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Coach Waters at Tuesday's Press Gathering

Cleveland State men’s basketball 5-0 in games decided by five points or fewer; extra attention on close-games preparation in practice has made the difference

Customarily, Cleveland State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Gary Waters prefers to wait until after 12 games, or three four-game-season segments, before making a candid evaluation of how his team might be doing.

Right now the Vikings are 9-1 and playing what most might consider to be “good basketball,” as good possibly as they had early on in the recent years of the NCAA and NIT qualifying teams.

However, as he stated at today’s CSU Basketball Media Gathering, he’d prefer to wait until January to make a true evaluation of whether he has a top 25 or even a top 50 team on his hands.

With the five-point win over Detroit Saturday, the Vikings are now 5-0 in games that have been decided by five points or fewer.

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It’s a credit to the unit who has practiced last few minutes/seconds situations more than normal this early in the season as it is no secret that the basketball infinite wisdom has it that most teams win and lose the 50-50 games (the games they should have won but lost and the games they should have lost but won, etc) in equal amounts, but there is no reason why this Viking team should not be able to go 10-0 if not better in such games.

The Vikings renewed the battle if I-77 with Akron a few years ago and while the old rivalry is not back to its old state of the 1970s and 1980s, it is coming around. Before Saturday afternoon’s battle with the Zips here in the ‘Stein the Vikings must travel to suburban Pittsburgh to face Robert Morris.

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Then after this weekend, maybe the evaluations can file in from the coaching staffs.

English and Calabrese Tabbed to D3Football.com All-North Region Team

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Case Western Reserve University senior defensive tackleDale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) and junior safety Dan Calabrese(Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) have been selected to the 2011 D3Football.com All-North Region Team.

English earns second-team honors for the second-consecutive season, while Calabrese garners third-team status as a first-time honoree.

Also the University Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, English finished his career as one of the top defensive linemen in school history. In 2011, he totaled 53 tackles with UAA-bests of 17 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. CWRU's career sacks leader, English leaves the program as a four-time All-UAA First Team honoree with 215 tackles, 59 TFL, 33 sacks and two interceptions. A team captain and four-time UAA Defensive Player of the Week, English played in all 42 games during the past four seasons with 32 starts.

Calabrese, the UAA Special Teams Player of the Year and a first-team All-UAA selection at safety, recorded 46 tackles, a forced fumble, and six interceptions – two of which he returned for TDs in week five against Oberlin College en route to being named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week.

The duo helped lead a Spartan defensive unit that ranked seventh in the nation in rush defense (75.8 ypg), 12th in scoring defense (12.9 ppg) and fourth in red zone efficiency (52%).

CWRU finished the season at 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the UAA with a fourth conference championship in five years (2007-09, '11).

Spartans Win Third Straight Behind Hollinger’s Near Double-Double
TIFFIN, Ohio – Behind game-highs of 18 points and eight rebounds from senior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) coupled with a stout defensive effort in the final 20 minutes from the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team lifted the visitors to a 79-57 non-conference victory versus Heidelberg University on Monday evening inside Seiberling Gymnasium.

The Spartans win their third-straight game and improve to 5-3 overall. They will return to action this Saturday when they play host to The College of Wooster (1-4) inside Horsburgh Gymnasium. With the loss, Heidelberg slips to 2-5 overall.

As a team, Case’s defense buckled down limiting the Student Princes to just 31.3 percent shooting from the floor (21-of-67) and 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from three-point range including marks of 22.2 percent (8-of-26) and 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from beyond the arc in the second half.

Heidelberg scored the opening five points on a lay-up by Megan Miller and a three-point field goal by Emily Giel with 18:29 left in the opening half.  The two teams traded baskets over the following minutes with the hosts tying their largest lead of the game once again at 10-5 on another three-pointer by Giel with 15:56 left. However, the Spartans answered with a quick 7-2 run that spanned the next 84 seconds capped off by a jumper in the paint by junior center Emily Mueller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), knotting the contest at 12-12.

The contest swayed back and forth with the Student Princes grabbing a narrow one-point advantage at 26-25 with 6:41 left. Once again, the Spartans reeled off a 9-0 run covering 3:16 finished off on a jumper by junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and assisted by classmate Erica Iafelice (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) giving the Spartans a 34-26 advantage. 

That lead grew to 11 at 43-32 just :39 before the halftime break on an old-fashioned three-point play from Mueller before Heidelberg’s Molly Schriber knocked down a three pulling the hosts to within eight at 43-35 at the break.

Out of the break, Giel knocked down a three on the Student Prince’s opening possession cutting the Case advantage to five. Once again, the Spartans rattled off a 9-0 run, including five points from freshman Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge), pushing their lead to 14 at 52-38 with 15:52 left in the contest. The Student Princes weren't able to draw any closer as the visitors pulled away and eventually cruised to the 22-point victory.

Hollinger's 18 points led 14 Spartans who found the scoring column for the game. The fourth-year Spartan also added three blocks and a pair of assists to her stat line. Iacono and Orcutt each finished in double figures with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Mueller finished with an impressive all-around game of five points, five rebounds and a career-high five blocked shots.

Heidelberg was paced by Kathleen Phillips with 16 points while Giel added 14 markers.

Eaton Named to D3football.com All-Region Second-Team

Minneapolis - Oberlin College junior defensive end Clay Eaton was named to the D3football.com All-North Region Second-Team, the website announced late on Monday evening.

Eaton, a native of Findlay, Ohio, was an absolute menace to opposing offensives this season as he led the North Coast Athletic Conference with 11 sacks, which was good for the second best season in school history.

A First-Team All-NCAC selection, Eaton also finished third in the league with 17 tackles for a loss. He started all 10 games and recorded 56 total tackles. Eaton enters his senior season needing just three sacks to tie Chris Pisani for the all-time school record with 22.5.

Eaton was one of a record-setting 878 nominations from across the country and was just one of three defensive players from the NCAC to be named to either the first or second team.  (View the complete list)

Osborne, Russell and Knapp Record Wins but 

'Berg Grapplers Fall to Division

II Ashland in Tiffin

TIFFIN, Ohio-Sophomores Chris Osborne (McComb) and Jason Russell
(Columbus/West) and senior Jerry Knapp (Columbia Station/Olmsted Falls) each
won bouts, but the Heidelberg University wrestling team lost a
non-conference dual match to Division II foe Ashland University, 27-10,
tonight at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.

Ashland (1-0) raced out to an 8-0 lead, but Osborne cut the lead in half to
8-4 after a 14-4 major decision over Dan Genetin in the 141-pound weight
Jerry Knapp, Jr.

The Eagles then took four straight bouts to re-extend their lead to 24-4.

Russell (Columbus/West) took a 3-2 decision against Kurt Schaefer in the
184-bout to close the close the gap to 24-7.

Following another Eagle win, Knapp closed the match on a strong note for the
'Berg, taking a 5-1 decision from Clint Endicott in the heavyweight tilt.

The Student Princes (2-4) return to the mat next Thursday, Dec. 15 when they
face The College of Mount St. Joseph in a dual match in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Match Results: 125: Brandon Davis (AU) dec. Delian Schneider (HEID), 8-6;
133: Adli Edwards (AU) tech. fall. Cam Michel (HEID), 17-0 (4:03); 141:
Chris Osborne (HEID) maj. dec. Dan Genetin (AU), 14-4; 149: Matt Meuer (AU)
dec. Ian Gillespie (HEID), 5-4; 157: Jake Piatt (AU) pinned Dustin Powell
(HEID), 1:36; 165: Tommie Graszl (AU) maj. dec. Dylan Norwood (HEID), 14-2;
174: Bryson Hall (AU) dec. Jeremy Stepp (HEID), 5-2; 184: Jason Russell
(HEID) dec. Kurt Schaefer (AU), 3-2; 197: Joe Brandt (AU) dec. Andy Lovins
(HEID), 6-3;  285: Jerry Knapp (HEID) dec. Clint Endicott (AU), 5-1.


Vikings still looking for first back-to-back win segment; CSU anticipating tough battle with Toledo

Coming off a win Monday night against Ohio University, Cleveland State’s basketball team is still looking for its first segment of back-to-back wins this season.

Coach Peterson Abiad at Tuesday's Press Gathering

The Vikings will be taking on Toledo in the Glass City Saturday afternoon and will be looking to establish their first two-game winning streak of the season.

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The game will conclude their series against Mid American Conference teams this season. So far, the Vikings are 2-1 against MAC teams this campaign.

Coach Kate Peterson Abiad said the short trips are beneficial for creating more practice and study time for her Student/Athletes.

The Vikings could also go above .500 in road games with a win Saturday.

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They will follow with games against Murray State and Ole Miss in Mississippi next week.

Yeomen Roll at Home

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team downed the visiting Lions of Penn State New Kensington, 74-50, on Monday at Philips Gym.

With the win, the Yeomen snapped a mini two-game losing skid and improved their record to 3-4 on the young season, while already surpassing their win total from a year ago.

Oberlin was led by junior swingman Andrew Fox as he cashed in a season-high 21 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Sophomore Geoff Simpson also recorded his first-career double-double with 15 points to go along with a career-high 11 rebounds. Senior point guard Josh Merritt finish just one assist and one field goal shy of his first-career triple-double as ripped down a career-high 10 rebounds and matched a career-best with nine assists while also posting eight points.

Oberlin led from the onset and never really let up in the first half, grabbing a 30-14 lead with 4:35 left in the period. The Lions would get it down to eight, 30-22, with just over two minutes left thanks to Lamont Wright who cashed in six of their points during the 8-0 spurt. However, OC would take a 36-22 lead into the locker room thanks to back-to-back triple-hits from Simpson and Fox.

In the second half the game was never really in doubt. Oberlin extended its cushion out to 25, 63-38, with 7:29 to play and cruised to the victory.

Oberlin shot 42.4-percent (28-of-66) overall and was 6-of-18 (33.3%) from 3-point land. The Lions finished with a 35.1-percent (20-of-57) success rate.

The Yeomen also dominated on the glass by a count of 46-37. Of those 46 boards, 18 came on the offensive end which turned into 21 second chance points. OC also netted 21 points off of 22 turnovers.

Oberlin won’t have much time to celebrate the win as it goes right back to work on Wednesday night when NCAC foe Hiram College comes to town for an 8 p.m. tip. The game will be preceded by the Yeowomen’s match-up with Hiram that starts at 6 p.m. 

Spartan Women's Soccer Raises Nearly $3,400 for America SCORES Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team held its annual "Kicks for a Cause" match in the fall and officially brought a close to the campaign at the 2011 America SCORES Cleveland Poetry SLAM, Where Words SCORE. The event hosted more than 250 "poet-athletes" from nine Cleveland Metropolitan Schools at Cleveland State University's Waetjen Auditorium.

With countless hours of hard-work from the team and generous support from the community, the Spartans were able to present a donation of nearly $3,400 to America SCORES Cleveland. Over the past three seasons, the team has raised more than $15,000 during their annual campaigns with every dollar benefiting  local charities.

"We were so thrilled to support America Scores Cleveland and make an impact within our local community," noted Spartan fifth-year Head Coach Tiffany Crooks. "America Scores is an amazing organization, empowering and giving a voice to young kids all over the city through soccer and poetry. It means so much to me that our program can do something that in the moment seems so small, yet can make a big impact in our local community.  I'm incredibly proud of our student-athletes for raising so much money in three years of Kicks for a Cause."

Katie Dunn, a sophomore nursing major and defender from Silver Spring, Maryland, along with Alexandra Litofsky, a senior environmental engineering major from Columbia, Missouri, each composed an original poem to share with the "poet-athletes" during the event.

"This experience of fundraising has made me feel connected to my community," noted Dunn. "I am a student at Case from out-of-state, and I have never felt more involved in Cleveland than I did when I was with the kids from America SCORES Cleveland. I feel like participating in America SCORES is the perfect way to connect with Cleveland, and I hope that we as collegiate student-athletes can set a good example in terms of both education and athletics for these children."

Litofsky echoed many of the same feelings and sentiments. "I really enjoyed attending the poetry slam. Aside from seeing the 'poet-athletes' perform masterfully and with the greatest joy, I found that returning the favor -- sharing my poems with them -- to be a wonderful experience."

America SCORES Cleveland provides unique after-school programming for youth in nine Cleveland public schools, teaching soccer, creative writing, and service-learning to measurably improve fitness, literacy, and community engagement. America SCORES' innovative tri-curricular approach effectively demonstrates to young people how physical activity, creativity, and teamwork promote a sound body, mind, and heart.

"It was very moving to watch the poet-athletes present their poetry with such passion and confidence," concluded Crooks. "To be able to see where our money and all of our hard work were going was incredible. I can't quite put it into words.  It was humbling to be there -- a truly memorable evening." 

Oberlin to Honor Recent All-Americans on 

Wednesday Night

Oberlin, Ohio – Wednesday’s home doubleheader with the Oberlin College basketball teams and Hiram College will be action packed, highlighted by the honoring of recent All-Americans Joanna JohnsonAriel Lewis and Molly Martorella.

The evening will begin with the Yeowomen hosting the Terriers at 6 p.m. The game’s special promotion is T’s for 3’s sponsored by CnXn Sports Apparel. At halftime, fans will also be treated to a special performance by the Oberlin College Taiko group.

In between games there will be a Heisman Club Tailgate in the South Lobby of Philips Gym where all fans in attendance are encouraged to come and enjoy free food and drinks provided by the Heisman Club.

Starting at 8 p.m. the Yeomen and Terriers will get things underway and all fans in attendance will receive a free spirit towel courtesy of Kohlmyer Sports.

At the half the athletics department will honor its trio of All-Americans from the past year.

Johnson, who graduated this past spring with a Watson Scholarship and as a six-time All-American, is regarded as the greatest runner in school history. A three-time All-American in cross country, the distance sensation capped off her amazing career by earning All-America honors by placing fifth in the 10,000 meters and eighth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last spring.

After a sensational junior season in which she finished 24-6 in singles play, which included a perfect 6-0 performance against NCAC foes, Lewis earned her first ITA All-America honor as she ended the season ranked 20th in the country. In her career she has recorded 73 singles wins. A native of Vacaville, California, Lewis enters the upcoming spring season ranked 12th in the ITA Central Region Preseason Rankings.

Martorella recently became Oberlin’s newest All-American by placing 21st at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last month. She is just third female runner in school history to achieve the honor, joining Johnson and Kristi Barksdale Sharp ‘82, who was the first female runner in school history to earn the prestige.

Oberlin fans this will be your last time to see your basketball teams in action before the holiday break