A Page -- Dec. 30, 2009

Nordonia's Jordan Mabin, Copley's Dave Arnold to add Cleveland spark in Northwestern starting defense in Friday's Outback Bowl

Dec. 30, 2009

10 a.m.



By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





TAMPA – Copley alumnus Dave Arnold, Beachwood High alum Evan Luxenburg, Nordonia grad Jordan Mabin, Twinsburg native Brendan Mitchell, Warren Howland’s Tyler Scott, and Walsh Jesuit/Medina product Brian Smith will be representing the Cleveland area for Northwestern Friday here in the Outback Bowl, in Raymond James Stadium.


The Wildcats will be taking on Auburn in an 11 a.m. start. Mabin and Arnold are starters on a defense that has forced 19 turnovers.

Jordan Mabin

Jordan Mabin


Smith will try to earn a ring from a major bowl game and a gold medal in the same year. He played on the offensive line for the Gold Medal winning USA Junior National team coached by Westlake resident Chuck Kyle in the world championship last summer in Canton.


Mabin, a sophomore, is a two-year starter at cornerback after serving as a four-year starter for Keith Boedicker on both offense and defense at Nordonia, where he was a high school All American. The Knights were 38-10 and made the playoffs every year when Mabin was a prep player, culminating in Mabin’s getting named Ohio Defensive Player of the Year for Division II two years ago.


Mabin comes from a long line of college football participants. His dad Howard played at Louisville, and he has cousins and uncles who are and have played college football and coach the college game.


He is tied for second on the team in interceptions with two and is fourth on the team in tackles with 66. He is tied for the team lead in solo tackles with 50. The 5-foot-11sophomore also recovered a fumble.


In the final regular season game of the year, Mabin’s interception in the waning seconds preserved a 33-31 win over No. 17 Wisconsin.


Arnold is also among the team’s defensive leaders, raking eighth in tackles with 31, despite missing four games. He is also among the Northwestern leaders in tackles for losses with 5.5 and has two sacks for a total push back of 12 yards. Arnold has also forced a fumble.

David Arnold



A 6 foot-one-inch sophomore linebacker, Arnold had one of the team’s three sacks in a comeback victory over Purdue.


Mitchell has played in all 12 games, catching four passes for 38 yards and one touchdown.

Brendan Mitchell

Mitchell, a Western Reserve alum


Luxenburg is a 280-pound defensive tackle redshirt freshman. 

Evan Luxenburg


B-W women to play Loras 

Iowa in Christmas tourney

championship game this 


Dec. 30, 2009

11 a.m.

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Championship and Consolation Games --  The Championship Game of the Baldwin-Wallace Women's Basketball Christmas Tournament pits host B-W, 6-4 overall, versus Loras, Iowa College, also 6-4 overall, at 4:00 p.m.  In the consolation game, Manchester, Indiana College, 1-10 overall, plays Albion College of Michigan, 4-6 overall, at 2:00 p.m.

Both Games on Internet --  Both games will be broadcast via the WBWC Internet web site at www.wbwc.com.  The pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to tipoff.

B-W versus Loras Also on Radio --  Campus radio station, WBWC, 88.3 FM, will carry the game live on radio.

Cheri Harrer Wins No. 400 on December 5, and Could Tie for Second All-Time in the OAC Today With No. 403 -- Yellow Jacket veteran Head Coach Cheri Harrer became just the third women's basketball coach in OAC history to win 400 games when the B-W defeated Kenyon College, 57-44, on December 5 in Gambier. Harrer, now 402-141 overall in 20 seasons in Berea, is just one win behind former Muskingum University Coach Donna Newberry (403 wins) for second place all-time in the OAC.
Harrer has led B-W to five OAC Tournament and seven OAC regular season titles in the past 11 years. Eleven of her last 14 teams have advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and three times her teams have advanced to the "Elite 8". She also has been named the OAC Coach of the Year four times.

NEXT UP FOR B-W; Home Again This Saturday --  The Yellow Jacket women are back in action on Saturday, January 2, 2010 when they host Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College in Berea at 3:00 p.m.

Toledo St. Francis heads up 

state hockey poll; 

Red North teams fill other top 

five spots with US ranked 


Dec. 30, 2009

10 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





COLUMBUS – Toledo St. Francis tops the second state hockey poll that just came out today with defending state champion University School ranked second.


St. Francis had about a half dozen players return to high school hockey this year after playing juniors in Michigan and northwestern Ohio last year, strengthening the program and making it the scuttlebutt of the Toledo area.


Padua,, which has had the strongest start and biggest turnaround here, is tied for fourth with St. Edward. The Bruins, who have already built up a dozen wins and the 2009 portion of the season isn’t even over yet, just won the St. Ed Christmas tournament yesterday while the Eagles had two teams finish in the top five.


St. Ignatius, which has risen to the cream of the crop in the Red North Division, the most competitive in the state, is ranked third between the two other Red North teams and St. Francis. The Wildcats are undefeated at 4-0 in the Red North as teams head back into league play this weekend.


Sylvania Northview, runners up in both the Padua and St. Ignatius Christmas tourneys here, is ranked sixth and one of only two public schools in the top 10.


Northview is followed by Jesuit Cup Invitational winner Toledo St. John, Gilmour, Thornton Park champion Walsh Jesuit and Findlay.


Lake Catholic is the only Red North team not ranked in the top 10. The Cougars were one of six other teams receiving votes. Also in tha bunch were Strongsville, Hudson, Bowling Green (runners up at Thornton Park), Moeller, and Dublin Coffman.


Surprisingly, North Olmsted, which is one of few teams that has already reached double digit wins and just won the 30th Annual Trinity Christmas Tournament in convincing fashion, did not receive any votes.


As an indicator as to how the southern part of the state is coming along while still in a relative developmental stage, the state also releases a Cincy-Colubmus-Dayton poll. Heading up that top 10 is Dublin Coffman, which just finished seventh of eight teams in the St. Edward Christmas tourney. Dublin Jerome is second followed by Moeller, Sycamore, Centerville, Olentangy :Liberty, Beaverceek, Upper Arlington, Springboro and St, Charles.

Elyria's Les Miles at LSU helm, five NE Ohioans in Joe Paterno fold caps local flavor in Capital One Bowl

Dec. 30, 2009

11 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Avon Lake High alumnus Ryan Scherer, Massillon High’s Andrew Dailey, Youngstown Ursuline’s Daryll Clark, and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney’s Brandon Beachum and Mike Zordich are those from northeastern Ohio donning the blue and white of Penn State, who will play LSU in the Capital One Bowl Friday in Orlando.


Of course LSU is coached by Elyria native Les Miles, who has led the Baton Rouge bunch to a national championships and four bowl wins in only five years as the head man.

Les Miles Photo

Elyria native Les Miles


Clark, the Nittany Lions’ starting quarterback, has completed over 200 passes this season including 23 that have gone for touchdowns. He has completed 61 percent of his passes and with 213 yards Friday would go over the 3,000-yard mark for passing yards this season.

Daryll Clark



He is also the third leading rusher with 191 net yards. Clark has scored seven touchdowns to rank third on the club.


Beachum has caught three of his passes for 29 yards in 11 games.


Dailey has returned one punt for 14 yards and intercepted one pass that he returned for 12 yards. He’s also returned three kicks for 23 yards.

Andrew Dailey

Former Tiger Andrew Dailey


Zordich has returned two kicks for 28 yards.


An LSU win Friday would mean four consecutive double-digit win seasons for the Bengal Tigers under Miles.

Shaw's Cook, Bennies' Goode, 

Warren's Glover, Chardon's 

Madsen and Zulandt,

Lakeview's Matthews 

and Medina's Snook with 

Mountaineers for Gator 


 Dec. 30, 2009

12 noon



By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Shaw High alumnus Darwin Cook, Benedictine’s Najee Goode, Warren’s Sidney Glover, Chardon’s Joe Madsen and Dave Zulandt, Cortland’s Trevor Matthews, and Medina’s Chris Snook are all a part of  New Year’s Day bowl game as members of West Virginia’s football team.



The Mountaineers play in Friday’s Konica Minolta Gator Bowl against Florida State, in Jacksonville.



Cook is a 5 foot-11 freshman defensive back, Goode a 6-1 sophomore linebacker, Madsen a 6-4, 300-pound freshman offensive lineman, Matthews a 6-4 junior punter, Zulandt a freshman long snapper and Glover a 5-11 junior defensive back.


The 6-3 Snook interestingly enough is listed as both a tight end and fullback, two positions where he can “sometimes” catch the ball and “sometimes” run the ball in otherwise blocking-dominated assignments.


Glover has intercepted two passes and returned them for 44 yards, including one for a TD. Glover is sixth on the team in tackles with 53, including six for losses. He also has recovered one fumble and forced one.



Goode has gotten in all 12 games and in on 10 tackles.



Madsen was the starting right guard as of the last regular season game against Cincinnati while Glover has been the regular starter at strong safety.