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

Adam's White's 460 not enough as Waligora, 

Kordish, Peterson all wax 400 series to lead 

North Ridgeville past Vermilion

Joey Peterson, Glenn Waligora, Ryan Kordish all rolled a 400 two-game series to lead North Ridgeville to a near 200-pin win over Vermilion.

The Sailors' Adam White led all Student/Athletes in the match with a match-high 460 series.

Boys Varsity
North Ridgeville
Glenn Waligora  206-203 (409)
Logan Gedeon 173-171 (344)
Ryan Kordish 207-197 (404)
Joey Peterson 208-226 (434)
Tyler Davis 187-196 (383)
Alex Gravely -
Alex Scullin -
Baker Games 217-216 (433)
Game 1 1198
Game 2 1209
Grand Total Pins 2407
Kyle Neiding  157-188 (345)
Dylon Wilson - 183 (183)
Josh Shullick 190-209 (399)
Jon Holtcamp 170 - (170)
Andrew Harcula 169-141 (310)
Adam White 220-240 (460)
Baker Games 180-165 (345)
Game 1 1086
Game 2 1126
Grand Total Pins 2212
Boys JV
North Ridgeville
CJ Schneider - 214 (214)
Caleb Barbosa - 141 (141)
Zack Pulvino 165-177 (342)
Nico Dennis 122 - (122)
Donny Ciryak 143 - (143)
Joey Casement 214 - (214)
Joe Harnden 179-172 (351)
S.A.W. - 132 (132)
Baker Games 186-179 (365)
Game 1 1009
Game 2 1015
Grand Total Pins  2024
Jack Gibbons - -
Jordon Greenmaker 141-185 (326)
Devin Dandy 134-143 (277)
Kollin Frances  198-176 (374)
Andrew Fetsic  175-154 (329)
Brent Scarvilli  127-207 (334)
Jerry Janinski  - -
Baker Games 171-152 (323)
Game 1 946
Game 2 1017
Grand Total Pins 1963

Edmonson (L), Watkins (R)

Hot First-Half Shooting Gives Hiram College Men’s Basketball Win Against 

Grove City (Pa.) College


December 14, 2011


HIRAM, OHIO – The Hiram College men’s basketball team shot a scorching 66.7 percent (20-of-30) in the first half, including 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from three-point range, as the Terriers posted a 92-64 victory against Grove City (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 14) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. Hiram ended up taking a school-record tying 32 three-point attempts which also came against Grove City back in 2006-07. [Game Stats]


With the win, the Terriers improve to 4-3 overall and the Wolverines fall to 4-5 overall for the season.


Hiram came out firing in the first half and made thier first four three-point attempts which included back-to-back triples by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) to put the Terriers up 14-4 early in the period with 16:23 left before halftime. But Grove City would not go quietly, answering with an 11-3 scoring run to pull to within a basket, 17-15, at the 12:23 mark. The Terriers answered the Wolverine run with a run of their own, outscoring Grove City, 19-6, to extend the margin back to double-figures, 36-21, with 7:19 remaining. Hiram never looked back the rest of the half as the hot shooting continued and the Terriers built a 27-point margin on two occassions, including a 56-29 advantage thanks to three free-throws by junior guard Tom Herchek (Randolph/Waterloo) with 50 seconds left in the opening period. Grove City recorded the final points of the half, but would still trail, 58-35, at the break.

Herchek (L), Stefanov (R)


The Terrier lead was never in doubt in the second half as Hiram didn’t allow the Wolverines to get closer than 18 points. Hiram went on to record its largest lead of the game of 29 points, 85-56, with 7:55 left in the game on a jumper by sophomore guard Josh Emondson (Euclid/Twinsburg) en route to the 92-64 final.


Hiram ended up shooting 49.3 percent (34-of-69) from the field for the game, including 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from behind the arc. Grove City shot 43.1 percent (25-of-58) from the floor. The Terriers also outrebounded the Wolverines, 42-29.


Grove City was led in scoring by Mitch Marmelstein with 16 points on seven-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent). Rob Zewe was the only other double-digit scorer for the Wolverines with 15 points.


Hiram had four players score in double-figures led by Stefanov’s game-high 17 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent) and five-of-six (83.3 percent) from three-point range. Herchek was second with 16 points and senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) was third with 15 points to go along with a game-high seven rebounds. Rounding out the high scorers was junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) with 10 points.


Hiram will travel to Washington, Pa. for a non-conference game against Washington & Jefferson College on Sunday, Dec. 18. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Horizon League Men's Basketball Notes

·         Fight the Power: After playing Power 6 teams six times last week, Horizon League members will play five games against Power 6 foes this week, with three of the contests coming in Horizon League venues.

o    Last week, the Horizon League collected two wins, as Detroit and Milwaukee picked off St. John’s and DePaul. Both will be back in action this week against Power 6 schools, as Detroit hosts #17/16 Mississippi State on Saturday (12 p.m., Horizon League Network, FS Detroit), while Butler meets Purdue in the Crossroads Classic on Saturday (2 p.m. ET, CBS).

o    On Tuesday, Milwaukee welcomed #14/15 Wisconsin to U.S. Cellular Arena, setting a new Horizon League Network viewership record and single-game regular season attendance mark, while UIC traveled to Corvallis, Ore. Wright State hosted Cincinnati on Wednesday in front of an ESPN2 audience.

·         Quick Starts: Cleveland State has dropped just one game in the last two Novembers and Decembers, going a combined 24-2. The Vikings are receiving votes in the AP Poll, standing at 10-1 this year.

·         Barn Burner: It might not receive the hype of other games this week, but keep an eye on Oakland’s trip to Valparaiso on Saturday night (8:05 p.m., Horizon League Network). Last year, the teams staged a classic, with Valparaiso holding on for a 103-102 win in regulation at the O’Rena. 

·         Mylanta Moments: Through the first nine games of Horizon League conference play, five have gone to the final possession and two went to overtime. On Saturday, both Milwaukee and Wright State dodged game-winning attempts by UIC and Youngstown State, respectively. Only two Horizon League contests have been decided by 10 or more points.

o    No team has won the Horizon League title after losing its conference opener dating back to 2001-02.

o    League play will be hiatus for the next three weeks, resuming on Thursday, Dec. 29.

·         Upcoming Games

o    Horizon League teams can be seen on ESPN Networks during the week, as ESPN3 will have the HLN feed of the Detroit-Mississippi State game. ESPN2 will carry the Wright State-Cincinnati contest on Wednesday.

o    Butler’s meeting with Purdue can be seen on CBS at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.

o    Detroit will be continuing its swing against SEC opponents, hosting Mississippi State on Saturday. The Titans were at #16/15 Alabama on Sunday, falling 62-54.

·         The Week That Was

o    Wisconsin’s visit to Milwaukee on Tuesday was a boon to both UWM and the Horizon League Network. With 10,143 fans in attendance, Milwaukee set a new regular season single-game attendance record, while HLN set a new viewership record across its online and mobile platforms.

o    Playing seven games against the MAC on Saturday, the Horizon League stood strong, going 5-2 in those contests. The Horizon League leads the season series, 9-6, after going 18-12 last year. The conferences will meet three times this week.

o    Ben Averkamp had 31 points in leading Loyola to a come-from-behind 57-55 win at Toledo, setting a career high and the season high in the Horizon League this year.

·         League Notes

o    Cleveland State continues to receive votes in the Associated Press Poll. The Vikings picked up 7 points in the AP poll (35th overall).

o    In the first nine Horizon League conference games of the year, five came down to the final possession and/or went to overtime. Wright State was both the victim and beneficiary in its two games, losing on a tip-in to Cleveland State, 45-43, and surviving for a 63-62 win over Youngstown State when the Penguins’ floater at the horn, hit the back of the rim.

o    For the third straight year, and sixth time in 12 seasons, Butler was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Horizon League.

o    14 players who starred in the Horizon League last season are presently in Europe pursuing a professional career or waiting for the resumption of the NBA season to begin the year.

o    The Horizon League owns the longest winning streak in the NCAA Tournament among non-Power 6 conferences, having won a tournament game in each of the last 7 years.

·         Butler Bulldogs (4-6, 0-1 Horizon)

o    Butler dropped its third straight game for just the second time since 2004-05, falling at Ball State, 58-55. The Bulldogs also lost three straight a year ago, before reeling off 14 consecutive victories and reaching the national championship game.

o    The Bulldogs have had a player record a double-double in four straight games, as Khyle Marshall recorded career highs with 21 points and 16 rebounds at Ball State. On Wednesday, freshman Roosevelt Jones carried the Bulldogs for stretches, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds to record his first career double-double. Four different Bulldogs (Andrew Smith, Kameron Woods, Jones and Marshall) have collected double-doubles in the stretch.

o    Butler has had seven different players lead the team or share the team lead in scoring in the first 10 games.                                                                               

o    Senior Ronald Nored gave Butler its second straight Lowe’s Senior CLASS nominee, earning the honor this season. Last year, it was Matt Howard who became a finalist for the honor. Nored has climbed to sixth on the Butler career assists chart with 355.

o    Butler has won at least 26 games in five consecutive seasons. Butler’s 150 wins over the past five-plus years are a school and Horizon League record. The Bulldogs are part of the Horizon League’s seven-year winning streak in NCAA Tournament play, claiming victories in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

·         #rv/- Cleveland State Vikings (10-1, 2-0 Horizon)

o    The Vikings’ 10-1 start is the second best opening to a season in program history, topped only by last year’s 12-0 start. CSU is a combined 24-2 over the last two November’s and December’s. CSU plays four more games in December this year.

o    The Vikings are 7-0 in games decided by five points or less, winning two games last week. CSU defeated Robert Morris (62-58) and Akron (69-66).

o    Over the seven-game road trip in which it went 6-1, CSU held its opposition to 14-for-82 (.171) shooting from three-point range. Opponents are shooting just .232 (29-125) from three-point against CSU this year, ranked among the top five in the nation.

o    D’Aundray Brown had five steals last week, moving into 10th place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 177. He entered last week ranked second in the country with 3.1 steals per game.

o    Defensively, Cleveland State leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (57.3), steals (10.0) and opponent turnovers per game (19.7).

o    Cleveland State is one of three teams to have played a part in the Horizon League’s seven-year NCAA Tournament winning streak, having knocked off No. 4 Wake Forest, 84-69, as a No. 13 seed in 2009.

·         Detroit Titans (5-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Detroit went 1-1 in games against Power 6 teams last week, knocking off St. John’s 69-63 before falling at #16/15 Alabama, 62-54.

o    At Alabama, Detroit went without a three-point field goal for the first time since Feb. 27, 2010, shooting just 24 percent in the first half before outscoring the Crimson Tide, 32-24, in the game’s final 20 minutes.

o    After sitting out the first 10 games of the season, senior Eli Holman returned to the Titans’ rotation on Dec. 8, playing 19 minutes. In that span, Holman had 21 points and seven rebounds as the Titans blitzed Western Michigan, 92-81.

o    Detroit honored former Head Coach Dick Vitale on Dec. 5, dedicating “Dick Vitale Court” at Calihan Hall before knocking off St. John’s, 69-63, before a national television audience on ESPN2.

o    LaMarcus Lowe’s streak of recording at least 2 blocks in every game came to an end against Western Michigan, when he only recorded 1. Lowe’s 2.8 blocks per game are 25th in the NCAA.

o    Ray McCallum is a Preseason Wooden Award Watch List and Preseason Naismith Trophy honoree. The sophomore spent the summer with USA Basketball’s World University Games team. The youngest member of the team, McCallum appeared in all 8 contests, averaging 4.5 ppg while collecting 8 rebounds and 7 assists (2 turnovers).

·         Green Bay Phoenix (5-6, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Green Bay has played the ninth-toughest schedule in the country through Dec. 11, per RPIRatings.com. The six opponents the Phoenix have played away from home are a combined 45-11.

o    Sophomore Alec Brown broke out against #11/11 Marquette, recording a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds. Brown followed it up with 20 points and 9 boards on Tuesday.

o    With 100 career blocks, Brown sits in fourth on the all-time Phoenix ledger.

o    Green Bay is 5-0 at home this season. Brown is averaging 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds at the Resch Center.

o    With 16 years of experience among 14 players, the Phoenix are the 13th-youngest team in the country. Green Bay will be working in six newcomers to the roster, along with Terry Johnson, who practiced with the team last year after transferring from Illinois State.

·         Loyola Ramblers (2-7, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Ben Averkamp’s 31 points led Loyola back from a 14-point deficit, as the junior hit a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer to send the Ramblers to a 57-55 win at Toledo.

o    Loyola played on Saturday without starters Walt Gibler (back spasms) and Joe Crisman (hand). With those two out, Loyola is dressing 6 scholarship players.

o    Averkamp is rounding into form after a rough start, chipping in 15.0 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 bpg and 1.2 spg over the last five contests. After scoring in double digits just once in the first four games, he has done so four times in the last five outings.

o    Gibler led Loyola’s comeback in a 69-58 loss to DePaul, scoring a career-high 29 points in the eventual defeat.

o    On Nov. 26, Loyola opened the renovated Joseph J. Gentile Arena in style, besting Fordham, 64-50, to collect its first win of the year, while sophomore guard Denzel Brito tallied his first career double-double against Fordham, finishing with 11 points and 10 assists.

o    The Ramblers boast two Pre-Med majors on their roster; both Walt Gibler and Ben Averkamp have designs on becoming doctors following the conclusion of their basketball careers. Averkamp averaged a team-best 12.0 points per game last year, while Gibler chipped in 9.4 ppg.

·         Milwaukee Panthers (8-3, 2-0 Horizon)

o    Down 17 points with 15 minutes to play, Milwaukee rallied to tie #14 Wisconsin with 5 minutes left before two dagger threes by the Badgers sent the Panthers to a 60-54 defeat. Tony Meier scored 12 of his team-high 15 points in Milwaukee’s 13-2 run that tied the game.

o    Milwaukee was missing two starters in the game, as both Ja’Rob McCallum (hand) and Kyle Kelm (shoulder) sat out the loss to Wisconsin.

o    UWM collected its first win over a Big East opponent since 2005 on Dec. 5, routing DePaul, 87-76. The Panthers never trailed, leading by as many as 22 points in the game.

o    Paris Gulley and Meier shot down DePaul, combining to go 10-for-10 from three-point range. Gulley finished with a career-best 19 points, while Meier added 20. Kaylon Williams led the Panthers with 21 points.

o    In holding Loyola to 41 points, Milwaukee has allowed 50 or fewer points in three games, the most since the 2004-05 season.

o    The Panthers have held 10-of-11 opponents to less than 44 percent shooting from the field.

·         UIC Flames (3-6, 0-2 Horizon)

o    Through the first nine games of the season, UIC has seen six players lead the Flames in scoring, and five individuals pace the team in rebounding.

o    UIC enters this week’s slate of Horizon League games as the League’s leader in rebounding margin (+7.8), and much of that success on the boards has been due to the emergence of sophomore transferHayden Humes.  The Valparaiso, Ind., native is averaging 7.8 caroms over the past four games, including a pair of double-digit rebounding efforts.

o    UIC’s point guard duo of freshman Greg Travis and junior college transfer Gary Talton has made a fairly seamless transition to Division I basketball.  Talton leads the Flames in scoring (9.9 ppg), while Travis ranks sixth on the team in scoring (7.4 ppg). Talton is seventh in assists (3.1), with Travis right behind (2.9) in the Horizon League rankings.. Travis is third in assist/turnover ratio (1.7), while Talton is sixth (1.4).

o    The Flames attempted 28 free throws against visiting Northern Illinois in a 62-55 win, 12 more than the Huskies attempted (16). The Flames are now 3-0 on the season when attempting more freebies than their opponent.

o    UIC turned over the majority of its roster in the offseason, bringing in nine newcomers for head coach Howard Moore’s second season. Seven of the newcomers are true freshmen, with four hailing from the Chicagoland area and two coming from Dallas.

·         Valparaiso Crusaders (7-3, 1-0 Horizon)

o    Valparaiso is second in the nation in shooting from inside the three-point arc, knocking down 60 percent of its two-point attempts.

o    Sophomore Jay Harris matched his career high with 20 points in Saturday’s 82-79 win over Bowling Green.

o    Junior Ryan Broekhoff has turned into the Horizon League’s Swiss Army Knife, ranking in the top 10 in seven different Horizon League categories. Broekhoff is leads the conference in rebounding (9.0), is third in scoring (15.3) and 10th in field-goal percentage (49.5), among others.

o    Valparaiso won at Butler for the first time since 1988, taking a 77-71 overtime contest from the Bulldogs.

o    Junior Richie Edwards scored 18 points to lead all players at Butler. In his first year of Division I basketball, Edwards is averaging 10.0 ppg.

o    Two members of the Crusaders played in the World University Games. Broekhoff represented Australia, tying for team-high scoring honors in averaging 10.9 points per game. Edwards paced the New Zealand squad and ranked third overall among all tournament players with an average of 20.1 points per game.

·         Wright State Raiders (4-7, 1-1 Horizon)

o    The Raiders were blitzed by Cincinnati on Wednesday, falling 78-58 at the Nutter Center. Cincinnati shot 9-of-20 from three-point range in the first half, opening a 17-2 lead.

o    Wright State held Miami to 30.2 percent shooting in winning 51-49. The mark was the lowest by a Raiders opponent since they held Jackson State to a 26.2 percent night on Nov. 16.

o    Wright State was on both sides of games coming down to the final possession, falling on a tip-in against Cleveland State and getting a free throw with 1.4 seconds left to get past Youngstown State, 63-62.

o    The Raiders are the sixth-youngest men’s basketball team in Division I this year. Wright State averages 0.87 years of experience per player on its roster, matching that of UNC-Wilmington. Eight newcomers dot the Wright State roster, including seven true freshmen. In total, 11 players on the Raiders roster are listed as underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores).

o    The young group had a chance to bond as the program took a 10-day trip to Italy this August. The Raiders went 1-3, traveling through Rome, Florence, Venice, San Marino and Lake Como. Areceneaux was the lone Raider to finish in double figures in each of the four games in Italy (11, 11, 12, 10), while fellow freshman Tavares Sledge posted a team-best 7.5 rebounds per contest.

·         Youngstown State Penguins (6-3, 1-1 Horizon)

o    Youngstown State has matched its program record for three-pointers in a game, 14, three times this season, the most recent coming in Saturday’s 80-72 loss at Buffalo.

o    At 9.8 three-pointers per game, the Penguins rank eighth in the NCAA. Hitting 39.3 percent of those attempts, Youngstown State ranks 36th in the nation.

o    Senior Ashen Ward has made 112 career 3-pointers and needs two more to move into ninth place on the YSU all-time list.         

o    Junior Damian Eargle has 129 career blocks which ranks third all-time. His 38 blocks this season already ranks sixth on the Penguins’ single season chart.

o    Junior Blake Allen has made 70 3-pointers in his last 26 games played for an average of 2.7 three-pointers made per game.    

o    In total, Youngstown State returns 63.4 percent of its scoring and 63.3 percent of its minutes played from 2010-11. Five of the Penguins’ top seven scorers from last season return to the lineup.


Dugan (L), Basar (R)

B-W’s Dugan is Yellow Jacket TD Club MVP 

and Basar is NFF Scholar/Athlete Award 


BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College senior safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor) and senior offensive center Jimmy Basar (Parma/ Senior) each will be honored this winter.  Dugan as B-W’s Most Valuable Player to the Cleveland Touchdown Club and Basar by the National Football Foundation as B-W’s Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Dugan will be honored on Saturday, March 5 when the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities holds its annual awards dinner on the B-W campus in its Strosacker College Union at 6:00 p.m.  Basar will be honored on May 8 when the NFF hosts its annual awards dinner at LaCentre in Westlake at 6:00 p.m.

Dugan, an exercise science major and one of four team captains, was a three-year starter, four-year varsity contributor and a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree, including as a first-team selection this fall. He also earned second-team selection All-OAC honors in 2009 and 2010. This season, Dugan had 57 tackles, including 30 solo stops, and two interceptions, seven total pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He ended his career with 186 tackles, 12 interceptions and 45 pass breakups. Dugan’s 12 thefts ranks fifth all-time in school history and his 45 breakups is fourth all-time. He also earned OAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for a career-high 16-tackle performance in a 20-6 victory against Ohio Northern University.

“Ryan had an exceptional four-year career and was one of the best safeties in the OAC at least the last three years,” said veteran Yellow Jacket Head Coach John Snell. “Not only was a he a good safety, he was an even better team leader and a solid student.  We are pleased for Ryan and his family. He is deserving of this honor.”

Basar, a physics major who carries a 3.3 grade point average and was a team captain, also was a three-year starter who helped lead an offense that averaged 370.1 yards and scored 30.2 points-per-game. He intends on attending graduate school next fall.

“Jimmy was a key member of our offensive line the past three years and a great team leader,” said Snell. “He brought together our entire line and that had a large bearing on our offensive success the past three years.  Jimmy also is a strong student who intends on attending graduate school. He is definitely a scholar-athlete.”

The Yellow Jackets had an outstanding season and finished with an 8-2 overall record and second in the OAC at 7-2.

Spartan Seniors Bell and Wimalasena Named NSCAA All-Americans; Alsup Tabbed All-Region

Complete NSCAA All-American Teams
Complete NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Teams

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – Case Western Reserve University men's soccer senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) and senior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason) made history today, becoming the first duo in program history to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors in the same season. Bell earned the award for the second-straight year, while Wimalasena becomes a first-time honoree.

The dual selection comes on the heels of one of the best seasons in program history, as the Spartans finished at 15-5 overall with the second University Athletic Association Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

In addition to the All-American duo, the Spartans also landed three players on the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region team in Bell (first team), Wimalasena (first team) and senior midfielder Kyle Alsup (Avon, Ohio/Detroit Country Day, Mich.) – a third-team pick.

Kyle Alsup


"Having two All-Americans and three all-region picks in the same season is a tremendous honor for our program and a true testament to our team's success," said eighth-year Head Coach Dan Palmer. "Vinny, Niro and Kyle were all outstanding players that provided tremendous leadership for our team both on and off the field." 

Wimalasena joins Bell (2010 and 2011) and Matt Paglia (2007) as the only All-Americans in program history. Both Bell and Wimalasena were named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team this season.

Bell, the reigning two-time UAA Most Valuable Player, earned third-team All-America honors last season and becomes the first two-time All-American in program history. In 2011, he finished with UAA-bests and program records of 20 goals and 50 points en route to setting the school's all-time records for career goals (43) and career points (101). Nationally, Bell ranked seventh in the nation in points per game (2.50), sixth in total points (50), seventh in total goals (20), tied for eighth in goals per game (1.00) and tied for 19th in total assists (10).

"Vinny's resume as a two-time league MVP and school record-holder speaks for itself," noted Palmer. "He is a special player and could not be more deserving of this award."

Wimalasena, also a Capital One Academic All-American®, becomes the first Spartan men's soccer player to earn both awards. The team captain started all 20 matches and helped lead the Spartans to eight shutouts and a 0.98 goals against average. For his career, Wimalasena started a school-record 76 matches and was selected to the All-UAA Team in each of his four seasons.

"Niro was a two-year captain for us and the unquestioned leader of our team," said Palmer. "He organized our defense well and was incredibly hard on the tackle."

Alsup played in 19 matches and accumulated six points on two goals and two helpers. He also played a key role in the Spartans' eight shutouts to earn the first All-UAA selection of his career.

Storm Women look to bounce back after first 


PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to bounce back from its first defeat of the season this weekend when it travels to Midland, Mich., for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest at Northwood University.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the E.W. Bennett Sports Center.  The Storm (7-1, 2-1 GLIAC) had its season-opening winning streak snapped atAshland University, 76-60, on Sunday (Dec. 11) while the Timberwolves (6-3, 2-2 GLIAC) lost at Ferris State University, 70-50, the day before.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: A poor shooting performance overall from the field did in the Storm  as Lake Erie suffered its first defeat of the season, falling at Ashland 76-60.  LEC made just eight shots in the first hald and trailed by as many as 18 in the opening 20 minutes.  The Storm shot relatively well from three-point range (8-of-19) and was solid from the foul line (16-of-18) but was just 18-of-61 overall (29.5%).  Stephanie Rogersscored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Storm while Jen Caiola added 13 points and six boards. It was the seventh straight game in double figures for Rogers and the seventh overall for Caiola this season.  Kari Daugherty had a monster game for Ashland, leading everybody with 29 points and 16 rebounds.  Ashley Dorner scored 18 and had nine rebounds.  

RANK AND FILE:  Lake Erie ranks in the top 10 nationally in three categories: scoring margin (6th), scoring offense (7th) and steals (9th). The Storm is also first in the GLIAC in all three categories. Individually, Stephanie Rogers is eighth nationally in blocked shots (2.6/game).

CLOSING IN ON 200: Now in his 13th season of college coaching, Bob Booher is nearing the 200-win mark for his career.  He has compiled a 196-148 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College and needs just four more wins to reach the 200 plateau.

COACH BOOHER SHOOTING FOR A SOLUTION: Head Coach Bob Booher and the Storm this season in the fight against autism.  For each three-pointer made by Lake Erie, Coach Booher will donate $3 on behalf of Team Mighty Mike to Austism Speaks.  To join the fight, fans can pick up a donation or pledge form in the Osborne Center lobby or go online to LakeErieStorm.com to learn more.
OPPOSITION POSITION: The Timberwolves had their two-game winning streak snapped by Ferris State to fall to 2-3 in their last five games after a 4-0 start.  All-GLIAC center Savannah Stedman is averaging a double-double this season, leading the team at 15.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.  Rachel Church is averaging 14.8 points, with a league-high 30 three-pointers.  The Timberwolves went 15-12 overall last year and reached the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm will be off until after Christmas.  Lake Erie's next game is Dec. 28 at Division I Cleveland State. The now annual matchup with the Vikings is set for 7 p.m.