A Page -- Dec. 29, 2010

David ArnoldJordan Mabin

Arnold (L) and Mabin

Nordonia alum Jordan Mabin and 

Copley's Dave Arnold expected to 

start in Northwestern's secondary

in Saturday's Ticket Bowl

Dec. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor, Student/Athlete-Cleveland



Walsh Jesuit alum Brian Smith, Beachwood High grad Evan Luxenburg, Copley alumnus Dave Arnold, and Nordonia grad Jordan Mabin are members of the football team as Student/Athletes at Northwestern, which will face Texas Tech in Saturday’s Ticket City Bowl.

Arnold is a junior safety. Arnold has had a rather unique college Student/Athletic experience, getting moved by the Wildcat coaching staff from safety to linebacker last year and then back to safety for this season.

 Brian Smith


Smith was a member of the junior national team two years ago that was coached by St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle to world championship and gold medal. Smith is a 6-foot-7-inch, 305-pound offensive lineman.

Evan Luxenburg

On that same offensive line with Smith is Luxenburg, a 6-3, 290-pound sophomore who was a three-time All-Chagrin Valley selection in high school.

Mabin, who was Nordonia’s all-everything in high school, is a junior cornerback for the Cats.

Arnold and Mabin were both starters in the Wildcat secondary in the regular season finale against Wisconsin and are expected to start in the bowl game.

Mabin leads the team in pass breakups with 13 and is fourth in tackles with 58.

Arnold has 33 tackles and one interception on the season.

Chad Hounshell

Lake Catholic alum Chad 

Hounshell will be lone Cleveland 

representative in Friday's Liberty 


Dec. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor, Student/Athlete-Cleveland



Lake Catholic alumnus Chad Hounshell will be the lone Greater Cleveland area representative in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl to be played Friday in Memphis.

Hounshell is a 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound offensive lineman for the University of Central Florida, which will be playing Georgia at 3:30.

At Lake Catholic, Hounshell was a three-year varsity starter and was tabbed as one of the top 67 college football prospects in the state coming out of high school.


Solon alum Kourtney Brown collects 

35th double-double for Buffalo; 

Hoban grad Tenishia Benson records 

third consecutive double-double to 

lead OU

Dec. 29, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Buffalo vs. Mississippi State, 5 p.m.
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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team comes back from Christmas break and immediately hits the road for the next four games, spanning into the beginning of Mid-American Conference play. The Bulls begin the trip with a two-game tournament at the Lehigh Christmas City Classic. UB is coming off a 58-42 win over Niagara, its only game in the last 17 days.

Kourtney Brown

 Senior Kourtney Brown had her 35th career double-double and currently leads the Bulls with 20.4 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Fellow senior Jessica Fortman had her first double-figure scoring game of the season against the Purple Eagles with 11 points. Mississippi State is 7-3 on the season following a 61-49 win over Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 20. The Bulldogs are 5-1 at home and have yet to play a neutral site game. Mississippi State has two players averaging double figures led by Diamber Johnson, who is averaging 12.5 points per game. Mary Kathryn Govero is second on the team at 12.2 points per game. Ashley Brown leads the team at 10.4 rebounds per contest, while chipping in 8.8 points per game.

Robert Morris at Kent State, 7 pm
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The Kent State women's basketball team (8-2) concludes a three-game home stand with its penultimate non-conference contest of the season Wednesday, Dec. 29 when the Golden Flashes host Robert Morris at the M.A.C. Center for a 7 p.m. contest.

 Kent State out-scored FAU 42-20 in the second half and held the visiting Owls without a field goal for the game's final nine minutes as the Golden Flashes tallied an 82-53 win Dec. 21 at the M.A.C. Center. 

Hoover alum Steph Gibson

Five players scored in double figures for the Flashes, led by Taisja Jones and her 20 points. Senior Jamilah Humes added 13 points and classmate Stephanie Gibson chipped in 11 points. 

Kent State's 82-53 win over FAU Dec. 21 marked the 400th career victory for head coach Bob Lindsay. The Colonials (4-6) started the season with five straight setbacks, but their 70-50 loss to Florida Dec. 21 halted a four-game winning streak. Along the way, Robert Morris topped Virginia Tech 66-52. Robert Morris is led offensively by Yohanna Morton, who is averaging 13.5 ppg. Kristine Silaraja and Artemis Spanou are averaging 12.3 and 10.7 ppg, while Mary Durojaye is just off a double-figure average with 9.9 ppg.

Bowling Green at Butler, 7 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, riding an 11-game winning streak, takes to the court for one final game in the 2010 calendar year. The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller will head to Indianapolis, Ind., for a Wednesday (Dec. 29) game vs. Butler University. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.5 rebounds per contest. Prochaska has scored 20 or more points in seven games this year, including a season-high 31-point performance in the win over Vanderbilt while classmate Tracy Pontius has 13.6 ppg to date. Prochaska has made 30 three-point field goals this year, while Pontius has hit 28 shots from long range. Butler will enter Wednesday's game with an overall record of 6-5 on the year. The Bulldogs are a perfect 3-0 at home, and BU is 1-4 on the road and 2-1 in neutral-site games. Individually, Brittany Bowen leads the team in scoring, with 15.8 points per game.

Ohio at UNC-Wilmington, 7 pm
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Back from Christmas break and riding the momentum of wins in its last two games, Ohio women's basketball heads to the Tar Heel state to wrap up nonconference play at UNC Wilmington Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the Trask Coliseum. Three Bobcats scored in double figures and Ohio got 26 points from its bench as the `Cats downed visiting Cleveland State, 62-45, Tuesday afternoon to wrap up their pre-Christmas homestand. Tenishia Benson tallied her third consecutive double-double with a game-high 14 points and career-best tying 11 rebounds. 

Tenishia Benson


Benson's 14 points and 11 rebounds paced Ohio, while sophomore Ashley Fowler chipped in 10 points to go with a career-high six rebounds. Kamille Buckner added 10 points off the bench to go with a season-high nine rebounds, five blocks and three assists. UNC Wilmington, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, enters Wednesday's game with a 7-3 record overall, having won three of its last four games. UNCW boasts a strong offensive squad, averaging 71.4 ppg. on 42.6 percent shooting from the field. Defensively, the Seahawks are averaging just under 12 steals and four blocks per game while the opposition is scoring 66.9 ppg. while shooting 43.2 percent.

Vikings travel to The Circle Friday

Dec. 29, 2010

By Greg  Murphy

Cleveland State begins play in the Horizon League when the Vikings head to UIC for a New Year's Eve matinee on Friday (Dec. 31) at 1:00 p.m. CST (2:00 p.m. in Cleveland) in the UIC Pavilion. The Vikings, who are in the midst of playing six of eight games on the road, snapped a three game losing streak with an 81-62 victory over Lake Erie on Tuesday night in the Wolstein Center. UIC enters the contest with a 5-6 record and has lost four of its last five games. The Flames have not played since a 74-54 setback at Eastern Michigan on Dec. 23. Friday's game will be the 56th meeting between the two schools, making it the most played series in school history in terms of games played against an opponent. UIC leads the series, 28-27, but the Vikings have won six straight against the Flames.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad guided the Vikings to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. 

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (12.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.3 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by juniors Janelle Adams (12.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Takima Keane (8.4 ppg, 3.2 apg). 

Ondrea Hughes

Ondrea Hughes

Sophomore Honesty King (6.2 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg) have also figured into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.9 apg) and junior Destinee Blue (9.7, 7.5) are the starters in the frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg), who is recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmenBrandee Kelly (0.3, 0.7) and Haley Schmitt (0.6 ppg, 0.3 rpg), have also fought for minutes.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina scores 

20 to lead Mount Union past Case 

Reserve in PA; Chardon alum Erin 

Hollinger attains double-double for 


Dec. 29, 2010

By Nick Minerd and Josh Reilly

HUNTINGDON, PA – Despite a 14-point, 15-rebound performance from junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon), the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team lost 64-60 to #11/#12 University of Mount Union on the opening night (Wednesday, December 29) of the 2010 Juniata College (PA) Holiday Classic at Memorial Gymnasium.


With the loss, the Spartans drop to 4-5 overall and will play Wilmington College on the final day of the classic tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. With their win, the Purple Raiders improve to 9-1.
Hollinger’s double-double was accompanied by five assists, four blocked shots and three steals. In addition, sophomore point guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) totaled 12 points and three assists.


Mount Union was led by Rosa LaMattina with a game-high 20 points.



Yeomen Hang Tough with Division I Bryant
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Smithfield, R.I. – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team gave Bryant University an early scare, but in the end the Bulldogs proved to have too much bite as they upended the Yeomen, 71-42, on Wednesday night.

Oberlin, which has not played since December 10, was led by sophomoreAndrew Fox with 13 points and five rebounds. Classmate Charlie Crawford-Silva also added eight points in the loss. 

"I was very happy with the way we competed today." Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco said. "We fought hard all game long and now we need to build off of this effort as we go forward with the second half of the season."

Alex Francis paced the Bulldogs attack with 23 points, 19 of which came in the first half. 

The Yeomen had the Bulldogs on their heels as they built up an 18-11 cushion with 10 minutes to play in the opening half. However, Bryant was able to fight off the threat by closing out the frame on a 23-5 run to lead 34-23 at the break. 

In the second session the Bulldogs broke things open and never looked backed. 

After shooting 43 percent in the first half, Oberlin finished at 38 percent (15-of-40) on the night. Bryant, which snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win, checked in at 42 percent (24-of-57).

OC was hindered by 21 turnovers that translated into 35 points for the Bulldogs. 

The Yeomen will go right back to work tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. against Salve Regina University.

In an all-Cleveland final, St. Ignatius 

tops Gilmour in its own Christmas 

tournament for the title; Liam Geither 

earns tourney MVP honors

Dec. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber, Editor




BROOKLYN -- Host St. Ignatius completed a 48-hour period in which won four games in four tries, culminating in a 6-3 championship game victory over Gilmour Academy in the an all-Cleveland final of the St. Ignatius High School Invitational Christmas Tournament this afternoon here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.

In the first period, the Lancers and Wildcats exchanged power-play goals. Gilmour got one from Nick Aleva with assists coming from Mason Schmitt and Chris Deming.

Mike Abood

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Ignatius (15-3) got its power-play goal from Paddy Spellacy with an assist from Liam Geither and then took a 2-1 lead with a Mike Abood goal that was assisted by Miles McQuinn at 12:08.

Kevin Joseph

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Colton Riemenschneider gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead with an assist from Kevin Joseph at 1:19 of the second period.

Gilmour had a very short-lived moment of cutting it to a one-goal game again when Alex Haluska scored a goal at 4:21 only to have Geither answer right back at 5:14.

It turned out to be the game winner and for it and all his other contributions over the past few days, Geither was named the MVP of the tournament.

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


Tourney MVP Liam Geither

Brad Baker and Schmitt assisted Haluska while McQuinn had the assist on the Geither goal to make it 4-2, which was how the score looked once the second intermission came.

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Geither and Spellacy added fourth-period goals for the hosts while Spencer Antunez lit the lamp for the Lancers.

Miles McQuinn and Abood each picked up assists on the two Ignatius goals while Matt Grider and John Tobbe earned assists on the Gilmour goal.

The Lancers (15-6) went 2-2 in the tourney, beating the other two teams, Erie McDowell and Northview, and losing twice to Ignatius. The Lancers and Wildcats are now 2-2 against each other during this season. 

Eagles settle for third place, 

Preppers for second in Eagle 

Classic Tournament

Dec. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor, Student/Athlete-Cleveland



LAKEWOOD – St. Rita, the defending state champs in Illinois, shook off a late rally by University School to hang on for a 3-2 win in the championship game of the Eagle Classic this morning here in Winterhurst Ice Arena.

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The Preppers, who just defeated St. Rita last night, 7-1, in preliminary round play, found themselves behind, 1-0, at the end of the first period.

Meanwhile, on the other rink, host St. Edward was playing in the consolation game against Dublin Coffman. The Eagles poured it on, opening up a 5-1 lead by the end of the second period on the way to a 6-2 win for third place.

Things did not get any better for the Preppers in the second period as St. Rita added another goal, a power-play tally, at 9:00 of the second period.  The 2-0 St. Rita lead stood up to and of course through the second intermission.

The roof caved in a little more in the third period. The Preppers were able to get into a power-play in the sixth minute of the third only to give up a short-hand goal three seconds into the man-advantage.

Then the Preppers patched up the roof, but not quite all the way. Trailing 3-1, US came to within one, when Matt Wipper and Ian Robertson collaborated on a power-play goal at 12:10 of the third, making it, 3-2. 

US got another break right after the goal when St. Rita was charged with another penalty. However, the Preppers could do nothing with the second under-five-minutes power play and the Chicago boys added an open-net goal in the waning seconds.

Dublin Coffman wound up settling for fourth place, Holy Name fifth place and Padua sixth place. The Namers and Bruins each moved up a notch when Cathedral Prep left early to go back to Erie thereby forfeiting to Holy Name.

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Basketball 

Team Defeats Waynesburg (Pa.) \

University; 86-76

Dec. 29, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA –  Freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as theBaldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeats Waynesburg (Pa.) University, 86-76 , tonight (Wednesday, December 29, 2010) in a non-conference clash in the Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.  This was the first meeting between the two schools featuring the nickname “Yellow Jackets”.

With the win, B-W improved to 4-7 overall and snaps a three game losing skid. With its loss, Waynesburg falls to 4-6 overall and were led by junior forward Jeff Young with 20 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Brunswick product Kyle Payne
In addition to Payne, B-W had three other players in double figures led by, freshman guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) with 16 points.  Senior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./Fairview) had 13 points  while junior All-OAC point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria) had 11 points.

In the first half, B-W opened the scoring on a layup by Payne.  The game was tied on five different occasions with the last coming, 10-10, at 12:53.  Waynesburg then used a 6-0 run to jump out to a 16-10. Waynesburg lead by as many as six points.
B-W kept chipping away at the lead trailing, 18-17, when sophomore forward Sean Rothermel (Delaware/Hayes) made a layup at the 8:35 mark.  After trailing for almost nine minutes of action, B-W regained the lead, 29-28, on a layup by Meeder.
B-W outscored Waynesburg, 9-2, over the remainder of the first half to lead, 38-30 at the intermission.

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