.

 Bowling Green center fielder Jake Thomas (Buckeye) had an RBI single to give the Falcons an early edge en route to beating Central Michigan 9-5. Thomas also scored a run.


Ashland’s Lauren Yelling (Cloverleaf) smacked a double and drove in a run as the Eagles used a four-run sixth to beat Lake Superior State 5-3.

 Freshman Jessica Chidsey (Black River) went 2-for-3, drove in a pair of runs and stole a base as BW edged Muskingum 8-6.

 Akron utility player Alexa Montesano (Highland) scored a run, but it wasn’t enough as the Zips dropped the nightcap of a doubleheader with rival Kent State.

Track and field

Stephanie Foster (Cloverleaf) competed unattached and won the pole vault at the Wooster Invitational, clearing 12 feet, 5½ inches. Ashland’s Jennifer Foster (Cloverleaf) was third in the event with a jump of 11-5¾. Fellow Eagle Eric Klucar (Highland) also won in the pole vault, jumping 15-5, while Anna Mion (Medina resident/SVSM) won the 1,500 in 4:53.17. Jacob Sussman (Wadsworth) was third in the 800 in 1:55.26.

 For the second time this season, BW’s Mitch Supan (Medina resident/Walsh Jesuit) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Field Performer of the Week. The senior won the shot (55-6¼), hammer throw (career-best 192-0½) and discus (167-6) at the OAC Gold Split Squad Meet. Ryan Weir (Cloverleaf) ran on a winning 4×4 relay that clocked 3:21.83.

 Kent State freshman Becca Herte (Black River) cleared 11-6½ to win the pole vault and help the Golden Flashes to a victory at the Virginia Invitational. Taylor Wickey (Medina) placed 10th in the 1,500 and 11th in the 800.

 Ohio Domincan’s Malik Tuck (Medina) clocked an 11.12 to take fifth in the 100 as the Panthers finished runner-up at the Yellow Jacket Collegiate Open.

 In his first running competition since tweaking his hamstring, Miami of Ohio’s Sam Chester (Medina) took third in the 110 hurdles in 14.80 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati. The sophomore decathlete also placed ninth in the javelin and 12th in the high jump.

 Nick Owens (Brunswick) ran a leg on Akron’s 4×1 relay that placed sixth at the Texas Relays. Owens also teamed with Jake Hiltner (Wadsworth) on a sprint medley team that placed 11th and a 4×4 unit that finished 26th.

 Kevin Paradise (Medina) finished 52nd in the 10,000 in 32:21.82 for UNC Asheville at the NC State Raleigh Relays.

 Clay Febus (Medina) was 25th in the 400 hurdles for Youngstown State at the Raleigh Relays.

Men’s golf

Savannah College of Art and Design’s Mark Maynard (Medina) broke a school record with his final-round 67 to help his team to a 10th-place finish at the Camp LeJeune Invitational. The previous program mark was 69. Maynard had rounds of 76 and 70 to open the three-day event.

 Jake Wetzel (Hinckley Twp. resident/Padua) placed sixth out of 77 players as Belmont Abbey competed at the Hargett Memorial Invitational. Wetzel fired a 2-over-par 74 to open the tournament and was one shot out of the lead before following with a final-round 77.

Men’s lacrosse

Thanks to a five-goal night from freshman Hogan Harris (Medina), Mount Union rolled to a 15-7 win over Olivet (Mich.). Harris had four scores and an assist in a victory over Bethany (W.Va.).

Women’s lacrosse

Notre Dame of Ohio attacker Katherine Doraty (Medina) had nine goals to earn athlete of the week. The freshman leads the Falcons with 14 goals through four games and has scored at least three times in three of those contests.

 A goal and an assist from Sydney Thomas (Medina) paced Loyola of Maryland to its third straight win.

 Wooster’s Ellie Hudson-Heck (Medina) scored four times in a 19-13 win over Centre College. Hudson-Heck had two goals and two assists in a 19-5 triumph over Millsaps College.

 Kendyl Stone (Brunswick) had a goal and two assists as Mount Union won its sixth game in a row, downing Olivet (Mich.) 18-2.

 Louisville’s Nikki Boltja (Medina) found the back of the net twice, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 20 Cardinals fell to No. 8 Georgetown 14-11.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.