Senior volleyball standouts Katie Barger from New Middletown Springfield High and Lauren Lalama from Columbiana High will attend Westminster College and join the Titans volleyball team.Barger, a three-year letter-winner at setter, set school records for sets, assists and assist percentage.She had 422 assists on 1,192 sets as a senior, and 955 assists on 3,091 sets in her career, with an assist percentage of 35.4 her senior year.Barger made the all-Inter-County League first team as a junior and senior.The daughter of Rhonda and Rick Barger, Katie plans to major in elementary education.Lalama was a hitter and defensive specialist her senior year, after being a setter earlier in her high school career.She registered 94 kills and 25 service aces while serving as co-captain as a seniorLalama also was a two-time All-District honorable mention, and made all-Tri-County League second team and All-Columbiana County honorable mention.She also was MVP of the 2000 Lisbon volleyball Camp, and won the Columbiana High School Senior Clipper Award.Lalama also played softball and won both the Lady Clipper Award and Coaches Award, and was the football homecoming queen.The daughter of Paulette and Frank Lalama, Lauren is a National Honor Society student and plans to major in psychology.Also heading to Westminster are area soccer players Chris Castillo of Austintown Fitch, Daniel Zapko of Canfield and Rick Walker of Cardinal Mooney.Castillo was a four-year letterman on defense with four goals and 25 assists for his career. As a senior, he was team captain and made the All-SVC and All-District first teams, while also leading the Falcons to the district championship. Castillo is the son of Angie and Rigo Castillo.Zapko was a standout on defense for Canfield and was the team's defensive MVP. He made the all-MAC first team as well as Academic All-State. Zapko was picked Student Athlete of the Week by WYTV-TV Channel 33. He also played soccer for the Mahoning Valley Premier. He plans to major in pre-medicine.Walker was a standout goalie and a four-year letterman for Mooney. His senior year, he played every minute in goal and made 87 saves with a 1.057 goals-against average and six shutouts. He was an all-SVC and all-District nominee. Walker plans to study physical therapy.In football, Joe Stamper, a defensive back for the Westminster College football team from Woodrow Wilson High, has been picked as one of four captains for the 2001 season. Stamper, a two-year starter who has played both cornerback and strong safety and can play outside linebacker, came up with 60 total tackles last season on 39 solos and 21 assists. He also had three pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery, helping the Titans to an 8-2 record.Other team captains named were offensive tackle John Dunlap, wide receiver Brian Lipiello and middle linebacker Eric Witt. The captains were announced by second-year coach Jerry Schmitt.In baseball, Kurt Latta, a senior designated hitter for the Westminster team from Wilmington Area High, has been named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District II baseball team for the second straight year. Latta carries a 3.581 grade-point average as a major in elementary education and a minor in English. He started all 30 games in the regular season, and batted .309 (29-for-94) with 14 runs scored, 11 RBIs, eight steals, two homers and two doubles.The Titans posted a 17-12-1 record and earned a berth in the ECAC Division II playoffs.
MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE
Angie Svagerko, a senior second baseman on the Mount Vernon Nazarene College softball team from Campbell Memorial High, has been selected to the American Mideast Conference second team.Svagerko, who played in all 38 games, led Mount Vernon Nazarene in walks (19) and stolen bases (11-for-12), and tied for No. 1 in runs scored (24).She batted .296 on 32 hits in 108 at-bats with 10 RBIs, two triples and five doubles. Defensively, she had a 933 fielding percentage.In baseball, Jason Irish of Cortland climaxed a successful career with the Mount Vernon Nazarene College team.Irish, a senior second baseman from Lakeview High, batted .351 this season with 28 RBIs and 51 runs scored, to help the Cougars to a 35-16 record, including a runner-up 16-6 mark in the American Mideast Conference.He also had five doubles and three triple.Irish was selected to the AMC Second Team and to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association team.
Suzanne Olesko, a three-year softball player for Poland High, will attend Mount Union College and resume her athletic career. Olesko, a catcher, made the All-Metro Athletic Conference first team as a junior.Rhyan Pegues, a two-year varsity football player for Ursuline High, will attend Mount Union College and resume his football career. Pegues (5-10, 295) was a defensive lineman and helped Ursuline to win a state championship. He made the All-Steel Valley Conference first team.In baseball, Rick Mulinix, a senior catcher for the Mount Union team from West Branch High, has been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-American third team. He previously was picked to the NCAA All-Region first team, and made the All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team for the second time. Mulinix led the OAC in stolen bases this year with 26, and batted .391 with nine homers and 27 RBIs. He climaxed his Mount Union career as the school's all-time career leader in hits (196), home runs (24), stolen Bases (71) and putouts (683).Teammate Ryan Johnson, a sophomore second baseman from Boardman High, was named to the All-OAC Second Team.In women's golf, Katie Schnurrenberger, a junior with the Mount Union women's golf team from Austintown Fitch, was chosen to the Academic All-OAC At Large team as an honorable mention. She is majoring in early childhood education.