A Page -- Dec. 28, 2010

Paddy Spellacy's third-period goal 

gives Ignatius its first lead and 

turns out to be game winner in 

Wildcats' win over Gilmour in 

Cats' Christmas Tourney

Dec. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber





BROOKLYN – Even the best defense in the world could miss defending one four-second quality opportunity, which was the case this morning in the St. Ignatius High School Christmas Invitational Tournament here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center, as Paddy Spellacy’s third-period goal made the difference in the hosts’ 3-1 win over Gilmour Academy.

Check tonight’s (Dec. 28, 2010) B’s Page on Student/Athlete Cleveland around midnight and/overnight for full coverage of tonight’s action in both the St. Ed and St. Ignatius tournaments – complete with audio, video, visual and text.


GA Head Coach John Malloy said that they had been putting the extra caution on Spellacy the whole morning, but with the talent the likes of the Iggy junior, the Wildcats were able to win the third period, the rubber period of the game.

“We have good defense, goaltending and power-play unit,” Malloy said. “We just don’t have that one player, like a Paddy Spellacy, that can explode at any time. We did all we could to stop him and did a great job of it most of the game, but all it took was one breakaway like that and someone of his caliber is going to jump on that opportunity.”

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Spellacy took a pass from Kevin Joseph at 4:05 of the third and put it past GA goaltender Oliver Flesher for the winning goal.


Listen to post-game interview with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Paddy Spellacy, conducted by Norm Weber after the this morning’s Cats-Lancers game, by clicking and downloading


Gilmour, which could still get into tomorrow’s title game, led 1-0 after one period and the two teams were tied, 1-1, after two. A point is available for each period and two for each game.

Ignatius has eight and a half points and Gilmour four and a half with one round-robin game to still be played tonight for each team, Northview for Ignatius and Erie McDowell for the Lancers. There is a consolation game tomorrow as well.

Gilmour took the quick lead right after getting into the power play in the first minute of the first period.

C.J. Valerian scored the goal at 0:45 of the first with assists coming from Brad Baker and John Tobbe.

Offensively, it was all Wildcats in the second period as the hosts outshot GA, 14-2, in the period and early along the way tied it up, 1-1.

The period started somewhat like the first one with Iggy picking up a penalty early and putting the Lancers into the power play again.

A roughing penalty on the Cats at 2:07 put the Lancers in the man-advantage deal for nine seconds until they were set back with an interference penalty.

That one turned around the Wildcats who took full advantage of it by scoring a 4-on-4 goal at 3:33, Will Smith doing the “cameo” honors with the goal, which was assisted by Miles McQuinn, setting up the third period to be the rubber set of 15 minutes.

Will Smith (top Wildcat "supporting role performer" this morning)

Listen to post-game interview with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Will Smith, conducted by Norm Weber after the this morning’s Cats-Lancers game, by clicking and downloading


McQuinn also scored an open-met goal at 14:48 of the third period.

Coach Malloy

Listen to post-game interview with Gilmour Coach John Malloy, conducted by Norm Weber after the this morning’s Cats-Lancers game, by clicking and downloading


It was also the third meeting between the two clubs. Gilmour defeated the Cats in two of the tournaments it hosted earlier this season.

CSU Men's basketball team to host 

Loyola Thursday

Dec. 28

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State returns to Horizon League play this weekend when the Vikings put their 10-game Wolstein Center win streak on the line against Loyola on Thursday, Dec. 30 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  CSU, who is No. 11 in the most recent RPI and No. 27 in the Sagarine rankings, enters the week as one of three teams nationally with at least 13 wins, joining San Diego State (14-0) and Syracuse (13-0).  The Vikings remained in the top spot for the fourth straight week in the top spot of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, receiving 24 of the 31 first place votes and 748 total votes, and also received one vote in the Associated Press poll this week (46th place).  After starting the year winning seven straight games, Loyola enters the week with a 9-4 record (0-2 HL) but the four losses have come to Butler (65-63), Valparaiso (66-56), Kansas State (68-60) and DePaul (81-74).  The Ramblers have a 22-15 lead in the all-time series with CSU but the Vikings have claimed six of the last seven meetings.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable as all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team that went 16-17 against one of the most difficult schedules in the country.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (21.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.7 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.1 ppg,  4.1 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (11.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.  Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is out until early January following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (3.6, 2.6) and Josh McCoy (5.1, 2.8), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.5, 6.3) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.4, 3.4) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (2.3, 2.3) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.8, 1.8) and Devon Long (2.4, 1.1) will help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside this year.  Injuries to Brown, freshman Sebastian Douglas (season/knee) and sophomore Anthony Wells (knee), have hurt the bench depth, especially to start the season.  CSU got Wells back into the lineup for the St. Bonaventure win, but he has missed the four subsequent games.

VIKINGS REMAIN ON TOP THE MID-MAJOR POLL:  The win over USF last week enabled the Vikings to remain in the top spot for the fourth straight week of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Dec. 27).  The Vikings received 24 of the 31 first place votes and 748 total points to own a 19-point lead over second place Old Dominion (729 points).  St. Mary's is third with 702 points followed by Wichita State in fourth (654) and Gonzaga in fifth (651). Butler is sixth with 595 points while Detroit (27) and Loyola (14 points) also received votes.  A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season.

ESPNU TO TELEVISE JAN. 7 BUTLER GAME:  Cleveland State was informed on Monday (Dec. 27) that its Jan. 7 game at Butler will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 7:00 p.m.  It is one of six games that will be televised this year and the first by the ESPN network.  The home games against Wright State (Jan. 22), Youngstown State (Feb. 12) and Green Bay (Feb. 26) are each part of the Horizon League Game of the Week package and will be televised locally on SportsTime Ohio.  The Feb. 5 home game against Butler will either be televised on on of the three ESPN channels or as part of the HLN Game of the Week with a determination being made in late January.

NOT A BAD (CALENDAR) YEAR:  The win over South Florida on Dec. 22 improved the Vikings record to 25-8 during the 2010 calendar year, the second best record in school history.  With one more game to go before the new year, CSU can come one win closer to the 29-4 record amassed in 1986 (21-2 from Jan.-March and 8-2 at the start of the 1986-87 season).  CSU also won 24 games in 1985 (24-6) and 1987 (24-8).

THE COMPUTERS LIKE CSU:  Although it is very early in the season, the fast start by the Vikings has helped CSU in the various computer rankings.  One of three teams in the nation with 13 wins this season, Cleveland State is ranked 11th in the latest RPI (through Monday) and 27th in the most recent Sagarin ratings.

WOLSTEIN CENTER WIN STREAK AT 10:  The Vikings will put their 10-game Wolstein Center win streak on the line this weekend when they face Loyola, the second longest streak in arena history and the sixth-longest home win streak in school history.  CSU set a Wolstein Center record when the Vikings won 13 straight games from Dec. 20, 2008 and Nov. 21, 2009.  The school record most consecutive home wins is 27, set from Jan. 26, 1985 to Jan. 24, 1987 with most of the games being played in Woodling Gym.

WATERS REACHES 150TH GAME AS A VIKING:  The Loyola contest will be the 150th game for head coach Gary Waters at Cleveland State, making him the sixth Viking head coach to reach the mark.  Waters is 86-63 (.577) in his five seasons, ranking him fourth in wins and second in winning percentage.  He trails Kevin Mackey (142-69, .673) in winning percentage and needs 14 more wins to join Mackey and Ray Dieringer (149-211) as the only coaches to record 100 wins at CSU.

COLE NAMED A CANDIDATE FOR THE BOB COUSY AWARD:  Norris Cole's early season success has caught the attention of at least one major basketball award as he was named on Dec. 20 as a candidate for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

COLE CLOSES IN ON 1,500 POINTS:  Senior Norris Cole enters the Loyola game needing one point to become the eighth player in CSU history to score 1,500 points in a career.  He will become the first Viking to accomplish the feat since J'Nathan Bullock (1,800 points) did it two years ago and he will be only the third in the last decade to surpass the total (Theo Dixon, 1,572 from 1997-02).

THE TREY TRIO:  The Vikings have achieved a statistical first this season as the Jeremy Montgomery (117 three-pointers), Norris Cole (106) and Trevon Harmon (104) are the first active trio in school history to play together on the same team after each has made 100 career three-pointers.

STONE COLE-D:  Norris Cole may have been aptly nicknamed by a Horizon League fan site because when the game is on the line, he is at his best.  He has dominated play by taking over the scoring lead in the final minutes of seven close games this year.  He is 44-for-46 (.957) from the foul line in the final 5:00 of games this year.  Here is a look at how he has helped the Vikings secure wins this year:
    Iona:  Scored CSU's last six points (6-6 FT) in the final 1:39
    Kent State:  Broke a 61-61 tie by scoring CSU's last eight points in the final 0:50.
    Louisiana:  Scored 10 of the last 12 points (8-8 FT) in final 2:51.
    Akron:  Scored last seven CSU points (5-5 FT + big dunk) in final 1:06
    Robert Morris:  Scored 8 of last 10 points in final 8:09
    Green Bay:  Scored 11 of last 14 (9-10 FT) in final 2:05
    USF:  Tallied 10 of the CSU's last 12 points in 6:08

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK:  The win over West Virginia Tech on Dec. 7 allowed the Vikings to win at least one game this year on every day of the week.  The Vikings are 4-1 when playing on Saturdays this season while also having two wins on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  CSU has at least 17 games remaining, eight of which will come on a Saturday, five on Thursday and at least one game on every other day of the week, except Tuesday.  The Horizon League Championship game is slated for March 8th. . . a Tuesday.

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION:  The  win over South Florida extended Cleveland State's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 114.  The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings toppled Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.  In the 114 games since, Cleveland State has gone 74-40 (.649).

DEFENSE:  Although aggressive defense has always been one of the core principles of a Gary Waters team, the Vikings have really taken defense to heart this season.  After 14 games, CSU leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (60.3), and field goal defense (.390), ranking 38th and 43rd nationally, respectively, and are second in the league in three-point defense (.293) (47th nationally).  Eight opponents have shot .400 or less from the field and nine have been held below .300 shooting from three-point in a game.

VIKINGS CLAIM ONE MORE RECORD:  The win at Sam Houston State on Dec. 11 allowed the Vikings to break the school record of 11 wins before January 1, which was set during the 1992-93 season.  With one more game to go before the new year rings in, the Vikings have 13 wins.

COLE MAKES MVP CASE:  Norris Cole has been nothing short of brilliant during the first two months of the season, scoring 19 points or more in 12 of CSU's 14 games to lead the Horizon League with a 21.5 scoring average and make a strong case for Horizon League Player of the Year honors.  More importantly, he has shown his leadership skills on the court by leading the league in assists (4.7) and steals (2.1) while ranking second in free throw percentage (.848) and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio with 66 assists and just 38 turnovers (1.74).  He has seven 20-point games this year, giving him 26 in his career, to raise his CSU career scoring total to 1,499 points to move into seventh place on the CSU chart.  Cole needs 73 more points to pass Theo Dixon (1,572 from 1997-02) for sixth place.

A RECORD-BREAKING START:  The Vikings opened the 2010-11 season with a 12-game win streak that tripled the previous record for consceutive victories to start a season.  Prior to this season, the most wins that Cleveland State strung together to open a season came in both 1963-64 and 1985-86 when the Vikings started out with four straight wins.  The 1985-86 team went on to set a school record with a 29-4 record, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship.  The fast start was the high point of the year for the 1963-64 squad as the team went on to finish 10-9.  The 12 victories was the third longest win streak in school history and the longest since the 1992-93 squad matched a school record with 14 straight wins.  CSU also won 14 straight in 1985-86 and 12 games in 1986-87.

IRON MAN COLE:  Senior Norris Cole has been a fixture in the lineup during his Viking career, playing in all 118 games in his four seasons.  He ranks eighth all-time in games played, sixth in consecutive games played (118) and fourth in consecutive games started (84).  Cole, who has recorded back-to-back 1,000 minute seasons, has played 3,297 career minutes to rank seventh all-time, needing 566 to break J'Nathan Bullock's school record of 3,872 minutes.  Cole can also topple Bullock's records for career games played (130) and consecutive games played (130).

COLE TO THE LINE:  Through the first 14 games, Norris Cole has been spending an awful lot of time at the foul line as the Viking senior is averaging 7.5 free throws attempted per game.  He is 89-for-105 to rank second in the league (.848).  Although it is early in the season, the school record for free throws attempted in a season is 233 by Ken McFadden in 1987-88.

LONG DISTANCE SHOOTING:  After shooting just .288 from three-point and making seven or less treys (5.3 avg.) over the first eight games of the year, the Vikings have broken out of their long-range shooting slump over the past six games, averaging 9.7 treys and shooting .453 from beyond the arc (58-128) during that span.  CSU opened the stretch by making 10 of its 14 three-point attempts (.714) at Green Bay on Dec. 2, the third-highest single game percentage in school history.  The Vikings came back to tie a school record with 14 treys at Milwaukee, shooting .636 (14-22), and made 11 treys against West Virginia Tech and 10 at Sam Houston Stat, marking the first time in school history that CSU made 10 or more treys in four straight games. The performance allowed the Vikings to move from 10th to second in the league in three-point shooting (100-274, .365).

POGUE'S PLAY PICKS UP:  Gary Waters spoke all preseason about the improvement that junior center Aaron Pogue has shown in all phases of the game, but it wasn't until the season started that Viking fans had a chance to see it for themselves.  Pogue, who averaged 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.2 minutes last year, has improved his numbers to 7.5 points and a team-leading 6.3 rebounds (7th in the league), shooting .470 from the field (39-83) with 10 steals and eight blocks this year.  He scored a season high 14 points with six rebounds at West Virginia on Dec. 18 and averaged 9.7 points and 6.3 rebounds to earn a spot on the World Vision Classic all-tournament team.  More importantly, he has improved his defensive play inside while looking more comfortable offensively with the ball in his hands.

WOODS PROVIDES BENCH SPARK:  The Vikings have received a spark off the bench this year from sophomore Charlie Woods, who has helped CSU overcome the loss of D'Aundray Brown.  Woods is averaging 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds a game with a team-high 14 blocks (7th in the league).  He is shooting .400 from the field (18-45) and 10-for-26 from three-point (.385).  Woods tallied 10 points in 16 minutes against Bryant on Nov. 12.  He excelled in the trip to Wisconsin, averaging 9.5 points in the two games, shooting .667 from the field (6-9) and .571 from three-point (4-7).  His averages do not include a 10 point, nine rebound effort in 26 minutes in the exhibition win over Baldwin-Wallace.

A TALENTED STAFF:  Gary Waters has had the benefit of continuity on his coaching staff as the trio of Jayson Gee, Larry DeSimpelare and Jermaine Kimbrough have been with him at CSU since he took the position five years ago.  Now, the assistant staff is starting to get their due as Gee was ranked as the third best assistant coach in the Horizon League and DeSimpelare was fifth best in a compilation of the best assistant coaches in the country by Jeff Goodman in a blog on yardbarker.com.

FREE THROWS:  After setting a school record by shooting .749 from the foul line last year, the Vikings have come back to shoot .712 (227-319) this year, the fourth-best effort in program history. Included in that total was a 22-for-23 (.957) performance against Iona on Nov. 13, the fifth-highest single game percentage in school history.  For the year, CSU ranks fourth in the league.

. . . AND FOUL SUCCESS DURING CRUNCH TIME:  CSU continues to perform well from the foul line in the last five minutes of games, shooting .818 as a team (72-88) this year.  Norris Cole leads the way by making 44 of his 46 free throws down the stretch (.957), including a six-for-six effort in the three-point win over Kent State, a five-for-five showing at Akron and by making all eight attempts in the five-point win at Louisiana.  On Dec. 2, he was 11-for-12 at Green Bay.  Success down the stretch is nothing new as CSU shot .826 last year (147-178) with Tim Kamczyc (9-10, .900), Norris Cole (56-63, .889), Trevon Harmon (19-22, .855), Jeremy Montgomery (21-25, .840) and D'Aundray Brown (17-21, .810) each shooting better than 80-percent.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES:  A couple of little tidbits about the Vikings during the first half of the 2010-11 season:
*  CSU went a perfect 8-0 in November, the first undefeated month (of more than two games) since the Vikings went 8-0 during February of 1986.
*  Norris Cole has twice been tabbed the Horizon League Athlete of the Week, earning the honor on Nov. 15 after averaging 23.3 points to lead CSU to the title of the World Vision Classic.  He won again on Dec. 6 after averaging 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals in wins over Robert Morris, Green Bay & Milwaukee.
*  Norris Cole was tabbed as the CSU Student-Athlete of the Month in November after averaging 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals in leading CSU to an 8-0 record.
*  Nov. 27-Dec. 4 was Revenge Week for the Vikings as CSU defeated four teams - St. Bonaventure (69-51), Robert Morris (58-53), Green Bay (83-75) and Milwaukee (82-59- that it went 2-5 against last season.
*    The wins at Green Bay and Milwaukee in early December marked the first sweep of the road games for the fourth time in program history and the first since the 1999-2000 campaign.  The win at Green Bay was just the second since the 2001-02 season (2-9 total) while the win at Milwaukee snapped a 10-game CSU losing streak in Milwaukee.
*  The CSU wins over Akron and Kent State marked the first time since 1997-98 that the Vikings swept the two games and just the fifth time in the 31 years that CSU faced both opponents in the same year.
*  Junior Trey Harmon had his string of 29 consecutive free throws made snapped against Kent State (Nov. 14), the second longest streak in school history (three short of Damon Stringer's record set in 1999-2000).
*  The Vikings were the busiest team in America during the opening weekend of the season, winning four games in 74 hours (Bryant, Iona, Kent State & Urbana).



St. Ed, Holy Name, US win second-

round games in Eagle Classic; Riley 

Egan gets hat trick; Alex Kurowski, 

Matt Wipper, Dave Fassbender do 

the deuce; Sam & Sam get 

shutouts for Preppers/Namers

Dec. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber





LAKEWOOD – Greater Cleveland area teams fared much better this morning in the second round of the Eagle Classic in the Winterhurst’s Serpentini Arena with host St. Edward, University School and Holy Name winning their games.

The locals won three of four games today with Padua suffering the only loss, but that at the hands of defending Illinois Big-School State Champion St. Rita, a team none of the locals have seen until this week.

Check tonight’s (Dec. 28, 2010) B’s Page on Student/Athlete Cleveland around midnight and/overnight for full coverage of tonight’s action in both the St. Ed and St. Ignatius tournaments – complete with audio, video, visual and text.


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Cleveland teams were 1-2-1 in first-round games last night. The last set of round-robin games are tonight. Tomorrow the top Cleveland team in round-robin will play the top-out of town team in the finals, the No. 2 Cleveland will play the No. 2 out of town unit and so on so that all games by the end will have involved a local against either a down-state or out-of-state opponent.

Watch a few short videos from this morning’s Eagle Classic, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


After sputtering early, St. Edward exploded for four special-teams goals in the first and second periods on the way to a 9-2 win over Erie Cathedral Prep.

Riley Egan’s hat trick led the way for St. Ed, who could get into tomorrow’s No. 1 against No. 1 game with a win tonight but is contingent on what US does with St. Rita.

The Preppers are now 2-0 in the tourney after today’s 7-0 win over Dublin Coffman and control their own destiny.

Using a diversified attack, US spread their goals among seven boys with Matt Wipper emerging as the only multiple goal scorer.

Holy Name bounced back from last night’s loss with a 6-0 win over Upper Arlington. Dave Fassbender and Alex Kurowski scored two goals and had an assist to lead the offensive attack while Sam Pikus posted the shutout in goal for the Green Wave.

As it did last night, St. Ed played comeback hockey to get a positive end result. The Eagles were down 2-1 to Prep early in the first period, but then began making their move -- doing it quickly and not letting up until the final whistle was blown.

First, Danny O’Sullivan scored a power-play goal at 11:19 of the first period to tie it, 2-2.

Mick Bartholomew gave the Eagles the lead for good with the game winner at 12:02 of the opening period with an assist from Justin Hoyt.


Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Riley Egan, conducted by Norm Weber after the this afternoon’s Eagles-St. Rita game, by clicking and downloading


They took the momentum into the second period and began the blow-out path from the get-go, Egan scoring at 1:33 on the short hand and Clay Jarrell coming up with the even-strength tally at 2:25. Egan would score again before the period would close and the Eagles would have a 6-3 lead at the ice cut.

Egan, Rich Slaght, Gabe Lampron and Egan lit the lamp in the third period for St. Ed.

Graham Harring, Kevin Degulis, Jared Rubin, Connor Clemens and Joey Rider all joined Wipper in the goal-scoring club this morning for US. Sam Althans posted the shutout in goal by making11 saves.

Both of Wipper’s goals were special teams’ tallies, one on the power-play and one on the man-down deal.

Holy Name’s game-winning goal came about as early as it could arrive, with Alex Kurowski doing the honors at 0:27 of the first period. He and Fassbender were joined in the goal-scoring circle by Jamie Bucell and Dave Perry.

In this morning's final game, St. Rita took Padua, 5-0.


Wadsworth's Cassie Schrock continues to stay hot for Eastern Michigan; averages a double-double over two games

Dec. 28, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Niagara at Eastern Michigan, 7 pm

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After a four-day break from the court for the holidays, the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team hosts Niagara University Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Convocation Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. EMU enters the game with an 8-5 record after dispatching University of Illinois-Chicago, 74-54, at the Convo, Dec. 23. Senior Cassie Schrock has a pair of exceptional nights versus Temple, Dec. 21, and Illinois-Chicago, Dec. 23, averaging 15.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest.

Cassie Schrock


The Wadsworth, Ohio native was a solid 21-for-28 from the free throw line, including a personal-best 14-for-18 from the charity stripe against the Flames. The 14 free throws made equal the school-record set by Colleen Russell versus the University of Akron, Feb. 12, 2008. Over the past three contests the Eagles have started to gel, winning the last three games by an average of 21.7 points per game (EMU 71.7, OPP 50.0). Eastern's field goal percentage has also started to climb to 39.1 percent while going to the charity stripe 103 times.

Loyola (Chicago) at Northern Illinois, 8 pm
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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team (5-6) returns home for only the second time this season when the Huskies host Loyola (6-4), Tuesday at the Convocation Center at 7 p.m. First year head coach Kathi Bennett will lead her team onto its home court for the first time in over a month. Senior guard Marke Freeman ranks in the top-10 of the Mid-American Conference in six different statistical categories. Freemans is ninth in scoring (16.0 ppg), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (44.2%), third in free throw percentage (83.3%), seventh in steals (2.5 spg), 10th in three-pointers made (1.7 3pg), and fourth in minutes (34.5 mpg). Northern Illinois is 4-0 when scoring 60 or more points, but just 1-6 when scoring 59 points or fewer. NIU's only win when not hitting the 60-point mark was a 46-45 victory at SIU. In wins the Huskies are averaging 64.8 points per game. In losses, Northern Illinois' average falls to 53.0 ppg. Loyola is allowing 66.1 points on average. The Ramblers are coming off a 64-59 win last Wednesday against Western Illinois in a game in which LU led by double figures for much of the second half before the Leathernecks rallied late. Ellen Ayoub led the way for Loyola in that game with 20 points and eight rebounds. The Huskies, who have dropped three straight games, have been idle since a 57-48 loss at Bradley on Dec. 18.

Mount Union and Case Reserve to battle in all Cleveland-college showdown; North Olmsted's Wiedt, Westlake's LaMattina, Nordonia's Kilgore, Brunswick's Crider, Green's Rose leading 11th-ranked Raiders

December 28, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

HUNTINDON, Pa. -- Mount Union's women's basketball team will end its holiday break with a pair of games at the Juniata Invitational this week. The Purple Raiders are scheduled to take on Case Western Reserve and host Juniata (Pa.).

Mount Union (8-1, 4-1 OAC) enters the invitational on a three-game winning streak. It defeated conference foe Muskingum in its last game, 71-53, led by 19 points from Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted).


With 11.7 points per game, Wiedt is ranked third on the roster in scoring. She is behind Rosa LaMattina(Westlake/Westlake), who has averaged 13.6 points, and Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia), who has averaged 12.9 points and 6.6 rebounds.


Also for the Raiders, Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) has averaged 9.9 points while Amanda Rose(Uniontown/Green) has grabbed 6.2 rebounds per game.


On Wednesday, Mount Union will take on Case Western (4-4) at 5:30 p.m. after Wilmington (3-6, 1-3 OAC) and Juniata (7-3, 0-1 Landmark) open the invite up at 3:30.

Kilgore (left) and Rose

The Spartans have three scorers in double figures including Erin Hollinger (Chardon/Chardon) with 15.5 points per game, Evy Iacono (Cincinnati/Mount Notre Dame) with 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds and Erica Iafelice (North Canton/Hoover) with 10.3 points.

Case Western won its last game -- an 81-49 decision at Wooster.

Chardon native Erin Hollinger

Thursday's matchups will feature a Wilmington/Case Western matchup at 1 p.m. and then the Raiders and Juniata at 3 p.m.

North Canton's Erica Iafelice

Juniata, which won its last game at Mount Aloysius (Pa.), 79-51, has won all three of its home contests this season.

The Eagles are led by Jen Hnatuck (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity), who is averaging 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. Natalie Glinsky (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) puts in 10.4 points per contest.

Sun Bowl will pit Notre Dame 

against Miami, and although 

neither are the Ohio colleges by 

the same names, the game will 

have NE Ohio flavor with two 

Avon Lake men involved

Dec. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor, Student/Athlete-Cleveland



Two young men from Avon Lake, one St. Ignatius alumnus and one Avon Lake High graduate, will be playing for University of Notre Dame Friday when the Fighting Irish play the University of Miami in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

Sean Oxley 


Former Wildcat Jonathan Frantz is a 6-foot-2-inch, 211-pound junior linebacker for the Irish while 6-2, 227 Sean Oxley is the former Shoreman who is also a junior linebacker for the Fighting Irish.