A Page -- Dec. 21, 2010

Cassie Schrock
Cassie Schrock


Wadsworth native Cassie Schrock about to 

join 1,000-500-300-175 club; Kent State at top 

of list of "blow-out" artists; Solon High 

alumna Kourtney Brown leading league in 

blocked shots

Dec. 21, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Temple at Eastern Michigan, 7 pm
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With final exams complete and the holiday season in full swing, the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team returns to the court Tuesday, Dec. 21, for a non-conference test against Temple University. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. at the Convocation Center. EMU enters the game with a 6-5 record after dispatching Canisius College, 76-40, in front of 1,293 fans in Ypsilanti, Dec. 11. The Owls are 7-4 on the season following a 55-43 victory over Villanova, Dec. 19. In the 76-40 victory over Canisius, Dec. 11, EMU racked up 28 steals, which is tied for the second-best effort in team history. Three seasons ago versus NCCAA member Temple Baptist (11-11-07), the Eagles stole the rock a record 29 times. 
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Schrock (22)

The Eagles have recorded six double-figure steals contests this season. Senior Cassie Schrock is looking to join some rarefied company, as she needs just two steals to become the third player in Eastern Michigan University women's basketball history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 175 steals in their careers.

The Wadsworth, Ohio native currently has 1,080 points, 575 rebounds, 378 assists and 173 steals in her career. Holding Villanova scoreless for a 14-minute stretch that began in the first half, the Temple women's basketball team defeated the Wildcats 55-43 for a Big 5 road win on Sunday afternoon. Shey Peddy scored a game-high 19 points and Qwedia Wallace added 17 as the Owls (7-4, 1-0 Big 5) got their fifth straight win. Peddy added six rebounds and a game-high five assists to her 19-point effort, as well as tying her career-high with seven steals. Kristen McCarthy scored seven points and led the Owls with seven rebounds.

Florida Atlantic at Kent State, 12 pm
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Kent State halted a two-game losing streak Sunday with a convincing 88-36 victory over Vermont at the M.A.C. Center. Kent State's 52-point margin of victory tied for the fourth-largest win in team history and was the team's biggest victory margin-wise since a 59-point win during the 1996-97 season. 

Senior Taisja Jones led all scorers with 18 points, while sophomore Tamzin Barroilhet also was in double figures with 14 points. In a few statistical categories, Kent State has found comfort in friendly confines. The Golden Flashes are shooting an impressive 84.3 percent (43-of-51) at the free throw line and a red-hot 53.3 percent from the field. The team also has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23 and is averaging two turnovers less per game at the M.A.C. Center. 

The Owls (3-7) are coming off a 60-52 setback at Saint Louis Dec. 19. Breana Turner led all scorers for FAU with 22 points while Vontrice Dennis missed a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds. On the season, senior guard Lyrell Barfield leads the team with 12.0 ppg, while junior guard Teri Stamps is chipping in 9.6 ppg. Vontrice Dennis leads the Owls in rebounding with 8.9 rpg while adding 7.7 points per contest.

Niagara at Buffalo, 7 pm
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The Bulls conclude a three-game homestand tonight as they host Big 4 rival Niagara. Today will mark UB's final non-conference home game as the Bulls complete non-conference play on the road. UB is looking for its sixth straight win against Niagara. The Bulls lead the Mid-American Conference in blocked shots, averaging 5.00 blocks per game. 

Solon native Kourtney Brown

Senior Kourtney Brown also leads the conference individually in blocks at 2.4 per contest. Brown is currently 25th in the country in blocked shots, while the Bulls are 37th in the nation as a team in blocks per game. UB is also in the top 50 in the nation in assists per game at 49th and rebounding margin at 50th. Niagara is 1-8 on the season following a 63-47 loss against Albany on Saturday afternoon. The Purple Eagles lone win came on the road, a 52-51 victory over Penn. Niagara is led by senior Liz Flooks, who is averaging 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. Kayla Stroman and Katie Gattuso as the other two doublefigure scorers, averaging 12.0 and 10.6 points per game, respectively.



Brunswick's Crider, North Olmsted's Wiedt, Westlake's LaMattina, Nordonia's Kilgore averaging double figures for Mount Union; Raiders have Musky up next

December 21, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- Mount Union's women's basketball team will host Muskingum in Ohio Athletic Conference action tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. -- its final home contest of the 2010 calendar year.

The Purple Raiders (7-1, 3-1) have won their last two games in convincing fashion -- a 65-44 victory over Capital and then a 79-61 win against Wilmington.

In its last game against the Quakers, Mount Union fell behind, 6-0, but then charged through a 20-point run.

Crider (L), Wiedt (R)

Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) was Mount Union's top scorer, finishing with 16 points, includiung a 4 of 5 performance from 3-point land. Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) added 14 points and three steals whileBrittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) put in 11 points.

Rosa LaMattina (L) Brittany Kilgore (R)

Four players are averaging double-figures in points, including LaMattina (13.7), Kilgore (13.2), Kori Wiedt(North Olmsted/North Olmsted) (10.8) and Crider (10.5). Kilgore is grabbing 6.6 rebounds per game.



John Carroll Men Defeat 

Cross-Town Rival Baldwin-Wallace, 

82-73, in Berea

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Senior center Maurice Haynes scored a game-high 25 points as the John Carroll University men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 82-73, tonight (Tuesday, December 21, 2010) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea

In addition to Haynes for JCU, now 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the OAC, junior guard Corey Shontz scored 18 points, junior forward Mark Hester with 11 and junior guard Michael Hartnett with 10.

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St. Ed alum Mike Hartnett

For B-W, now 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the OAC, junior All-OAC point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria), sophomore forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) and freshman guard Kyle Payne (Brunswick) each had 15 points and freshman guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Holy Name) had 14.

Holy Name alum Kevin Krakowiak

In the first half, JCU jumped out to a 7-2 lead at the 17:42 mark when Harnett made a three-pointer. B-W came right back to make it 7-6 at the 16:25 mark when Cabbil stole the ball and passed to senior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) for an uncontested layup.

The Yellow Jackets took their first lead of the game at 12-11 at the 14:27 mark when Krakowiak made two free throws, and extended the lead to 15-11 at the 13:56 mark when he canned a trey from the left corner.  Then the lead grew to 18-11 when freshman guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) canned a triple at 11:12.

After the lead grew to 22-13 when sophomore forward Scott Branchick (Mentor) scored on a layup off of a fastbreak, JCU pulled back to within five points at 22-17 when Hester scored on a runner at 7:49.

Mentor product Scott Branchick

 B-W then outscored the Blue Streaks 14-5 to take its largest lead in the game at 36-22 at the 3:49 mark when Cabbil stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a layup.


B-W continued its onslaught and grew the lead to 18 points at 43-25 with 2:22 remaining when Cabbil made another steal, scored, was fouled and made the free throw.  The lead grew to a high of 19 points at 44-25 with 1:27 left when Payne made one of two foul shots. JCU scored the final four points to cut B-W’s lead to 44-29 at the intermission.

Brunswick native Kyle Payne

In the second half, JCU scored the first four points to cut the lead to 44-33 at the 19:10 before Meeder canned a three-pointer to push it back to 14 points at 47-33 with 18:45 left. JCU then scored the next four points to climb back to 47-37 with 17:54 left when Shontz made a layup.

JCU finally cut the lead to single digits at 48-39 when Haynes made a hook shot at 17:07, but B-W came right back when Ameen scored, was fouled and made his free throw at 16:58 for a 51-39 advantage.

JCU kept up the pressure and closed to 53-46 with 14:09 left when Shontz followed a missed shot with a rebound and a basket. Then the Blue Streak went on a 7-3 run to close to 56-53 at 11:04 when junior forward Connor Tilow grabbed an offensive rebound and scored.

JCU finally tied the score at 56-56 with 10:32 left when Harnett canned a three-pointer from the left corner, and then took its first lead of the second stanza when Haynes made one of two free throws at 9:41. The lead then grew to three points at 59-56 when Shontz made a layup at 9:10.

Following a B-W basket by Payne, JCU rattled off five straight points and took its largest lead of the night at 64-58 when Hester canned a trey at 8:06.  The lead then grew to 10 points when Shontz made a runner in the lane and was fouled. Following two Meyer foul shots via a technical foul, Shontz missed his free throw at 5:35 and JCU led, 71-61.

After a pair of Payne foul shots at 5:11 and a layup at 4:41 made the score 71-65, Meyer converted a pair of his own foul shots to push it back to eight points at 73-65 with 4:25 left.  That was as close as B-W would get to the Blue Streaks.

Holy Name's fourth-quarter 

comeback timely enough to 

down Normandy, 44-40; Seamus 

Day scores 11 of game's last 12 

points to lead Wave turnaround 

Watch video of Seamus Day scoring the winning basket in tonight’s Green Wave-Invaders game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Dec. 21, 2010

10:17 PM EST

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PARMA HEIGHTS – Holy Name’s boys’ basketball team came back in the second half, using its speed to overcome Normandy’s slow tempo game and post a 44-40 win in an intra-city public/private battle tonight here in Holy Name High School athletic complex gymnasium.

Seamus Day’s basket with 50 seconds to play made it 41-40 and turned out to be the winning basket. Day added three more points in the final minute and the Namer defense took care of the rest.


Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete Seamus Day, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Invaders-Green Wave game, by clicking and downloading


Both teams were cold from the field the first two minutes of the game. The goose eggs remained up on the board until Joe Duff scored the first points of the night with 5:55 to go in the opening frame.


Day’s first field goal in the last two minutes, cut the Namer deficit to three points, 40-37.

Then Joe Duff stole the ball and got it out to Day, who was able to make it 40-39 with a basket coming it with just over a minute to play.

Then Duff hit the game winner, followed by another basket and free throw. 

It took Normandy almost half the quarter to get on the board, Dean Seitz scoring the Invaders’ first points at the 4:02 mark of the first period.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Green Wave-Invaders game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Dan Dreher wound up with four points in the first quarter for the Namers, who held a slight 8-4 advantage after the first eight-minute frame.
A pair of threes by Shawn Jacklitch early in the second quarter enabled Normandy to tie it, 10-10.
The shooters remained cold on both sides, from the line and from the field. Normandy then came up with an unplanned, roundabout four-point play

Dylan Seitz was fouled, made the first free toss, missed the second, the Invaders got the rebound and got the ball back to Seitz who scored right away again and was followed, following up by connecting on the old-fashioned three-point play with the one-point lead in, giving the guests a 14-11 lead with 3:49 to go in the half.

Jacklitch hit another three, but Jake Schaefer countered with one for the Namers to keep it close. Jacklitch hit a shot at the end of the half, matching his jersey (No. 00) with the time on the clocking and sending his club into the back room with a 21-16 edge.

Normandy opened up a seven-point lead in the third quarter, but that was when the Namers made their move, grabbing the lead back for the first time since the first quarter.

Matt Stumpf hit two shots in a row to pull the Green Wave to within three, 25-22, midway through the third period.


Duff stole the ball in the Holy Name backcourt and went all the way himself to score and Seamus Day followed with a basket to make it a one-point game, 27-26, with 1:58 to go in the third.

Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete Joe Duff, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Invaders-Green Wave game, by clicking and downloading


An old-fashioned three-point play by Jim Krakowiak gave the Namers the lead back with 34 seconds to go in the quarter, 29-27, which is where it stood when the period closed.


Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete James Krakowiak by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Invaders-Green Wave game, by clicking and downloading


Normandy tied it in the fourth on a Ryan Rompala basket and took the lead on a Dean Seitz score, 31-29, with a minute gone in the fourth. 

A Dean Seitz basket with four minutes left gave Normandy a six-point lead, 39-33.

That was when Day started going on a rampage, first with two free throws and then four straight baskets followed  by a free throw with four seconds left.

All Normandy was able to manage in the final four minutes of the game was a  Jacklitch free throw.

South Invitational champion Bulldogs

Olmsted Falls wrestling undefeated 

in duals, invites and dual-series 

tourneys; Chase DuPratt, Scott 

Ahern win titles on Rebel mats


Dec. 21, 2010 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Olmsted Falls’ wrestling team won the 12-Team Willoughby South Invitational over the weekend and goes into the Christmas holidays undefeated in both duals and tournaments (dual and bracketed tourneys).

The Team is off to a strong start with a 7-0 Dual Record and it haswon two 12-team tournaments including the Willoughby South Rebel Invitational and the Findlay Duals earlier in the season.

Chase DuPratt

The Dogs will head to the very tough Medina Invitational over the break -- December 28 and 29.  Individual Bulldogs champions at Willoughby were Chase DuPratt 112, and Scott Ahern 140.

Scott Ahern

Runners-up were: P.J. Mueller 103, Adam Binggeli 152, Nick Sommer 160, and Alan Binggeli 171.  David Lance (103), Nick Asadorian (119), and Alex Bevilacqua (135) were 3rd.

"We are off to a good start, but we have long ways to go,” Coach Bill McGrain said.Medina will be a great test and we look forward to stepping things up a notch at Medina.  We have done well so far, BUT, we need to get better."

The Bulldogs have nine Student/Athletes on the mats with two or fewer losses.  

Top Olmsted Falls Records:

103 P.J. Mueller 10-2
112 Chase DuPratt 12-0
119 Nick Asadorian 10-2
130 Kyle Kokitka 9-3
135 Alex Bevilacqua 11-1
140-Scott Ahern 10-2
152-Adam Binggeli 11-1
160- Nick Sommer 10-2
171 Alan Binggeli 11-1                
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