A Page -- Dec. 5, 2011 -- AM Edition

Ignatius gets in three hockey games, support of Student/Athletic football pals in 23-hour span; Wildcats stay unbeaten in winning Snow Days tourney over Gilmour

CLEVELAND (Gateway District) – In a 23-hour time span, St. Ignatius’ hockey team played a double-header outdoors, drove to Canton and back to cheer on their Student/Athletic football classmates, caught a little shut eye, and played another hockey game to win the Snow Days High School Invitational sponsored by the Cleveland Indians.

In a tight defensive game, the Wildcats scored a goal in each period to register a 3-0 win over host Gilmour in the title game and move to 9-0 on the season. The Lancers fall to 4-4.

Watch interview of post-game interview with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Taylor Wolf by clicking and downloading:


The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 1:34 of the first period, Taylor Wolf scoring on a wrap around with assists coming from Mike Abood and Liam Geither.

The second line scored two of the three goals. Abood generally skates on the first line but was out with Wolf and Geither when small line changes were happening quickly.

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Abood then had a takeaway and scored at 9:46 of the second period.

Then Geither scored in the fourth minute of the third period to cap out the scoring.

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Ignatius Coach Pat O’Rourke was pleased to get a good effort out of the defense after the Wildcats had been averaging close to seven goals a game in the process of pounding their opponents into submission.

Joey Malone anchored the defense that put the stops on all Gilmour threats. 

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Gilmour had three power-play opportunities in the first period, but could not connect on any of them nor get many shots on goal.

Goaltender Matt Kovesdy turned back all Lancer shots to earn the shutout in goal.

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In the consolation game of the tournament, Bethel Park out of Pennsylvania was a 3-1 winner over New Trier out of Illinois.

Watch videos of the Ignatius-Gilmour Game


Listen to Iggy Coach Pat O’Rourke get interviewed by Brad Bournival and Norm Weber




Mount Union to host Wesley in NCAA semis

No. 2 ranked University of Mount Union hosts No. 7 ranked Wesley College in the national semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs Saturday, Dec. 10 at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The kickoff time has not been announced by the NCAA as ESPN is picking up the game to broadcast LIVE on one of its stations next week.

Mount Union (13-0) completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season to win its 23rd overall and 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference and an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament then won its opening round game 47-7 over Benedictine (Ill.), a 30-10 second round victory over #25 Centre (Ky.) and 20-8 win against #9 Wabash (Ind.) in the quarterfinals.

The Purple Raiders are making their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance with a 72-12 record in NCAA Playoff games.  Mount Union has advanced to the Stagg Bowl (National Championship game) 14 times and have won a record 10 National Championships.

Wesley (12-1) scored a 35-28 win over Hobart (N.Y.) in the first round, a 49-34 victory against #5 Linfield (Ore.) in the second round before scoring a 27-24 win in the quarterfinals at #3 Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas).

The Wolverines earned the lone Pool B bid to the 2011 tournament, allotted for teams competing either as an independent or in a conference not eligible for an automatic bid.  Wesley is making its eighth NCAA Playoff appearance and has an 18-7 record in the playoffs.

This will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams, which previously met in the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Playoffs in which Mount Union scored a 24-7 win in Alliance.


Tickets for playoff game will be available for $8.  All seats in Mount Union Stadium are reserved and no passes will be accepted.  Advance tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.  

To reserve tickets by phone calling (330) 829-4100 on Monday - Wednesday from 9 am - 2 pm Those tickets will be available for pickup on Friday from 12 pm - 2 pm in the lobby of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus and at the Will Call window at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday starting at 10:30 am.


All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

'Berg Women's Basketball Begins Three-Game 

Week with Case Western Reserve

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's basketball team opens a week
in which it will play three games in six days on Monday, Dec. 5 when it
hosts Case Western Reserve University in a non-conference game at Seiberling
Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The game will be broadcast on the 'Berg Athletics Network
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ) beginning
with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m.  Jeff Garvin and Drew Felton have the
call.  Live stats for the contest will also be available at

Facing a tight turnaround after playing on Saturday, the Berg (2-4, 0-1 Ohio
Athletic Conference) faces the Spartans following a 67-54 loss to Wilmington
 in its OAC opener.

Sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) led Heidelberg,
which lost consecutive games for the first time this season, with 11 points
on five-of-12 shooting.  Freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky
Valley), who is averaging 9.0 points per game over her last two contests,
added eight points and sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire) and
junior forward Molly Schriber (Sidney) each tallied seven markers.  Schriber
also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.  Despite the loss, Heidelberg
turned the ball over a season-low 14 times.

Sandusky St. Mary alumna Kathleen Phillips

Phillips averages a team-best 17.2 ppg. and leads the team in field goal
percentage at 41.0 (32-of-78), free-throw percentage at 79.2 (19-of-24) and
steals with 12.  Joining Phillips in the backcourt are sophomore guard Megan
Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) and junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway),
who score 8.8 and 8.7 ppg., respectively.  Miller also tallies 5.2 rebounds
per game, while Ickes is a 40.8 percent (20-of-49) shooter.  Heidelberg
scores 60.2 ppg. and pulls down 34.8 rpg.

CWRU (4-3, 0-0 University Athletic Association) has had a week between games
following a 57-54 edging of John Carroll University on Nov. 30.  Brooke
Orcutt made the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer and Evy Jacono was
one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring a game-high 14 points and
matching a game-high with nine boards.

The Spartans are led by Hollinger (12.7 ppg., 4.7 rpg.) and Iacono (12.1
ppg., 4.4 rpg.) and have four players who shooter better than 40 percent
from the field.  Chelsea Peck, who averages 7.6 ppg., shoots a team-high
66.7 percent (20-of-30).  Hollinger also has blocked a team-high 13 shots,
while Iacono has dished 22 assists to lead the team.  CWRU scores 59.1 ppg,
averages 38.0 rpg. and shoots 40.1 percent (165-of-411).

Following Monday's game, the Berg will play two straight road games, facing
OAC foes Baldwin-Wallace College on Wednesday, Dec. 7 and Muskingum
University on Saturday, Dec. 10.

RedHawks Win 10 Events at Season-Opening Meet

Freshmen Walter, Wickware claim 60m dash, 800m run, respectively, in first collegiate meet


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Miami University women’s track and field team opened its 2011-12 indoor season with a bang Saturday at the Mastodon Opener, hosted by IPFW at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center, as the RedHawks won nine individual events, including a pair of freshmen, and a relay.


Miami claimed the top three spots in the 60m hurdles as junior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won in 8.71 seconds while sophomore Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) took second in 9.08 and redshirt sophomore Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) placed third in 9.13.


The RedHawks captured the top four spots in the 60m dash, led by a pair of freshmen in Gretchen Walter (Piqua, Ohio) and Jasmine Watts (Carmel, Ind.). Walter won in 7.79, which ranks her eighth in school history, while Watts was the runner-up in 7.94. Sophomore GinaMarie Presti (Garfield Heights, Ohio) claimed third (8.02) while senior Lindsay Forconi (Vermillion, Ohio) was fourth (8.09), both of which were personal bests.

Vermilion's Forconi (L), Garfield's Presti (R)


Miami earned three other individual first-place finishes on the track as Forconi won the 200m dash in a personal-best 26.27, junior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio) claimed the 600m run in 1:36.84, which cracks Miami’s top 10 list, and freshman Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.) took first in the 800m run in 2:21.02 in her first collegiate meet. Senior Rachael Clay (Rossford, Ohio) gave Miami a 1-2 finish in the 600m run as she was the runner-up in 1:37.33.


Three other ‘Hawks claimed runner-up honors on the track, as freshman Elisa Frazier (Williamsville, N.Y.) finished second in the mile in 5:13.41, sophomore Leah Coleman (Westerville, Ohio) took second in the 400m dash in 1:01.53 and redshirt freshman Melissa Girgis (Worthington, Ohio) crossed second in the 3000m run in 10:27.94. Miami also earned spots three through seven in the 3K led by junior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 10:34.47.


Miami won the meet’s only relay as well, as Clay, senior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.), senior Caroline Kwateng (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Charlotte Myers (Bexley, Ohio) combined to clock 3:56.53 to win the 4x400m relay.


In the field events, the RedHawks earned four more first-place finishes, led by senior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio), who won the shot put with a heave of 14.54m/47-8.5. Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.), who competed unattached as she’s redshirting this season, was the runner-up with a toss of 13.39m/43-11.25.


In the pole vault, Miami swept the top three spots with senior Hannah Tabler (Wapakoneta, Ohio) winning the event with a personal-best clearance of 3.64m/11-11.25. Sophomore Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) and senior Sarah Kinnaman (Carmel, Ind.) placed second and third, respectively, as both also cleared 3.64m/11-11.25, just in more attempts, with the mark an indoor personal best for Kinnaman. Tabler and Kinnaman now rank fifth in school history in the event while Tatman already ranked fourth.


Sophomore Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio) captured the high jump title, clearing 1.60m/5-3, while senior Krista Stillson (Naperville, Ill.) won the triple jump with a leap of 11.00m/36-1.25. Graves took second in the long jump with a distance of 5.62m/18-5.25, which is an indoor personal best and ranks her seventh in school history.


The RedHawks are now off for winter break and return to action Jan. 14 at the BGSU Team Challenge, hosted by Bowling Green.






Cleveland (Public Square) – Five Mid-American Conference (MAC) teams will be playing in bowl games this year as invitations were extended Sunday afternoon.  Northern Illinois (GoDaddy.com Bowl), Western Michigan (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl), Ohio (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl), Temple (Gildan New Mexico Bowl) and Toledo (Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman) will represent the MAC in bowl games this season.
“I am pleased for the student-athletes, coaches and fans at our five MAC member institutions that have received bowl invitations,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference.  “The commitment of the student-athletes to excel has earned them this opportunity.  I like our bowl lineup and the matchups.  I look forward to watching the MAC teams compete with others during the bowl season.”
This year’s five bowl invitations also matches the conference record as this marks only the fourth time in MAC history (2004, 2008 and 2009) for the conference to receive five bowl invites.  
The complete MAC bowl schedule is as follows:  All times are Eastern.
Dec. 17:  Gildan New Mexico Bowl – Albuquerque, N.M.  2:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Temple (8-4, 5-3) vs. Wyoming (8-4, 5-2, Mountain West Conference)
Note:  Temple is making its second bowl appearance in the last three years.  In 2009, Temple suffered a 30-21 loss to UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl in Washington, DC.  This will be the first bowl appearance for the Owls under first-year head coach Steve Addazio.
Dec. 17:  Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Boise, Ida.  5:30 pm ET (ESPN)
Ohio (9-4, 6-2) vs. Utah State (7-5, 5-2, Western Athletic Conference)
Note:  The Ohio Bobcats won the MAC East Division and suffered a 23-20 loss to Northern Illinois in the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game on Dec. 2.  Ohio will be making its third consecutive bowl appearance (2010 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl; 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl) under head coach Frank Solich.  The Bobcats have received a bowl invitation for the fourth time in the last six years.
Dec. 27:  Little Caesars Pizza Bowl – Detroit, Mich.  4:30 pm ET (ESPN)
Western Michigan (7-5, 5-3) vs. Purdue (6-6, 4-4, Big Ten Conference)
Note:  Western Michigan is making its second bowl appearance in the last four years (2008 Texas Bowl).  For head coach Bill Cubit this will be the third bowl appearance for the Broncos in his seventh year at the helm of the program.  
Dec. 28:  Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman – Washington, D.C.  4:30 pm ET (ESPN)
Toledo (8-4, 7-1) vs. Air Force (7-5, 3-4, Mountain West Conference)
Note:  Toledo will be making its second consecutive bowl appearance under third year head coach Tim Beckman.  Last year the Rockets suffered a 34-32 loss to Florida International in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.  Toledo will be making its conference leading 12th bowl appearance in program history (8-3 record in bowl games).
Jan. 8:  GoDaddy.com Bowl – Mobile, Ala. 9:00 pm ET (ESPN)
Northern Illinois (10-3, 7-1) vs. Arkansas State (10-2, 8-0, Sun Belt)
Note:  Northern Illinois won the Marathon MAC Football Championship with a 23-20 win over Ohio on Dec. 2, the first MAC championship for the Huskies since 1983.  Northern Illinois will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance (2010 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl; 2010 International Bowl; 2008 Independence Bowl). This will be the first bowl appearance under first-year head coach Dave Doeren.  Last year, the Huskies defeated Fresno State 40-17 in the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl.