A Page -- Dec. 31, 2010

Coach Dantonio's Cleveland 

connections provide Michigan State 

with six area S/As for tomorrow's 

Capital One Bowl

December 31, 2010 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Six Student/Athletes who hail from the Cleveland area will be part of the Michigan State football team that will face Alabama in the Capital One Bowl from Orlando tomorrow.

Among the group in the Spartan fraternity are Buchtel alumnus Johnny Adams, Shaker Heights High graduate Henry Conway, Strongsville alum Nick Bendzuck, North Royalton grad Dan France, Cleveland Heights product Corey Freeman, and Vermilion’s Derek Hoebing.

Johnny AdamsNick Bendzuck

Adams (L) and Bendzuck 

Also, the Spartans are coached by Mark Dantonio, whose primary recruiting area when he was an assistant coach at Youngstown State in the 1980s and 1990s and later as the head coach of the Penguins was the Greater Cleveland area.

Henry ConwayDan France

Conway (L) and France

Adams is a sophomore cornerback who has started every game this season and earned All-Big Ten honors. So far this season he has three interceptions and seven pass breakups. He recovered a blocked punt at the Purdue three-yard line that set up the winning touchdown. He is seventh on the team with 43 tackles.


A senior, Bendzuck provides depth at fullback and plays on all special teams for the Spartans.

After redshirting as a freshman last year, Conway has been in and out of the lineup at right tackle.

France has seen action in seven games this season as a defensive tackle. After redshirting last season, he is a sophomore academically and freshman athletically.

Corey FreemanDerek Hoebing

Freeman (L) and Hoebing

Freeman has seen action in 10 games this season as a sophomore defensive end. Hoebing sat out last year as a red shirt and is a tight end and freshman athletically this season.

Glenville's Kyle Jefferson, Hudson's 

Bill Nagy "out there a having fun in 

the warm California sun" for Badgers

 December 31, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Wisconsin has Glenville alum Kyle Jefferson and Hudson High graduate Bill Nagy among its football Student/Athletes who will face Texas Christian in tomorrow’s Rose Bowl.

 Bill NagyKyle Jefferson

Nagy (left) and Jefferson

Nagy was selected by the Big Ten coaches as All-league honorable mention at center earlier.  Nagy was named the Badgers’ Co-offensive Player of the Week for the week after last month’s Michigan game.

Actually, Nagy was moved to tight end in the win over Ohio State, which was ranked No. 1 prior to when the upset was fully executed by Nagy and his mates.

Nagy was also POW against Minnesota. The versatile OL, Nagy also started four games at guard.

Jefferson saw playing time in the win over the Bucks. He’s caught four passes this season for 65 yards.

Hiram College Basketball Team Wins Fourth Straight Game Following Win Against Carnegie Mellon; Brunswick's Durichko attains double-double, Lakewood's Kovach, Crestwood's Cowan each score a baker's dozen

December 31, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

PITTSBURGH, PA.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team saw its current winning streak grow to four games following a 63-55 win against Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University today (Friday, Dec. 31) in a non-conference game in Pittsburgh, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 8-3 overall and the Tartans fall to 1-9 overall.

CMU scored the game’s opening points, but Hiram quickly took the lead with an ensuing 12-0 scoring run that ended in a three-pointer by sophomore guard Calysia Smayers (Akron/Coventry), giving the Terriers a 12-2 advantage at the 12:00 mark.  The Tartans later regained the lead with a 9-1 run later in the period to claim a 17-15 edge with 6:27 left to play in the half.  But Hiram answered with a 9-0 run of its own to take control and never trailed in the game again and led 30-24 at halftime.

In the second half, Hiram slowly began to pull away and recorded its largest lead of the game with 10:14 left to play thanks to a jumper by sophomore guard Lindsay Buckner (Vienna/Mathews) making the score 51-40.  CMU made one final charge late in the game, cutting the deficit to four points, 55-51, as part of an 11-4 run with 2:38 to go.  The Terriers then scored four straight points to gain some breathing room and increase the lead to eight points en route to overall victory and a final score of 63-55.


Hiram finished the game shooting 40.4 percent (21-of-52) from the floor and CMU shot 35.4 percent (23-of-65) from the field. 

Brit Phillips

Normandy alumna Brit Phillips

The Tartans had three players score in double-figures led by Jacki Cortese with 12 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent) to go along with eight rebounds.  Emily Peel and Brit Phillips rounded out the high scorers with 11 points each.  Peel also grabbed a game-tying high 10 boards.


Hiram was led by the duo of senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) and sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with a game-tying high 13 points each.  Junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) finished the game with 12 points in addition to tallying a game-tying best 10 rebounds. 


Favela Futbol program set to start 

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Program ends- February 23, 2011



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Dec. 31, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Western Michigan at Eastern Kentucky, 1 pm
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Western Michigan enters Friday's game with a 3-9 record. WMU averages 57 points per game and allows 63 per contest. The Broncos have shot 35 percent from the field, including 32 percent from three-point range. Their opponents have hit on 41 percent of their shots, but just 30 percent from three-point range. Taylor Manley, a 5-foot-6 guard, leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game. She is 33-for-96 (34 percent) from three-point range this season. Ebony Cleary, a 6-foot-1 forward, and Brenna Banktson, a 5-foot-10 forward, are the team's second and third leading scorers, and WMU's top rebounders. Cleary averages 12.4 points and 7.7 rebounds. Banktson contributes 10.3 points and 6.6 boards. In its last game, two days after allowing 22 offensive rebounds and turning the ball over 22 times, Eastern Kentucky gave up 17 offensive rebounds and turned it over 23 times in a 62-52 loss at Tennessee State on Dec. 21. TSU entered the game having been out-rebounded this season by six boards per game but finished with a 45-32 edge. The Lady Tigers turned their 17 offensive rebounds into 15 second chance points. Alex Jones and Brittany Coles led the Lady Colonels with 13 points each.

Pittsburgh at Central Michigan, 1 pm
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Boasting the nation's top-ranked offense, Central Michigan enters the finale of a three-game home stand having scored 96 or more points in three of its last five contests. Five Chippewas enter the final game of 2010 scoring in double-figures at the Chippewas host Pittsburgh. Five Chippewas currently boast a double-figure scoring average and a sixth (Jalisa Olive) sits just half a point shy at 9.5. The Chippewas boast the nation's top scoring offense at 89.1 points per game and have scored 96 points or more three times in their last five contests. Kaihla Szunko has registered a double-double in nine of CMU's 11 games this season. She ranks second in the nation in 2010-11 and second in career double-doubles among active players in the MAC with 32. The Chippewas are off to their best 11-game start under head coach Sue Guevara and the best since 2005-06, when CMU started 9-2. Its just the third time Central Michigan has won at least eight of its first 11 games since 1991-92 (2001-02 being the third). CMU boasts the top two scoring freshmen in the Mid-American Conference in Niki DiGuilio (11.9) and Taylor Johnson (10.6 ppg). Johnson is also the top rebounding freshman in the MAC (7.5/game). The Panthers were tabbed 13th in the BIG EAST preseason coaches' poll and enter the contest having won three of their last four decisions. The Panthers' RPI of 202 (as of Dec. 29) ranks 15th in the BIG EAST. Pitt ranks sixth in the BIG EAST offensively, 15th defensively.

Avon Lake's Christian Pace, Iggy's Jake 

Ryan, Canton South's Jerald Robinson vie 

to be the "Victors" in tomorrow's Gator 


December 31, 2010 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


St. Ignatius High alumnus Jake Ryan, Avon Lake High graduate Christian Pace, and Canton South product Jerald Robinson will don the maize and blue in hopes of emerging as the “victors” for Michigan in tomorrow’s Gator Bowl.

Jake RyanChristian PaceJerald Robinson

Left to right --- Ryan, Pace, Robinson

A Westlake native, Ryan is a freshman linebacker for the Wolverines, who take on Mississippi State tomorrow. Pace comes from the long-held premium offensive line culture of Shoreman football as a freshman tackle and guard.

Robinson is a wide receiver for Michigan.

Vikings' 14 wins surpass the best pre-Jan. 1 win total by three; Horizon League leaders host the Circle Crew tomorrow

December 31, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State celebrates the start of 2011 when the Vikings put their 11 game home winning streak on the line  when they host UIC (5-9, 0-2) on Saturday, January 1 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  Fans can get a two-for-one ticket to the contest by picking up an order form at all Marks stores in the Greater Cleveland area.  Cleveland State (14-1, 3-0), who is No. 19 in the most recent RPI and No. 33 in the Sagarin rankings, used a 73-55 win over Loyola on Thursday to join San Diego State (14-0) and Syracuse (14-0) as the only teams to win 14 games this year.  The Vikings remain in the top spot for the fourth straight week 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).  This will be the first game against UIC since Howard Moore took over as head coach over the summer.  The Flames are 5-9 overall and 0-2 in Horizon League play after dropping a 71-69 decision at Youngstown State on Thursday.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable the return of all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team has helped the Vikings jump out to a 14-1 start.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (20.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.8 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.1 ppg,  4.1 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (11.7 ppg, 3.5 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 (3.7, 3.0) and Josh McCoy (5.1, 2.7), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (8.1, 6.7) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.4, 3.3) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (2.1, 2.1) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.7, 1.6) and Devon Long (2.8, 1.1) help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside.  Injuries to Brown, freshman Sebastian Douglas (season/knee) and sophomore Anthony Wells (knee), have hurt the bench depth, especially to start the season.

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 theHorizon 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 one of the three ESPN channels or as part of the HLN Game of the Week.

NOT A BAD (CALENDAR) YEAR:  The win over Loyola on Thursday allowed the Vikings to complete the 2010 calendar year with a 26-8 record, the second best record in school history.  CSU was 4-10 heading into January last year but went 12-7 the rest of the year and then opened this season with 14 wins in 15 games.  The effort trails only 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).

WOLSTEIN CENTER WIN STREAK AT 11:  The Vikings will put their 11-game Wolstein Center win streak on the line on Saturday when they face UIC, 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 for 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.

FOR STARTERS:  One by-product of the stability that Gary Waters has brought to the Viking basketball program is that there has been continuity in the starting lineup as well.  In fact, the current group of starters - Norris Cole, Jeremy Montgomery, Trevon Harmon, Tim Kamczyc and Aaron Pogue - has started all 15 games this season, the longest stretch of continuous starters in at least the last eight seasons at CSU.  By starting against Loyola on Thursday, the group equalled the accomplishment of Cedric Jackson, Norris Cole, D'Aundray Brown, J'Nathan Bullock and Chris Moore, who started the first 15 games in 2008-09.  That group went on to start 23 games together that season.

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 14 wins this season, Cleveland State is ranked 19th in the latest RPI (through Thursday) and 32nd in the most recent Sagarin ratings.

WATERS REACHES 150TH GAME AS A VIKING:  The Loyola contest on Thursday was the 150th game for head coach Gary Waters at Cleveland State, making him the sixth Viking head coach to reach the mark. Waters is 87-63 (.580) 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 13 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 PASSES 1,500 POINT MARK:  Despite scoring a season-low 12 points against Loyola, Senior Norris Cole scored enough to become the eighth player in CSU history to score 1,500 points in a career.  He now has 1,511 points to become the first Viking to accomplish the feat since J'Nathan Bullock (1,800 points) did it two years ago and he is 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 (118 three-pointers), Norris Cole (106) and Trevon Harmon (105) 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

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION:  The  win over Loyola extended Cleveland State's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 115.  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 115 games since, Cleveland State has gone 75-40 (.652).

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 15 games, CSU leads the Horizon League in field goal defense (.389), and is second in the league in scoring defense (59.9), three-point defense (.288) and steals (8.3). Nine opponents have shot .400 or less from the field and 10 have been held below .300 shooting from three-point in a game.

VIKINGS CLAIM ONE MORE RECORD:  The win against Loyola on Thursday allowed the Vikings to shatter the school record of 11 wins before January 1, by claiming their 14th victory of the season.  The old mark was set in 1992-93.

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 15 games to lead the Horizon League with a 20.9 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 (4.8) and steals (2.2) while ranking third in free throw percentage (.845) and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio with 72 assists and just 41 turnovers (1.76).  He has seven 20-point games this year, giving him 26 in his career, to raise his CSU career scoring total to 1,511 points to move into seventh place on the CSU chart.  Cole needs 62 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 consecutive 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.

Second-Half Comeback Attempt Falls Short
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team put forth a great effort, but in the end they fell just short as the visiting Adrian College Bulldogs spoiled New Year’s Eve for the Yeowomen with a 65-60 win. 

The OC attack was spearheaded by potential NCAC Player of Year Allison Anderson. The sophomore point guard racked up 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting – including a season-high 5-of-8 performance from downtown. The Springfield, Illinois, native also dished out a game-high seven assists. 

Fellow sophomore Ellen Neumann had a great night inside as she registered her first-career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

Oberlin, which trailed by 10, 37-27, at that half found itself down just six, 56-50, with just under six minutes to play. That is when the Yeowomen got a lift from anunlikely source as Head Coach Kerry Jenkins inserted senior Christina Spencer into the game for the first time all night and the move provided instant dividends. The West Carrolton, Ohio, native immediately buried a deep three from the corner for her first field goal of the season and later followed with a 15-foot jumper from the wing to make it 56-55 game with 3:20 to go. 

A pair of Jenn Headley charity tosses would make it a 60-56 Bulldogs advantage at the 1:42 mark, but Neumann would follow with a pair of her own to keep it a one possession game. Following another Headley freebie – to make it 61-58 - and missed Oberlin lay-up, Headley went up for a lay-up and missed, but she got her own rebound with just 26 seconds to go which forced OC to foul. The Bulldogs would go own to make 3-of-5 free throws down the stretch to improve their record to 3-7 on the year. 

Oberlin, which fell to 4-7 with the loss, shot 35 percent (21-of-60) on the night and also hurt itself with just an 11-of-17 (64.7%) effort from the stripe. Adrian knocked down 19-of-25 (76%) free throws and shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the floor.

The Yewomen will look to get back on track when they travel to Kalamazoo College on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.