A Page -- Dec. 19, 2010

Aurora High alum Ben Jubell 

proves that incentives for scout 

team players can produce results          

Dec. 19, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Typically at any level of collegiate Student/Athletics, freshmen are in a support role, particularly in football, a game in which newcomers typically play their most important part on the scout team during the week leading up to the game.

Ben Jubell, an Aurora High alumnus, had such a role at Grove City College, sometimes known as a Wheaton College of the East Coast because of its high-octane Christian focus, during this fall as an offensive lineman.

In fact, the 6-foot, 325-pound freshman’s efforts did not go unnoticed by the coaching staff. Along with its other players of the week, Grove City gives out a Scout Player of the Week.

Jubell received this Scout Player of the Week twice this fall, the first time in the week leading up to the Waynesburg game and the second in the week leading up to the Geneva game.

As a for instance, Jubell’s job was to simulate the upcoming opponent’s offense so that the Grove City defense could get prepared by game time Saturday. Against Geneva, the GCC defense wound up missing a shutout by one touchdown and the Wolverines wound up sneaking out with a 13-7 win, meaning Jubell and his fellow scout team mates did their job.

Also receiving this Scout Team Player of the Week one time for GCC was Chris Gibbs, a freshman safety who graduated from Revere High School and lists Akron as his home.

Gibbs received the award in the week leading up to the Lebanon Valley Game, which GCC won, 17-14, behind the two-TD pass effort by Jackson High alum and North Canton native Clayton Hall, who was named Offensive Player of the Week for the game.

Unfortunately, Hall was injured the following week, the third week, and missed the rest of the season due to the injury. Hall also received POW in the first week of the season and finished with 39 completions in 67 attempts and one interception in two and a half games.

While Hall threw for 397 yards and three TDs, he also wound up as the team’s second leading rusher by season’s end with 359 yards in the shortened season. Grove City was 2-1 with Hall and 3-4 without him.

In the week leading up to the win over Geneva when Jubell received the offensive award, the defensive scout award that week went to Dover’s Andrew Bache, enabling the offense to learn enough to score enough for the win.

Gibbs wound up getting a decent amount of game time, playing in eight games, which was long enough to rank among one of the top 10 tacklers on the team. Gibbs had 31 tackles, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

All Cleveland-college battle to take 

place in Berea Tuesday when Blue 

Streaks visit Yellow Jackets

Dec. 19, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

The Baldwin-Wallace College men's basketball team will look to get back on the winning track when is hosts Ohio Athletic Conference and  Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in Berea.  Each team has lost two straight games.

The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the OAC following a 71-68 loss to Muskingum University on December 18 in Berea.  The Blue  Streaks enter the game at 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the OAC following a 86-83 loss to Otterbein University on Dec. 18 in Westerville. JCU entered the Otterbein  contest ranked No.25 in Division III in last week's d3hoops.com national poll.

As far as the All-Time Series Between B-W and John Carroll goes --  This is the 106th all-time meeting in men's basketball between B-W and JCU. The Yellow Jackets lead  the all-time series, 56-49, including a 80-67 loss in the last meeting on January 27, 2010.  The last B-W win came on February 16, 2008 when the Yellow Jackets  beat JCU, 81-70, in Berea.

In the Last B-W versus JCU Game on Januray 27, 2010: JCU -- 80, B-W -- 67 -- In second of two meetings last season between B-W and JCU, the Blue  Streaks defeated the Yellow Jackets, 80-67, in University Heights on January 27, 2010. Despite the loss, B-W was led by graduated 2-time All-OAC forward  Kyle Brown Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) Brandon Schmidt (Wellington) game-high 18 points.

The Baldwin-Wallace College Starters and Information --  Look for Duane Sheldon to give at least 12 players court time. B-W likes to run with the basketball  and will play aggressive man-to-man defense. The Yellow Jackets score 72.2 points-per-game and allow 76.4 ppg. for a -4.2 ppg. differential. B-W grabs   30.7

Look for Duane Sheldon to give at least 12 players court time. B-W likes to run with the basketball  and will play aggressive man-to-man defense. The Yellow Jackets score 72.2 points-per-game and allow 76.4 ppg. for a -4.2 ppg. differential. B-W grabs   30.7

Holy Name alum Kevin Krakowiak

Sheldon is expected start Chris Ameen, Kyle Payne (Brunswick) at the forward positions. In the backcourt, look Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior)Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./Fairview) and 6'4'' freshman forward Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Hts./ Holy Name) to start. 

After nine games, Payne tops the team in scoring at 16.3 ppg, is second with 5.6 rpg. and ten three-Meeder is tied in second at 10.7 ppg., grabs 2.4 rpg., has canned 12-of-31 three-pointers  and is second with 25 assists. 

Brunswick product Kyle Payne

Ameen Cabbil scores 10.7 ppg., grabs 1.8 rpg.,  tops the team with 35 assists and has made 36-of-40 foul shots for 90%. Krakowiak perfect 10-of-10 at the foul line.Matt Triana (North East, Pa./ North East)Scott Voiers (Westlake/ Luthern West), 6'3'' sophomore forward Scott Branchick (Mentor)Ben Umbel (Poland/ Seminary)Grant Fairhurst  (Ashland/ Senior), Brandon Schmidt, Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis DeSales). In addition, 6'5'' sophomore forward

Scott Voiers, grandson of coaching legend Rich Voiers

Sean Rothermel (Delaware/ Hayes) could see action. Umbel and has passed for 11 assists and made eight steals. Triana scores 4.3 ppg. and tops the team with nine steals. Selmek scores 2.7 ppg. and grabs 2.9 rpg.

In B-W's Last Game versus Muskingum University on December 18 in Berea:  Muskingum -- 71, Baldwin-Wallace -- 68 --  In B-W's last game, a 71-68  loss to Muskingum University on Dec. 18 in Berea, the Yellow Jackets were led by Promis Cabbil with a career-high-tying 20 points. B-W led 61-56, but a  9-0 Muskingum run turned the game around. Kevin Krakowiak outrebounded, 43-33, and outscored at the foul line, 27-21.

Michael Hartnett 2011

St. Ed alum Mike Hartnett

John Carroll scores 85.6 points-per-game and allows 77.3 ppg. for a plus 8.2 ppg. differential. The Blue  grabs 3.2 rpg., is third with 11 treys and tops the team with 55 assists and 16 steals. Mike Hartnett scores 12.2 ppg., grabs 3.2 rpg., leads the team in three-point shooting  2.7 rpg. and tops the team with 11 blocked shots.

Conor Sweeney 2011

Conor Sweeney, son of former CSU great Mike Sweeney

University School’s JV hockey team scored two early goals this afternoon and played stellar defense the final two periods to take a 2-0 win over St. Ignatius for the Championship of the Thornton Park JV Holiday Tourney.

 Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Wildcats-Preppers JV hockey game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading



Hiram College Basketball Team Ends Three-Game Losing Streak with Win Against Thiel (Pa.) College; Forge alumna Petrusky's shot took game to "blow-out" level, 26-point margin

December 19, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

GREENVILLE, PA.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team ended its three-game losing streak with a 66-42 win against Thiel College today (Sunday, Dec. 19) in a non-conference game in Greenville, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 5-3 overall and the Tomcats fall to 1-8 overall for the season.


Thiel scored the game’s first points in the first half, but Hiram quickly took the lead with an ensuing 9-2 scoring run capped by a three-pointer by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) giving the Terriers a 9-4 advantage.  The Tomcats came back to tie the game, but Hiram would lead throughout the majority of the half, including taking a 26-21 margin into the locker rooms.


The Hiram scoring picked up in the second half as the Terriers took control of the game with a 22-4 run near the midway point of the period that ended in a layup by sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) making the score 55-32 with 8:08 left to play.  The Terriers recorded their largest lead of the game of 26 points, 66-40, with 1:41 left to play thanks to one of two free-throws by sophomore forward Amanda Petrusky (Parma/Valley Forge) en route to the 66-42 final.

Lakewood High alum Chelsea Kovach


Thiel had one player score in double-figures in Nina Gabrelcik with 11 points on three-of-four shooting (75.0 percent).

Hiram was led by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) who posted a double-double with game-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Cowan was second in scoring with 13 points and Kovach rounded out the high scorers with 10 points. 

University School endures two one-

goal losses and tie in Toledo-

dominated Padua Christmas Tourney

Dec. 19, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


STRONGSVILLE-- University School’s hockey team bore the brunt of the beating the Toledo area teams handed the Cleveland teams in the Annual Padua Christmas Hockey Tournament here in Hoover Arena this weekend.

The Preppers won the tournament rather handily last year, a season in which the other Cleveland teams fared well, but such is high school hockey in particular and high school sports in general. One season could be a bowl of cherries and the next a bowl of sour balls due to the fast turnover rate in terms of experience level.

St. John, St. Francis and Northview dominated the tournament this year as St. Ed, Padua and Lake Catholic also took some lumps this weekend.

The Preppers finished 0-3-1 in the tournament.  In terms of record, it’s been a long time since a US team came out of a tourney with that kind of dark cloud hanging over it.

Things started off well for the Preppers this weekend as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period of their first game, which was against defending state runners up, Northview. Then it all started to go the other way. The stayed tied, 3-3, after two periods, but wound up falling, 5-4.

Ian Robertson scored two goals and had an assist. Andrew Preisser and Drew Musser scored the other goals.

Drew Musser (21)

Then they ran into the potent St. Francis team, which could very well be the favorite to win the state title this year, after having a similar billing last year but wound up tanking in the tourney. The Preppers took it on the chin from St. Frank, 5-1. Conner Clemens scored the only goal with an assist coming from Robertson.

Things appeared to turn around last night for the Preppers. They dominated St. John, state runners up two years ago and state champs four years ago, for most of the game, holding a 3-1 advantage after one period and 5-2 after two, but then let up a barrage of goals late in the game, including one in the final seconds, settling for a 6-6 tie. Tyler Dalton scored twice and the rest was distributed evenly against St. Jack.]

Matt Wipper, Alex Stefanski, Joey Ryder and Robertson also lit the lamp.

Against Findlay, today, it was again close but no cigar as the western Ohio guys puffed out a 4-3 win against the Preppers. The silver lining is that the goal scoring was distributed evenly again, with Ryder, Wipper and Robertson getting into the hitting-back-of-net act. Also, five different Preppers assisted. Dalton, Wipper, Robertson, Ryder and Connor Judson all got into helper mode on one of the three goals.

Through 11 games, the US leading scorers are Robertson, Wipper, Clemens, and Ryder with 14, 13, 11 and 9 points, respectively.

Wipper leads with nine goals, while Roberston and Clemens are tied for the team lead in assists with seven each.

Wildcats top Warriors, 8-1, in all-

Jesuit final of 40th Thornton Park 

Holiday Tourney, the "Grandfather"

of all Cleveland hockey tournaments; 

Spellacy gets Masteller Award, 

Potts the Roberts Award


Dec. 19, 2010

8:25 p.m. EST

Norm Weber, Editor




SHAKER HEIGHTS -- In an all-Jesuit final, defending state champion St. Ignatius strung together three multiple-goal periods to garner the championship of the 40th Annual Thornton Park Holiday Tournament with an 8-1 win over Walsh Jesuit this afternoon.

Watch short videos of Spellacy and Abood scoring the first two goals in tonight’s Wildcats-Warriors varsity hockey game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading  


The Wildcats put in two goals in the first seven minutes of the game, Paddy Spellacy lighting the lamp at 4:32 and Mike Abood making it 2-0 with a goal at 6:10.

It was smooth sailing for Iggy from there, as Spellacy earned the Jerry Masteller Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament while Cat keeper Josh Potts won the Moe Roberts Most Valuable Goalie Award.

Listen to St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Paddy Spellacy's post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Wildcats-Warriors varsity hockey game, by clicking and downloading



Kevin Joseph scored a goal at 13:15 to make it 3-0, which is where it stood after one period.

Garnering assists in the first period were Spellacy, Joseph, Miles McQuinn, Liam Geither, and Colt Riemenschneider.

 Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Wildcats-Warriors varsity hockey game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The Cats made it 4-0 at 2:43 of the second on Spellacy’s second goal of the night with an assist coming from Joseph.

Listen to St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Josh Potts' post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Wildcats-Warriors varsity hockey game, by clicking and downloading



Two years ago, Potts was cut from the team, wound up trying out again last year and by season’s end wound up being the No. 1 goalie and eventually the state championship game tender as well.  Up to this point, Walsh could get nothing on him in three games.

Walsh scored a goal on St. Ignatius for the first time in three meetings between the two this season when Greg Shupe scored a power-play tally just a few seconds after a hooking penalty on the Cats.

Dawson DiPietro assisted on the Walsh goal at 4:21. Andrew Steed answered right back at 6:41 with a Mike Avdey helper.

Jacques DeVilliers scored in the final two minutes of the second off a Spellacy assist.

Ignatius’ seventh goal came at 2:53 of the third with Miles McQuinn scoring the goal and Geither and Abood coming in with the assists.

The Cats made it 8-1 on a power-play goal by McQuinn at 10:46 with an assist coming from Geither, who attained the playmaker with this assist.

Roberts played professional hockey in Cleveland and in the1930s started the first hockey school in the area. His school was the forerunner to the process of bringing the game into the high school ranks, promoting hockey education and learning through Student/Athleticism along with it.
Moe Roberts

Masteller was the athletic director at Shaker Heights High for30 years, started the Thornton Park Tourney (the Grandfather of all tournaments), and also ran the Baron Cup for decades. Masteller has been an ambassador to the high school game locally at a level that is unmatched by anyone active today.

B-W Basketball Team Defeats 

Transylvania (Ky.), 75-66; Schroeder 

scores a "bloody" 23 points

By Jeff Miller

BEREA –  Senior two-time All-OAC guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) scored a game-high 23 points, including a second-half 18 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated  Transylvania (Ky.) University, 75-66 , today (Sunday, December 18, 2010) in the second round of the Transylvania University Classic in Lexington, Kentucky.  This marked the first meeting between the two schools.


With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 8-2 overall and were keyed to the victory by shooting 30-37(.811) from  foul line, including 23-27 (.852) in the second half.  With its loss, Transylvania fell to 6-4 overall and were led by senior forward Holly Milburn with 22 points.

Schroeder scored her 23 points on 7-of-8 (.875) shooting from the field and 9-of-10 (.900) from the charity stripe.  In addition to Schroeder,  freshman guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) was the only other B-W player to score in double figures as she tallied a career-high 10 points on shooting 4-of-5 (.800) from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 (.1000) from three point land. Junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/St. Mary’s Central Catholic) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Schroeder, who remains in eighth place on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list with 1,041 career points, needs five points to catch former All-American and current NACDA (National Association of College Directors of Athletics) Media Relations Director Julie Work (1995-99) for seventh place and needs just nine more points to tie former standout Holly Koepp (1999-2003) for sixth place with 1,150 career points.

In the first half,  the Pioneers opened the scoring when Milburn converted a pair of free throws at the 18:43 mark.   B-W took its first lead of the game, 3-2, when Lairson buried a three pointer at 18:28.   Transylvania then took a 6-3 advantage on a pair of baskets by Milburn with the last coming at 17:11.   The Yellow Jackets tied the game at six when Lairson hit her second trey with 16:58 remaining in the period.

The Pioneers went on a 6-0 run to lead 12-6 on a jumper by Milburn at 13:41. B-W snapped a four minute scoreless streak on a layup at 13:10 by freshman forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/Columbian).  The Yellow Jackets cut the lead back to three points, 12-9, when freshman guard Kristin Troyer (Dover/Garaway) split a pair of free throws at the 12:10 mark.

B-W cut into the lead, 16-12, when sophomore wing Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) nailed a shot from beyond the arc with 10:25 left in the stanza.  The Jackets got a little closer when Schroeder scored on a put back at  9:18.   B-W tied the game at 16 when sophomore guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa.) hit a pair of free throws with 8:45 left.  The Yellow Jackets took their second lead of the game, 19-18, when Carpenter hit a long three-pointer at 7:29.  B-W tied the game at 20 when Rohrbach split a pair of free throw with 6:46 remaining.

Hoover alumna Jess Carpenter

The Pioneers once again used a 6-0 run to take a 26-20 advantage on a pair of free throws by senior guard Olivia Akridge at 4:48.   The Yellow Jackets then had a 5-0 run of their own to cut the lead to 26-25 as Schroeder split a pair of free throws at 2:25.   B-W tied the game at 27-27 when Spisak on a jumper at 1:58. Transylvania outscored the Jackets 8-3 over the remainder of the first half to lead 35-30 at the intermission.

In the second half,  B-W took control of the game as it came out of the break on a 12-0 run to take a lead of 42-35 that it would never relinquish.   The Pioneers could not get any closer than five points when Akridge scored on a layup to cut the lead down to 42-37 with 16:56 left in the game.  The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to a game-high 15 points by either team as senior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/Firelands) connected on the traditional three point play with 2:30 remaining.

Hoover alumna Erica Iafelice, 

McKinley grad Sarah Milligan score 

career bests in 81-49 CWRU win at 

Wooster; Chardon's Hollinger drops 

in 17 markers

By Nick Minerd

WOOSTER -- Sophomore point guard Erica Iafelice (North Canton, OH/Hoover) and junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) scored 17 points apiece as the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with an 81-49 victory at the College of Wooster today, December 19 at Timken Gymnasium.

Hoover product Erica Iafelice (left) and McKinley grad Sarah Milligan (right)

With the win, the Spartans improve to 4-4 overall and will return to action at the Juniata College (PA) Holiday Classic on Dec. 29-30. With its loss, Wooster falls to 1-9.

In addition to her career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, Iafelice totaled five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Hollinger’s 17 points were accompanied by six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.

Chardon High alumna Erin Hollinger

Junior forward Sarah Milligan (Canton, OH/McKinley) added a career-best 14 points, while sophomore guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) posted nine points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

The Spartans never trailed in the contest, jumping out to an 11-2 lead when Iafelice nailed a three-pointer at the 13:17 mark of the first half. Case’s lead grew to 26, at 34-8, when Hollinger hit two free throws with 4:21 left in the period. The two sides exchanged buckets over the duration of the half and the Spartans led 38-12 at the break.

Case’s lead never dipped below 23 during the second half and grew to a high of 35 when Iacono tossed in a layup to make the score 55-20 with 14:18 remaining in the game.

Wooster shot just 27.3 percent (15-of-55) from the field and was led by Kristen Schwartz with 16 points and seven boards.