A Page -- Dec. 8, 2010

Lindsey Rudibaugh Goal
Alyssa Hale (7, far left) runs to congratulate teammate Lindsey Rudibaugh (5) for a goal

Aurora High alumna Alyssa

Hale's soccer season finally 

comes to a close; she was part

of an Otterbein defense that 

posted 21 shutouts and made it

to the NCAA Final Four

December 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


For Aurora High alumna Alyssa Hale and her Otterbein teammates, a magical soccer season finally came to an end over the weekend, but this one should remain in her memory bank.

After playing to a 0-0 tie in regulation and overtime, Hale and her Cardinals teammates fell in a penalty-kick session to Hardin-Simmons in the NCAA Division III Final Four.

Hale did get a chance to take a shot during the PK session, won by HS, 4-2, but her shot hit the right post, just missing. Nonetheless, the Cards lost by two so no one single miss or make could be credited or blamed for the win or loss.

In addition, Hale’s area of specialization is more defense than it is offense. That in mind, what a defense she was a part of this season. Phew.

Alyssa Hale
Alyssa Hale

The 0-0 marathon in the Final Four was only a microcosm of the sterling season Hale and her defensive teammates had this season. The Cardinals’ defense posted 21 shutouts for its goalies this season. Considering it had only 24 matches in a 20-0-4 season, that is a lot of shutouts for Hale, her fellow midfielders and defensemen, the goalies and the rest of the team.

A junior, Hale is so defensive focused that she finally scored her first collegiate career goal this season in a 6-0 win over Muskingum that moved the Cards to 14-0-1 and 7-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference at the time.

Alyssa Hale
Hale (left) against Muskingum

On the flip side of that, Hale and the rest of the Cardinals gave up only four goals in 2,252 minutes of soccer for as microscopic 0.16 goals per match yielded.

Hale was able to enjoy a season in which the Cardinals were ranked in the top five in the country for almost the whole season.

The Cards beat Denison in the Elite Eight on penalty kicks to get to the Final Four, but almost won it in regulation when Hale took a through ball in the 88th minute and went one-on-one with the keeper, who was able to corral the ball.

Again, Hale had an opportunity in the first overtime, but hit the post with a quality chance shot.

Hale served as hero and gained her eight minutes of “Andy Warhol fame” in the Sweet Sixteen match, burying her penalty shot to win the match in a 0-0 tie with Loras after the Cards had been down, 1-0, in penalty kicks. Her clincher enabled the Cards to advance to the Elite Eight.

“In that situation, you have to block everything else out, channel your focus, and realize it’s just you and the goalie,” Hale told Otterbein Publicist Adam Prescott of the winning kick. “It is an unbelievable feeling.” 


Incidentally, two of the four goals scored all season on the Cardinal defense were scored by Student/Athletes from Cleveland. One was tallied by Baldwin-Wallace’s Angelica Meggitt. The Amherst High alumna scored the goal it the Yellow Jackets’ 3-1 loss to the Cards.

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The other one of the two by locals came off the foot of Bay High alumna Erica Lowell in Ohio Wesleyan’s 4-2 setback to the Cardinals in an all-Columbus college match-up.





December 8, 2010 

By Nick Minerd

KANSAS CITY, KS – Case Western Reserve University junior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, OH/Valley Forge) has been selected to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-Great Lakes Region First-Team, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Wednesday, December 8.

Bell, who also earned University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player honors earlier this fall, led the Spartans with 20 points on nine goals and two assists. He scored a pair of game-winners and turned in a “hat trick” during a 3-2 victory versus the University of Chicago (IL) on October 17. In three seasons, Bell has 23 career goals – ranking fifth on the CWRU all-time list.

Bell was a second-team all-region pick last season. He also is a two-time first-team All-UAA and UAA All-Academic selection.

The Spartans finished the season at 10-6-3 overall and were ranked eighth in the final regular season NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll.

Kevin Moehing's 400 series leads Midpark to 20-pin win over varsity Rangers; Glenn Waligora has highest series for Ridgeville

December 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Behind Kevin Moehing’s 400 series, Midpark was a 2097- 2077 winner over North Ridgeville in boys’ high school bowling tonight.

Moehing rolled a series of 258-152 (410). The Meteors also had Jacob Vankcs 224-151 (375), Steve Calumer  177-157 (334), Tyler Ceslik  175-147 (322), and Nick Outrich 112-187 (299).

The Rangers’ best came from Glenn Waligora 193-183 (376). He was complemented by Brandon Becka 171-198 (369), Ryan Kordish 143-197 (340, Joey Peterson 229 (229), and Mike O'Sullivan 140 (140). 

Nikki Gannon has high series for Ranger JV gals

December 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Since it has not merged with the other high school yet, Midpark was short on gal bowlers and had to forfeit its JV match to Ridgeville tonight.

Bowling against a ghost team, Ridgeville’s JV girls had Alexis Jalowiec 99-80(179), Nikki Gannon  107-82(189), and Alyse Fuller  102-77(179.)


Hiram College Men’s Basketball Wins Big Against Westminster (Pa.) College

December 8, 2010

by Jeff Hoedt

NEW WILMINGTON, PA.  –  Senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) scored a career-high 24 points as the Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Westminster College, 99-81, tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 8) in a non-conference game at Buzz Ridle Gymnasium in New Wilmington, Pa.  [Game Stats]

Hassan Muhammad, Buchtel alum

Following tonight’s outcome, the Terriers improve to 4-4 overall and the Titans drop to 1-6 overall for the season.

Despite giving up the game’s opening basketball to Westminster, Hiram quickly took the lead and never trailed the rest of the game.  The Terriers took control of the first half with a 13-5 scoring run giving Hiram a double-digit lead of 12 points, 29-17, at the 9:51 mark on a layup by senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter).  The Titans cut the deficit to single figures, 35-27, with 5:52 left to play in the half, but Hiram outscored Westminster, 16-10, the rest of the way to lead 51-37 at the break.

Hiram maintained its large margin throughout the second half and recorded its largest lead of the game of 22 points on several occassions with the last one coming at the 4:45 mark on a layup by senior guard Glenn Campbell, making the score 89-67.  The Terriers would go on to win by the final of 99-81.

Both teams shot well from the floor for the game with the edge going in favor of Hiram at 47.3 percent (35-of-74).  Westminster finished the game shooting 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the field.

The Titans had three players score in double-figures, led by Rob Briggs with 16 points on six-of-12 shooting (50.0 percent).  He also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.  Anthony Thomas was second with 12 points and Andy Timko added 10 points.

Hiram was paced by Muhammad’s 24 points on eight-of-11 shooting (72.7 percent), including eight-of-10 (80.0 percent) from the free-throw line.  He fell one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards.  Campbell and senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) were second in scoring with 14 points each.

Chanel alum Nick Russso

Rounding out the high scorers was Eniola with 11 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.  Senior gaurd Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) tallied a game-tying high five assists.

Hiram will travel to Granville for a NCAC matchup against Denison University on Saturday, Dec. 11.  The game will part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team.  The women will tip-off against the Big Red at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.







Copley alumna Jamie Fox, 

Mentor High grad Molly Altier, 

Forge product Briana Mlady 

named to NAIA Scholar/Athlete 

team for Ursuline volleyball

December 8, 2010 

PEPPER PIKE -- Ursuline College volleyball players Molly Altier, Jamie Fox, and 
Briana Mlady were named to the Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar/Athletes. 

Fox, who played and studied at Copley high before here, was named to the AMC All-Second Team this season, the All-Freshman Team in 2007-08, and has been an AMC Honorable Mention twice (2007-08 and 2009-10). 

Altier, as a transfer to Ursuline, and Mlady, as a junior at Ursuline, were eligible for this honor for the first time this season.

Jamie FoxMolly Altier
Fox (left) and Altier (right)

Fox, a senior and Scholar/Athlete winner in 2009, led the team in kills and service aces this season.

Altier, the top setter on the team who hails from Mentor and graduated from Mentor High, led the Arrows in assists and was fourth in digs. 

Also a senior, Altier was also a Scholar/Athlete in 2009 while making the President's list three semesters and Dean's list one semester.
Briana Mlady

Mlady, a junior libero who was a Student/Athlete at Valley Forge, has masde the Dean's list and President's List consistently at Ursuline. The junior is also on the softball team.

Mlady was third on the team in reception percentage.

Mount Union's Larry Kehres named Regional Football Coach of the Year for the 15th time

December 8, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

WACO, Texas -- University of Mount Union football coach Larry Kehres has been named American Football Coaches Association Regional Coach of the Year for a record 15th time.


A 1971 graduate of Mount Union, Kehres is 302-22-3 (.927) in his 25th season at his Alma mater.  Kehres is one of the most successful coaches in all of college football, as under his tenure, the Purple Raiders have claimed 21 Ohio Athletic Conference championships, including the last 19 in a row and 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships.


Pre-School Sports taking applications 

for basketball and indoor soccer from 

the youngest of Student/Athletes  

Pre-School Sports is now taking sign ups for Tot Basketball, which will be held for the youngest of Student/Athletes on Saturdays this winter in the Avon Lake United Church of Christ.

Class is designed for ages 3 – 4, 5 – 6, currently enrolled in preschool through Kindergarten. Student/Athletes will learn the basics of Indoor soccer or basketball. Physical fitness and FUN will be included. Classes will be comprised of up to 20 children per 45 min class.

Parent volunteers are still needed. Registration being on a first come, first served basis. 
Basketball I (January 15th – February 12th) 
Basketball II (February 26th – March 26th) 
* Saturdays (Possibly Sundays if the school  exceed enrollment) 

The choice of Time are 9am, 10am, 11am, 12am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. List a (1st Choice]. Parents of S/As and S/As should also give a second choice in terms of times. 

The cost $50 per participant/per session; $5 discount for 2 or more children registered with same family. Make checks/money orders payable to: 

Craig Collins 

245 Parkview Drive 

Avon Lake Ohio, 44012

                                **Late registration fee - $5.00 one week before the class is scheduled to start.


Register:              Call (440) 933-3896 or (216) 402-2213 / Email preschoolsports38@yahoo.com


Instructor(s):     Craig Collins

North Ridgeville tops Midpark in 

girls varsity high school bowling; 

Courtney Hegedus rolls high game, 

high series 

December 8, 2010

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


North Ridgeville’s girls’ varsity high school bowling team was a 1558- 1497 winner over Midpark tonight at Slovak Lanes.

Pacing the Rangers with 300 series were Cassie Pawlak 168 - 169 (337) and Samantha Crist  129-171 (300).

Midpark’s Courtney Hegedus earned match-high series honors with a 205-167(372). Hegedus was also the only one on both teams to roll a 200 game.

Lisa Adkins 93-127 (220), Ashley Schoonover 145-141 (286), and Shauna Shields  96-67 (163) also contributed to the Rangers’ win.

Following Hegedus for the Meteors were Katelyn Gardner 110-159 (269), Allie Cannon130-105 (235). Khaila Pickering 88 -100 (188), and Sarah Schroeder 106-72(178).

Logan Gedeon and Tyler Davis lead 

Ridgeviile JV boys bowlers

December 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Sparked by 200 games by both Logan Gedeon and Tyler Davis, North Ridgeville High’s boys’ JV bowling team was a1914-1885 winner over Midpark tonight.

Davis had a 202-161(363) night while Gedeon strung together a 209 -184(393).

Joey Casement followed them with a 173-136(309) and single-game contributions came from Jim Bradley 167 (167), Josh Buttrey 128 (128), Alex Scullin124(124), and Zack Pulvino 144  (144).

Midpark had Joe Kinder 217-159(376), A.J. Perry 167-173(340), Josh Pituh 107-119(226), Andrew Armstrong 177-214(391), and Saad Siooiqui 129-115(244).

Yeowomen Drop NCAC Opener at Kenyon
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Gambier, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team lost its North Coast Athletic Conference opener on Wednesday night, falling to Kenyon College 68-47. 

Sophomore Allison Anderson led the way for the Yeowomen with 17 points – 14 of which came in the second half. Classmate Kelly Warlich also added 13 points in the loss.

The Yeowomen jumped out to an early 10-5 advantage, but then on went stone cold from the floor as the Ladies closed out the frame on a 22-5 run to take a 27-15 lead into the locker room. In the first half Oberlin made just 5-of-25 attempts overall and went 1-of-11 from 3-point land.

In the second session the Ladies (6-3, 1-0 NCAC) would increase their cushion to 20, 45-25, at the 13:34 mark and never look back. 

Oberlin (4-4, 0-1 NCAC) was really hurt on the glass as Kenyon out-rebounded them 50-28, which included 19 offensive rebounds that led to 22 second-chance points. OC was also hindered by 20 turnovers that turned in 25 points for the Ladies. 

After an extremely cold shooting first half, Oberlin did knock down 38.5 percent (10-of-26) of its shots in the second session to finish 15-of-51 (29.4%) on the night. The Ladies shot at a 38.1 percent (24-of-63) clip in the win. 

The Yeowomen will play their final game on Friday night at Ursuline College before a 20-day layoff for finals and the holidays. 

Nordonia alum Brittany Kilgore explodes for 30 to lead Mount past John Carroll

December 8, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) compiled a double-double, finishing with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but Mount Union's nationally-ranked women's basketball team suffered its first loss -- an 84-82 defeat to John Carroll -- at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex today.


Lee Jennings (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) made a layup to give John Carroll the lead with 3.2 seconds left. The Purple Raiders' ensuing inbounds pass was knocked back out-of-bounds with 2.7 seconds showing.

After a Raider timeout, JCU foul and second Raider timeout, Mount Union set up an inbounds play with 1.2 seconds on the clock, however a potential game-winning three-pointer by Rosa LaMattina(Westlake/Westlake) missed its mark at the buzzer.

Perry alum Taylor Hartung

Kilgore's 30 was a career-high as she led four Purple Raiders in double-figures. LaMattina, Taylor Hartung(Canton/Massillon Perry) and Kori Wiedt (North Olsted/North Olmsted) contributed 11 points apiece.

Amanda Rose added nine rebounds and six assists for Mount Union, which outrebounded the Blue Streaks, 48-33.


John Carroll was led by Jennings, who had 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Emilee Ritchie (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) also had 26 points while Missy Spahar (Willowick/Lake Catholic) put in 17.

The Raiders took an early 11-3 lead, led by LaMattina who had five points to that point.

John Carroll eventually answered back with an 18-2 run, which included a 5-of-6 team performance from three-point land. Ritchie buried three 3s during the rally and Sadie Zander (Vermillion/Vermillion) hit two as the Blue Streaks took a 30-22 lead with 7:03 before intermission.

Vermilion High alumna Sadie Zander

Mount Union trailed by as many as nine points in the first half until it closed its deficit to 47-44. The Raiders twice trailed by six in the second half, but eventually used a 9-0 run, culminating with a three by Wiedt, to take a 70-67 lead with 8:07 remaining.

Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) buried a three with 6:43 left, giving the hosts a 73-69 advantage, but the Streaks (5-2, 1-1) answered with a nine-point outburst of their own.

With 1:08, a jumper by Jennings helped JCU to an 82-78 lead.

LaMattina trimmed Mount Union's deficit, making a layup with 49.3 ticks left, and a Kilgore layup tied the contest with 23.9 seconds remaining.

Jennings then hit the winner.

The Purple Raiders (5-1, 1-1), who are ranked seventh by D3Hoops.com and ninth by ESPN/USA Today, will look to bounce back on Saturday when they visit Capital. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.


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