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Jim Hilvert era starts at Baldwin-Wallace with high hopes for Football

BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University football team enters the 2017 season with high hopes of both challenging for an Ohio Athletic Conference title and earning a berth in the NCAA Division III National Playoffs.


The Yellow Jackets have a new Head Coach in Jim Hilvert, who won back-to-back Ohio High School State titles at Cincinnati LaSalle H.S. and fashioned a 67-19 record with six conference titles and four NCAA Division III Playoffs berths at Thomas More (Ky.) College prior to coaching at LaSalle. He is a proven winner who knows how to win in the OAC, he must have a talented and balanced offense and a strong defense and special teams.

Jim Hilvert


The offense returns five starters, including junior quarterback Jake Hudson (East Lake, Fla.) who started in seven contests. The dual threat completed 121 of 201 passes for 1,488 yards with eight touchdowns and ran for 675 yards and seven scores. He will receive competition from senior three-year back up John Kromalic (Copley) and sophomoreWill Vance (Centerville).


The backfield will be led by returning senior All-OAC player Austin Smith (Broadview Heights/North Royalton) who ran for a team-high 681 yards and 14 TD’s. He enters the season with 1,557 career all-purpose yards and 19 TD’s. Look for junior Robert Androyna (Exeter, Neb./Exeter-Milligan), junior Hayden Stinnett (Noblesville, Ind.), who rushed for 133 yards and three TD’s, and sophomore Niejel Henderson (Pittsburgh, Pa./The Kiski School) among the candidates to also see time running the ball.


The receiving corps had five contributors graduate, and at least six others return this fall to lead the way.  They are juniors Da’Juan Glover (Elyria), Chad Steinwachs (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville North), Ty Gallo (Brooklyn Heights /Cuyahoga Heights), Ty Ramsier (Rittman) and Rob Wolfington (Rapids City, Mich./Elk Rapids). Glover had 18 catches and one TD, Steinwachs made 12 grabs for 141 yards and Gallo caught 10 passes for two TD’s.


The offensive line will have a pair of starters back, including senior two-time Academic All-OAC player Andrew Sierawski (Delaware/Hayes) and junior De’Juan Bridges (Maple Heights). In addition, a bevy of young and talented underclassmen gained experience a year ago and will get their shot this fall to earn a starting and contributing role.  They are senior Sam Steininger (North Jackson/Western Reserve), juniors Dale Hazzard (Canal Fulton/Northwest),Willy Hedberg (North Ridgeville), Parker Hoffler (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) and Daulton Znosko (Winter Springs, Fla.) and sophomores Ryan Sympson (North Lima/South Range) and Dalton Geesy (Union City/Mississinawa Valley).


On special teams, junior Riley Jones (Mogadore) has waited his turn to be the placekicker and will receive a stern test from a number of others. Sophomore Jimmy Marshall (Lakewood) will battle for the kicking job after being the kickoff specialist as a freshman.  Austin Smith also will receive competition for the punting job. Smith averaged 35.1 yards in 39 attempts a year ago, including 17 that were fair catches.


BW had a solid kickoff and punt return corps a year ago and was led by senior defensive back Trypp Washington (Eatonville, Fla./Orlando First Academy), Glover, sophomore Darion Greer (Toledo/Toledo Central Catholic) ,Wolfington and Gallo all offer Hilvert speed and the ability to take the ball to the end zone as return specialists.


The defensive line returns 2015 All-OAC end Andy Schultz (North Royalton) as its leader. Schultz led all linemen in tackles and sacks two years, but missed last year with an injury. Overall, Defensive Coordinator and line coach Jim Meyer has the corps group of his rotation returning. Joining Schultz as returning starters or split-position starters are seniors Damon Bollin (Rochester/New London), Charkym Bonaparte (Stow/Woodridge), Anton Richardson(Chicago, Ill./Gordon Tech) and junior Wezlee Spence (North Canton/Hoover).  Bollin had 34 tackles and 4.5 sacks,Bonaparte made 35 stops, Richardson had 25 tackles and one sack and Spence recorded 23 tackles and 3.5 sacks.


The linebacking rotation returns two starters and six players who all saw plenty of playing time a year ago. The returning starters are seniors Sam Groff (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) and Sean Nischwitz (Clinton/Green). They will be joined by junior Zach Poudrier (Penfield, N.Y./McQuaid), seniors Vee Sealey (Painesville/Harvey) and BrandonJohnson (Akron/North) as players seeking to see more playing time and to make a bigger contribution in 2017.  Grofftallied a team-high 86 tackles in 2016 and has made 167 stops in his career.  Nischwitz picked up 43 tackles a year ago and has 109 career stops.  Poudrier made 37 tackles, Sealey had eight stops and Johnson tallied seven tackles.

The secondary again returns a bevy of players with key varsity experience, including three three-year starters inWashingtonHoward Dover (Akron/Firestone) and Caray Sparrow (St. Augustine, Fla.). In addition, look for s, juniors Ty Fields (18 tackles), Andrew Groves (12 tackles) and Jacob Boyd (13 tackles) all to battle for more playing time.   Washington was second on the team with a career-high 61 tackles and had a team-high three interceptions. Dover tallied 33 tackles and one interception and Sparraow made 18 stops. Fields tallied 18 tackles, Groves had 12 stops and Boyd recorded 13 tackles.


BW opens the 2017 campaign on Saturday, September 2 it travels to Defiance for its lone non-conference game against Defiance College at 1:30 p.m.  The Yellow Jackets open the home portion of their schedule when it hosts cross-town rival John Carroll University in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener for both squads on September 16 at 2 p.m.


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Rutgers Baseball hires Peter Barron to oversee Player Development



New Jersey native joins Scarlet Knights after stint at St. John’s

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 24, 2017) – Rutgers baseball head coach Joe Litterio has announced that Peter Barron has been hired as director of player development for the Scarlet Knights. Barron, who comes from St. John’s, will assist the coaching staff with on campus recruiting, opponent analysis, game preparation, practice reviews and team travel among other duties.


“We are excited to welcome Pete to our staff,” Litterio said. “He brings with him experience and knowledge that will benefit our program and the development of our student-athletes.”


“I am very excited about joining Rutgers baseball and being able to join the Big Ten Conference while representing the state of New Jersey,” Barron said. “I am extremely grateful to coach Litterio and the administration for giving me the opportunity to join the amazing staff here. I am looking forward to getting started and helping the coaches, players and program reach new heights.”


Before arriving in Piscataway, Barron spent two seasons as the director of baseball operations at St. John’s. He helped with all aspects of the program, including apparel, equipment, team travel, meals, video, statistics and game charts. Barron also oversaw a staff of five student managers, assisted with team community service and served as the liaison between the coaching staff and departments within athletics.


Barron started off as a student manager for the Red Storm in Sept. 2012 and served three seasons before joining the staff as a graduate assistant. He managed equipment and player development video among other duties, working as the head manager in 2014 and 2015.


In addition to working in operations, Barron has coaching experience with summer teams and camps. He most recently has been an assistant coach for the Shelter Island Bucks in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League the last two summers, handling roster construction, community outreach and mentoring the position players. He also coached American Legion from 2012 to 2014 and worked as an instructor at Red Storm Baseball Camps for four years.


Originally from Long Valley, New Jersey, Barron owns two degrees from St. John’s. He earned his master’s in sports management in 2017 and his bachelors in marketing in 2015.

Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding baseball, follow the program on Twitter (@BaseballRU), Instagram (@rutgersbaseball), Facebook (/BaseballRU) and Snapchat (rutgersbaseball).






3GT Racing gearing up for this weekend’s race in Alton, VA

EAST LANSING, MI (Aug. 24, 2017) – 3GT Racing will be in the second, and last, all-GT format race in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship series this weekend at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA. The Michelin GT Challenge will be Aug. 27 and features only GTLM (GT Le Mans) and GTD (GT Daytona).
The No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 will be co-piloted by gold driver Jack Hawksworth and Hall of Famer, Scott Pruett. The team switched silver drivers for the first time at Road America and plans to stick with the new pairing through the rest of the season. Robert Alon and Sage Karam will drive the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3.
“3GT has some great drivers,” Pruett said. “Mix them up however you want, they are still going to be great drivers. I’m happy to drive with Sage. I’m happy to drive with Jack. We’re just trying to find the combination to get that break-through. I thought it would be Watkins Glen, then Mosport, then Lime Rock – when I was in the No. 14. Jack and I ran second and third for most of Road America in the No. 15, until the yellow flag confusion. We’ve had strong races, now it’s time for all the pieces to come together.”
Pruett, who has had three wins at VIR (he is tied with driver Bill Auberlen, for the most wins at the historic track) last drove at the track in 2011. His last win there was in 2010.
So far in the season, between the two cars, 3GT Racing has earned eight top ten finishes. Five in the No. 14 and three in the No. 15 and two top five finishes (one in each car), but a win or podium has eluded them.
Hawksworth, in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, turned the fastest lap in the GTD class at Watkins Glen and Road America. He said what he wants most now, is a win.
While he has never raced at the 3.27 mile, 17-turn course, he did get a chance to do a few laps there earlier this year.
“It’s a fun track,” he said. “The fun tracks are the ones with a lot of technical sequences, lots of direction change and not a lot of rest time. It will be a good track for us. Right now, I feel like we have everything we need – good lap times, good pits, a reliable, fast car – and the last three races, especially in the No. 15 Lexus, we’ve been right there, at the edge. I think it’s our time.”
Drivers in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, Karam and Alon, have both raced at VIR, Alon most recently in Prototype Lites in 2015. Karam’s last visit was with Skip Barber in 2009. Last month, Karam, in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, earned the team’s first GTD pole position at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“It’s been a while since I was at VIR, but I remember the track,” he said. “I’m in a much faster car now and Rob and I work well together. We only have three races left to go and we all want to be on the podium. We just have to work harder and be mistake free.”
Alon said he thinks the team has shown an amazing amount of progress. “We all work together and the team has done a lot this year,” he said. “We got hit with some BoP and had some bad luck in general, but we’ve been strong and we’ve shown speed. We’re ready for that podium.”
Two hour-long practice sessions for the Michelin GT Challenge will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 and a third on Saturday morning. Qualifying will be from 12:20 to 1 p.m. Saturday and the race will begin Sunday at 1:35 p.m. (ET). The two-hour and 40-minute race will be streamed live at and will be televised on FS1 beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday.
About 3GT Racing
3GT Racing was formed to race the Lexus RC F GT3. Owned and operated by five-time Trans-Am Series Champion, Paul Gentilozzi and his longtime partners, Tony and John Gentilozzi, the East Lansing, Michigan-based team principals have been involved in motorsports for more than 46 years and they have claimed more than 75 victories and 15 manufacturer and driver championships.
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Beliot Snappers no-hit Quad Cities River Bandits in 3-0 Wednesday win


On verge of playoff berth, Bandits held without a hit by Snappers

Zack Erwin hurled no-hit innings (courtesy Beloit Snappers)

Joe Camacho pitched the final three innings of no-hit ball (courtesy Beloit Snappers)

On verge of playoff berth, Bandits held without a hit by Snappers

BELOIT, Wisc. — The Quad Cities River Bandits were no-hit by the Beloit Snappers in a 3-0 loss Wednesday night at Pohlman Field. Zack Erwin went six innings and Joe Camacho hurled three in the combined no-no for Beloit. Ronel Blanco allowed just one unearned run over 4.2 innings of work but suffered the loss. Quad Cities mustered just two walks.

The no-hitter is the eighth against the Bandits (38-21, 75-52) in franchise history and first since May 17, 2014. It’s the second no-hitter in the Midwest League this season. Beloit (28-30, 60-66) got on the board after a leadoff error in the first inning then a single by Josh Vidales to plate the unearned run. Three straight hits in the sixth added a pair of insurance runs for the Snappers.

Erwin (6-4) got the win, allowing just one walk while striking out four over his six hitless innings. Blanco (5-4) allowed one unearned run on two hits and five walks to suffer the loss while Camacho earned his first save of the season.


Crew SC picks up coveted three points in win over injury-riddled, short-handed LA Galaxy

Sigi Schmid, former Crew SC coach back in Columbus on Wednesday. He is trying to revive the winning ways in Los Angeles. ( photo)


Black & Gold win 2-0 courtesy of goals by Ola Kamara and Justin Meram;
Designated Player Pedro Santos records first MLS career assist in his MAPFRE Stadium debut;
Defender Waylon Francis makes 75th regular-season start for Crew SC;

For Immediate Release: August 23, 2017

Columbus Crew SC 2 – LA Galaxy 0
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CLB – Ola Kamara (Pedro Santos) 45’ [Highlight:]

CLB – Justin Meram (Kekuta Manneh, Mohammed Abu) 90’ [Highlight:]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (12-12-3, 39 points):
Columbus Crew SC vs. FC Dallas (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Saturday, August 26 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on











MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)

Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistants: Ian Anderson, Craig Lowry
Fourth Official: Marcos DeOliveira
VAR: Hilario Grajeda
Attendance: 12,150
Weather: 73 degrees and clear



CLB – Ola Kamara (Pedro Santos) 45’

CLB – Justin Meram (Kekuta Manneh, Mohammed Abu) 90’


LA – Ashley Cole (ejection) 18’

LA – Jonathan dos Santos (caution) 35’

CLB – Wil Trapp (caution) 56’

CLB – Pedro Santos (caution) 59’

CLB – Cristian Martinez (caution) 81’


Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Hector Jimenez, Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Waylon Francis (Jukka Raitala 33’); Mohammed Abu, Wil Trapp ©; Pedro Santos (Kekuta Manneh 69’), Federico Higuain (Cristian Martinez 63’), Justin Meram; Ola Kamara

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Adam Jahn, Lalas Abubakar, Nicolai Naess

LA Galaxy: Jon Kempin; Pele van Anholt (Bradley Diallo 80’), Daniel Steres, Dave Romney, Ashley Cole ©; Joao Pedro, Rafael Garcia; Emmanuel Boateng (Romain Alessandrini 66’), Jonathan dos Santos, Gyasi Zardes; Bradford Jamieson (Jose Villarreal 74’)

Substitutes not used:
Clement Diop; Ariel Lassiter, Nathan Smith, Jack McInerney


Ola Kamara scored Crew SC’s first goal in tonight’s match against the LA Galaxy. Kamara’s goal came in the 45th minute, as he latched onto a through ball by Pedro Santos and put it past LA’s goalkeeper Jon Kempin.  This was Kamara’s 29th regular-season goal for Crew SC since joining the club on February of 2016. This season, Kamara has made 27 regular-season appearances (26 starts) and is currently the leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season with 13 goals, ahead of Justin Meram (11 goals) and Federico Higuain (nine goals).

Justin Meram tallied his 11th goal of the 2017 MLS regular season in tonight’s match against the LA Galaxy. Meram scored in the 90th minute and was assisted by Kekuta Manneh and Mohammed Abu. This year, Meram has made 27 regular-season appearances (26 starts) while registering 11 goals and seven assists. Since joining Crew SC in 2011, Meram has made 181 regular-season appearances (128 starts) while scoring 35 goals and notching 33 assists.

Crew SC’s newest Designated Player, midfielder Pedro Santos, made his MAPFRE debut in tonight’s match, providing the assist on Ola Kamara’s 45th-minute goal. This was Santos’ second appearance (first start) for the Black & Gold following his appearance in Saturday’s match against Orlando City SC. Santos was acquired as a Designated Player via a Discovery Signing on August 8, 2017. He is the sixth Designated Player in club history for the Black & Gold.

Forward Kekuta Manneh registered his fourth assist of the 2017 MLS regular-season in tonight’s match against the LA Galaxy, as he provided the final pass on Justin Meram’s 90th-minute goal. Manneh has made 14 regular-season appearances (nine starts) for Crew SC in 2017, registering three goals and two assists.

Midfielder Mohammed Abu registered his first MLS career assist in tonight’s match against the LA Galaxy, as he provided a helper on Justin Meram’s 90thminute goal. This season, Abu has made 15 appearances (nine starts), registering one assist. Additionally, with Abu’s assist, all four Ghanaians on Crew SC’s roster in 2017 have now either assisted or scored a goal for Crew SC in 2017, as Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah each have one assist, while Lalas Abubakar has scored one goal.
Tonight’s match marked midfielder Federico Higuain’s first appearance for Crew SC since a start against Atlanta United FC (July 1). This was Higuain’s 19thregular-season appearance (19th start) in 2017. Through 19 matches, Higuain has registered nine goals and five assists.

In tonight’s match against the LA Galaxy, defender Waylon Francis reached a milestone appearance, as he made his 75th start (83rd appearance) for Crew SC. Francis played 33 minutes, making 12 passes. In 2017, Francis has made made 12 regular-season appearances (10 starts), recording two assists.

The Black & Gold registered its seventh shutout of the 2017 MLS regular season. This is Crew SC’s first shutout since a 1-0 home victory over the Philadelphia Union on July 22 of this year.

Tonight’s match against the LA Galaxy marked the first time in club history that Crew SC fielded three Designated Players at the same time, as defender Jonathan Mensah and midfielders Federico Higuain and Pedro Santos all started for the Black & Gold.

Tonight’s match was Crew SC’s 42nd regular-season all-time match against the LA Galaxy. With the win, Columbus brings its regular-season record against LA to 17-15-10. Additionally, in all-time regular-season matches, Crew SC has outscored the Galaxy 8-4 dating back to the 2015 MLS regular season.

With the win in tonight’s match, Crew SC brings its 2017 regular-season record to 12-12-3. Next up, Crew SC hosts FC Dallas at MAPFRE Stadium for their lone regular-season meeting of 2017. Columbus and Dallas play on Saturday, August 26 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream available on



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