A Page -- Dec. 16, 2010

2010-11 Seniors

Strongsville moving over to 

Thornton Park Tournament this 

year; as bona fide Red North 

tenant, Mustangs should be the 


Dec. 16, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


STRONGSVILLE -- Strongsville officially became a member of the elite Red North Division in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League after winning the Red South last year and accepting the invitation for promotion

However, the sense that the Mustangs truly belong in the Red North came rather quickly, in fact the first week of the league season when they burned the ice for a 3-0 divisional win over University School, last year’s Kent District champion, State Frozen Four Semifinalist and qualifier to the State’s Frozen Four eight times in the past 10 years, winning it all in two of those eight trips to Bowling Green/Columbus.

The Preppers and Mustangs will not be meeting again until Jan. 28, in the Auburn Complex. US will be in the Padua Christmas Tournament this weekend in IceLand USA, the home ice for both the Bruins and Mustangs. In past years the Stangs had been in the Padua Tourney, but his year opted to play in Thornton Park, host of the Shaker Heights Holiday Tourney.


In just a short time, Carl Wagner has turned the Mustangs into one of the top seven programs in the Cleveland area. They are the only public school that is a member of the Red North, which has claimed 18 of the past 25 state championships.

Going into the weekend, the Mustangs lead the Red North with seven points, one point ahead of St. Ignatius, the defending Red North and State champion.

The Mustangs could have moved up a few years ago after winning a divisional championship, but Wagner elected to hold back due to goalie issues that wound up getting rectified the following summer.

“We look forward competing in the best division of hockey in Northeast Ohio,” Wagner said. “We return all but two players from last year.  We have good speed and size. This year we have two seasoned goalies.”

Miles Radosevic (left) and Fink

Among those who have returned from last year’s team are Justin Jakubik Sr., JT Grahl Sr., Miles Radosevic Sr., Justin Fink Sr., Scott Jenny Sr., Brandon Wilson Sr., Andrew McClain Sr., Steve Richnavsky Sr.,  Ryan Bedard Jr., Brian Genco Jr., Matt Tish Jr., Sean Meyer Jr., Andrew Radosevic Jr., and Mitch Torok Jr.

Wilson (left) and Tish

This winning has created interest in the program. Strongsville, 20-10-1 last year, has 38 players and this is the fourth year of a JV program at the school.

Newcomers to the varsity squad this year are Jake Maier So., Alex Green Jr., Connor McDannel Sr., Matt Shartschev Jr., Ted Reehorst Jr, , and transfer from Padua ,Anthony Russo, Sr.

Russo (left) and Green 

“We believe we can inish in the top 5 of the Red North, get a Baron Cup berth, and make it to the District Finals,” Wagner said.


Wagner has added another coach in David Meidl, who came from the Akron Hoban and Hudson staffs. Meidl has been helping with the JV team and also has some administrative and video duties.

Mount Union coach Larry Kehres to 

make national TV appearance prior

to Stagg Bowl

December 16, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union head football coach Larry Kehres will appear on ESPN's College Football Live to discuss the Purple Raiders playing in this week's Stagg Bowl -- NCAA Division III



National Championship Game.

The show is on at 3:30 pm on ESPN and replayed at 4 on ESPNU.

Kehres, a 1971 Mount Union grad, is 303-22-3 (.927) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history as he is one of only 11 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. His teams have won 21 OAC Championships, including the last 19 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships.

This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Mount Union plays Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Stagg Bowl Saturday at 3:30 pm.  The game is being televised on ESPNU.

Both EC tanker outfits outrace Avon 

in the waters

December 16


Elyria Catholic’s swim teams were double winners tonight, the boys outdistancing Avon, 90-86, and the Panther gals clipping the Eagles’ wings, 134-49.


Individual winners for the Panthers were Caroline Hamp and Ben Sleva in the 200-yard freestyle races, Brooke Bartlebaugh in the 200 IM, Rachel Buckley and Ian Poper in the 50 free, MacKenzie Tweardy and Dan Smith in the diving, Jenna O’Dell in the 100 butterfly, Hamp in the 100 free, Sarah Peters in the 500 free, Kelly O’Dell in the 100 breaststroke, and Buckley in the 100 backstroke.


Winning individual races for the Eagles were Tudor Chesaru, Elliot Runge in the 100 fly and 100 free, Wyatt Miller in the 500 free, and Chesaru in the breast.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeated by Waynesburg (Pa.) University

December 16, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Sophomore guard Emily Smerchansky (Girard) scored a career-high 17 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team fell to Waynesburg (Pa.) University, 73-68, tonight (Thursday, Dec. 16) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers drop to 4-3 overall and the Yellow Jackets improve to 7-1 overall for the season.

Waynesburg led for the majority of the first half and looked to take control with a 10-0 scoring run that gave the Yellow Jackets an 18-9 advantage at the 13:33 minute mark.  Waynesburg went on to lead by as many as 10 points, 25-15, with 6:53 left to play in the period.

But Hiram then outscored the Yellow Jackets, 12-4, to cut the deficit to two points, 29-27, on a three-point play by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 2:29 left.  The Yellow Jackets tallied four straight points to push the lead to six points, but the Terriers battled back again and narrowed the gap to a basket on two occassions in the final minutes, including a halftime score of 35-33.

Bedford Alumna Tiffany Shields

Hiram opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers, including a triple by Shields at the 19:17 mark that gave the Terriers their first lead since early in the first half with the score of 39-35.

Waynesburg eventually regained the lead and led by as many as six points on two occassions, including a 56-50 advantage with 8:18 left in the game. 

Jess Cowan

Senior guard Jessica Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) connected on a three-pointer on Hiram’s ensuing possession that sparked a 16-5 run and resulted in a 66-61 Hiram lead with 3:01 to go.  But the Hiram shooting went cold in the final minutes as Waynesburg ended the game on a 12-2 run to claim a 73-68 come-from-behind victory.

Waynesburg ended the game shooting 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the field and held Hiram to 29.3 percent (22-of-75) shooting.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Brittany Spencer with a game-high 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting (59.1 percent).  Waynesburg had two other players in double-digits with Elisha Jones scoring 16 points and Hannah Hunter adding 10 points.  Hunter also recorded a team-best 11 rebounds.

Hiram was led by Shields with 20 points on eight-of-23 shooting (34.8 percent).  Smerchansky and Cowan rounded out the Terrier high scorers with 17 points each.  Smerchansky scored 15 of her 17 points from behind the arc and Cowan would also grab a career and game-high 13 boards.




Joe Karlgaard Stepping Down as Oberlin AD
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – Oberlin College Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaardhas announced he will be stepping down from his position to return to his alma mater as the Associate Director of Athletics for Development at Stanford University. 

“I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to be the athletics director at Oberlin College over the last six years,” Karlgaard said. “I have made some tremendous relationships along the way and will greatly miss working with such wonderful people. Our family has truly grown to love Oberlin and I would like thank everyone who has made our time here so special.” 

Karlgaard, whose last day with the College is February 15, has helped restore the rich tradition of Oberlin athletics during his six-year tenure as athletics director. Since becoming interim director of athletics in 2005, Karlgaard has the led the program to unprecedented heights. Oberlin has improved its North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy point total four of the past five years, including record totals in 2007, 2008, and 2010. Furthermore, 11 varsity sports have achieved their highest conference finish in school history. 

In addition to guiding Oberlin’s competitive improvements, Karlgaard has led the improvement of athletics facilities and raised record amounts of money for the department. Oberlin has invested $8 million in athletic facilities improvements over the last five years, with most of the funding provided through private gifts. He has effectively reached out to Oberlin’s alumni base as by raising more than $500,000 through the Heisman Club and ushering in several major gifts for facility improvements.

In 2008 Karlgaard turned his attention to campus-wide health issues. Partnering with the Division of Student Life and under sponsorship from the Office of the President, Oberlin hosted a two-week initiative to engage faculty, staff, and students in the pursuit of health and wellness. The annual event, known as OB Fit, ensures continued focus from athletics on fostering a healthy culture and teaching lifetime sports.

Club sports have thrived through the partnership of athletics and student life. Karlgaard helped lead a 2008 task force charged with restructuring support for club sports. With a focus on safety, Karlgaard and Dean Linda Gates promoted access for these student-run teams to qualified medical personnel and safe modes of transportation. Oberlin now boasts one of the most robust and supported club sports programs among American liberal arts institutions.

“Joe has done an outstanding job with our athletics program,” Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov said. “He has improved the overall competitiveness of varsity athletics, overseen a significant upgrading in our facilities, strengthened club sports and intramurals, and revitalized our health and wellness activities. While we’ll miss him, we appreciate all Joe has done and wish him and his family all the best at Stanford.” 
President Krislov has announced that Associate Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos and Head Track and Cross Country Coach Ray Appenheimer will serve as Co-Interim Directors of Athletics following Karlgaard’s departure. 

A national search for Karlgaard’s successor will begin immediately. 


Zips travel down 76 to play Guins tonight; 

Hoban alumna Tecca gets fourth double-


 Dec. 16, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Akron at Youngstown State, 7 p.m.
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Fresh off a home victory over Cleveland State last Saturday, the University of Akron women's basketball team will make the short trek down the road to take on Youngstown State Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. ET at the Beeghly Center. Akron defeated Cleveland State in a close contest last Saturday, 73-64, handing the Vikings only their second loss of the season and first loss to a Mid-American Conference school in four meetings. 


Sophomore forward Rachel Tecca recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 28 points and 13 boards to led the Zips, including two crucial lay-ups in the final minutes to seal the victory. 

Sophomore guard Taylor Ruper added 24 points, fueled by a career-best six three-pointers. Ruper drilled two back-to-back threes late in the second half to give Akron a lead that it would not relinquish. Kacie Cassell, a freshman point guard, dished out eight assists in the game, marking her third performance of eight or more dimes in one outing. YSU is coming off a tough overtime loss to Western Michigan in a game that saw the team squander a 21-point halftime lead to close a three-game road trip that saw the Penguins go 0-3. Against MAC schools, Youngstown State is 1-3 this season, defeating Ohio and also losing to Bowling Green and Kent State. The only other win this year came against Bucknell at home.

 Duquesne at Ohio, 11 a.m.

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Back in the friendly confines of the Convo, Ohio women's basketball opens up a three-game homestand Thursday morning as it welcomes Duquesne as part of Middle School Day. Tenishia Benson scored 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half to spur a big second-half Ohio run, but the deficit was just a little too much to overcome as Bobcats fell to George Mason, 69-53, Sunday in the Patriot Center

Tenishia Benson

Another Hoban alum, Tenishia Benson

Ohio scored 36 points in the second half, a season best for a half by the `Cats this season, while trying to erase a big second-half deficit. Ohio grabbed a season-best 41 rebounds at George Mason, marking the first time this season the `Cats have grabbed 40-or-more caroms. It was the third time this season the Green and White have won the rebounding battle.

 Duquesne enters the contest with a 7-1 mark on the year, including a six-game winning streak to date. The Dukes' lone loss came at the hands of No. 7/8 West Virginia. They have won their last six since then, including wins over MAC teams Miami, Akron and Buffalo. The Dukes were 20-12 last year and qualified for the WNIT under head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio, who is in her fourth season at the helm. 

The Dukes enter the contest averaging 67.4 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting. Duquesne's defense has arguably been its strength, ranking 26th nationally in scoring defense at 53.4 ppg. and 13th in field goal percentage defense at 53.4 ppg. The Dukes also rank 15th in the country in steals at 13.3 spg.

Baldwin-Wallace Team 

Physician, Dr. John Bergfeld, to 

get Lifetime Achievement 

Award from Greater Cleveland 

Sports Commission

By Jenny Popis


CLEVELAND – December 16, 2010 – The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is proud to announce that Dr. John A. Bergfeld, Senior Surgeon and Director of Operating Rooms for Cleveland Clinic, will be honored with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on February 10, 2011.

Dr. Bergfeld’s tenure includes 34 years as Director of Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, and a combined 48 seasons as head team physician for professional teams here and also as a physician for Student/Athletes, including his role as team physician for Baldwin-Wallace College .

Dr.  Bergfeld


Dr. Bergfeld began his career in medicine 40 years ago. Upon graduation from Bucknell University, where he played football and wrestled, he attended medical school at Temple University, in Philly . He completed a residency in orthopedics at Cleveland Clinic, during which time he founded the first rugby team in Cleveland. He served as Chief of Orthopedics at the U.S. Naval Academy and was a surgeon aboard the USS Dubuque in the Western Pacific in 1972.


In 2009, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) honored Dr. Bergfeld with the “Mr. Sports Medicine” award and elected him to their Hall of Fame. His leadership at AOSSM includes terms as President and on the Board of Directors. He served as President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and recently completed a term as President for the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) and he is a founder of the NFL Safety Panel. He has been named among the “Best Doctors in America ” more than 15 times.


During the past decade, Dr. Bergfeld developed and continues to host an annual awards ceremony for outstanding teams and athletes in theCleveland Metropolitan School District . The ceremony includes the presentation of a scholarship he endowed and features influential guest speakers who encourage student-athletes to pursue higher education. He has also mentored hundreds of sports medicine residents and fellows.


“Dr. Bergfeld is most deserving of the 2010 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. His distinguished career has touched the lives of thousands of individuals from professional and student athletes to aspiring physicians. He continues to be an inspirational influence to the Cleveland sports community,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.


The Lifetime Achievement Award traditionally honors an individual who has advanced sports in Cleveland through personal or career dedication and achievements.  Former recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Senior Advisor for CAA and Former Chairman of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Bob Kain, St. Ignatius Head Football and Track Coach Chuck Kyle, and Mount Union Football Play by Play Man Joe Tait.


The 2010 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.  This star-studded event features fine dining, sports celebrities and auctions that benefit the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Recognition and awards include the High School Athlete of the Year, Collegiate Athlete of the Year,  and Amateur Athlete of the Year, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award.