A Page -- Dec. 15, 2011 -- AM Edition

Six Student/Athletes sign to Lake Erie 

College for basketball

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – With eight players in their final year of eligibility this season, Lake Erie College head women's basketball coach Bob Booher set out to replace that talent with a deep recruiting class that will be ready to make an impact starting next season.  He has done just that with the signing of six Student/Athletes to letters of intent during the fall early signing period.

"This current senior class is probably the deepest and most talented group we've had here at Lake Erie and we'll lose a lot with them not being around next season," Booher said.  "But I really think we've done a nice job with this class of bridging that gap and we expect a lot of these players to come in and make an impact as first-year players." 

This year's early recruiting class includes four wing players, one true guard and a post player.  Only two of the players are from Ohio, with two more coming from Michigan and one each from Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"We've expanded our reach, recruiting-wise, in recent years and I think that will be a trend that continues," Booher explained. "We had a very successful year two seasons ago and are off to a strong start this season. 

That and the fact that we now play in one of the premier conferences in the country at our level has opened us up to the opportunity to attract some really talented players from all over the region."

The early signing class is made up of guard Shelby Carpenter (Dayton, Ohio/Miami Valley), wings Carlye Garst (Salem, Va./Salem), Skylar Hebert (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns), Katie McNally (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) and  Karleigh Weichler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) and post Kaeding Skelton (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven).

One thing that stands out about the class is height.    All but Carpenter (5-7) are 5-10 or taller, including McNally and Skelton who both check in at over six-feet.  It's a physical attribute of vital importance in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), a league known for perennially strong post play.

Below is a brief breakdown of each member of the Storm's early signing class:

Shelby Carpenter
Guard/5-7/Dayton, Ohio (Miami Valley)

Four-year varsity starter at point guard… twice named All-Metro Buckeye Conference and has been a state finalist in track each of the past three years… led team to a 20-3 mark last season when she averaged 13.4 points, 7.0 assists and 6.7 steals per game.

Coach Booher's Comments: "Shelby has the ability to play either guard position, but has a lot of experience at the point.  She can attack the basket and has a strong mid-range game.  Most importantly, she has the ability to make her teammates better."

Carlye Garst
Wing/5-11/Salem, Va. (Salem)


A four-year varsity starter and two-year team captain… was named first-team all-district and second-team all-region as a junior… averaged a double-double for that season, with 13 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Coach Booher's Comments: "Carley can run, jump, rebound and shoot – and do all at a very high level.  She can score down low at the basket or on the perimeter. She plays hard and she's a winner".

Skylar Hebert
Wing/5-10/St. Johns, Mich. (St. Johns)


A two-year starter for the Redwings, during which time the team posted a 31-11 record…  averaged 7.5 points, 3.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.

Coach Booher's Comments: "Skylar is a strong fundamental player who can play any position on the perimeter.  She's a clutch player who knows how to rise to the occasion and step up her game when it is needed."

Katie McNally
Wing/6-0/Rocky River, Ohio (Rocky River)


Three-year letter-winner… averages 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game… helped team to a 20-3 record and district finals appearance last season.

Coach Booher's Comments: "Katie was a valuable high school role player who will blossom in the college game.  She is a shooter with great three-point range and will be a disruptive defender."

Kaeding Skelton
Post/6-1/Grand Haven, Mich. (Grand Haven)


Played on 2011 regional championship and state Final Four team last season that went 26-1… averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game… also competed in track

Coach Booher's Comments: "Kaeding will run the floor, be a strong rebounder and go after every loose ball possible.  She is capable of being a double-double player at the college level because of her great effort.  I expect her to be an impact player at both ends of the floor."



Karleigh Weichler
Wing/5-10/Pittsburgh, Pa. (Plum)

Four-year varsity starter and three-year team captain… averages 9.0 points and 2.5 steals per game… also a member of National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars.

Coach Booher's Comments: "Karleigh can shoot, defend and handle the ball.  She'll be a factor in all of our pressure defensive schemes as well as breaking the pressure on offense."

Lake Erie travels to Northwood

Lake Erie College (3-4, 0-3 GLIAC) at Northwood University (5-4, 2-2 GLIAC)
When: Saturday December 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Where:  E.W. Bennett Sports Center (Midland, Mich.)
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/northwood
Game Notes: Click Here

STORM LOOKS FOR FIRST GLIAC WIN ON THE ROAD: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team is looking to get on the board in conference play as it hits the road to take on GLIAC North foe Northwood University. The Storm (3-4, 0-3 GLIAC) has dropped three straight GLIAC games to Hillsdale College (62-56), Wayne State University (67-56) and Ashland University (73-54). Prior to that, Lake Erie had a three-game winning streak with home wins against Salem International (86-77), Malone University (72-61), and Mercyhurst College, (67-51).

SERIES NOTES: These teams met for the first time last season on Dec. 18, 2010 as Northwood came to Painesville, Ohio and picked up a tough 82-77 victory. The Storm shot over 60 percent during the first 12 minutes of the contest, did not commit a turnover until 15:27 left in the game and led by as many as 20 in the first half. Departed seniors Ethan Bradshaw and Jimmy Kerrigan were Lake Erie's top scorers in that contest with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Northwood University (5-4, 2-2 GLIAC) has been a different team at home this season posting a 5-1 mark while going 0-3 away from the E.W. Bennett Sports Center. The Timberwolves returned all five starters from their 10-18 squad a season ago. In GLIAC play, Northwood has defeated Lake Superior State and Grand Valley State and has fell Findlay and Ferris State.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 12.6 ppg. and 7.3 rpg, leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in five of the seven games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

STORM SWIPING IT: Lake Erie got after ball handlers last season and it resulted in 6.7 steals per game, good for sixth in the GLIAC. Eight Storm players had at least 10 takeaways, led by Ethan Bradshaw with 30 and returning junior guard Alex Davis with 24. This season, the Storm has averaged 8.6 steals per game, good for fourth in the conference.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm is off until after the holidays as they play next Dec. 29 & 30 at the Rollins (Fla.) Winter Park Rotary Tournament. Lake Erie's will face host Rollins College in the opening game.

'Berg Men's Hoopsters Step Out of Conference 

with Waynesburg (Pa.) and Trine


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's basketball team will take a
break from league action, stepping out of the Ohio Athletic Conference to
host Waynesburg (Pa.) University on Thursday, Dec. 15 and Trine (Ind.)
University on Saturday, Dec. 17.  Tip-off against for Thursday's tilt is
slated for 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest will tip at 2 p.m.

Live stats for both games will be available at

The Student Princes (2-5, 1-3 OAC) are coming off a 64-52 win at Muskingum
University last Saturday, snapping a five-game losing skid.  Senior guard
Darion Capers (Clayton/Trotwood-Madison) poured in a team-high 13 points and
led four Student Princes who scored in double figures, including sophomore
forward Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry) (11), and senior guard C.J. Powell
(Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley) and senior forward Zane Wildermuth (Botkins),
who came off the bench to tally 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

Capers, the reigning OAC player of the week, has led the Berg in scoring in
four of seven games this season and leads overall by averaging 15.3 points
per game and is second in shooting percentage at 57.4 (39-of-68).  Fortkamp
is second in scoring (12.7 ppg.) and third in rebounding with 5.1 rebounds
per game and is a 56.9 percent (33-of-58) shooter.  Junior honorable mention
All-OAC forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) nearly averages a double-double
with 10.1 ppg. and 9.7 rpg., has tallied 10 or more rebounds in four games,
and leads the team with a 58.3 shooting percentage (28-of-48) and 16 blocks.
Junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Prep)
rounds out a list of four double-digit scorers with 10.0 ppg., is second
with 5.4 rpg., and has passed for a team-high 24 assists.  Sophomore guard
Mike Petrie (Columbus/Beechcroft) has started the last two games and tallies
5.9 ppg. and has canned a team-high eight three-pointers.

Waynesburg (2-7, 0-3 Presidents' Athletic Conference) last played on
Saturday, an 84-60 loss at Malone College, and is riding a four-game losing
streak.  The Yellow Jackets are led by Larry Alexander, who scores 10.4 ppg.
and shoots 43.1 percent (31-of-72) from the field.

Trine (5-2) comes to Tiffin with a four-game winning streak following a
68-56 win at Purdue (Ind.) North Central.  The Thunder is led by a trio of
double-figure scorers in Ian Jackson (19.4), Scott Rogers (11.1) and Tim
Percy (17.1).

Following the Berg's game with Trine, the Student Princes will close the
non-conference portion of the 2011-12 schedule at the Mose Hole Classic,
hosted by The College of Wooster, with games against Hiram College on Dec.
29 and Wooster on Dec. 30.

Storm Student/Athletes help out at Rainbow 

Babies and Children as part of team outreach 


Photo Gallery

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Several members of the Lake Erie College football team, along with offensive coordinator Jerry Hazzard and his wife Emily, volunteered at the annual WDOK Rainbow Radiothon Friday morning (Dec. 9) at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

The Storm players worked the phone bank from 6-8 a.m. and were part of the group that raised the most money in that time frame in the event's history.

The student-athletes participating and volunteering their time are fifth-year senior defensive lineman Mike Robare (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush),junior defensive lineman Taylor Leppla (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge), junior kicker Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), sophomore defensive lineman Ben Bryan (Carrollton, Ohio/Carrollton), sophomore offensive lineman Brian Standiford (Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge), sophomore quarterback Brendan Gallagher (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora) and freshman quarterback Ryan Bitzer (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Orange).

Olmsted Falls' Jerry Knapp, Jr.

Heidelberg Wrestling Faces Mount St. Joseph 

Thursday in Cincinnati

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University wrestling team returns to the mat
Thursday, Dec. 15 when it faces The College of Mount St. Joseph in a
non-conference dual meet at the Harrington Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The
match is slated for 7 p.m.

The Student Princes (2-4) are looking to rebound from a 27-10 loss to
Division II foe Ashland University last week.  Despite the loss to the
Eagles, sophomores Chris Osborne (McComb) and Jason Russell (Columbus/West)
and senior Jerry Knapp (Columbia Station/Olmsted Falls) each won bouts.

Mount St. Joseph (1-1) competed last Saturday at the North Central (Ill.)
College Invitational where the Lions placed seventh.

Following Thursday's dual meet, the Berg will enjoy a two-week break before
traveling to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to compete in the Citrus Open on Dec.
29-30.  The Student Princes open 2012 and Ohio Athletic Conference action on
Jan. 10 against John Carroll University.



Temple (8-4, 5-3 MAC) vs. Wyoming (8-4, 5-2 Mountain West)

Saturday, December 17, 2011 • 2:00 pm ET • Albuquerque, N.M.  •  University Stadium (38,634)

ESPN • Announcers:  Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Jessica Mendoza (sideline reporter)


Temple University Head Coach:  Steve Addazio

Career:  8-4 (1st year); at Temple:  8-4 (1st year)


Offense Leaders:

Rush:  RB Bernard Pierce (248 att., 1,381 yds., 25 TDs)

Pass:  QB Chester Stewart (83 att., 54 comp., 743 yds., 2 TDs)

Rec.:  TE Evan Rodriguez (33 rec., 427 yds., 2 TDs)


Defense Leaders:

Tackles:  LB Stephen Johnson (113 tackles, 4.0 tfl, 2.0 sacks)

Sacks:  DL Adrian Robinson (47 tackles, 11.0 tfl, 6.0 sacks)

Int.:  DB Justin Gildea (46 tackles, 4.5 tfl, 3.0 sacks, 3 INT)


*  Quick Notes:  Temple is bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons and just the sixth time in school history. Temple also earned bowl eligibility during the 1934 (1935 Sugar Bowl), 1979 (Garden State Bowl), 1990 (7-4 record, no bowl bid), 2009 (EagleBank Bowl), and 2010 (8-4 record, no bowl bid) seasons.

• Seven of Temple’s 2011 opponents— Villanova (FCS semifinal), Penn State (Outback Bowl), Maryland (Military Bowl), Toledo (Little Caesar’s Bowl), Ohio (R+L Carriers Bowl), Miami (GoDaddy.com Bowl), and Army (Armed Forces Bowl)— participated in postseason play in 2010.

• Since joining the MAC in 2007, the Owls own the league’s best home record for MAC games at 17-4.

• Temple’s 38-7 win at Maryland was the first win in school history over an ACC team.

• Four of Temple’s 2011 opponents—Penn State (TicketCity), Toledo (Military), Ball State (not selected), and Ohio (Famous Idaho Potato)— were bowl eligible this season.


*  Quick Starts:  Temple has scored on its opening drive in eight of its 12 games this season. In the 42-0 win at Ball State, Temple scored on its first four drives of the game.


*  Pierce Among National Leaders In 100-Yard Games:  Junior RB Bernard Pierce ranks sixth among the national leaders in career 100-yard rushing games. Temple’s leading rusher has 16 career 100-yard rushing games, five this fall alone.


*  Good Start: First year head coach Steve Addazio has guided the Owls to eight wins during the 2011 season, surpassing Wayne Hardin (7) [1970-82] for the most wins by a first-year coach. Addazio is the fifth coach in school history to guide Temple to two victories to open his first season and the first coach since Henry Miller in 1925 to accomplish the feat.


*  Big Numbers:  Temple has surged out of the locker room and into the redzone, out-scoring opponents by 16.2 points this season. The Owls have scored 40-plus points in four of their wins, scoring at least 34 points in seven victories, while holding their opponents to a combined 17 points in their first five victories.


*  Timing Is Everything:  Temple has dominated the time of possession in nine of its 12 games, including a minimum 13-plus minute advantage over three opponents. The Owls’ biggest TOP margin was a 22-minute advantage in the 38-7 win at Maryland which ranks second nationally for a single game this season.


*  Pierce, McManus Among Top 10 All-Time Scorers:  Ranked in the Top 10 on the career chart for scoring, juniors PK Brandon McManus and RB Bernard Pierce continue to race towards the top. With a touchdown at Bowling Green, Pierce surpassed former RB Paul Palmer (264) [1983-87] to become the Owls’ all-time scoring leader and now has 312 points. McManus is No. 3 with 251 points.




Ohio (9-4, 6-2 MAC) vs. Utah State (7-5, 5-2 WAC)

Saturday, December 17, 2011 • 5:30 pm ET • Boise, Ida. •  Bronco Stadium (32,000)

ESPN • Announcers:  Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Mike Bellotti (analyst), Heather Cox (sideline reporter)


Ohio University Head Coach:  Frank Solich

Career:  107-59 (13th year); at Ohio:  49-40 (7th year)


Offense Leaders:

Rush:  RB Donte Harden (172 att., 939 yds., 2 TDs)

Pass:  QB Tyler Tettleton (387 att., 246 comp., 3,066 yds., 26 TDs)

Rec.:  WR LaVon Brazill (65 rec., 1,036 yds., 10 TDs)


Defense Leaders:

Tackles:  LB Noah Keller (104 tackles, 7.0 tfl, 1.0 sacks, 1 INT)

Sacks:  DL Tremayne Scott (59 tackles, 8.0 tfl, 3.0 sacks, 2 ff)

Int.:  DB Travis Carrie (47 tackles, 1.5 tfl, 4 INT, 16 pbu)


*  First and 10:  Ohio will make its third straight bowl appearance as it faces Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (MST)/5:30 p.m. (EST) inside Bronco Stadium.

-The Bobcats are in search of their first-ever bowl victory.

-Ohio owns a 3-2 record all-time against teams from WAC.

-Ohio has racked up over 500 yards-or-more of total offense in three of its last six weeks.

-Ohio has the most wins among FBS teams in the state of Ohio.

-Ohio owns a 9-4 record on the year. The Bobcats have won nine games in six different seasons. Three of those nine-win seasons have come during the Solich era.

-The Bobcats have won 45 games since 2006, which is the most by any Mid-American Conference school during that period.

-In Ohio’s four losses, the Bobcats have lost by an average of just 4.7 points per game.   

-The Bobcats rank fourth in the MAC in both total offense (452.4) and total defense (355.2).


*  Bobcats Set Nine Team Records in 2011:  Ohio scored 403 points, surpassing the previous mark of 376 set back in 1968.

-The Bobcats’ 5,896 yards of total off ense smashed the previous school record of 4,599 set back in 2000.

-Ohio averaged 453.5 yards per game which surpassed the previous school standard of 418.7 set in 2000.

-The Bobcats’ 3,262 yards passing marks smashed the previous school mark of 2,795 yards set back in 2007.

-Ohio’s 28 TD passes broke the previous school record of 23 (2009).

-The 257 completions by Ohio were the most ever, suprassing the previous high of 232 set in 1986.

-Ohio’s 24 made field goals were the most in a single season, eclipsing the 21 field goals made in 2009.

-Ohio set a record for first downs in a season as it totaled 305.


*  Mr. 3,000: Following his 218-yard performance against Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game, sophomore Tyler Tettleton became the first quarterback in school history to surpass 3,000 yards passing.


*  Offensive Explosion: Ohio has racked up over 500 yards of total offense in three of the last six weeks. Earlier this season against Marshall, Ohio totaled season-high 559 total yards, which ranks seventh all-time for a single game mark. In the four games in which Ohio has recorded 500 yards-or more offensively, the Bobcats are 4-0.


*  Surpassing 2,000: Senior wide receiver LaVon Brazill became just the third player in school history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards after he totaled 165 yards against Temple. Former Bobcats Todd Snyder (1967-69) and Taylor Price (2006-09) are the only players in program history to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards.