A Page -- Dec. 20, 2011

(L TO R) -- Green, Vandermeer, Vargo

Trio Places in Top 6, Storm 14th as a Team at 

Midwest Classic

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Paced by three top-six finishes, the Lake Erie College wrestling team inched up three spots to finish in 14th place at the 2011 Midwest Classic at the University of Indianapolis on Monday (Dec. 19).  The Storm recorded 53.5 points, just 1.5 points behind Ashland University.

Freshman Matt Vandermeer (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) was the top individual for the Storm, placing third at 165 pounds.  After going 3-1 on Sunday, he advanced to the consolation finals Monday morning where he decisioned Ashland's Tommie Graszi 2-1 in overtime to claim third place and improve to 16-4 on the season.

After making his season debut just this past Wednesday, sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) won four times over the weekend and reached the consolation finals at 149 pounds before falling to Maryville University's Keenan Hagerty, 8-5. 

The third Storm grappler to place in the top six was sophomore Zev Green (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) who finished sixth at 174 pounds.  He dropped a close 6-4 decision in the consolation semifinals and then lost to Indiana Tech's Tanner Martin on a questionable pin with just 22 seconds remaining in regulation.  Despite the two losses, Green finished the event with a 4-3 record to move his season mark to 13-7. 

The trio of Vandermeer (17), Vargo (15) and Green (9) combined to score 41 of the Storm's 53 points.

Lake Erie is idle for the remainder of 2011. The Storm opens the new year on Saturday, Jan. 7, by hosting the inaugural Storm Open at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.

Mount's Driskill named to Little All American 


Mount Union defensive back Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) was named to the first team of the Associated Press Little All-America Team and the D3football.com National Defensive Player of the Year. 

It's the fifth consecutive year a Purple Raider had made the AP Little All-America first team which includes players from NCAA Division II and II along with the NAIA.

Wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, now playing for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, was a first-team selection in 2009 and 2010. Running back Nate Kmic was on the 2008 first team. Defensive back Matt Kostelnik was first team in 2007. There was no first-teamer in 2006, but the Purple Raiders had a first-team pick in 2005 (cornerback Ross Watson).

Driskill had 113 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed for the nation's top ranked defense.

Driskill was also selected as National Defensive Player of the Year by D3football.com and was one of five Mount Union players named All-American.

He was joined on the first team by senior offensive lineman Brett Ekkens (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) and junior defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region).

Also selected was senior offensive lineman Antonio Tate (Cleveland/Villa Angela St. Joseph) to the second team and senior defensive back Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) was named to honorable mention.

Ekkens and Tate were the anchors on an offensive line that had a 1,700-yard rusher, two quarterbacks combine for over 3,000 yards passing and allowed only 17 sacks in 15 games while the offense scored over 36 points per game.

Dieuseul had team-highs with 20.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles while he was third on the team in total tackles with 78.

Ferrara had 47 stops and three interceptions as the defense had 30 interceptions on the season.  He was also a finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy given to the top all-around football player in NCAA Division III.



Ohio at Syracuse, 12:00 PM

On its second game at the 2011 Duel in the Desert tournament, Ohio Women's Basketball stunned Xavier in double overtime, winning 80-75. The Bobcats were led by a tremendous effort from forward Porsha Harris, who scored a career-high 29 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. The junior forward has now scored 502 points in her collegiate career, 102 of which have come at Ohio. In a game where there were 13 ties and 25 lead changes, the Bobcats came out on top thanks to strong rebounding (49 total rebounds), clutch free-throw shooting (26-of-35) and composed ball-handling (only 17 turnovers in 50 minutes). Sunday's game was the first double-overtime contest for the Bobcats since a March 14, 2008 game in the Mid-American Conference Tournament during which the Green and White defeated Bowling Green, 68-66. It was also the first time that Ohio has scored 80 points in a game since an 89-81 home overtime loss to Clemson that came two years ago to the day, on December 19, 2009. Syracuse women’s basketball team fell, 82-63 to the Sooners on day two of the Duel In The Desert at UNLV’s Cox Pavilion on Monday afternoon.Elashier Hall led the Orange 19 points, 11 of which came on 13 free throw attempts. Rachel Coffey added eight points, all in the first half, leading a group of six Orange with between six and eight points.



Central Michigan vs. Wright State, 12:00 PM               

JasʼMine Bracey recorded her second double-double on the season, with a team-high 18 points and 15 rebounds, as Central Michigan downed Longwood 70-59 in the second game of the Wright State Invitational. This game was also the fourth straight game the Chippewas have out-rebounded their opponent, grabbing 49 compared to Longwoodʼs 38. CMU shot 36.2 percent from the floor but a cool 18.2 percent from three-point range. They were able to score 27 points off of turnovers, forcing the Lancers into 22 while committing 17 of their own. The Maroon and Gold scored 23 second chance points and held their opponent to only five. The CMU defense held Longwood to only 58 field goal attempts, the lowest of an opponent on the season. LaDuke finished the game with a season-high 17 points, with Bradford adding 13. Miller and Bracey each dished out three assists. The Wright State Invitational Presented by Holiday Inn wraps up Tuesday afternoon as the Raiders (7-4) faces Central Michigan (6-5) in the championship game.



Ball St. at Green Bay, 7:00 PM         

The Ball State women's basketball team enters Tuesday's contest with an overall record of 5-6.  The Cardinals are coming off of a 67-53 loss to Valparaiso Sunday.  Ball State was led in scoring by sophomore forward Jazmin Hitchens who had 14-points off of 3-of-4 shooting from behind the arc.  Despite the loss the Cardinals did lead at the half 35-31 over the Crusaders.  The Cardinals will now face their first ranked opponent since 2009, when they face the Phoenix Tuesday.  After 11 games played Ball State is led by Hitchens in scoring with 12.3 points per game and freshman guard Brittany Carter who is averaging 10.4 ppg.  Katie Murphy leads the Cardinals defensively with 5.1 rebounds per contest. The Phoenix enter Tuesday's contest with an unblemished 8-0 record.  With its last win over fellow Mid-American Conference member Toledo by a score of 72-65.  Green Bay has four players averaging double figures, Julie Wojta (19.9), Lydia Bauer (14.0), Adrian Ritchie (12.3) and Sarah Eichler (10.5).  Wojta also leads the way in rebounding for the Phoenix averaging 9.9 boards per game.



Buffalo at Howard, 7:00 PM             

The Bulls return to the court for the first time in 10 days following the conclusion of finals week.  UB is making its first ever trip to Howard University where it looks to continue its unblemished record against the Bison.  This will be Buffalo’s first ever Division I road game in Washington, DC. Senior Brittany Hedderson became the newest member of UB’s 1,000 point club in its last game at St. Bonaventure.  Hedderson had 31 points the game before, helping lead the Bulls to a win over Canisius.  She currently leads the team in scoring and assists and is amongst the Mid-American Conference leaders in minutes played. The Bulls had a season-high 54 rebounds in its win against Canisius, tied for the third most in a game since 2001.  They had four players in double figures in rebounds.  According to available records, that is the first time that has happened since 1987.  UB has had just two games since then in which it even had three players in double figures in rebounding and that came back in 1988 and 1990.    Howard enters tonight’s ball game winners of four straight after an overtime win on the road at Wake Forest, Sunday night.  Down 17 at the half, Howard came back to force the extra period and give Wake Forest just its third loss of the year. The Lady Bison are led by Tamoria Holmes, who is averaging 17.8 points per game.  Saadia Doyle, who had 28 against Wake Forest, is averaging 15.8 points per contest.  No other player has more than 8.0 points per game.  Doyle is also the team’s leading rebounder at 8.9 per game.               


Eastern Michigan at Detroit Mercy, 7:00 PM

The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team returns to the road Tuesday, Dec. 20, for a non-conference affair versus the University of Detroit Mercy. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at historic Calihan Hall in Detroit, Mich. EMU enters the game with a 6-3 record after upending the University of Michigan, 77-64, in the “Battle for Washtenaw County,” Dec. 11, at the EMU Convocation Center.  The latest NCAA Statistical Rankings came out on Dec. 12 and the Eagles are 15th in the nation (out of 336 eligible teams) in steals per game at 13.6. They are 29th in turnover margin at +6.0, 33rd in rebounding margin (+7.3) and 59th in scoring margin (+12.2) . Individually, Tavelyn James is tied for second in the nation in scoring with an average of 25.1 points per game and 12th in three-point field goals per game at 3.1. Desyree Thomas is 19th in the nation with an average of 3.8 steals per game, while Paige Redditt is 52nd in the nation in rebounds with an average of 9.6 per game.



Mount Union to host Musky; Wood to be 


Mount Union's men's basketball team will seek its first Ohio Athletic Conference win of the season when Muskingum pays a visit to the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. A brief ceremony will be held prior to the game to recognize senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek), who scored his 1,000th career point on Saturday against Wilmington.


Mount Union (3-6, 0-4) hopes to end a five-game winless streak against a Muskies squad who has lost four consecutive games and are tied with the Purple Raiders at the bottom of the conference standings. The Raiders have been very competitive team during the skid, losing by six or fewer four times, was tied in the final minute against Capital, and led in the final minutes in Saturday's overtime loss to first place Wilmington. The Muskies, on the other hand, are losing by an average of 10 points per game and have lost just once by less than ten points during their skid.

The Raiders are 1-4 at home on the season. Defense and three-point shooting have been the keys to the Raiders winning games this season. Opponents are scoring 69.7 points per game on the season, but just 58.3 points per game in Mount Union's three wins. The Raiders rank second in the OAC in field goal percentage defense (.407) but have but the clamps on opponents in their three wins, allowing them to shoot just .331 from the field. The Raiders have shot just under 40-percent from behind the three-point arc in wins this season.

Mount Union average 69.7 points per game and is led by Wood, the conference's leading scorer at 20.4 points per game. Wood, who scored a career-high 32 points against Wilmington on Saturday, also ranks among the top ten in free throw percentage (.800), rebounding (6.3), and three-point field goals (24). At home, Wood is averaging 26.6 points per game.

Freshman Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and sophomore T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) have been the most consistent guards for the Raiders in terms of scoring the ball. Jacubec averages 9.6 points per game and Gillespie averages 7.6 points per game. Freshman forward Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) is scoring 8.4 points per game off the bench and is shooting a team-best 45-percent from on three-point attempts.

Junior guard Justen Little (Calion/Galion) is averaging 3.8 assists per game, which is second in the conference. He has taken tremendous care of the ball and leads the OAC with a 6.8:1 assist-to-turnover ratio.Matt Kiger (Williamstown, W. Va./Williamstown), Keith Williams (Louisville, Ky./Brown), and Clayton Patton(Bolivar/Tuscarawas Valley) contribute off the bench.

Muskingum (2-7, 0-4) fell 68-63 to Baldwin-Wallace in their most recent game. The Muskies trailed by just one at intermission and even led for brief periods of time in the second half, but the foul line proved to be the difference in the game. Baldwin-Wallace made 22 of 26 shots from the charity stripe (.846) while Muskingum was just 8-of-20 (.400).

The Muskies have struggled to score the ball this season. They are last in the conference in scoring (58.6) field goal percentage (.392), and free throw percentage (.601) while ranking ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.287).

Senior forwards Josh Brindley and Kyle Clinedinst carry the bulk of the load for Muskingum. Clinedinst averages 15.4 points per game while leading the OAC in minutes (36.6) and is second in rebounding (9.7). Brindley averages a team-best 16.2 points per game while grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. No other player averages more than 6.8 points per game.

Tickets for the game will be available at the door. No pre-sale tickets will 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.

Wood Joins 1,000-Point Club

Senior Jimmy Wood will be recognized prior to the game for becoming the 26th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Wood hit the 1,000-point milestone on a three-pointer that gave the Purple Raiders a 61-59 lead with 46 seconds remaining in Saturday's overtime loss to Wilmington. With five points in the extra session, Wood currently has 1,005 career points.

Last Meeting

Mount Union shot just 8-of-24 from the field in the opening 20 minutes and trailed 25-17 at halftime. Despite a 45-point explosion in the second half, the Purple Raiders were unable to overcome their deficit, falling 69-62 in Alliance.

Jimmy Wood and Dave Pellerite led the way for Mount Union. Wood scored a game-high 18 points and added nine rebounds. Pellerite recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ben Hodkinson was also in double-figures with 10 points.

Carson Thomas led Muskingum with 16 points, including 13 in the second half. Kyle Clinedinst scored 12 points while George Williams and Mike Romesburg added nine points apiece.

Dave Schwarz's 500 leads Amherst to win over 


Dave Schwarz rolled a two-game series of 500 to lead Amherst Steele to a high school bowling victory over North Ridgeville in s match held at Lake Erie Lanes in Vermilion.
Boys Varsity
North Ridgeville
Glen Waligora 177-268 (445)
Logan Gedeon - -
Tyler Davis - -
Joey Peterson 240-170 (410)
Ryan Kordish 224-267 (491)
Alex Gravely - 161 (161)
Joe Harnden 172 - (172)
S.A.W. 119-183 (302)
Baker Games 191-192 (383)
Game 1 Total 1123
Game 2 Total 1241
Grand Total Pins 2364
Amherst Steele
Cody Sheets 192-247 (439)
Dave Schwarz 267-233 (500)
Carl Haberstlo 243-244 (487)
Gino Del Monico 186-256 (442)
Casey Kosusko - -
Collin Oursler - -
Shane Starbuck 226 - (226)
S.A.W. - 141
Baker Games  204-185 (389)
Game 1 Total 1318
Game 2 Total 1306
Grand Total Pins 2624
Boys JV
North Ridgeville
CJ Schneider - 187 (187)
Caleb Barbosa - 122 (122)
Zack Pulvino 179-256 (435)
Alex Scullin 208-181 (389)
Nico Dennis 229-212 (441)
Donny Ciryak 173 - (173)
Joey Casement 167 - (167)
Baker Games 206-157 (363)
Game 1 Total 1162
Game 2 Total 1115
Grand Total Pins 2277
Amherst Steele
Justin Starbuck 213-220 (433)
Andrew Cser 169 - (169)
Matt Andrews - -
Mason Danicki - -
Steve Werner 193-186 (379)
Louie Shukait - 192 (192)
Cody Congelio 174-180 (354)
Will Adorno - -
S.A.W. 141-130 (271)
Baker Games 155-163 (318)
Game 1 Total 1045
Game 2 Total 1071
Grand Total Pins 2116