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MA, photographer Jerry Sherk 

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The event will begin with a reception in the lobby of the Kleist Center from 6-7:00 p.m.  That is followed by the Photo Exhibit and discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. and then fans and friends will have an opportunity to see some of Sherk’s other photographs on display in the adjacent Fawick Art Gallery and have a chance to bid on them.  In addition, there will be silent auction items available at the reception and following the viewing and discussion.  It is hoped that a number of current and former Browns players, alumni and administration will be on-hand.

TO PURCHASE TICKETS --  Fans who would like to purchase tickets for the event through PayPal can either go to the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities web site athttp://www.clevelandtouchdownclub.org/event_jerrysherk.php or pay $25.00 at the door on the night of the event.  There are 500 total tickets to the event, and they are going fast and there is no guarantee that they will still be available at the door on the night of the event.

FOR MORE INFORMATION -- Please call CTCC President Lou Carouse at 216-904-3416 or e-mailinfo@clevelandtouchdownclub.org.

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Duquesne at Buffalo, 7 pm
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The Bulls play the first of two straight opponents from the Atlantic 10 tonight as they host Duquesne. The Bulls remain home later this weekend when they host St. Bonaventure. In, all UB will face three members of the league as it played Temple earlier this season. The Owls were picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 this season, the highest of UB's three opponents. Seniors 

Soln High alumna Kourtney Brown and Jessica Fortman have become UB's all-time career blocking duo as the two have combined for 274 blocked shots. Jessica Kochendorfer and Kim Kipela, who graduated in 2004, finished with 268 combined blocks, which was the previous record. Brown holds the school record for career blocks with 176, while Fortman is eighth in school history with 98 career blocks. Duquesne began a two-game trip through Western New York with a 59-35 win over Canisius on Saturday. 

The Dukes are 4-1 on the road this season and are led by three players in double figures. Wumi Agunbiade leads the team with 14.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest, while Alex Gensler adds 12.8. Samantha Pollino is averaging 10.2 points per game. As a team, the Dukes are averaging 13.5 steals per game.

Marshall at Miami, 7 pm
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Miami begins a busy three-game-in-six-days stretch when it hosts former MAC rival Marshall on Monday at 7 p.m. At this point last season, Miami was 1-5 overall. This year it is 3-3. One of the major reasons has been a new commitment to rebounding. The RedHawks have brought in 252 rebounds this season, an average of 42.0 per game. Courtney Osborn leads the team with an average of 32.0 minutes per game in 2010-11 after averaging 33.6 minutes last season. 

Maggie Boyer is the only other RedHawk averaging more than 30 minutes per game at 30.5. Four other Miami players are averaging between 20-29 minutes per game (Rachael Hencke, Kirsten Olowinski, Hannah Robertson and Lillian Pitts), while two more are averaging between 14-17 minutes per game (Kristin Judson and Haley Robertson). Marshall is 2-4 on the season. In their last game on Thursday, Dec. 2, the Thundering Herd earned a dramatic, 64-61, double overtime victory over George Washington. Tynikki Cook led Marshall with 32 points and 13 rebounds in the contest. The 6-1 senior forward leads the Herd with an average of 18.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game

Oberlin Men's Basketball Gets Stung at Kalamazoo
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Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team began its five-game road trip by losing to Kalamazoo College 83-62 on Monday night. 

The Yeomen were paced by 17 points from junior Josh Merritt, while rookieGeoff Simpson added a career-best 15 points in the loss. Sophomore Andrew Fox contributed 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting. 

Oberlin (1-6) led 18-17 at the 11:37 mark of the opening half, but eventually the Hornets would gain control en route to taking a 46-34 advantage at the break.

Unfortunately the Yeomen fate didn’t change to much in the second half as Kalamazoo extended its cushion out to 20, 62-42, with 14:43 left to play and never looked back.

The Hornets were led by 23 points from Joe Prepolec, while teammate Joe Wilson also added 20 points in the win. 

The Yeomen were hindered by 19 turnovers that resulted into 22 Kalamazoo points. OC was also outscored 36-22 in the paint.

While Oberlin shot 42 percent (21-of-50) overall, they struggled from 3-point land for the second straight game, going just 4-of-17 from deep. The Hornets cashed in 50.8 percent (32-of-63) of their shots. 

The Yeomen return to conference play on Wednesday night at Kenyon College. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. 

CSU Men's Basketball

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The Vikings, who are No. 14 in the most recent RPI and No. 26 in the Sagarine rankings, received 13 votes (31st place) in this week's Associated Press poll and seven votes (33rd place) in the CNN/USA Today poll.  CSU also took over the top spot in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.  West Virginia Tech opened the year wth three straight wins and brings a 4-2 record into the contest.  CSU claimed the only previous meeting with the Golden Bears, a 73-52 win in 2006-07.
PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable as all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team that went 16-17 against one of the most difficult schedules in the country.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (21.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.3 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.4 ppg,  4.5 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 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 late-December following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (4.1, 2.7) and Josh McCoy (4.0, 2.7), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.6, 6.0) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.6, 3.7) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (2.0, 1.9) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.0, 1.8) and Devon Long (2.6, 1.0) will help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside this year.  Injuries to Brown, freshman Sebastian Douglas (season/knee) and sophomore Anthony Wells (knee), have hurt the bench depth, especially to start the season.  CSU got Wells back into the lineup for the St. Bonaventure win, but he has missed the three subsequent games.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received numerous mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Dec. 6).  Individually, Norris Cole ranked 24th in the nation in scoring (21.2) and 43rd in steals (2.3).  As a team, the Vikings were in the top 50 in seven categories, ranking first in won-loss percentage (1.000), 16th in field goal defense (.369), 23rd in three-point defense (.270), 25th in scoring defense (58.4), 41st in turnover margin (+4.1), 43rd in turnovers (12.2) and 49th in scoring margin (13.3).

THE VIKING BASKETBALL REPORT RETURNS:  The fifth season of The Viking Basketball Report returns to SportsTime Ohio starting Wednesday (Dec. 8) when the first of 10 planned episodes airs at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. (it will also air at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9). 

VIKINGS TAKE OVER TOP SPOT IN MID-MAJOR POLL:  A school-record 10-0 record to start the season has propelled Cleveland State into the top spot in the latest  CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Dec. 6).  The Vikings, who were ranked fifth last week, received 23 of the 31 first place votes and 744 total points to take over the top spot from Old Dominion.  The Vikings have a 42-point lead over second place Gonzaga (702).  ODU is third (699), followed by St. Mary's (674) in fourth and Wichita State in fifth.  Butler is eighth with 507 points while Loyola is 21st and Valparaiso and Detroit also received votes.  A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season. 

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 10 games, CSU leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (58.4), field goal defense (.369), three-point defense (.270) and steals (8.3).  Eight straight opponents have shot .400 from the field or less and just three teams have shot better than .275 from three-point in a game.

THE POLLS LIKE CSU:  Although it is very early in the season, the fast start by the Vikings have helped CSU in the various computer rankings.  One of 20 unbeaten teams in Division I, Cleveland State is ranked 18th in the latest RPI (through Sunday) and 33rd in the most recent Sagarin ratings.  The Vikings are the first team in the nation to win 10 games this season.
. . . AND CSU MOVES UP MAJOR POLLS:  Cleveland State received more attention in both of the major college basketball polls, which were released on Monday (Dec. 6).  The Vikings received 13 votes in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll, good for 31st place, and seven votes in the CNN/USA Today poll, good for 33rd place.  The polls are released each Monday through Jan. 1 and then on Sunday through the remainder of the year.
GOING FOR A RECORD:  When the Vikings host West Virginia Tech on Tuesday, CSU will be attempting to tie the school record of 11 wins before Jan. 1, which was set during the 1992-93 season.  With five games to go before the new year rings in, the Vikings have won 10 games.

COLE NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK. . . .AGAIN:  For the second time this season and the fourth time in his career, senior Norris Cole has been tabbed as the Horizon League Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week. In three games, Cole averaged 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals to lead CSU to a non-conference win over 2010 NCAA squad Robert Morris and a road sweep of Green Bay and Milwaukee.  Cole shot .553 from the field (21-38), .571 from three-point (4-7) and .852 from the line (23-27).  he scored eight of CSU's final 10 points of the game to hold off a last0minute charge by Robert Morris and he scored 11 of the last 14 points against Green Bay, going nine-for-10 from the line in the last 2:05.

. . . AND CSU ATHLETE OF THE MONTH. . . AGAIN:  Norris Cole took home another honor last week when he was tabbed as the CSU Men's Athlete of the Month for November.  It was the second time this year that he received the award, the first coming in January.  In eight games in November, Cole averaged 21.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals while leading the Vikings to their first undefeated month (of more than two games) since February of 1986.

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Anderson came out hot, opening the scoring with a three as Case jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Spartans still led by three, at 10-7, following an Anderson jumper at the 15:07 mark, but Case would not score for the next 4:31 as Kenyon grabbed the lead away at the 13:14 mark on a three by Marcus Healey.

Duerr ended the rut and tied the game back up at 12-12 with a layup with 11:36 left in the first, but Case fell into another scoreless spell spanning 2:15 as Kenyon regained the lead 15-12. It was still a two point game with 8:08 to go when Haddox hit a three to kickstart a 22-5 Kenyon run, which left Case staring at a 41-24 halftime deficit.

Both teams came out of the break slow, but Kenyon was able to establish its biggest lead, at 45-24, before the Spartans scored their first point of the half on a Fowler free throw at the 16:52 mark. Then 25 seconds later, Fowler added a key layup to jumpstart the Spartan offense.

With 15:11 to go, Chung connected on a trey to make the score 45-30. The two teams traded baskets over the next two minutes, but a Fowler layup with 10:51 on the clock began a 15-3 Spartan run over the next 3:24 that whittled the Kenyon lead all the way down to one point at 50-49.

The Spartans finally snagged the lead, at 54-52, with 3:43 to play on a jumper by junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional). A Fowler lay-in with 1:51 remaining would extend the advantage to four, at 56-52, but Kenyon answered with 45 seconds left on a Brian Lebowitz layup to set up a dramatic finish.

Fowler committed a turnover with just 15 seconds on the clock, but Kenyon’s Haddox could not convert on a three-point try, which forced the Yeomen to foul Fowler with three seconds remaining in regulation. Fowler then converted on two free throws to seal the 58-54 win.

CWRU will now have a 12 day layover in-between games and will play next at home against Hiram College on Saturday, December 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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In his inaugural campaign, Woods ran for 1,034 yards to mark the first 1,000 yard rusher since 2002. His postseason honor from the OCF joins his spot on the Ohio Athletic Conference Second Team. Woods rushed for over 100 yards in each of the final four games of the season .His year ending streak began with a career-best 231 yards and four touchdowns against Marietta College. The four rushing TD’s tied the single game record at the Berg.


Miller will graduate as the OAC’s Bob Packard Most Outstanding Offensive Back and OAC First Team recognition. This season he set new single game records at Heidelberg and in the OAC for passing yards (569) and net yards (587). He also set the Heidelberg single game record for passing TD’s (7) and tied the completions mark of 30. This year he threw for 27 touchdowns to top the single season record at the Berg for the third year in a row. Finally he topped the career mark for passing touchdowns with 67.

Dalton's Andrew Miller (L) and Euclid's Mike Preston (R)


Preston also earned the Ed Sherman Most Outstanding Receiver award from the OAC, as well as his nod on the All-OAC First Team. In his final campaign, Preston inked his named across the Heidelberg record book. In the career annual, he set new marks for receiving yards with 2,748 and receiving touchdowns with 27. This year he hauled in 15 TD passes for a new single season record at Heidelberg and had 1,213 total receiving yards on the year to top another category.

Kater is completing a four-year career on the offensive line in which he started every game he appeared in. His OCF honor comes on the heels of being tabbed the OAC’s Ken Wable Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. Heidelberg had one of the most veteran offenses in the league this season and it combined to set, and or tie, 20 individual and team records at the Berg. The success of the offense was due large in part to a solid offensive line that was anchored by Kater.

Chardon's Erin Hollinger

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The Yeowomen led by 20, 42-22, with 16:37 left in the game, but the Spartans managed to crawl all the way back to get within three at 63-60 with 3:28 remaining in regulation. 

Oberlin led 66-61 with just over a minute to play, but Evy Iacano dialed in on one of her four second-half triple-hits. Oberlin would turn it over on its next possession and Chardon High alumna  Erin Hollinger would tie the game with a lay-up. The Yeowomen had a chance to win it in regulation as Anderson drove to hoop and drew a lot of contact, but did not get the call from the officials. 

In overtime the Yeowomen were clinging to a four-point lead, 77-73, with 33 seconds left, but two missed free throws followed by a quick two by Iacano gave the Spartans life with nine seconds to go.

However, the Yeowomen quickly got the ball into the hands of Anderson who went to the line to calmly knock down both charity tosses, pushing the lead back out to four and effectively preserving the win. The Spartans hoisted a last second three that went down as the clock expired. 

Anderson also had a career performance at the free-throw line, cashing in 13-of-14 attempts on the night. 

The Yeowomen shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59) in the contest and cashed in 11-of-26 (42.3%) triple-tries. The Spartans, who shot just 25 percent (9-of-36) in the first half, finished with a 38.7 percent (29-of-75) clip. After going 0-of-9 from long range in the first half, Case buried 9-of-17 threes in the second session. 

The Yeowomen will look to build upon their two-game winning streak when they open up conference play on Wednesday night at Kenyon College. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. 

The Viking Report                               

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

End of Fall Semester Sees Three Viking Squads In Action. . .
Men's Basketball & Wrestling Each Host Home Events

December 6, 2010  

The final week of the fall semester finds Viking athletics playing its lightest schedule as three sports combine to play just four events, two of which are on campus.

The men's basketball team, which has won 10 straight games to open the year, will play a pair of games, hosting West Virginia Tech on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center before heading to Huntsville, Texas to face Sam Houston State on Saturday (Dec. 11) at 4:30 p.m.

Off to an equally as impressive start with a 6-1 mark, the women's basketball team will play just one game this week, traveling to Akron for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday (Dec. 11).

The wrestling team will stay at home this week to host the annual CSU Open in Woodling Gym.  Action begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 11) and will run all day.

Men's Basketball To Face West Virginia Tech & Sam Houston State
Vikings Are Coming Off A Sweep Of Road Games At Green Bay & Milwaukee

After using road wins at Green Bay (83-75) and Milwaukee (82-59) to run their record to 10-0, the men's basketball team will play a pair of games this week as the non-conference schedule winds down.  CSU will host West Virginia Tech on Tuesday (Dec. 7) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center and then travel to Huntsville, Texas to take on Sam Houston State on Saturday (Dec. 11) at 4:30 p.m.

The Vikings are one of the hottest teams in the nation right now.  As of Monday, CSU was the only team to win 10 games this year, giving the Vikings the fourth-longest winning streak in school history.  The Vikings received 13 votes for 31st place in this week's Associated Press poll while CSU received seven votes for 33rd place in the the ESPN/USA Today poll.

"We are playing good team basketball right now," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "I knew that this team was capable of playing like this because we have so many experienced players and the nice thing about this team is that they have come to the arena every night ready to play defense.  When you can play good defense, you are going to be successful.

"We can't afford to rest on our laurels and think because we are 10-0 that we are going to win every game.  We need to continue to work hard, play smart and take every game one at a time."

The Vikings did just that in Wisconsin over the weekend as CSU swept the two-game swing for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.  CSU shot an impressive .667 from three-point in the two league games, making 10 three-pointers and shooting .714 from beyond the arc at Green Bay and then coming back to tie a school record with 14 treys at Milwaukee.

Norris Cole averaged 23.0 points in the three games last week to earn his fourth career Horizon League Athlete of the Week award while junior Trey Harmon averaged 15.0 points and junior Jeremy Montgomery chipped in with 13.3 points to lead the offensive attack.

Women's Basketball Heads To Akron For Lone Game This Week
Vikings Take 6-1 Mark On The Road For Three Straight Games

The Cleveland State women's basketball team begins a three game roadtrip when the Vikings make the short trip down I-77 to take on Akron at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 11). CSU begins the week with a 6-1 record, marking the second best record in program history through seven games.

"We are continuing to learn more and more about they type of team that we have every time we take the court," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We know that this season is going to be a learning process, but I am happy with the improvement that we continue to show each time we take the court. We are still searching for our true identity and finding out what roles everyone will fill so we will be ready when the league schedule hits us at the end of the month."

The Vikings won their sixth game of the season on Friday (Dec. 3) when CSU handed Western Michigan a 66-55 setback in the Wolstein Center. The Vikings trailed by 10 points midway through the first half, but used a 22-2 run to take control of the game.

Junior Janelle Adams led the way with a career-high tying 23 points, adding seven rebounds and three steals. Shawnita Garland added 12 points with a season-best six steals, improving her career total to 243, ranking fifth all-time in program history. The senior also improved her career scoring total to 988, needing 12 more points to become the 22nd player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

The win over WMU kept the Vikings undefeated at home this season (4-0) and also improved CSU to 35-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season. Friday's win was also the Vikings seventh straight at home dating back to last season, tying for the second longest home win streak in school history.

Women's Swimming Idle Until New Year

After sweeping the City College Meet last Tuesday (Nov. 30), the CSU women's swimming and diving team will begin its winter break with 11 wins, the most in a fall by any team in program history. The Vikings next meet will be the Holiday Invitational, scheduled for Jan. 8.

"We're looking forward to taking a short break," head coach Wally Morton said. "We're going to be training hard in the pool and working hard in the classroom over the next few weeks, and I expect it to be a productive break in both areas."

Cleveland State defeated three teams at the CSU-hosted City College Meet: Canisius, 186-54; John Carroll, 198-33; and Notre Dame College, 179-57. Kacey Cummings won the 1-meter (264.90) and 3-meter (296.00) dives, making the NCAA zone cuts in both events, and five other Vikings recorded individual wins as CSU improved to 11-1 on the year. The 11 wins are the second-most in school history, trailing only last year's squad which set the record with 14.

Following the City College Meet, Joanna Olsson and Alice Sommerville represented CSU at the USA Swimming National Championship. Olsson swam in the 400 IM (finishing in 4:26.60), the 200 IM (2:07.02) and the 200 fly (2:06.28), while Sommerville competed in the 100 fly (56.11), 100 breast (1:04.91) and the 50 free (23.80).

Winter Break Up Next For Men's Swimming

The Cleveland State men's swimming and diving team will have a few weeks to prepare for its next meet as the Vikings are off from competition until Jan. 8 when they will participate in the Holiday Invitational.

"We're looking forward to taking a short break," head coach Wally Morton said. "We're going to be training hard in the pool and working hard in the classroom over the next few weeks, and I expect it to be a productive break in both areas."

The fall season ended on a high note for the team, as three swimmers competed at the USA Swimming National Championship from Dec. 2-4. Mark de Swardt and Berry Thompson reached the finals in two events. de Swardt placed 13th overall in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:25.47 while Thompson finished the 100 free in 26th place (44.96). Brian Ferro finished the 200 breast with a time of 2:05.90, the fourth-best time in CSU history.

Prior to the success in Columbus, the Vikings' improved their record to 9-1-1 with wins against Canisius (179-64), John Carroll (200-41) and Notre Dame College (198-40) in the City College Meet, hosted by CSU last Tuesday (Nov. 30). Cleveland State won 11 of the meet's 13 events, with nine different Vikings recording individual wins.

Justin Hill set a conference season-best time in the 50 free, winning in 20.52, the fourth best time in that event in school history, and he also helped the 200 and 400 medley relay teams to victories. Josh Gonzalez set a new season-best score in the 1-meter dive, earning 295.20 points, while Matt DiMasso won the 3-meter event (283.60) for the first time this year.

Wrestling To Host CSU Open

The Viking wrestling team will remain at home this weekend, hosting the CSU Open at Woodling Gym on Saturday (Dec. 11). The all-day competistion will begin at 9:00 a.m.

"What I'll be looking to see on Saturday is continued improvement," head coach Ben Stehura said. "We have done a good job of learning from each competition and improving from meet to meet, and I would like to see that continue."

Cleveland State (1-2) is coming off a pair of losses this past weekend, falling to Eastern Michigan, 38-3, on Friday (Dec. 3) and losing to Northwestern, 32-9, on Saturday (Dec. 4).

Robbie Michaels (wrestling at 165), Aric Thurn (174) and Chris Weber (heavyweight) each recorded wins for the Vikings against Northwestern. Nick Flannery was very impressive in a losing effort, taking the Wildcats' Levi Mele, the No. 23 grappler in the 133 division, to a 5-5 tie before losing the riding time tie-breaker.

Josh Palivoda, representing CSU in the 141 division, earned the Vikings' lone win against Eastern Michigan.

Viking High Fives

Takima Keane: The junior has given the Vikings a lift off the bench early this season, averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 assists, while shooting 46-percent (19-41) from the field.

Mark de Swardt: The junior swimmer qualified for the finals in the 1,650 free at the USA Swimming National Championship, competing against 53 of the country's best swimmers and finishing 13th overall.

Brian Ferro: The men's swimming freshman qualified to swim in the 200 breast at the USA Swimming National Championship, finishing the event in 2:05.90, the fourth best time in Cleveland State history.

Joe Latas:  Described as the 7-foot lumberjack of the Viking basketball team, the senior has provided some valuable minutes off the bench this year, highlighted by his six-point, five-rebound and four blocked shot effort at Green Bay last week.