A Page -- Dec. 2, 2011 -- AM Edition

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St. Ignatius football has never lost a game in December under Coach Kyle; Wildcats seeking 11th state title in date tomorrow with Pickerington

MASSILLON -- St. Ignatius football will be going after its 11th state football championship in the big-school division since 1988 when it takes on Pickerington Central in Fawcett Stadium Saturday.

Wildcats Head Coach Chuck Kyle has NEVER lost a game played in December. The Wildcats are 9-0 all time under Kyle when playing in month #12 - that includes 8-0 in State Championship games.

The 1993 season had both the state semis and the state championship games played in early December.

The last time the Wildcats played in December was December 1, 2001, defeating Cincinnati St Xavier 37-6 for the school's 9th state title.

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This is the second time the Wildcats are meeting PC in the state’s Final Four. In the 1999 State Semi-Final game played at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, the Wildcats capitalized on turnovers and routed the Pickerington Tigers, 48-8.

The Wildcats grabbed an early 14-0 in the first quarter and had a 25-8 lead at halftime.

Four Tiger turnovers in the second half led to 23 more points RB Dan Murphy carried the ball 26 times for 144 yards and 2 TD. QB Bryan Panteck accounted for 3 total TDs (2 passing) before leaving with a shoulder injury. SO QB Nate Szep replaced him in the game.

Last week, The St. Ignatius Wildcats defeated the Toledo Whitmer Panthers, 17-6, on Saturday night at Mansfield's Arlin Field to continue their state tournament run.

The Wildcats capitalized on 5 Whitmer turnovers and took a 10-0 lead to the halftime locker by way of an 18-yard TD pass from Eric Williams to Conor Hennessey and a school playoff-record 51-yard FG by Tim Shenk with under 3:00 to play in the half.


Eric Williams would throw his second TD pass of the night in the third quarter and the Wildcats ran out the final 6:49 in the fourth quarter after recovering the second fumble by Whitmer on the night Whitmer's only points came early in the 3rd quarter, when RB Jody Webb turned a broken play into a 90-yard TD run.

Also last week, Pickerington topped St. Xavier, the only common opponent for these two schools.

When a loss to St. Xavier on Sept. 4 in Ohio Stadium left the Tigers 0-2 and in a win-or-else predicament to make the playoffs, Sharrett had to wonder what he was toughening his team for.

Eleven weeks later in a Division I state semifinal, Pickerington Central proved it was a much tougher, crisper and more focused team, turning the tables on St. Xavier 14-7 before 12,000 fans in Welcome Stadium.

After giving up 156 yards & 4 TD to RB Conor Hundley in the first meeting, Pickerington Central’s defense rose to the challenge in the rematch. Hundley managed just 51 yards on 18 carries. Pickerington Central limited St. Xavier to 168 total yards, 67 coming on the Bombers’ opening drive in which they drove 16 plays for their only score.

Just before halftime, Pickerington Central manufactured a 12-play, 58-yard drive to tie the score. Nick Jensen-Clagg started to roll left but changed direction and flipped a delayed screen to Jake Raymond, who skipped into the end zone with just 35 seconds left in the half.

Devone Penick scored on a 10-yard run over right tackle to put the Tigers ahead 14-7 with 5:38 left in the game

Heisman Club to Spend Holiday at Barley House; inviting all Student/Athletic enthusiasts to join

Ever wonder how Yeomen and Yeowomen celebrate the Holidays? Come find out at the Heisman Club sponsored Oberlin College Athletics Alumni and Friends Holiday Happy Hour from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Barley House in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland-area alumni, come and join the Oberlin College athletics staff and bring some friends to celebrate the holiday season.  Let the warmth of Oberlin College camaraderie take the chill from the air and infuse some holiday cheer and the spirit of the season make winter easier to bear.

Drinks and appetizers are on us ... can’t beat that! We hope you will be able to join us at the Barley House to celebrate the holiday season and raise a glass in support of Oberlin Athletics. The holidays are a time of family and fellowship, so we look forward to having the current Oberlin Athletics family together with our Cleveland-area alumni.

To help us manage our numbers, we ask you to please click here to RSVP, if you plan on attending. Happy Holidays and we hope to see you on the 15th.

The Barley House is located at 1261 West 6th Street, Cleveland, OH.

Chagrin Falls alumna Jen Caiola hits 1,000-point mark as Lake Erie's Storm is still perfect

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  For the second time this season, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team capped a victory with a player scoring her 1,000th career points. This time it was senior forward Jen Caiola(South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) who reached the milestone, scoring a game-high 25 points in an 81-71 victory over previously unbeaten Wayne State University Thursday night (Dec. 1) in the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener for both teams.

In the 700th game in the history of Lake Erie women's basketball, Caiola became the seventh player to surpass the 1,000-point plateau.


She was one of threeplayers in double figures, including a fourth straight double-double by senior centerStephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and another by graduate senior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) as the Storm improved to 6-0 overall (1-0 GLIAC) for the first time.  

The Storm trailed 25-24 with 7:18 left in the first half before a 10-0 run, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from Caiola, gave Lake Erie a lead it would ultimately never relinquish.  Caiola score 12 points and Wagers added 11 in the first half and LEC took a 38-26 lead into the locker room.

Wayne State (4-1)  closed within three during the opening minutes of the second half, getting the score to 38-35 when Stefani Munro scored to cap a 9-0 run.  

But Caiola answered with a three-pointer on the Storm's next possession to kick start a 13-0 run that pushed the lead back into double figures where it stayed for much of the second half.  

The Warriors made a late push to get within four with 2:53 to play, but a three by senior guard Britt Busson(Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) and some solid free throw shooting enabled the Storm to pull away for the 10-point victory.

Lake Erie went 32-of-43 (74.4%) from the foul line to offset an otherwise poor shooting night from the field (21-of-59, 35.6%).   

 Rogers, who reached the 1,000-point mark earlier this season against Salem International University on Nov. 15, scored 20 points and pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds while blocking four shots.  Wagers finished with 17 points and 10 boards for her second double-double of the year. She (13-of-16) and Caiola (8-of-10) combined to go 21-of-26 from the line.  

Phaebre Colbert led Wayne State with 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Deanna Compton also had a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.  The Warriors totaled 49 boards, becoming the first team to outrebound Lake Erie this season (49-42).  

Paige Sickmiller scored 12 and Munro added 10 for the Warriors, who shot 43.5% (30-of-69) overall but were just two-of-13 from three-point range and only nine-of-19 from the foul line.  

The Storm will look for its seventh straight win to open the season when it hosts Hillsdale College

Cleveland State wins Horizon League opener 

from Wright State a split second before the 


FAIRBORN, Ohio - D'Aundray Brown tipped in a missed shot with 0.3 seconds to play to lift Cleveland State to a 45-43 win at Wright State in the Horizon League opener for both teams on Thursday night.

The Vikings improved to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, while HL the Raiders fell to 3-4 overall (0-1 HL).

WSU's Cole Darling tied the game at 43-43 with just over a minute to play when he split a pair of free throws and after a Raider stop on the other end, the Vikings forced a backcourt violation on WSU, getting the ball back with 27 seconds left.

Following a timeout, CSU ran the clock down to about eight seconds before Montgomery made his move to the basket through the lane. His left-handed shot rattled around the rim and Brown came in from the right side to tip in the game-winner as the buzzer sounded.

"D'Aundray is one of the key players of our team," head coach Gary Waters said. "He went after that ball and we were fortunate to come out on top in that situation because if they get the rebound, we go to overtime. We wanted to take the shot clock down to about eight seconds before we made our move and we did that in case we missed, it would give us a chance for an offensive rebound." 



The referees gathered and put 0.3 seconds back on the clock and following a Raider timeout, a full court pass was batted away as the Vikings won for the seventh time in eight games this year.

"When I look at the stats and see that we're shooting 40-percent, you can't feel very good about that," Waters said. "But then I see that we're holding them to 41-percent and I feel very good about the way our guys defended because that's what we do. One thing I thought we didn't do that they did a great job was handling the basketball. I thought they played their tails off. They could have won, but the chips seemed to fall our way on that last shot.

"We didn't execute as well as I thought we should have today. They were playing man, but they were staying inside of us so our whole key was to penetrate them. I was disappointed because we fell into their trap shooting the jump shot."

The win was CSU's third in the final five seconds this year. Trey Harmon hit a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure on Nov. 18 and Montgomery hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in a win over Boston University on Nov. 25.

Stronsgville High grad Tim Kamczyc

Tim Kamczyc scored a game-high 12 points with seven rebounds to lead the Vikings, hitting 4-of-6 from the field. Montgomery finished with nine points and six boards, while Brown added eight points, five rebounds and three steals.

Trey Harmon scored five points, becoming the 20th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and the second this season, joining Montgomery.

The game was back and forth all night with nine ties and 10 lead changes.

The Vikings raced out to a quick 16-8 lead less than eight minutes in on a Luda Ndaye jumper with 12:13 left in the half. However, the Raiders closed the half on a 13-5 run as the teams went into the locker room tied at 21-21.

Harmon hit a three-pointer with 14:37 left in the game to give the Vikings a 31-27 lead, the largest lead of the half for either team. It also gave Harmon 1,000 career points.

From there, the Raiders scored seven straight points to take a 34-31 lead with 9:04 left in the game. But the Vikings came back with six consecutive points of their own to regain a 37-34 lead with 6:14 left. The teams continued to trade baskets with neither team getting ahead by more than two points the rest of the way.

A Montgomery runner in the lane gave CSU a 43-42 lead with 1:27 left and after Darling split his free throws, Brown followed with his game-winner.

CSU shot just 16-of-40 (.400) from the field, while holding the Raiders to .410 (16-39) shooting. The Vikings held a 28-21 advantage on the boards, including 10-6 on the offensive end, leading to 12 second chance points.

AJ Pacher led the Raiders with nine points.

CSU continues its two-game Horizon League roadtrip with a 2:00 p.m. contest at 
Detroit on Saturday (Dec. 3). It will be the Vikings sixth straight game away from home.

Mount Union men eighth after first day

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's swimming and diving team sits in eighth place after the first day of the Wooster Invitational at Wooster High School.

Junior Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) had the team's top performance of the day as he placed fifth in the 500 Free with a time of 4:47.13.

The Purple Raiders are eighth place with 158 points and 39 points behind seventh place Allegheny (Pa.) (197).  Case Western Reserve leads the event with 423 points.

Day two of the three-day event is tomorrow.

No. 10 Spartan Men Lead After Day One of Wooster Invite

WOOSTER, Ohio -- The No. 10 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's swimming & diving team is off to a solid start in its defense of the College of Wooster Invitational Title, leading the eight other squads after day one of competition.

The Spartans, winners of the 2010 Wooster Invite, scored 423 points on Thursday and lead second-place Ohio Northern University (387) and Westminster College of Pennsylvania (310) in the top three.

Day two of the Wooster Invitational begins with 10:00 a.m. prelims on Friday. Finals are set for 6:00 p.m.

The Spartans opened the meet with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the quartet of sophomore Scott McHenry<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/mchenry%20scott%20nd0j> (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury), freshmen Eric Haufler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/haufler%20eric%20r0ib> (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Elliott Kerbel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/kerbel%20elliott%20tj7t> (Skokie, Ill./Niles West) and sophomore Gus Bailey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/bailey%20gus%20hnku> (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) turned in a time of 1:25.98.

Individually, senior Sam Geiger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/geiger%20sam%204oua> (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward) placed third in the 500 free in 4:43.31, while McHenry placed fifth in the 200 individual medley in 1:57.48.

The Spartans then closed the night with another third-place relay finish, this time in the 400 medley as the team of freshman Alex Haufler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/haufler%20alex%209393> (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key), sophomore Sean Nickley<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mswimdive/2011-12/bios/nickley%20sean%20ma1b> (Springfield, Va./West Springfield), Eric Haufler and Bailey touched the wall in 3:31.44.

Mount men's hard courters to host Otterbein 


Mount Union's men's basketball team begins its Ohio Athletic Conference schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. against Otterbein at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. Originally a 3 p.m. tip-off, the game was pushed back an hour due to the Purple Raider football team hosting Wabash Valley (Ind.) in an NCAA Playoff game at noon.

Mount Union (3-2) lost on the road to Waynesburg (Pa.), 55-52, in their most recent game, snapping a three-game win streak. The Raiders are 1-1 at home on the season. With numerous new players and a new coaching staff, the Raiders have been inconsistent on offense thus far. It has been the strength of their defense that has allowed them to have early success. Mount Union ranks first in the conference in defensivethree-point field goal percentage (.274), second in defensive field goal percentage (.359), and third in points allowed (63.2 ppg).

The Purple Raiders average 69.2 ppg overall, but average 80 ppg at home. Senior forward Jimmy Wood(Wintersville/Indian Creek) leads the Raiders with 16.2 ppg, ranking sixth in the conference. He is also tied for fourth in the conference in free throw percentage (.833) and tied for fifth in rebounding (6.8 rpg). Wood is averaging 24.5 ppg and 8 rpg in home games.

Junior guard T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) and freshman forward Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) both average 11 ppg for the Raiders. Griffin is shooting 48% from three-point range and has made a team-best 12 three-pointers on the season. He was named Most Valuable Player at the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Geneva (Pa.) College two weekends ago.

Freshman guard Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) is averaging 10.2 ppg to go along with a team-best 14 assists. Jacubec is also second on the team with nine made three-point field goals. Junior Tom Berlekamp (North Royalton/Holy Name) is tied with Wood for the team lead in rebounding (6.8 rpg) to go with 13 assists and eight steals.

Otterbein (1-3) enters the game on a three-game skid following losses to Thiel (Pa.), Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), and Ithaca (N.Y.). After exploding for 94 points in a season-opening win over Westminster (Pa.), the Cardinals have struggled to score, averaging just 67 ppg. Their defense has not been strong either, ranking second-to-last in the conference in both defensive field goal percentage (.486) and points allowed (78.5 ppg).

Preseason All-American Chris Davis, who led the OAC in both scoring and rebounding a season ago, leads Otterbein with 16.8 ppg and a conference-best 11.5 rpg. Senior Brice Rausch (16 ppg, 5 rpg), sophomore Max Van Meter (12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and freshman RaNeal Ewing (12.5 ppg) have also contributed for the Cardinals.

Tickets for the game will be available at the door and pre-sale tickets will not be available. Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

There will be an online LIVE AUDIO broadcast and LIVE STATS of the game.

Last Meeting

Mount Union fell behind 17-7 early and never recovered on its way to a 82-61 loss at Otterbein last season. The Purple Raiders trailed, 37-24, at halftime and were never able to get closer than 12 points the rest of the game.

Jimmy Wood led the Raiders in scoring with 16 points while Dave Pellerite added 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Matt Wier, T.J. Gillespie, and Matt Kiger added nine, seven, and five points, respectively.

Chris Davis recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Otterbein. C.J. Julian made five three-pointers off the bench on his way to a game-high 19 points. Max Van Meter (18), Nathan Edick (12), and Zach Bakenhaster (10) also scored in double-figures for the Cardinals.

Projected Mount Union Starters

  • #35 Tom Berlekamp, 6-5, Jr. F – 3.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.6 apg
  • #4   Jimmy Wood, 6-6, Sr., F – 16.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 83.3% FT
  • #31 Matt Wier, 6-7, Sr., C – 7.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg
  • #20 Nate Jacubec, 5-11, Fr., G – 10.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg
  • #3   Justen Little, 5-11, Jr., G – 2.4 ppg, 2.6 apg, 2.2 rpg

Projected Waynesburg Starters

  • #32 Max Van Meter, 6-5, So., F – 12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg
  • #52 Zach Bakenhaster, 6-5, Jr., F – 5.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg
  • #50 Chris Davis, 6-6, Sr., C – 16.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg
  • #30 Brice Rausch, 6-3, Sr., G – 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg
  • #24 RaNeal Ewing, 5-11, Fr., G – 12.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg


Mike Fuline (Kent State '98) is in his first season at Mount Union after a successful career at the high school level that included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State Championship at Massillon Jackson. Fuline has the Purple Raiders off to a 3-2 start heading into his first OAC game.

Dick Reynolds (Otterbein '65) is in his 40th season at his alma mater. Reynolds boasts a 645-412 career record, making him the winningest coach in OAC history and ranking sixth among Division III coaches all-time. A nine-time OAC Coach of the Year, Reynolds guided the Cardinals to the 2002 NCAA Division III National Championship and was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Series

This is the 101st meeting between the teams with Otterbein holding a 60-40 lead in the series. Otterbein has won three of the last five meetings and the teams split their season series a year ago with the road team winning each game – Mount Union 84-81 in Westerville and Otterbein 82-61 in Alliance.

High School Reunion

Both teams have at least one person who was a part of Massillon Jackson's 2010 state title run. Mount Union head coach Mike Fuline was coaching Jackson at the time and freshman Stevie Griffin was a junior who came off the bench for that team. Otterbein sophomore C.J. Julian was a starting guard for the Polar Bears.

Mount Union Player Notes

Jordan Albert - So., G, Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair

  • Averages 2.8 ppg off the bench
  • Career-high 7 points at Waynesburg (11/26/11)
  • Transferred from Division II Pitt-Johnstown

Tom Berlekamp - Jr., F, North Royalton/Holy Name
  • Tied for team lead in rebounds (6.8) and second in assists (13)
  • Averages 3.6 ppg
  • Career-high in points (7), rebounds (14), and assists (4) vs. Grove City (11/18/11)
  • Career-high 5 steals at Geneva (11/19/11)
  • Transferred from Lakeland Community College

Jimmy Darnley - So., F, Canton/GlenOak

  • Played in 15 games during 2010-11 season
  • Career-high 5 points at Ohio Northern (2/12/11)
  • Career-high 4 rebounds vs. Wilmington (2/5/11)
T.J. Gillespie - So., G, Toledo/St. John's
  • Tied for second on team in scoring (11.0)
  • Season-high 19 points vs. Grove City (11/18/11)
  • Career-high 20 points vs. Ohio Northern (1/8/11)
  • Career-high 5 assists vs. Otterbein (1/22/11)
Stevie Griffin - Fr., F, Canton/Massillon Jackson
  • Tied for second on team in scoring (11.0) and 3-pointers (9)
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament MVP
  • Career-high 22 points and 6 three-pointers off the bench at Geneva (11/19/11)
  • Career-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists vs. Westminster (11/22/11)
  • Played for Coach Fuline at Massillon Jackson High School
  • Won 2010 OHSAA Division I state title at Jackson
Nate Jacubec - Fr., G, Struthers/Struthers
  • Fourth on team in scoring (10.2) and first in assists (14)
  • Career-high 17 points vs. Westminster (11/22/11)
  • Career-high 3 three-pointers vs. Grove City (11/18/11)
  • Career-high 5 assists vs. Hiram (11/15/11)

Matt Kiger - Jr., F, Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown

  • Averages 4.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, and leads the team in FG% (.714)
  • Season-high 11 points and 5 rebounds off the bench at Geneva (11/19/11)
  • Career-high 20 points at Otterbein (12/4/10) and vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10)
  • Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10)

Justen Little - Jr., G, Galion/Galion

  • Career-high 5 points vs. Westminster (11/22/11)
  • Career-high 5 rebounds at Geneva (11/19/11)
  • Career-high 6 assists at Baldwin-Wallace (2/16/11)

Colton Troyer - Jr., F, Millersburg/Berlin Hiland

  • Averages 6.4 minutes off the bench
  • Transferred from Hesston College (Kan.)
Matt Wier - Sr., F, New Castle, Pa./Mohawk
  • Sixth on team in scoring (7.2) and tied for third in rebounding (4.0)
  • Season-high 19 points vs. Hiram (11/15/11)
  • Career-high 28 points vs. Ohio Northern (12/12/09)
  • Career-high 9 rebounds at Hiram (11/15/10), vs. Waynesburg (12/30/10), and vs. Hiram (11/15/11)
  • Played one season on a baseball scholarship at West Virginia

Keith Williams - Jr., G, Louisville, Ky./Brown

  • Averaging 7.5 ppg off the bench
  • Career-high 13 points to go with 4 steals and 3 assists in season debut vs. Westminster (11/22/11)
Jimmy Wood - Sr., F, Wintersville/Indian Creek
  • Leads team in scoring (16.2) and tied for first in rebounding (6.8)
  • Needs 92 points to reach 1,000 for his career
  • Season-high 29 points vs. Hiram (11/15/11)
  • Season -high 10 rebounds vs. Westminster (11/22/11)
  • Career-high 30 points at Wilmington (1/30/10)
  • Career-high 12 rebounds at John Carroll (2/22/11)
  • Dad (Jim) played basketball at Georgia Tech

Highland Heights' Steph Campbell Sets School 200 IM Record as Spartan Women Compete at Wooster Invitational

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Senior Stephanie Campbell<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/campbell%20stephanie%20laaz> (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield) set a school record in the 200-yard individual medley as the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team competed on the first of the three-day College of Wooster Invitational.

The Spartans scored 271 points on day one and rank fifth of the nine teams competing. Two of the teams ahead of Case are Division II schools.

Day two of the Wooster Invitational begins with 10:00 a.m. prelims on Friday. Finals are set for 6:00 p.m.

Campbell placed fourth in the 24-swimmer field with a time of 2:10.16, breaking the old mark of 2:10.96 set last season by sophomore teammate Maggie Dillione<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/dillione%20maggie%20qudn> (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North). Sophomore Sara Tillie<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/bios/tillie%20sara%20e5v6> (Fallston, Md./Fallston) was right behind Campbell with a time of 2:10.24, also surpassing the old mark.

In the 50-yard freestyle event, Dillione touched the wall fourth with a time of 24.77 seconds.

B-W Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving 

Teams Compete at First Day of Calvin College 

Winter Invitational

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men and women's swimming and diving teams competed on day one (Thursday, December 1) of the Calvin College Winter Invitational at the Venema Aquatic Center in Grad Ripids, Michigan.

The women's quartet of junior Kelsey Richards (Wadsworth), sophomores Emma Gerdes (Avon) and Caitlin Wilson (Wycombe, Pa. (Council Rock North) and freshman Kayla Eyster (Canton, Mich./ Plymouth-Canton) placed 19th in a time of 8:46.64 in the 800-yard free relay. In the 1650-yard freestyle senior Danielle Miller (Van Wert) placed 28th as she finished in a time of 19:47.07.

For the men, in the 800-yard freestyle relay a team consisted of juniors Chri Tuttle (North Royalton) and Matt Zych (Des Plaines, Ill./ Maine West) and sophomores Patrick Donohoe (Columbus/Bishop Watterson) and Ryan Stover (Napolean) finished in a time of 7:36.58 which placed them 14th. In the 1650-yard frestyle junior Nathan Brown (Columbia Station/ Olmsted Falls) placed 17th as he finished in a time of 19:00.

Harrison sets school record for Raiders

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) set a new school record in the 200 IM to lead the women's swimming and diving team as they sit in seventh place after the first day of the Wooster Invitational at Wooster High School.

Harrison bested her own record with a time of 2:13.70 which was a ninth place finish in the event.

The other top performance of the day came from sophomore Courtney Gabel who placed seventh in the 50 Free with a time of 24.96.

Wayne State scores first nine on way to win

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Visiting Wayne State University scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed in a 67-56 victory over the Lake Erie College men's basketball team in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener on Thursday night (Dec. 3) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

The Warriors (4-1, 1-0 GLIAC) held the Storm (3-2, 0-1 GLIAC) in check during the opening minutes of the game and then held off a couple of second-half comeback bids by the home team, snapping Lake Erie's three-game winning streak in the process.

Lake Erie missed its first nine shots from the field and didn't get on the board until a pair of free throws by sophomore Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) 3:28 into the game.  The Storm's biggest deficit in the opening half was 15 at 20-5, with 8:13 gone off the clock.

A 13-4 run got the Storm back into the game, closing within six at 24-18 five minutes before halftime on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus).  LEC, which rebounded to go eight-of-16 from the floor after its poor start,  crept within five with 1:#7 to go, but the Warriors got two buckets in the final minute of the half to take a 31-22 lead into intermission.

A 6-0 Wayne State run to open the second half pushed the margin back into double digits, where it grew to as many as 17 on two occasions.  

Back-to-back baskets by redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) midway through the half capped an 11-2 run that brought Lake Erie within seven at 48-41. But Wayne State answered again, going back up by 13 with five minutes to play.

The Storm got it back down to seven with two minutes to play on a lay-up in transition, but a bucket by Mike Hollingsworth and then an emphatic dunk by Ike Udanoh sealed the Warriors' fourth straight win.

Mike Hollingsworth led all players with 19 points. He was one of three Warriors in double figures

Oberlin swimming in championship form

Wooster, Ohio – Swimming in a championship-style format for the first time this season, the Oberlin College swimming and diving team turned in some positive performances on day one of the Wooster Invitational.

“We approached this meet differently than we have in the past,” Head Coach Mark Fino said. “We are using a different taper pattern than the other schools and we are focusing on technique to try and maximize our efforts at the conference championship meet. With that being said, I thought we had some really good swims and that our effort was good.”

Leading the way for the Yeomen was sophomore Chris Pickens as his timestamp of 4:50.42 in the 500-yard free was good for seventh place.

For the Yeowomen it was Anna Saltzman who turned in an impressive down-and-back in 25.74 to finish in 15th place in the 50-yard free.

Karte Melanson added a 20th-place finish in the 500-yard free by touching in at 5:25.93.

The Yeowomen totaled 102 points on the day and currently rest in eighth place, while the Yeomen totaled 132.5 points and sit in ninth place.