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Cardiac Cleveland State is now 7-0 in games decided by five points or fewer; three-point thriller against Akron in Backyard Bash before 4,739 fans gives Vikes 10 wins by Dec. 10

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRICT) – About three decades ago this same month right here in downtown Cleveland they were singing about the 12 Days of a Rutigliano Super Bowl Christmas as a fallout from the Cardiac Kids football teams.

This year they could now start singing carols about a Cardiac Cleveland State basketball team as the Vikings men have now won seven of seven games that have been decided by five points or fewer. The latest: Saturday’s 69-66 win over Akron in the Backyard Battle on the Goodman Arena floor in the Wolstein Center here.

This gives the Vikings 10 wins by Dec. 10 and leaves them 10-1 on the season as Akron falls to 3-5.

Cleveland State led by as much as 13 at 50-37, but the Zips kept hanging around the yard, clawing back and taking the lead in game that had 10 leads chances four ties in front of nearly 5,000 fans in the ‘Stein.

Jeremy Montgomery made the one he, well, made, count, connecting on a three-pointer with 22 seconds to go, making it 69-66. Up to that point in the contest, Montgomery was 0 of 7 from the three-point area, finishing the night with 1-of-8 on threes and 2 of 12 from the field total.

Watch video of Montgomery’s winning basket for CSU against Akron by clicking and downloading:


Akron came down and tried to get the ball in the hands of one of its guards but instead it was Euclid’s ‘Tri  Treadwell who took the final shot that was off the mark.

Treadwell, who played a lot of AAU ball and summer league action in the area against many of the CSU players, came off the bench to score 15 points but in a way was one of the guys CSU would have preferred seeing having the open shot near the end since he was only 5 of 11 from the free-throw line on the afternoon.

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Another local guy, Tim Kamczyc, one of the best walk-ons CSU has had in a long time, wound up getting the start and having a hot hand all around, making 4 of 4 from the field, 32 of 2 from the three-point range and 3 of 4 at the line.

The forward from Strongsville got the starting nod after going to the line and making some key free throws against Robert Morris late in the game Thursday and finished with 13 points and three rebounds and shared game-high honors with four assists.

Trevon Harmon had 16 points for the Vikings as did Zeke Marshall for Akron for game-high scoring honors. Harmon was 4 of 6 from the three-point area.

Watch post-game interview of Euclid’s Demetrius (‘Tri) Treadwell by clicking and downloading:



Marshall made 8 of 10 at the line and had a game-high eight rebounds.

Akron was playing without Benedictine grad Nick Harney, who was averaging 14 points per game.

Listen to audio of Coach Waters interviewed after the game

The banners were raised prior to the game honoring CSU men's basketball for winning the Horizon League and making it to the NIT last year.

Also honored during the game were the men's tennis and golf teams for winning HL titles. The Student/Athletes in those sports received their championship rings .

Listen to audio of Coach Dambrot interviewed after the game

Coach Dambrot



North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt gets first double-

double of the season to lead 20th ranked Mount 

Union to win

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The No. 20 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team defended its home court by holding off a late charge from Capital in a 79-73 Ohio Athletic Conference win Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Wiedt (L), Schmidt (R)

The Purple Raiders (7-1, 2-1 OAC) got a season-high 20 points from junior point guard Rosa LaMattina(Westlake/Westlake), senior Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmstead) contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season while senior Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) added a career-high 12 points.

Shalena Hawkins led the Crusaders with 23 points and was one of four Capital (5-3, 1-2 OAC) players to score in double digits.

Mount Union was trailing early but used a 26-11 scoring run fueled by seven three-point shots and to take a 44-29 lead into the locker room at half time.  Schmidt poured in 10 points in the first half breaking her career scoring number by halftime.

The Raiders hot three point shooting cooled off in the second half and Capital used a late 13-6 run to make the score 77-71 with 1:06 seconds remaining, but the Raiders held on with four clutch late free throws by LaMattina to stay unbeaten at home this year.

Mount Union travels to Wilmington next Saturday for a 3 p.m. tipoff.

Wilmington Men Defeat Baldwin-Wallace, 59-

56, in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, OHIO  – Senior guard Antonio Bowman scored 16 points and led three Quakers in double figures as the Wilmington College men’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 59-56, today (Saturday, December 10, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Fred Raizk Arena.  This was the second game of a men’s and women’s OAC doubleheader.

With its win,  the Quakers improved to 4-4 overall and 3-0 in the OAC while B-W fell to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the league..

In addition to Bowman for the Wilmington, sophomore center Ben Vonderhaar had 12 points and sophomore forward Malcom Heard II had 10 points.  B-W was led by sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) wth 13 points.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring on a layup by sophomore forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) with 19:08 left in the half to take a 2-0 lead. The Quakers answered immediately and tied it at 2-2 with a basket of their own on a layup by sophomore forward Ben Vonderhaar at 18:42.

B-W retook the lead at 18:19 when senior All-OAC guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria) scored a three-pointer for a 5-2 lead. Wilmington then cut the B-W lead to 5-4 when junior guard Brandon Candella scored a jumper at 16:25.

The Yellow Jackets put together a 5-0 run, capped by a layup by sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) with 14:24 left in the half, for a 10-4 lead. Wilmington answered with a 4-0 run of its own, capped by two free throws by Heard with 13:20 left in the half, to cut the B-W lead to 10-8.

B-W would then extend its lead to 12-8 at 12:51 when sophomore center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis deSales) scored a layup.  Undaunted, Wilmington would go on a 5-0 run, capped by a layup by senior guard Tyler White with 10:45 left in the half, to take its only lead of the stanza at 13-12.

The Yellow Jackets would answer back with an 11-2 run to take a 23-15 lead with 6:10 left when sophomore guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) canned a three-pointer.

After each team got a basket to make the score 25-18, Wilmington then went on a 4-0 run, capped by a jumper by Heard, to cut the lead to 25-22 with 2:46 left in the half.  The Yellow Jackets ended the half on a 4-0 scoring run of its own, capped by a layup by Fairhurst with 1:55 left, for a 29-22 halftime lead.

In the second half, B-W gained its largest lead of nine points at 40-31 with 14:46 left when junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/ Seminary) made the second of two straight jump shots. The Quakers then scored nine of the next 11 points to close to within two points at 42-40 with 10:30 left when Bowman made a three-pointer.

Wilmington tied the game at 42-42 with 9:45 left when Candella made a steal, drove the length of the floor and made a layup.  The Qauker run grew to 15-2 and they took a 46-42 advantage with 9:00 left when Vonderhaar scored on two consecutive possessions.  B-W finally ended the run when sophomore center Tyler Farrell (Brunswick) scored on a layup to make the score 46-44 with 8:30 remaining.

The Quaker lead grew back to four points at 48-44 when freshman guard R.J. Leppert made a steal and scored on a layup at 6:10, but B-W cut it back to two points at 48-46 with 5:56 left when Payne canned a pair of charity tosses.  Umbel tied the game at 48-48 with 5:00 left when he made a steal and then a subsequent driving layup.

With 4:25 left, Bowman gave Wilmington a 50-48 lead when he made two foul shots. Payne tied it at 50-50 again at 4:05 when he made a nifty move on the inside to score. Undaunted, Bowman gave the lead back to the home team at 52-50 with 3:50 left when he made a jump shot.

B-W regained the lead at 53-52 with 2:54 left when Fairhurst canned a long-range three-pointer.  Heard tied the game at 53-53 with 2:45 left when he made the first of a two-shot foul. Following an offensive rebound of Heard’s second free throw, he then gave the Quakers a 55-53 lead with 2:30 remaining when he scored via a layup.

Wilmington took a 57-53 lead at 1:38 when Vonderhaar made a steal and drove the floor for a layup. B-W closed to 57-56 with 46 seconds left when Krakowiak made a three-pointer.

With 39 seconds left, Leppert made the first of two foul shots to gain a two-point lead at 58-56. B-W had a chance to take the lead, but a Krakowiak triple with 20 seconds left was blocked and the ball went out of bounds off of Payne. Having to foul, B-W did with 10 seconds left and sent Bowman to the line for two shots. He made one of two shots to give Wilmington a 59-56 lead.  B-W had one last chance, but a Payne three was off the target at the buzzer and the Quakers survived.

B-W is back in action on Saturday, December 17 when it will travel to New Concord to take on the Fighting Muskies of Muskingum University at 3:00 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise two men’s and women’s basketball doubleheaders onregional cable TV giant SportsTime Ohio. The games are the January 28 doubleheader versus Wilmington and the February 18 twinbill versus Ohio Northern
 University. B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

Yeomen Outlast Alma on the Road

Alma, Mich. – Behind a career-high 33 points from senior point guard Josh Merritt, the Oberlin College men’s basketball team was able to outlast the Scots of Alma, 74-66, on Saturday afternoon.

Merritt cashed in 12-of-17 attempts from the field and went 8-of-11 at the charity stripe. The San Francisco, California, native also added seven assists and five rebounds in the win. Junior Andrew Fox recorded a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.Charlie Crawford-Silva and Geoff Simpson chipped in with 11 points apiece.

The first half was tightly contested as the lead changed nine times and no more than five points separated the two teams along the way. OC went into the locker room with slight 25-24 edge.

The Scots came out scorching hot in the second half and grabbed a 10-point lead, 35-25, just 2:30 into the frame. However, the Yeomen were able to battle back, claiming a 44-43 lead with just under 12 minutes to play. Oberlin led 64-62 with 2:33 remaining, and used some stiff defense and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to preserve the win.

The Yeomen had one of their best shooting performances of the season as they finished with a 45.6-percent (26-of-57) success rate. The Yeomen also won the rebounding battle by a 41-33 count.

Oberlin enters the holiday break with a record of 4-5. The Yeomen return to action on December 30 when they play host to Anderson University.

Slow First Half Plagues Yeowomen

Meadville, Pennsylvania- The Oberlin College women’s basketball team lost their game against the Allegheny Gators this afternoon by a score of 74-59.

Sophomore Allison Gannon was the top performer for the Yeowomen as she totaled 25 points, going 10-of-16 from the floor, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Christina Marquette was the second highest scorer with 16, and surging scoring threat Malisa Hoakadded 14 as well. Kelly Warlich struggled from the floor today, but was able to contribute a team high eight rebounds.

Allegheny went up by 11 points with 10:41 to go in the first half, and held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. The Gators led the game by a score of 47-28 at the break. Allegheny jumped out to their biggest lead of the game with 8:40 to go, when they led by 26. The Yeowomen cut the lead to 14 with 3:15 to go in the game, but the Gators were able to secure three steals in the next four Yeowomen possessions and increased their lead back up to 18 with 58 seconds to go in the game. The Yeowomen had a nice second half, outscoring Allegheny 31-27, but the first half deficet proved to be too much to overcome.

On the day, Oberlin went 20-for-53 from the field, and only 2-of-15 from behind the arc. Allegheny was able to shoot 30-61 from the field on the day, but struggled to shoot behind the arc as well, going just 1-for-12.

Oberlin is back on the court after the holiday break,  when they travel to Adrian College on December 31st. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 5 p.m.

Spartan Women's Track and Field Opens Season with Early Bird Pentathlon

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – The Case Western Reserve University women's and field team kicked off the 2011-12 season on Saturday, December 10 as they played host to the Case Early Bird Pentathlon with competing teams from West Virginia Wesleyan University (W. Va.) and Marietta College.

Freshman Keri Walter compiled 2,593 points overall to lead the Spartans. Walter took second in the long jump with a leap of 17'-11" good for 522 points. She also scored a fifth-place finish in the high jump portion of the event with her mark of 4'-11.75" for 644 points. Junior Alyssa Harker (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) competed in four of the five events scoring 1,827 points. Her day was highlighted by a third-place finish in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:30.37, good for 688 points.

Additionally, senior Amanda Kline (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) competed on Friday in the weight throw competition of the Golden Flash Gala hosted by Kent State University in the Kent State Fieldhouse. Competing against individuals from every division of the NCAA, Kline finished 19th out of 43 competitors with her best toss being 44'-6.75" on her second attempt.

Case track and field will now have a break in competition until Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28 when the team will participate in the GaREAT Collegiate Open at the GaREAT Sports Complex in Geneva, Ohio.

Oberlin Track Finishes Day Two of Golden Gala

Kent, Ohio- The Oberlin College track and field team wrapped up day two of the Kent State Golden Gala on Saturday with promising results.

Highlighting the day was junior Vlad Bursuc who set the school record for the men’s Heptathlon. He finished the seven events with a total of 3,497 points. Other notables on the day was senior Shawn Chrapczynski who ran the 300 meter dash with a time of 36.06.Jerry Choi also ran the 500 meter dash in a time of 1:09.32.

The Yeowomen were led by sophomore Sophia Brancazio. She ran the 60 meter dash in 8.35, and clocked a 26.80 in the 200 meter dash. Nuria Alishio-Caballero also had a good time in the 300 meter dash, crossing the finish line with a time of 45.61.

Head coach Ray Appenheimer was extremely pleased with the team in their first meet. He thinks that the team has great promise and is very excited for the upcoming season. The team will be back in action on January 13th, when they host the OC Invite.

Regina grad Riley McCormick drops four three pointers, Kenmore product Andola Dortch scores a baker's dozen to lead Toledo past CSU

TOLEDO, Ohio - Takima Keane and Destinee Blue each scored in double figures for the sixth time this season, but it would not be enough as the Cleveland State women's basketball team fell at Toledo, 81-42. The loss drops the Vikings to 3-5 on the season, while the Rockets improve to 6-3 on the year.

Keane and Blue each tallied 11 points Saturday afternoon, Keane also adding six assists and four steals and Blue adding six rebounds. Shalonda Winton posted a game-high 14 rebounds for CSU, marking her fourth double-digit rebounding game of the season.

Toledo got out to a 37-14 lead during the opening stanza, which included a 17-0 run that started at the 19:16 mark. Keane made a layup just 16 seconds into the contest for the first basket of the game, but the Rockets were then able to hold Cleveland State scoreless over the next 5:32 and allowed the CSU offense just 12 more points during the first 20 minutes of play.

The Vikings came out during the second half and posted back-to-back three-pointers from Honesty King and Keane and outscored the Rockets 14-6 over the next five minutes to bring the game to 46-28, but Toledo answered with an 11-0 run to once again extend their lead. The Rockets controlled play for the rest of the contest, coming away with the 81-42 victory. 

Dortch (L), McCormick (R)

The Rockets had four players score in double figures, including Andola Dortch who had a team-high 13 and Riley McCormick who tallied 12 points off of four three-pointers.

Cleveland State will now take a week off from competition until Tuesday, December 20 and Wednesday, December 21 when the Vikings participate in the Magnolia Classic hosted by Ole Miss. CSU will face Murray State at 6:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday and will then face the host Rebels on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. EST.