A Page -- Dec. 20, 2010

Holy Name first team to reach 15 

wins; HOF title is third holiday 

tourney title in three tries; now 

3-1 in tourneys overall; Namers 

score 30 goals in four games

over weekend

Dec. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN – As of the start of this past weekend’s games, Holy Name High’s Hockey team was able to claim the rights to be the first team to get to double-digit victories this season, but has since done that one better.

With this past weekend’s tournaments and other games in the books, the Namers are the first area high school hockey team to reach the 15-win plateau, doing so via another tourney title, this time going 4-0 and capturing the Sylvania Hall of Fame Classic Tournament in the Toledo.

The Green Wave (15-2) is now 3-for-3 in holiday tournaments after already having won their own Thanksgiving Tourney and also the Benedictine Christmas Tourney last weekend.

In non-holiday tourneys, the Namers made it to the finals of the North Coast League Tourney before losing in the championship game to fellow Parma Catholic high school, Padua, which has won just about every NCL title in history, save a here-and-there capture by Lake Catholic.

After having to battle to beat Anthony Wayne the first night, 7-6, the Namers knocked down their next three foes a the HOF tourney by at least five goals each. They clubbed Clay, 8-2, manhandled Maumee, 7-2, and pasted Perrysburg, 8-1.

They will get their big test this weekend in the Eagle Classic in Serpentini Arena/Winterhurst hosted by HNHS coach Tim Sullivan’s alma mater, St. Edward.


Again over this past weekend, the Namers were able to get balanced scoring as four Student/Athletes on the team have registered 20 or more points this season.

Dave Fassbender has scored 25 points on 18 goals and 7 assists, Steve Popovich 22 points on 12 goals and 10 assists, Joe Baker 21 points on 14 goals and 7 assists, and Jamie Bucell 21 points on 9 goals and 12 assists.


Joe Meehan and Alex Kurowski each have a dozen points, while Ian Bruzak and Justin Ross each have 10. 


Troy Pascley to represent 

Northeast Ohio in St. Pete Bowl 

tomorrow night

Dec. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Tomorrow night’s Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl pitting Southern Mississippi against Louisville has one local Northeastern Ohio Student/Athlete involved in Cardinals’ wide receiver Troy Pascley from Alliance.

The former Alliance High standout is a senior for Louisville, but has been in and out of the lineup the past two seasons due to a series of injuries. If he were to elect to go through the bureaucratic process of applying for another year of eligibility, he would probably have it granted since the injuries have really limited his play.

Troy Pascley
Troy Pascley

Nonetheless, the former Aviator is listed on the roster for the game so he is still a part of the team, but whether he will be able to play is still iffy.

He has appeared in only eight plays this year. He saw a little more time last year as a junior, enough to reel in four passes for 35 yards.

Pascley does have the talent as a collegiate Student/Athlete. As a sophomore two years ago, he averaged a touchdown for every three catches he made, hitting pay dirt four times on 12 catches. He also used his speed to his advantage as he averaged better than 20 yards per catch with a total of 252 on those 12 snares.

Ironically, one of his passes caught last year came against Southern Miss.

As an Aviator four years ago, Pascley was ranked as one of the top 33 college prospects in Ohio by Rivals.com.

Mentor's Brady DeMell, St. V's 

Todd Culver, Twinsburg's Doug 

Furman to represent Cleveland as 

Student/Athletes in the the 

Poinsetta Bowl; area could claim 

Brian Sipe as its coaching entry 

by adoption in San Diego game

Dec. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Three Student/Athletes will represent the Cleveland area in Thursday’s San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl pitting Navy against San Diego State.

All three are members of the Midshipmen. Twinsburg’s Doug Furman is a junior wide receiver, Mentor’s Brady DeMell is a junior offensive guard, and St. Vincent-St. Mary alumnus Todd Culver is a freshman cornerback.

 Todd Culver

St. V grad Todd Culver

DeMell was scheduled to be the starter at right guard for the Midshipmen, but instead has been the starting center all season. The 6 foot-3 inch, 295-pound former Cardinal played on an offensive line last season that provided the interference for Middies’ quarterback Ricky Dobbs to set an NCAA record for most TD runs by a signal caller (27) in a season.

This will be DeMell’s second bowl game. Due to an injury to the regular guy in front of Dobbs, DeMell wound up playing center in the Texas Bowl. He has been part of an offensive line for an offense that has been amassing more than 400 yards a game, including two games of more than 500 yards of total offense.

Brady DeMell

Former Cardinal Brady DeMell

He did such a decent job in that game that the coaches decided to move him to center starting with the first game and has been a starter ever since then on a team that has averaged nearly 500 yards a game of total offense.

The history major has left quite a legacy behind at Mentor High, where he earned nine varsity letters in football, hockey and lacrosse. He also attended the Naval Prep School one year after high school. 

Doug Furman

Former Twinsburg High standout Doug Furman

After getting slowed by an ankle injury last season, Furman made it into12 games this season, serving as both a spot starter and as a reserve.                        

The Aztecs have no local players on the roster, but their quarterbacks coach is none other than Brian Sipe, who lived locally when playing for the Cleveland Browns in the 1970s and early 1980s, most notably during the Cardiac Kids years. Naturally, Sipe is the quarterbacks coach for the Aztecs.

Brian Sipe

Brian Sipe

Sipe is quite experienced in working with Student/Athletes, serving the eight seasons prior to this one as the head coach of Santa Fe Christian High School, in SoCal.

As almost always, even during the days when Sipe played quarterback there under Don Coryell in the early 1970s and when former Lakewood High Student/Athlete was a Student/Athlete there in the late 1970s, Cal State San Diego is a passing team, never afraid to put the ball in the air.

Sipe’s quarterbacks are averaging nearly 300 yards passing per game.


Olmsted Falls alumnus Dave

Pellerite attains double-double,

but Mount falls on buzzer shot

December 20, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE -- Laron Mann hit a three-pointer at buzzer to lift LaRoche (Pa.) to a 68-65 come from behind overtime victory against Mount Union in a men's basketball game Monday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Mann, who scored a game-high 21 points, took a pass from Joel McIntosh 35 feet from the basket as the Redhawks went the length of the floor for the win.  LaRoche improved to 9-1 on the season as it played its firstroad game since the death of head coach Scott Lang 10 days ago.

Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists but Mount Union (3-7) went the final three minutes of regulation and the entire five minute overtime period without a field goal.



Lorain Titans are a double winner 

in JV bowling tonight versus 


Dec. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Lorain High was a double winner tonight a Slovak Lanes as both the girls’ and boys’ JV bowling teams were victors over North Ridgeville.


Travis Szabo, with a two-game series of 181-185(366), led the Titan boys to a 1983-1857 win over the Rangers.


The Titans also had Nathan Beaver  183-156(339), Sam Schaefer  192-154(346), John Strader 171-147 (318), Julian Thomas 159(159), and Greg Wilson  139 (139).


The Titan gals were paced by Kelly Schudel   144-99(243). Lorain also had Kelsey Leyva 153-82(235), Mallery Carver 107-86(193), Taylor Straka 116-99(215), and Alicia Barnes101 (101).


The Ranger gals had Alexis Jalowiec 100-95(195), Alyse Fuller 106-73 (179), Nikki Gannon 120-122(242), and Lisa Adkins 117-131(248).


For the Ranger boys it was Josh Buttrey 147-143(290), Alex Scullin 162-139(301), Joey Casement  159-165(324), Scott Bednarski 157-179(336), and Ryan Kordish 169-168(337).


Gilmour scores in clusters to 

down resilient Beachwood 

team; Connor Deckard pours 

in 14 by halftime, reaches 20 

early in the third

Dec. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEACHWOOD – Host Beachwood scored the first two points of the evening but that was the only time it had the lead the whole course of the game as Gilmour used a clustered scoring effort to hustle to a 72-63 win tonight here in the Bison Track and Athletic Center, in non-conference high school boys’ varsity basketball action.

Gilmour bolted out to a 14-3 lead by the midway point of the first quarter and opened up a 28-13 lead with 3:43 to go in the half, demonstrating commands in both sets eight.

Aggressive defensive play produced a three-second, five-point concoction that quickly turned a 9-3 lead into a 14-3 one for the Lancers.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Lancers-Bison game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


On back-to-back steals in the Bison backcourt, Gilmour’s trap first converted on a Kevin Gleason basket off a Rob Catanese assist and then Charlie Sullivan turned around and stole the ball on the inbound, and shoveled it to Connor Deckard, who made the basket and was fouled.

Deckard converted on the old-fashioned three-point play and the Lancers were off to the races. By halftime, Gilmour had blasted out to a 42-23 lead. Deckard led the way in the first half with 14 points.


Listen to post-game interview with Gilmour Student/Athlete Connor Deckard, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Lancers-Bison game, by clicking and downloading


Beachwood began making a mild comeback late in the first half, first with Kelly Rice hitting a three and then turning in a defensive steal on the ensuing Gilmour possession.

However, when Jeremiah Townes had an open lane on his way to a layup and was fouled from behind, he went up toward the rim and broke his momentum by grabbing it, but then did a chin up and was called for a technical foul.

Gilmour came out ahead with the exchange “fee” after the trading of free throws, taking advantage of gaining possession with Sullivan hitting a three, transforming a 35-22 lead before the foul into a 40-23 advantage after all the up-and-down business.


 Listen to post-game interview with Gilmour Student/Athlete Charlie Sullivan, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Lancers-Bison game, by clicking and downloading


The Lancers engaged in more of the same at the onset of the second half, getting points fast and in bunches as the rewards of alert defensive plays.

Deckard hit the 20-point mark even before the midway point of the third quarter, scoring three baskets in a matter of a minute, one on a nifty pass from Dave Linane.

Linane then canned a three, with 4:03 to go in the third to give the Lancers their biggest lead of the night, 53-29. Lancer coach Dave Pfundstein was then able to make some wholesale substitutions.


The Bison would not give up though, shaving off points from the two-dozen-point deficit and pulling to within 14, 57-43, courtesy of an old-fashioned three-point play by freshman John Davis with the fourth quarter 20 seconds old.

Then the starters came back in for Gilmour. 

Still, Beachwood could never make any kind of a serious comeback and it became mop-up time for the Lancers.

Refusing to go gently into Dylan Thomas' "That Good Night," the Bison was able to make it interesting in the end after Danny Noureddine and Anthony Valentine hit threes from the top of the key in the final minute to pull the hosts to within eight points with 30 seconds to play and then Valentine swished another one from the jest a foot inside the same spot for two with 10 sceonds to play to make it 70-63..


 Mike Zavagno also reached double-figures in scoring for the Lancers.

Listen to post-game interview with Gilmour Student/Athlete Mike Zavagno, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Lancers-Bison game, by clicking and downloading



After Deadlocked first half, 

Gilmour JV boys surge in the 

second half to take one from 


Dec. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEACHWOOD – In boys’ high school JV basketball action here tonight, Gilmour used a second-half surge to overcome a strong second quarter by Beachwood to grab a 63-60 win.

After Gilmour opened up an early lead, Beachwood started making a move three minutes into the second quarter. Trailing 23-16, the Bison then got hot and went on a 12-0 run to take a five-point lead, 28-23, with three minutes to go in the half.

Then Gilmour shifted the momentum, first with a three-point swish from Danny Urban with 2:10 to go in the half to cut it to a two-point Bison lead.

Devin Moore answered at the other end, but then a Colin Zucker two was followed in succession by another Urban three to give Gilmour a 31-30 lead.

Sterling Sanders took a high pass under the basket and dropped it off the board and in as the buzzer sounded to tie it for the Bison, 32-32, going into the break.

Gilmour then used its speed to open up a 45-35 lead within the first three minutes of the second half. Tommy Lyons hit a three and a two in an 11-0 run.

Beachwood cut it back down to five three times, first on a transition basket when Sanders stole the ball in the Lancer frontcourt, and went ¾ the length of the floor and scored the layup to make it 45-40, then on a Julio Stevens basket to make it 47-42, and then on a Moore bucket to make it 49-44 moments before the quarter ended.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Mike Vala gave Gilmour another 11-point lead, 57-46, with 5:50 to play.

Beachwood was able to cut it back to five three more times and was able to get a three-point bomb from Jared Williams with two seconds to go, but Gilmour’s depth and balanced scoring was too much for the young Bison to overcome altogether, sanding the young Blue and White back to Gates Mills with a win.

CSU's basketball team to 

conclude road trip with Matinee 

game tomorrow

Dec. 20, 2010

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State concludes its current three game roadtrip when the Vikings play at Ohio at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 21) at the OU Convocation Center. The Vikings have lost two straight to fall to 6-3 overall,including a 71-67 setback at Marshall on Saturday (Dec. 18) night in which the Thundering Herd went to the free throw line 45 times to just 18 for CSU.

Semeka Randall


Ohio, coached by former CSU assistant Semeka Randall, is 3-8 this season and snapped a seven game losing streak with a 63-57 victory over Presbyterian on Sunday (Dec. 19). Tuesday's game will be the 20th all-time meeting between the teams with OU holding a 13-6 lead in the all-time series.



Mike O'Sullivan does double deuce to lead North Ridgeville varsity keglers

Dec. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Mike O'Sullivan to together back-to-back 200 games to lead North Ridgeville’s boys’ high school varsity bowling team to a 2211-2145 over Lorain High at Slovak Lanes tonight.

O’Sullivan had a two-game series of 226-203(429).

The Rangers also had Joey Peterson 202-170(372), Alex Gravely 168-162(330), Brandon Becka 167-150(317), and Logan Gedeon  178 (178).

The Titans had Dimitri Hams    212     (212), Joseph Strader  190    (190), Solomon Fenn    167-159(326), Collin Velasquez         198 (198), and Anthony Velasquez    150-224(374).


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