A Page -- Dec. 15, 2010

Defending district champ US has 

to be the favorite in the Padua 

Christmas tourney this weekend

Dec. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


HUNTING VALLEY – If/ by March, University School’s hockey team expects to make it to the state’s Frozen Four, a place it’s been to eight of the past 10 years, it will have to do what it essentially had done all those times, which is to peak in January.

 Through seven games this season, the Preppers are 3-2-2, which is respectable, but as one of the top three programs in the state since the late 1990s, the Preppers know they could do better.


The Preppers will get a big test this weekend when they go to the Padua Christmas tournament in Strongsville’s Iceland USA, where they will in round-robin play against historically four of the top five statewide programs outside the Cleveland area.

US Head Coach Bill Beard, now in his 14th season

US will be playing Northview, St. Francis, St, John and Findlay, each of which have made it to the Frozen Four at least five times since the tournament began in 1978.

If the y were to make it to the championship round, they will then face a local power such as Padua or St. Edward.

The Preppers did make it to the championship round of its first tournament this season, the Shadyside Invite in Pittsburgh. There they met tams from three different states in the preliminary rounds.

They started off with a 7-1 win over Colorado’s Fountain Valley School, Andrew Preiser earned the winning goal. Ian Robertson scored two goals. Matt Wipper, Brad Marshall, Kevin DeGuilis and Connor Clemens also challenged the opposing goalie to success,.

The scoring duties were also spread wide in a 4-4 tie with Shady Side. Wipper, Jack Linderman, Travis Lang and Tyler Dalton rang the bell.

Asst. Coach Brian Teeple, has three decades with the porgram

From a Colorado opponent and via a Pennsylvania foe, the Preppers squared off against a New Jersey gang when they took on Lawrenceville and skated to a 2-2 tie. Linderman and Dalton scored US goals.

Then in the title game, they skated to a 3-3 tie with Lawrenceville in regulation, played two scoreless overtime periods before falling in a shootout, 2-1.

Again, the scoring was spread with Clemens, Robertson and Marshall lighting the lamp.

Red North Division newcomer Strongsville surprised the Preppers in league play, 3-0, but US also had league wins over Lake Catholic and Padua by identical 4-1 scores.

Wipper broke out for a two-goal game against the Bruins and then fro a hat trick for affair against the Cougars. Clemens had a goal ant three assists in the two games.

Conner Judson scored a goal against Padua and Joey Rider one against Lake Catholic.

Shawnita Garland


Cleveland State's Basketball team 

travels to Marshall this weekend

Dec. 15, 2010

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State continues its three game roadtrip when the Vikings play at Marshall on Saturday (Dec. 18) at 7:00 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center. The Vikings are 6-2 this season with both losses coming on the road, including a 73-64 setback at Akron on Saturday (Dec. 11) in CSU's most recent contest. Marshall is 2-6 and has lost two straight, including a 57-53 setback to North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Dec. 11. This will be just the fourth all-time meeting between the two programs with Marshall holding a 2-1 lead in the series, including a 75-61 win in Cleveland last season.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has the Vikings off to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. 

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (11.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.8 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (8.1 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (13.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 apg). Juniors Takima Keane (7.8 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg) will also figure into the backcourt rotation.

 Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.9 apg), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and junior Destinee Blue (10.4, 7.5) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (0.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.5, 0.5) and Haley Schmitt (0.5 ppg), will also fight for time.

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings slipped one spot - from 17th to 18th - in this week's CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was announced on Tuesday (Dec. 14) afternoon. CSU received 210 points in the voting by 31 head coaches from mid-major schools. Green Bay is the only other Horizon League team in the top-25, receiving 17 of 31 first place votes and 754 points to top the poll. The Phoenix was followed by Bowling Green, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton and Gonzaga in the top five. A new poll is released every Tuesday.

VIKINGS IN THE NCAA STATS: Cleveland State received several mentions in the latest NCAA statistics that were released on Monday (Dec. 13). The Vikings 36th in the nation in three point field goal defense (.261), 48th in won-lost percentage (.750), 52nd in steals (11.3) and 61st in assists (15.4). Individually, Shawnita Garland is 25th in the nation in steals (3.1) and 65th in assists (4.8), while Shalonda Winton ranks 25th in double-doubles (4) and 61st in rebounding (9.4).

A HOMECOMING OF SORTS: Shawnita Garland is going home... sort of. The Charleston, W. Va., native will be playing college basketball for the first time in home state when the Vikings play at Marshall on Saturday night. Charleston is approximately 51 miles from the Marshall campus.

Kaila Montgomery


GARLAND SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT: With her 16 point effort at Akron on Saturday (Dec. 11), Shawnita Garland became the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Garland is ranked 22nd on the all-time scoring list at CSU, needing just six points to move past Lisa Kipp (1,009 points from 1984-88) and into 21st place. Garland is also just 22 points shy of climbing past Erin Martin (1,025 points from 2002-06) and into 20th place.

Baldwin-Wallace Basketball team 

wins fifth straight with 73-48 

victory at Marietta

Dec. 15, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA –  Freshman guard Kristin Troyer (Dover/Garaway) and sophomore guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa.) each scored a career-high and game-high 13 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team won its fifth straight game as it defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College,73-48 , tonight (Wednesday, December 15, 2010) on the Fenton Court in the Ban Johnson Arena in Marietta.


With the victory, the Yellow Jackets won their 32nd straight game over the Pioneers and improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.   With its loss, Marietta fell to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the OAC

In addition to Troyer and Frisina,  B-W had two other players in double figures as senior two-time All-OAC guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) and sophomore wing Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) each contributed  in 11 points.   Schroeder, who grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, remained in eighth place on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list with 1,099 career points.  The Pioneers were led by sophomore forward Aleisha Guilder scored 12 points.

Falls Alumna Rachel Rossman

In the first half,  B-W opened the scoring when sophomore guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) slashed to the hoop and scored on the layup at 18:59.   The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 6-0 before Marietta cut into the lead  when junior forward Lizz Wilson buried a jumper at the 16:15 mark.

B-W increased its lead to 16-4, when freshman guard Troyer scored her first two career  three-pointers with the last coming at 12:55.   The Pioneers ended a three minute scoring drought, 20-6, when freshman wing Tori Dixon hit a jumper with 11:06 left in the opening stanza.

The Yellow Jackets outscored the Pioneers 27-16 over the remainder of the first half to lead 47-22 at the intermission. B-W had its largest lead of the half of 26 points at the 2:21 mark when sophomore guard Frisina hit her third three-pointer of the period.

The Yellow Jackets first half success was keyed by the team shooting 50 percent from the field (18-36) and 58 percent from three-point land (7-12) Troyer and Frisina each had 11 points on a combined 8-9 (.889) from the field and impressive 6-of-7 (.857) from beyond the arc.


In the second half,  Marietta got as close as 23 points with 50 seconds remaining as freshman wing  Chelsea Martin hit a three-pointer.  B-W increased its lead to a game-high 33 points at 4:51 as Frisina hit a pair of free throws.


Joey Peterson's 222 average for 

the night leads Ridgeville past 

Elyria in high school bowling; 

Cody Bell averages 207 to lead 


Dec. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Joey Peterson rolled a 222-pin average in a two-game series 211-234 (445) to lead North RIdgeville High School’s boys’ varsity bowling team to a 2,260-2,152 win over Elyria High tonight in Black River Lanes bowling center.


Also averaging nearly 200 a game for the Rangers tonight were Brandon Becka  160-222(382) and Alex Gravely 201-183(384). Also contributing to the win were Glenn Waligora 193-181(374) and Logan Gedeon 164 (164).


For the Pioneers, it was Cody Bell 202-213(415), Dylan McGuire 170-181(351), Jake Neuschaefer 167-197(364), Aaron Kilgore 159-162(321) Mark Hartman 181 (181), and Mike Wagner 159 (159).

Alex Scullin's high game, series 

lead North Ridgeville JV boys past 

Elyria on the lanes

Dec. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Behind a match-high series and match-high game by Alex Scullin, North Ridgeville High’s boys’ JV bowling team was a 2,045-1,918 winner over Elyria High.

Scullin compiled a two-game series of 185-199(384). Coming close to Scullin’s 199 game was Zack Pulvino, who notched a 192-157(349) night.

Showing consistency in rolling a pair of 180 games was Joey Casement 183-186(369).

Also contributing to the win were Scott Bednarski  182 (182), Josh Buttrey 163(163), Tyler Davis 114 - (114), and Jim Bradley 174- (174).

Elyria High had Tyler Balmuta 186-185 (371), Jeff Maloney 151-131(282), Christopher Ross 157-201(358), Matt Franczak 164-134(298), and Marq Fairbanks 163-171(334).

North Ridgeville JV girls win forfeit 

over Pioneers

Dec. 15, 2010

North Ridgeville’s girls’ JV bowling team registered a win by forfeit tonight as Elyria did not have enough gals to outfit a team.

In the ghost game, the North Ridgeville gals had Alexis Jalowiec 104-69(173), Arshiya Anand 97-92(189), Alyse Fuller 94-81(175), and Nicole Gannon 89-116(205).

The Ranger girls put together baker games series of 94-92(186). Their Game 1 Total was 478, and Game 2 Total 450. They had a Grand-Pin Total Pins of 928.

CSU Men's Basketball team travels to 

contiguous state to play the WVA 

Mountaineers this weekend

Dec. 15, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State will face its toughest opponent to date when the Vikings travel to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 18 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.

The Vikings carry a school-record 12-0 mark into the contest after winning at Sam Houston State, 74-62, on Saturday (Dec. 11) to become the first Division I team to win 12 games this year. The Vikings, who are No. 20 in the most recent RPI and No. 30 in the Sagarine rankings, received 15 votes (32nd place) in this week's Associated Press poll, four votes (37th place) in the CNN/USA Today poll and remain in the top spot of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. 

West Virginia, which went to the NCAA Final Four last year with a 31-7 record, is off to a 8-2 start and is also receiving votes and ahead of Cleveland State in both major college basketball polls

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable as all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team that went 16-17 against one of the most difficult schedules in the country.

D'Aundray Brown 


The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (23.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.6 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (14.2 ppg,  4.3 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.  Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is out until late-December following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (4.3, 3.0) and Josh McCoy (5.3, 3.1), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.2, 6.2) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.3, 3.7) opening the year as the starting power forward.

Joe Latas

Chanel alum Joe Latas 

Junior Joe Latas (2.4, 2.2) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.5, 1.5) and Devon Long (2.5, 1.3) will help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside this year.  Injuries to Brown, freshman Sebastian Douglas (season/knee) and sophomore Anthony Wells (knee), have hurt the bench depth, especially to start the season.  CSU got Wells back into the lineup for the St. Bonaventure win, but he has missed the four subsequent games.

VIKINGS REMAIN ON TOP THE MID-MAJOR POLL:  A school-record 12-0 record to start the season has kept Cleveland State in the top spot for the second straight week of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Dec. 13).  The Vikings received 27 of the 31 first place votes and 770 total points to own a 42-point lead second place Old Dominion (728 points).  St. Mary's is third with 703 points followed by Gonzaga in fourth (682) and Wichita State in fifth (600).  Butler is eighth with 533 points while Loyola is 25th (59 points)  and Valparaiso and Detroit also received votes.  A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Beats Grove City (Pa.) College

December 15, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

GROVE CITY, PA.  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Grove City College, 65-54, tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 15) in a non-conference game at Grove City College Arena in Grove City, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 6-4 overall and the Wolverines fall to 4-5 overall for the season.

The first half remained close in the early minutes with both teams exchanging leads.  Hiram got some breathing room near the midway point of the period with an 11-0 scoring run that ended in a three-pointer by junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) that made the score, 17-7, with 10:43 left in the half.  Grove City answered with six straight points of its own to pull to within four points, 17-13, at the 8:06 mark.  The Terriers then outscored the Wolverines, 23-12, during the remainder of the half to lead by as many as 15 points with the halftime score of 40-25.

Hiram never relinquished its double-digit lead in the second half and led by as many as 18 points, 61-43, thanks to a triple by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with 5:49 left to play as the Terriers went to win by the final of 65-54.

Grove City was led in scoring by Jeff Newell with a game-tying high 16 points on six-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent).  He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.  Rounding out the high scorers was Brett Matson with 10 points.

Buchtel alum Glenn Campbell

Hiram was led by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) with a game-tying high 16 points on six-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent).  Wiegand was the only other Terrier in double figures with 10 points.

Ohio Northern Defeats Baldwin-Wallace Men, 73-

63, in Ada

BEREA – Junior center Scott Schnelle scored 18 points and grabbed a game-high-tying eight rebounds as the Ohio Northern University men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 73-63, tonight (Wednesday, December 15, 2010) in the ONU Sports Center in Ada.

In addition to Schnelle for the Polar Bears, now 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the OAC, freshman guard Jared Horstman scored 12 points and freshman forward Joe Staley added 10 markers and a game-high-tying eight rebounds and sophomore guard Tony Meyer had 10 points.  For B-W, now 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the OAC, freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) led the way with 18 points and a game-high-tying eight rebounds and junior All-OAC point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) scored 13 points.

In the first half, the Polar Bears opened a 4-0 lead at the 16:19 mark when freshman forward Joe Staley made two of three foul shots. The Yellow Jackets then went on a 5-0 run and took a 5-4 lead at the 15:26 mark when Cabbil made two foul shots.  After three lead changes, ONU gained a four-point lead at 11-7 with 13:54 left when Schnelle made a jump shot, was fouled and made the free throw to complete the three-point play.

The Yellow Jackets then went on a 6-0 run and took a 13-11 lead when junior backup point guard Matt Triana (North East, Pa./ North East) made a running jumper in the lane. Following a 13-13 tie and six lead changes, B-W scored four straight point to take a 22-19 lead with 6:22 left when Payne made a layup to complete a fastbreak.  After three lead changes and three ties, including the last one at 29-29, ONU went on a 5-0 run and gained its largest lead of the stanza at 34-29 when Horstman made a three-pointer.

In the second half, B-W twice cut the ONU lead to one point with the last time at 37-36 before the Polar Bears scored eight straight points, including a layup by freshman forward Dominque Royal at the 15:27 mark for a 45-36 lead. The advantage grew to 12 points at 50-38 with 12:28 left when sophomore guard Taylor Kuhlman made a jump shot, was fouled and made the free throw. The lead grew to 13 points at 53-40 at the 10:25 mark when Meyer made three foul shots.

The Yellow Jackets then scored five straight points to close to within eight points at 53-45 with 9:28 left when senior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) made a layup, was fouled and made the free throw.  B-W continued its run by outscoring ONU 7-2 to close to 55-52 when Meeder again canned a jumper, was fouled and made the free throw. Then, following an ONU foul shot, Payne canned a three-pointer at the 7:29 mark to make the score 56-55 in favor of ONU.

ONU regained its four-point lead at the 5:46 mark when Horstman made a jumper, was fouled and completed the three-point play when he made the foul shot.  Following a Cabbil jumper that brought the score to 59-57, Horstman made one of two foul shots for ONU and Ameen made one of two for B-W to make the score 60-58 in favor of ONU with 4:15 remaining.

Staley then gave ONU a 62-58 lead at the 3:38 mark, Kuhlman increased the advantage to five points at 63-58 at 3:01, but Cabbil pulled the Yellow Jackets back to 63-60 with a pair of foul shots.  Kuhlman the countered with two foul shots of his own at 2:41 to put the lead back to five points at 65-60.  After each team went cold from the floor, ONU’s Meyer made a pair of free throws at 1:12 and two more with 1:01 left to push the lead to 69-60.