2007 Around the Great Lakes columns
November 13, 2007
Case linebacker helps brew turnaround
As he talked with Tom Brew in the coach’s office at Mentor, a suburb 28 minutes northeast of Cleveland, Debeljak knew he had a linebacker that would bolster his defense and energize his teammates.
November 6, 2007
R.V. runs well for Oberlin
For the Yeomen, it is not a bus or Cadillac that have opposing defenses on their heels. The Yeomen ground game is running across the goal line in the form of an R.V.
October 30, 2007
Heller making waves for Waynesburg
Graduating two of the top rushers in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and having to rebuild on the fly may have been too tall of an order for some coaching staffs. However, that was not the case for the Yellow Jackets.
October 26, 2007
B-W's Coach Packard, remembered
When talking about former Baldwin-Wallace football coach Bob Packard, who passed away after a heart attack last Saturday, he is remembered for how he lived his life and treated people with respect.
October 23, 2007
Flying Dutchmen have hope in Manning
Playing quarterback at the college level requires a good mix of confidence and leadership. So does being a quarterback with the last name of “Manning.”
October 16, 2007
A Jones of all trades
Zander Jones spends his free time on the soccer, football and baseball fields. At Ohio Wesleyan, he began as a soccer player in the fall while pitching for the baseball team during the spring. Once a new kickoff rule was instituted in college football, Jones was called upon to help the Battling Bishops.
October 9, 2007
Father and son lead Carnegie Mellon
What happens when the father is one who has the most experience? The answer for the Carnegie Mellon Tartans comes in the form of senior outside linebacker Jonathan Bodnar.
October 2, 2007
Ohio Northern, Mount Union gear up for showdown
Two seasons ago, the Ohio Northern Polar Bears made the trip to Alliance for a game against the nation’s top-ranked team, Mount Union. Under the direction of coach Dean Paul, a Mount Union graduate, the Polar Bears upset the Purple Raiders 21-14.
September 25, 2007
Hail to the Chiefs, in Washington
The offensive attack of Washington and Jefferson replicates a packaging company like UPS or FedEx. Whether it is 90 degrees in August or nearly zero in December, the Presidents deliver through the air and on the ground.
September 18, 2007
Pearson brings Tri-State some thunder
While he served as a high school head coach in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tri-State coach Matt Land walked into the gymnasium and found a middle linebacker in Courtney Pearson.
September 11, 2007
Case's Cowdrick is comeback kid
During his junior year at Mentor High School, located in an eastern suburb of Cleveland, the chances of Tim Cowdrick playing college football were good. However, that summer changed everything.
September 7, 2007
Top receiver could cap Crusaders' offense
In the visiting locker room at Mount Union last fall, the Capital Crusaders knew they would be losing one of the most prolific passers in the history of NCAA Division III football. However, they thought one of Rocky Pentello’s favorite targets would be in uniform when the team traveled to Springfield for the 2007 opener with the Wittenberg Tigers.
August 28, 2007
Games to watch for 2007
Football has a special place in this part of the country. With the Pro Football Hall of Fame down the street from Mount Union and several professional teams in the region, the game can seem overwhelming, but we are here to celebrate football and the student-athletes that give their time, hearts and souls to it.