A Page -- Dec. 3, 2010

schrock vs loyola



Wadsworth High alum 

Cassie Schrock leading 

Eastern Michigan in both 

assists and rebounds; 

shattered all-time free-

throw record this week

Dec. 3, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Eastern Michigan at Missouri State, 7 pm
Eastern Michigan Game Notes | Missouri State Game Notes | Live Stats 
Leading the EMU attack is junior Tavelyn James, who enters Friday's game averaging a team-high 16.1 points. James was an All-MAC first-team selection as a sophomore, when she set a school record with 86 three-point field goals while averaging 20.7 points per outing. 

Senior guards Sydney Huntley (12.3 ppg) and Cassie Schrock (10.1 ppg) have also contributed in big ways in EMU's first seven games of the season.

Cassie Schrock

Schrock leads the club in both assists (5.3) and rebounds (6.7), while Huntley has recorded a team-high 23 steals. As a team, EMU is out-scoring the opposition by seven points per outing, coming into the contest with a 68.6 ppg. scoring average. The Eagles have also enjoyed a sizable advantage on the glass, outrebounding their opponents by 4.6 boards per contest.

Earlier this week, Schrock broke the school record for most free throws made in a career. She had one of her best games earlier this season in a win over Loyola, registering a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Leading Missouri State is returning All-MVC performers Casey Garrison and Jaleshia Roberson, who were named to the league's preseason all-conference team. The junior duo formed arguably the deadliest one-two punch in the MVC-particularly during conference play-in 2009-10. In MSU's 18 Valley games, they combined for 36.1 points per outing, with Garrison's 20.4 ppg, average pacing all scorers by more than three points per game.

Western Michigan at Cleveland State, 7 pm
Western Michigan Game Notes | Cleveland State Game Notes | Live Stats 
Western Michigan was slow to get out of the gates and never fully recovered in a 73-63 loss to Chicago State. It was the first home loss for WMU (2-5) this year and just the second ever in the all-time series against the Cougars. Taylor Manley hit five three's and led Bronco scorers with 19 points. Also reaching double figures for Western Michigan was Brenna Banktson (11 points, six rebounds) and DeAirra Goss (10 points). Ebony Cleary finished with six points and nine rebounds.

Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has the Vikings off 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.

Central Michigan vs. Coastal Carolina, 6 pm
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Shonda Long became the 19th player in CMU history to score 1,000 points during the Chippewas' last contest against Iowa. Kaihla Szunko has registered a double-double in five of CMU's six games this season. The Chippewas have used the same starting lineup in every game so far in 2010-11. CMU used nine different starting combinations a season ago. CMU has swept the Mid-American Conference weekly West Division Player of the Week awards so far in 2010-11.

Brandie Baker, Taylor Johnson and Kaihla Szunko have claimed the first three accolades of the campaign. Central Michigan has equaled its best six-game start under head coach Sue Guevara this season, equalling the 2008-09 squad's mark. The Chippewas started that season by winning six of its first eight contests and went on to win 18 games, the most by CMU since the 1990-91 squad claimed 21 victories (21-8).

Coastal got on the scoreboard early and often against Coker as the Chants finished 30-of-63 from the field for a season-high 47.6 percent including 50 percent in the second half. Thirteen of the Chants fourteen roster players scored points in the contest.

Baldwin-Wallace College 

Senior, Academic All 

District Kim Chinn Named 

OAC Co-Women’s Cross 

Country Runner of the Year

Dec. 3, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA --  Baldwin-Wallace College senior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) has been selected as the Ohio Athletic Conference Co-Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year.   She shares the award with Alison Steinbrunner of Ohio Northern University.

Chinn, a mass communications major, became the first Yellow Jacket woman to earn a Division III All-American honor in cross country as she finished 13th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on November 20 in Wavely, Iowa.  She was the top OAC finisher at nationals as she covered the 6K course in a school-record time of 21:31 overall.  Chinn earned her trip to the national meet based on her third place finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Meet in Holland, Michigan.  A year ago, she placed 117th at the Division III national meet with B-W as the host school.

“This is an outstanding honor and a well-deserved award for Kim,” said veteran Yellow Jacket Head Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke. “Kim had an outstanding senior season of cross country. The tougher the meet, the better she ran.  Kim is simply a big meet runner. Each season, she just got better and better as a runner and better and better as a team leader.”

Chinn, a four-year letterwinner, had an outstanding senior season. She began the season by placing first of 35 runners at The College of Wooster Invitational, then placed second of 130 runners at the Case Western Reserve University Bill Sudeck Classic and then second at the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational Meet.  Her season culminated by placing sixth at the All-Ohio Championships and being the OAC Championship Meet runner-up on October 30.

Chinn is a two-time All-OAC runner (Top-18) at the OAC Championships as well as being tabbed as a OAC Runner of the Week on two occasions and a three-time All-Great Lakes Region performer.

In addition to cross country, Chinn has had a stellar career both indoors and outdoors for the B-W track and field teams.  She is a four-time All-Ohio runner and eight-time All-OAC performer in indoor track as well as being named the OAC Runner of the Week on one occasion. Outdoors, she has been four-time All-Ohio performer and an eight-time All-OAC runner, including winning multiple OAC titles.  Chinn also earned the OAC Championships Female Distance Runner of the Meet in 2010 and OAC Runner of the Week on one occasion.  She capped her junior season by being an All-American and the NCAA Division III national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

In addition to being an outstanding runner, Chinn also carries a 3.8 grade point average in the classroom and is a Dean’s List student, a member of a number of academic honor societies and has been tabbed both Academic All-OAC and ESPN Academic All-District IV.  This spring, Chinn again will be a candidate for ESPN Academic All-America accolades.

Wooster Invite Day 1
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Wooster, OH - The Yeoswimmers turned in solid performances on the first day of the Wooster Invitational. Both the men and women are currently in 10th place.

Jenny Meltz started out strong for the Yeowomen taking fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.76). Kate Melanson turned in a solid performance as well with a season best time of 5:18.24 to earn 10th place.

Q&A with Case 

Reserve Senior 


Ryan Bokan

Dec. 3, 2010

By Brendan Bergen

CLEVELAND (U District) -- Ryan Bokan is not the type to come right out and say he’s a trailblazer; his life story doesn't quite compare to the popular commercial with the child prodigy who was capable of performing open heart surgery with a ballpoint pen. But for someone who was a hall of famer at the age of 18 and is now applying for a legitimate medical patent at the age of 22, the Case Western Reserve University senior does project a healthy amount of confidence. The Idaho native doesn’t hesitate to openly acknowledge his opinion of himself as a leader amongst his peers and, hopefully, a future success story as an entrepreneur.

Arriving at Case Western Reserve all the way from Boise, Idaho, it would be decidedly impossible to classify Bokan as a follower – especially when he made such a difficult decision to leave his entire life on the west coast in favor of experiencing a new culture and a foreign city in Cleveland. 

If Bokan was a follower, he probably would have just clapped from the bench last year when a torn knee ligament forced him to miss his entire junior season. Instead, he took on the role of student-assistant coach while recovering and this year was elected a team co-captain, despite the fact that he has played in just 18 games during his three years with the varsity squad. 

Now that knee rehab is over and his senior season is upon him, Bokan is embracing his new role as a spark off the bench and resident guard-player-coach for a team picked to finish second in the ultra-competitive University Athletic Association. 

What’s strange about Bokan’s basketball success is that basketball wasn't even Bokan’s best sport coming out of high school. He spent three years playing wide receiver for the Bishop Kelly football team, a perenial power program located just outside of downtown Boise. In fact, he was a first-team All-State receiver as a senior and probably drew more recruiting buzz as a gridiron prospect than as a point guard on the basketball court.


Republic Services Supports Oberlin College Yeoman Football
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By Jeff Kraus

Oberlin -  Republic Services, the nation’s second largest solid waste disposal company, recently supported Oberlin College’s “Go Green” weekend at the November 6, 2010, football game between Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Republic provided the fans at the game with green tote bags made out of recyclable materials. Grocery store customers often use the popular tote bags. Additionally, facts about recycling were rotated on the football stadium message board throughout the game. 

“We’re really pleased to support Oberlin College athletics. These student athletes represent their college with pride and it was a great opportunity for Republic to show the Oberlin College community about our environmentally-sound Lorain County operations,” said Republic Services Area Community Relations Manager Jeff Kraus. 

The game was won by the OC Yeomen over the Bishops 16-12. 

The Republic Services Lorain County Business Unit is comprised of a hauling company, Lorain County Landfill and the Lorain County Resource and Recovery Facility. For more information about the hauling company, Recovery Facility and the Landfill, visit www.loraincountylandfill.com. Republic Services is a $9 billion dollar company that serves the waste disposal and recycling needs of 40 states across America. Learn more at www.republicservices.com.

Stow's Nick Brenner 

named runner of the 

Week in the Final 

MAC Weekly Poll

Nick Brenner, Toledo, Freshman 
Stow, OH (Stow) 
EMU Fall XC Classic -- 5K 
Time: 16:45.1 

Nick Brenner paced the Rocket men competing at the EMU Fall XC Classic, taking 35th place in a field of 86 runners from several Michigan and Ohio schools, along with several Eastern Michigan alumni. Brenner led the Rockets for the first time this season.

Akron U's Kofi Sarkodie, the 2010 Academic All-America of the Year

AKRON, Ohio - University of Akron junior defender Kofi Sarkodie, the 2010 Academic All-America of the Year, was one of four men's soccer players named to the ESPN Academic All-America Team Thursday, which represents the most representatives by any single team in school history. 

Sarkodie is the first student-athlete in Akron history to receive the Academic All-America of the Year award while also becoming the first player to be named to the Academic All-America First Team more than once after also doing so in 2009. Also receiving honors Thursday were sophomore defender Chad Barson and sophomore goalkeeper David Meves, who each landed on the Second Team, and senior midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong, who garnered third-team status. 

Sarkodie, a biology major at UA with a 3.96 cumulative GPA, has helped guide the Zips to an 18-1-1 record and a No. 3 seed for the NCAA Tournament. He is a three-time all-conference performer and a leader of a defensive unit that matched an NCAA record with 11 consecutive shutouts this season. Moreover, as one of the most dynamic players in the nation, Sarkodie has been a force on the attack as well with a career-high seven goals and five assists entering the tournament. Four of his seven goals have been game-winners this fall. 

In 2009, Sarkodie helped Akron finish as national runners-up and was a vital performer on a defense that was one of the best in NCAA history. The Zips recorded 19 shutouts last season, which represented the second highest, single-season total in NCAA history. Akron's 0.27 Goals Against Average was the third-best mark ever. Honored by theCollege Soccer News as a 2010 Preseason All-American, Sarkodie is a candidate for the prestigious Hermann Trophy and recorded his first career hat trick in a 7-1 rout of Michigan last October.

Fairless alum Ridge 

Robinson is top 

runner for OU

Fairless’ Ridge Robinson was Ohio University’s top runner at the Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships, leading the Bobcats to a 17th place finish. 
Ridge Robinson
Ridge Robinson

Robinson finished 42nd overall. Also scoring for the Bobcats was former Fairles Falcon Chase Robinson who scored as OU’s fourth runner and finished 96th overall.
Joey Cherico 

Strongsville native Joey Cherico was 168th for the Bobcats.

Maple wins school's first title since 

1974; Hartley defeats Chagrin in 

Div. IV State Football Championship 


Dec. 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MASSILLON – Bishop Hartley used the same "big play" it used to give Elyria Catholic a major challenge earlier this season (before falling in overtime for one of its only two losses of the season) to forge an early 20-0 lead against Chagrin Falls on the way to a 34-13 win in the Division IV State Football Championship this morning here in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

****Note See Maple story directly beneath Chagrin Story in this column.

Watch a few short videos of today’s Tigers-Hawks championship game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading:


Jawaun Woodley, Omar Lane, and Noah Key all scored touchdowns on plays of 40 yards or more to take a 20-0 lead before the second quarter was even a minute old.

Alex Forbers (50)

Listen to post-game interviews, conducted by the press staff, with Chagrin Falls  Student/Athlete Alex Forbers from today’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading


After getting a field goal attempt blocked in the first quarter, Chagrin Falls used quite a “dragnet” to finally find the missing points here on a Friday to keep the average “Joe” glued to his seat instead of yawning when Bradley Munday took a short hitch pass from Tommy Iammarino midway through the second period for a TD, making the score, 20-7.

Listen to post-game interviews, conducted by the press staff, with Chagrin Falls Student/Athlete Spencer Diedrich from today’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading


Spencer Diedrich (2)

Chagrin began a second-half comeback that started with a strong defensive stand in which it forced Hartley to punt on fourth and one after the latter could not draw the encroachment penalty while in punt formation.

The Tigers were able to get the short field and promptly drove 37 yards in seven plays to make it 20-13.  The drive was aided by a big 15-yard penalty on the Hawks.

Kurt Vidmer plunged through from the three-yard-line with the score at the 2:17 mark of the third period.

Dan Driscoll (55)

Listen to post-game interviews, conducted by the press staff, with Chagrin Falls Student/Athlete Dan Driscoll  from today’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading


Just prior to the drive, starting quarterback Tim Porter went down with an injury. Again, he was replaced by Iammarino, who then engineered his second TD drive of the game for the Tigers.

Hartley again bounced back and again with the big play but only this time the “big one” set up the TD. Lane’s 48-yard gain and subsequent penalty gave Hartley a first down in the Red Zone. Jake Matuska scored the TD to start the fourth quarter and a 28-13 Hawks lead.

The Hawks put more of a damper on the Chagrin comeback attempt by recovering the onside kick.

On the drive following the recovery, Key put a lock on the win by following with the TD that made it 34-13, and then on the ensuing defensive series giving the ball back to the Hawks with an interception.

Spencer Diedrich had 128 yards in kick returns and 159 all-purpose yards for the Tigers today.

On an otherwise “Blue Friday,” Munday had 115 all-purpose yards. 

A total of 6,400 fans attended the game.

Listen to post-game interviews, conducted by the press staff, with Chagrin Falls  Coach Mark Iammarino  from today’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading


Tiger Coach Iammarino

Maple Heights wins state football championship with, 45-33, win 

over Trotwood Madison

Mustangs win school’s first 

state team title since Milkovich 

(‘50s-‘60s-‘70s) wrestling dynasty

 10:05 p.m. EST, Dec. 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

MASSILLON – In its bid to win the school’s first team state championship in any sport and either sex since 1974, the undefeated Maple Heights football team behind Shaq Washington's four TD runs and three TD passes defeated Trotwood Madison, 45-33, to win the Division II state title game tonight here in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

Watch video of Shaq Washington’s winning TD in the D-II championship game won by Maple, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The last state team championship Maple Heights High won in any sport was in 1974, when the wrestling team won the state title for the 10th time in 18 years under the legendary Mike Milkovich.

The Mustangs found themselves in a hole early. After winning the ceremonial pre-game coin toss and deferring to the second half, Maple came out shaky on defense as Madison scored within the first minute of the game to take a 6-0 lead.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber and The Press Crew, with Maple Heights Student/Athlete Devonte Ransom  from tonight’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading


Then after a turnover by Maple, Madison capitalized to score and take a 13-0 lead with 7:41 to go in the first quarter.

Maple kept pecking away though. On both ensuing kickoffs, the Mustangs got goof returns, both John Welcome and Devonte Ransom having huge runbacks into Madison territory.

Ransom’s gave Maple the short field at the Madison 23 and led to the Stangs’ first score, a 13-yard throw from Shaq Washington to Dana Day, making it, 13-7.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber and The Press Crew, with Maple Heights Student/Athlete Shaq Washington from tonight’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading


Still, Madison made it 20-7 just prior to the end of the first quarter.

The Stangs again bounced back to make it 20-13. Washington completed a pass to Andre Stubbs to give the Stangs a first down at the Madison 36.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber and The Press Crew, with Maple Heights Student/Athlete Andre Stubbs from tonight’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading


Washington then scrambled for another first down and put his club into the Red Zone. The Washington went to the air again for the score, this one of 11 yards to Stubbs. 

The Rams matched it and almost went up by three scores, but thanks to a goal line-stand by the Maple defense inside its own two-yard line, the offense got the ball back again, setting up another score on the 12-point swing parlay. Madison actually was still able to get a first down without a score but Maple held by inches.

Maple narrowly missed getting set back with a safety, sneaked out of the danger zone and then used the big bang to make it a 26-19 game with 4:53 to go in the half.

Washington threw his third TD pass of the game and second one to Stubbs, this one an 81-yard missile.

A quarterback hurry and bat-down on third down by O’Brea Williams forced Madison to punt and gave Maple the ball one more time with 2:27 to go in the half.

After they were unable to sustain anything the rest of the first half, the Mustangs had a chance to tie it early in the second half, but again the shaky kicking game was haunting again.

Led by the blocking of Devin Williams, Washington scored on a nine-yard keeper with 8:56 to go in the third period. The blocked PAT though, left the Rams in the lead, 26-25.

Watch a few short videos of today’s Mustangs-Rams championship game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


On top of that, he Rams answered right back with another score at 3:41 of the third to make it 33-25.

Maple would not let the momentum slip though with the eight-point deficit. After the kick, the Mustangs took a few plays to get into Madison territory before Washington knifed through for a 23-yard gain to the 16. After Ransom picked up 12 and another first down, Washington scored on the four-yard keeper to make it 33-31 with 2:04 to go in the third.

With the game not even 3/4s over, Washington had collected a hand in five TDs, three with his arm and two with his legs, but the Stangs still trailed by two.

The Rams were able to get into Stang territory at the start of the fourth quarter, but this time the Maple defense held on downs.

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber and The Press Crew, with Maple Heights Student/Athlete Dana Day  from tonight’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading
A Washington pass to Stubbs over the middle for a 36-yard gain to the Madison 28 and then a handful of plays later went over on the sneak for his third running TD of the game and the first Maple lead of the night, 37-33 with 9:38 to play.e

Late in the fourth quarter Washington went over the 100-yard rushing mark. He had already passed for nearly 200 yards and moved over the 300-yard mark of total offense.

Tehn he scored one more time in the last minute.

 Total attendance for tonight’s game was 3,987 fans.

Coach Fitz

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber and The Press Crew, with Maple Heights coach Todd Filtz from tonight’s state championship game, by clicking and downloading:


Cleveland State 

could go to double-

digit land before St. 

Nick's Day with win 


Dec. 3, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State closes its stretch of five games in 11 days when the Vikings play the second game of this weekend trip to Wisconsin, facing Milwaukee tomorrow beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST (8:00 p.m. in Cleveland) in U.S. Cellular Arena.

The Vikings carry a school-record 9-0 mark into the contest after upending Green Bay, 83-75, last night, becoming the first Division I team to win nine games this year and winning in Green Bay for just the second time in 11 games. The Vikings received one vote in the Associ- ated Press Top 25 this week (41st place) and are 18th in the latest RPI rankings. Milwaukee opened up Horizon League play with a 76-67 win over Youngstown State on Thursday to improve to 4-4 on the year.




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