A Page -- Dec. 22, 2010

Alex Bello
Alex Bello

Mags alum Alex Bello continues 

with another fine fall golf season 

at Vassar; set to begin spring 

season in February

Dec. 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Magnificat alumna Alex Bello finished another fine golf season as a Student/Athlete at Vassar College in New York State.

Bello and her Brewer teammates closed out the four-meet fall season with a fourth-place finish at the LrBatchelder Invitational with Bello leading the way with an eighth-place finish overall.

 Alex Bello HS

She also finished fifth at the Middelbury Invite this past fall. It helped Vassar finish third on the Ralph Myhre Course.

Bello, a junior who hails from Avon Lake, will pick up with the spring season that begins in two months.

Mount Union's Vince Kehres named 

Defensive Coordinator of Year for D-


December 22, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

University of Mount Union defensive coordinator Vince Kehres was named 2010 FootballScoop.com Division III Coordinator of the Year.

Under Kehres, the Mount Union defense led the nation in scoring defense (8.9 PPG) and went 14-0 before losing to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the national championship game.  During the season, the defense held five opponents scoreless and they had a 12-game stretch during which their opponents only scored 61 points. 

The Purple Raiders defense only allowed 212 yards per game (No. 2 nationally) and they gained 47 turnovers (No. 1 in the nation).  Further, they led the nation in passing efficiency defense, allowed opponents to convert only 28-percent of third-downs opportunities, while amassing 48 sacks. 

Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres told FootballScoop, "Under Vince's leadership, an inexperienced defense matured into a unit which led our team into the National title game."

Mount Union won the Ohio Athletic Conference and their first 14 games this season before losing to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NationalChampionship.

The FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by SpeedTracs are the only set of awards that recognize the most outstanding position coaches in college football.  The finalists (Kehres, Chip Knapp - Wesley College and Jimmy Miller - Bethel College) were selected based off of nominations by coaches, athletic directors, and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches including previous recipients determined the 2010 winners.

Previous winners of the Division III Coordinator of the Year award are Glen Fowles (Willamette, 2008) and Jim Zebrowski (Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2009).

Baldwin-Wallace College’s

Basketball Team Defeats

Otterbein 72-63 In Overtime 

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Senior two-time All-OAC guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high tying  11 rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team overcame a 20-point second half deficit to defeat Ohio Athletic Conference rival Otterbein University, 72-63, in overtime tonight (Wednesday, December 22, 2010) in the Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea. 

With her 20points, Schroeder moved into sixth place on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list with 1,061 career points.  In addition to Schroeder for B-W, now 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the OAC, sophomore wing Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover), sophomore guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa.) and freshman guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) all scored 11 points.  Junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/St. Mary Central Catholic) grabbed a game-high tying 11 rebounds For Otterbein, now 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the OAC, junior guard Katie Stallard led the way with 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Jessica Lairson

In the first half,   Otterbein opened on a 6-0 run before Carpenter buried a three-pointer at the 17:28 mark.   The Cardinals then would push their lead to as many as 14 points, 17-3, on a pair of free throws by senior forward Sarah Esterkamp at 12:50.   The Yellow Jackets would end a five minute scoreless streak, 17-6, when Frisina hit the three pointer at 12:23.
Otterbein would outscore B-W 20-13 over the remainder of the half to extend its lead to 18 points and lead 37-19 at the intermission.   The Yellow Jackets were led by Carpenter and Frisina with five points each.  Junior guard Katie Stallard led the Cardinals with 13 points.

In the second half, Otterbein extended its lead to a game-high 20 points on two occasions with the last coming at 44-24 on a three-pointer by sophomore  forward Hannah Day with 16:07 remaining.  B-W would go on a 25-4 run to cut the lead down to five points, 49-44, on a jumper by sophomore guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/Colonel Crawford) at the 7:23 mark.    The Yellow Jackets would even the score, 52-52, as Frisina dialed up a shot from long range with 5:13 remaining.


B-W took its first lead of the game 54-52 on a layup by freshman forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/Columbian) at 3:56.  The Cardinals tied the game quickly back up on a pair of free throws by junior guard Kristi Kotterman with 3:40 remaining.  Otterbein would score the next two baskets by Kotterman to go up 58-54 at the 1:15 mark.  The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to one, 58-57, as Carpenter buried a three-pointer with 48.2 seconds remaining. B-W tied the game, 60-60, with 5.4 seconds remaining as sophomore guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) was fouled on her three-point attempt and then proceeded to hit all three free throws to send the game to overtime. 

The Yellow Jackets took just their second lead of the game, 62-60, as freshman guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) scored the first basket of the extra session on a layup at 4:43.  The Yellow Jackets increased their lead, 65-61, as Frisina hit a three-pointer with 3:39 left.  The Cardinals cut the lead to two points, 65-63, on a layup by Kotterman at 2:39.  B-W sealed the game as Schroeder hit two with 15 seconds left.

North Olmsted alumna Kori Wiedt leads eleventh-ranked Mount Union's basketball team past Musky with 19 markers

By Josh Reilly

December 22, 2010 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's nationally-ranked women's basketball team had a tough time putting away a game Muskingum squad before going on a late 16-point run in its 71-53 victory over the Fighting Muskies inOhio Athletic Conference action today.

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) scored 19 points for the Purple Raiders, including 14 in the first half, and also made four steals.

Former Eagle Kori Wiedt

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) added 13 points, five assists and four steals, Brittany Kilgore(Northfield/Nordonia) scored 10 points and Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) grabbed 12 rebounds for Mount Union.

Trailing 14-11 in the first half, the Raiders used a 7-point run -- led by five from Wiedt -- to take an 18-14 advantage.

Mount Union was ahead 30-25 at halftime and led until Yasmyn Inskeep's layup gave the Fighting Muskies a 47-46 lead with 8:54 left in the game.

The Raiders (8-1, 4-1) then took command with 16 straight points and outscored their visitors, 25-6, the rest of the way. LaMattina led the late charge with nine points in the final 6:24.

Hannah Oakley led Muskingum (4-7, 2-2) with a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Amanda Dobbins contributed 13 points and eight rebounds while Suzanne Nichols put in 11 points.

Mount Union's men's basketball team comes back from more than a dozen down in the second half

By Lenny Reich

December 22, 2010 

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's basketball team rallied for a double-digit second half deficit to score a 57-51 Ohio Athletic Conference win today at Muskingum in New Concord.

Down 34-24 with 13:46 to go, Mount Union senior guard Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) nailed three straight three-pointers to spark a 20-2 Purple Raider run that made the score 44-36 with 7:12 to play and they never gave up the lead.

Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, Hodkinson had 14 and Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) tallied 10 to lead Mount Union (4-7, 3-2 OAC) to its second straight conference win.

Muskingum (3-6, 2-3 OAC), which led 22-20 at the half, got 16 points and a career-best 17 rebounds from Kyle Clinedinst.

Ranger varsity gals top Dukes on 

lanes in Rebman

Dec. 22, 2010

Cassie Pawlak’s two-game series of 318 led North Ridgeiville’s high school girls’ varsity bowling team to a 1,720-1544 win over Wellington tonight on Rebman’s lanes.

Pawlak rolled games of 169 and 149 to earn team-high honors.

Others contributing to the Ranger win were Lisa Adkins 198-102 300, Shauna Shields  123-110 233, Samantha Crist 105-170 275, and Ashley Schoonover 131-154 285.

Dukes Logo

 The Dukes had Jackie Kacos 123-129 252, Megan Novosielski  104-120 254, Ashley Garn 128-109 237, Sam Block 105-127 232, and Kathleen Plummer 145-166 311.




Avon Lake overcomes foul trouble, 

cold shooting spell, and comes 

back in the second half to beat Avon 

in Battle of the Tracks; Lacy LeDuc 

serves as chief impetus to win 

with 25 points

Dec. 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE – Avon Lake’s varsity basketball team overcame foul trouble and a cold shooting spell late in the first half and parlayed that with a stellar offensive performance from Lacy LeDuc into a 56-42 win over Avon in the battle of Route 83/railroad tracks.

It was a big boost for Avon Lake, which came into the season with high expectations but had been sputtering the first three weeks of the season at 1-4.


Listen to post-game interview with Avon Lake Student/Athlete Lacy LeDuc, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Shoregals-Eagles game, by clicking and downloading


LeDuc, who finished with a  game-high 25 points, picked up her third foul in the second period and with it the Shoregals let a fairly decent lead slip away, but with LeDuc back on the floor the second half, were able to turn the tables back the other way.
Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Shoregals-Eagles game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading

Avon Lake used the speed of guard Lacy LeDuc to open up a 14-10 lead in the first quarter.

LeDuc scored seven consecutive points, mostly on the transition and fast break, to turn an 8-7 deficit into a 14-8 lead with 1:36 to go in the quarter. She scored three at the line and four from the field.

The Shoregals led by as many as eight in the second quarter, going up 21-13 on a Molly Disbrow basket.


Listen to post-game interview with Avon Lake Student/Athlete Molly Disbrow, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Shoregals-Eagles game, by clicking and downloading 


Then LeDuc went to the bench with her third foul and the Eagles began making their move, scoring the last 12 points of the half to take a 25-21 lead at the midway point.

Most of the Eagles scoring was compiled at the foul line as Avon Lake got into team foul trouble as well as having LeDuc sidelined for the remainder of the half.

The Eagles went into the bonus with three minutes to go and into the double bonus shortly after that.

In the last two and a half minutes, Emily Julius went 4 for 4 at the line and also pushed in a put back after teammate Breana Cain missed a pair of free throws during the 12-0 run.

Cain tied it, 21-21, by stealing the ball in the Avon Lake backcourt and taking it all alone to the hoop with the layup at the one-minute mark of the second quarter.

Then with a second to play in the half, Cain canned one from the top of the key with her foot just over the arc, the basket going into the books as a two-point goal.

Avon Lake’s cold hands were also an aid to the Eagles in the latter part of the second quarter. During the 12-0 Avon run, the Shoregals missed more than a dozen shots, between the line and the field.

With LeDuc back in at the top of the third quarter, Avon Lake turned the tables again, going on a 19-4 run of its own, forging its first double-digit lead of the night.

LeDuc scored 11 of the first 15 Shoregal points of the half, mostly again off her speed, the transition and her ability to drive the line with opposing hangers-on in the immediate vicinity.

Avon Lake held a 43-30 lead after three periods, thanks in part to a 24-foot three by Allison Moore at the buzzer.

Avon cut it from a 16-point deficit to 11 on a three by Cora Chachat and a pair of jumpers by Julius.

Once LeDuc started the scoring barrage, the others chimed in.

Natalie Szocs 

Listen to post-game interview with Avon Lake Student/Athlete Natalie Szocs, conducted by Norm Weber, after the tonight’s Shoregals-Eagles game, by clicking and downloading


Disbrow came in with some key rebounds and inside scoring off offensive boars, Natalie Szocs and Moore came through with the free-throw and outside shooting and Kim Zelonis had some timely baskets just when it appeared that Avon might start turning the tables again.

Zelonis scored seven of her nine points in the second half.

Also LeDuc played almost every minute of the second half and avoided getting another foul.

Avon Lake improved to 2-4 and Avon fell to 3-4 with tonight’s outcome.

Avon’s JV basketball team wins

junior Battle of Tracks, 33-22, over 

Avon Lake

Dec. 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE – Avon’s JV basketball team staved off any late rally attempts by Avon Lake and won the junior battle of the railroad tracks tonight here at the high school, 33-22.

The Shoregals trailed by 11 points, but were able to cut it down to seven, 27-20, on a 15-foot baseline jumper by Anelise Kollias in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

Then the Shoregals had the ball and a chance to cut it down even more, but then the Eagles slowed it and got timely free-throw shooting from Kaitlin Neumann and Erin Crotty to seal the win.'

Ciara Nishbanian also hit a basket in the final minutes to increase the Eagles’ advantage back to a double-digit one.