A Page -- Dec. 9, 2010

Former Brown Jerry Sherk, MA, 

now servicing Student/Athletes

as psychologist, mentoring 

facilitator; to share his photos of 

Cardiac Kids days at Baldwin-

Wallace Tuesday

December 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


One major part of being a Student/Athlete or being in the age group of said category in general is that transition is ever present and very rapid, thus making it a difficult time for both direction and decision.

Such times are situations in which Jerry Sherk’s Student/Athlete mentoring program comes into play. Sherk is a former Student/Athlete, Cleveland Browns defensive tackle and sports photo journalist who currently is a psychologist specializing in students and Student/Athletes more specifically.

Student/Athletes, typically those aged 22 and younger, face all kinds of decision through their young lives, all of which will have a major impact on their adult lives and in many cases for the rest of their lives. Sometimes younger, but most often in their teen years they face such questions as: Should I specialize in one sport or try a variety of sports? Which summer camps should I attend to improve my skills? How do I balance my studies with my athletics? Should I drop one sport to pick up my grade point average in the classroom? Do I drop sports altogether because I know I am not going to get a college scholarship with it and the time would be better used to work and save up money to pay for college? Do I want to play college sports if it means no athletic scholarship? Am I getting more out of sports than just the winning and losing and advancing to the next level? Am I a better student because I am playing sports? How do I fend off overtures to try performance enhancement drugs? Even thought I might not be the best Student/Athlete on my team, should I keep with it because I want to be a coach and in order to be a good coach, the longer I play the greater my knowledge will increase? If I play college sports, will I still have enough time to do well in school because college is different than high school? If I play college sports, will my debt be greater when I graduate since I will have less time to earn money while studying? Should I go to medical, law or professional school after graduating from college or should I focus more on sports or work and worry about that later? Should I be taking an “easier” major because college sports takes so much out of my life? I am a good enough high school Student/Athlete to play Division III college sports and not D-I, the former is normally at least twice as expensive if not more and there are no athletic scholarships so are the opportunity costs worth my while stretching my athletics beyond high school? Will I become as successful in the business world as I am in the athletics world or is such a notion just as folly? My grades continue to suffer as I concentrate on sports all the time and I am good enough to play college sports, but they won’t let me in with my bad grades and would junior college athletics be a good way to start and renew my academic credentials?  Will I be considered a success only if I am a starter on a winning team and I make all-league?

The questions are endless but the issues are the same in some form for any Student/Athlete at any stage of his life, which is constantly in transition. This transition is something Master Sherk has been able to deal with in working with his young clients and the adult role models in their lives.

An example of why Student/Athlete psychology could be so specialized is one Cleveland-area Student/Athlete who after high school had a chance to play juniors hockey, which is the general path to college hockey and possibly minor pro, but instead he decided to play college baseball instead because he didn’t want to be a college freshman when he was 20 years old, which is what .playing juniors usually entails. Such a linear approach to life might draw more snickers than there are in a candy factory since many people are not college freshmen until they are 41 or 51, but to a teenager such a decision-making process is a dilemma or crisis or at least a major concern.

Here Jerry Sherk, the psychologist and his Student/Athletic mentoring program, comes into play. While recuperating from an injury and still with the Browns in the late 1970s, Sherk began taking pictures as a hobby and then upon retiring from football spent seven years as a freelance sports photo journalist. He then returned to school in the early 1990s to first get his bachelors and then his masters in psychology and counseling at the University for Humanistic Studies, in Southern California.

Jerry Sherk, MA, today

After graduating, he wrote a curriculum for how youth/adolescents can achieve their life and academic goals through the study of athletics. Sherk became an expert at this through his post-playing education and also his personal experience as a player and post-player.

“There is an area of psychology that does not get a whole lot of publicity called ‘athletic transition psychology,” said Sherk. “It’s been around for about 35 years. I developed a model to help athletes in this transition since the models out there were written by scholars and really do not resonate well with athletes.”

After some routine counseling work upon graduation, Sherk’s counseling l experience led him into group mentoring in the school systems in San Diego.

“I use sports as a hook for goal setting, behavior modification and obtaining education,” said Sherk. “I modify the model based on the athlete’s performance.”

He used the same model to extend it to other groups that include things such as substance abuse and other teenage behavioral health issues. .He was able to get a grant from the state of California to set up group therapy sessions during the day and then match up each individual with a mentor or adult role model to help Student/Athletes and other students in the San Diego area with direction, decisions and goal setting. His non-sports work is for an organization named CARS, which stands for Center for Applied Research Solutions, which provides no-cost assistance to youth.

“The mentor is a lot like a Big Brother or Big Sister from the program by the same name,” said Sherk, who will be in town Tuesday to display and share some of his sports photography at Baldwin-Wallace as a charity benefit event for the Cleveland Touchdown Club. “The adult we match them up with serves as more of a friend than a motivator.”

The mentor is the one to get them through things with a smile whereas in group with Sherk, they get the motivating and the nudging to achieve their goals.

“We screen all the mentors and meet with the parents and youth and I find the best match for them,” Sherk said. “The athletic one is more about goal setting and the CARS one more like the Big Brother or Big Sister.”

The athlete one is more of a leadership/mentoring program. With they help of the San Diego Hall of Sports Champions, they go to schools and ask the athletic directors and coaches to select about 20 ninth and 10th graders from the school to be in the mentoring program. Two mentors will then meet with them four times.

“They’ll go over the curricula with them,” Sherk said. “They will focus on the life of an athlete, goal setting, leadership and then service. It is more of a short-term program unlike regular mentoring.”

Sherk is working on bringing a similar Student/Athletic mentoring program to the Cleveland area.

Sherk was a Student/Athlete first in Grants Pass, Oregon (right on the California border) and then at Oklahoma State, where he was both a football player and wrestler. He was a rookie in t1970 when the first-ever Monday Night Football game was played, which was on opening day downtown at the old Stadium against the Jets.

When it came time to retire, he faced the same thing all pro athletes face, the notion of moving on to civilian life, sort of to say.

“Nothing beats the rush of playing football, but there are also a lot of pains,” Sherk said. “Being a professional athlete is a lot like a roller coaster. There are lots ups and downs. Working with kids is less of a roller coaster although there are some highs and lows. One thing I have found with kids is that they all want to do something great in life. They don’t want to have a boring life. Having been a professional player, I can relate to that with them whether it is to become a pro or doing something else great in life.”

He also cautions them about reality. Maybe one in 10,000 playing high school sports has a chance to go on to the pros.

“I use some of the concepts and systems I used when I was playing pro football to help them understand situations better,” Sherk said. “While I studied psychology and child psychology, I studied the transition of professional athletes.”

In his study of transition of athletes, which he is now using for Student/Athletes, is the concept of “heroes.”

“Everyone is a hero in one way or another and most kids certainly want to be heroes,” Sherk said. “In mythology, the heroes hit several guideposts through their journeys before reaching their goals. The first thing is a calling, which we might today call a ‘vocation.’ My first calling was to play football and my second calling was to help kids.”

From that, he built that model to help youth make the journey. A transition is a transition whether it is moving from youth sports to middle school sports, middle to high school, high school to college, college to pros and pros to playing in maybe an occasional old-timers game.

While reality checks have their good points, Sherk does not want to jump on anyone’s dreams.

“I just teach them systems,” Sherk said. “Once they learn a system, it can be applied to anything, not just sports. It could just be getting a job at Wall mart. Sports people are strategists. I have found that a lot of the strategies I have used in sports work in most situations in real life even when applied a little differently. Once someone can get over something in life with a certain strategy, he can use the same system to strategize his way out of something else later in life.”

Sherk's trademark was the sack -- here he sacks John Hadl, whose cousin Mike Hadl lives in Old Brooklyn and runs the high school hockey districts every year

He does believe there is a connection between academic success and athletic success, but it varies from school system to system.

“The common thread I have found is that in order to be successful in sports, one has to be a good strategist first by being able to think through things,” Sherk said. “But he also has to have that calling, see his goals and put his mind to it.”

If it were not the case that academic success is vital to athletic success, then the NFL would not have a rule that players are not permitted to play until a Student/Athlete has graduated college or the year/class he would have graduated in has passed, the NBA is getting more stringent on its hardship rulings, and high school/juniors hockey and high school baseball players are opting for college hockey/baseball first before the minors today. In days past most talented high school baseball and hockey types went directly to the pros if drafted or the option otherwise available.

Toward the end of his career in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Sherk played for Sam Rutigliano, who was one of the pioneers to bringing psychology into pro football, developing a group therapy situation for his players called the Inner Circle, where they could discuss life issues. Thus, Sherk became a natural in his current role.

Coach, psychologist Rutigliano

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Lending to the idea that one is still a Student/Athlete even when moving on to the pros is that Rutigliano might have been the first NFL head coach with a masters’ degree in psychology, which certainly enticed one player to do the same even though he was beyond his 40th birthday when doing so.

Collinwood alum Cecil Shorts III 

named North Region Player of the 

year for Second Straight Year

December 9, 2010 

By Lenny Reich


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.--Mount Union senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) was named North Region Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight year by D3football.com.

Despite missing three games, Shorts leads the Purple Raiders with 59 catches for 941 yards and 16 touchdowns receiving.  He also has 116 yards rushing with a TD and two punt returns and a kick return for a touchdown.


Shorts is one of seven Mount Union players selected to the All-North Region teams as he along with fellow seniors in tight end Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida) and defensive end Lambert Budzinski earned first team honors. 

Miller is second on the team in receiving with 54 catches for 728 yards and five touchdowns while also handling the long snapping duties.

Budzinski is the team's leading tackler with 94 stops, 22.5 for loss with a new school-record 17 sacks.

Senior offensive lineman Samy Guerrero (Dublin/Dublin Scioto) and senior linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) are on the second team, while third teamers include senior defensive back Chaz Jordan (Medina/Medina Buckeye), junior center Brett Ekkens (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) and junior safety Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit).

Two Baldwin-Wallace College Football Student/Athletes Named to 2010 D3football.com All-North 

Region Team

By Jeff Miller

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin-Wallace College senior defensive tackle Keith Darbut (Miami, Fla./ Palmetto Senior) and senior middle linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Marion Steele) have been selected to the D3football.com All-North Region Team.   Darbut was named to the second-team and Kish was tabbed to the third-team.

Darbut, who was named as the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Paul J. Hoernemann Most Valuable Defensive Lineman, first-team All-OAC and first-team Ohio College Football.Com Division III All-Ohio, was a four-year varsity contributor who had his best season as a collegian this fall. He had a career-high 43 tackles, including a team-leading 15 tackles for losses of 97 yards and 10.5quarterback sacks for minus 85 yards. His 10.5 QB Sacks was second in the OAC. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two others.  The highlight of his season came on the first offensive play from scrimmage when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon).  Darbut ends his career with 82 tackles, including 26.5 tackles for losses of 147 yards and 21 QB sacks for minus 131 yards.

Kish, who was named first-team All-OAC and second-team Ohio College Football.Com Division III All-Ohio, ends his career ninth on the all-time tackle list with 270 career stops.  He was second on the team this season with 80 tackles, including 14 tackles for losses of 48 yards and 4.5 quarterback sacks. Kish also led the team with 35 solo tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered two others, intercepted one pass and had four other breakups. The highlight of his season came in a win at Heidelberg University where he stripped the Student Prince QB for a sack and forced fumble, scooped up the loose ball and ran 23 yards for a touchdown.  A year ago, Kish led the Yellow Jackets with 90 tackles. He was a four-year starter at outside (freshman and sophomore) and then middle linebacker (junior and senior).

The Yellow Jackets had an outstanding turnabout season and finished with a 7-3 record after compiling a 3-7 mark in 2009.  With 16 starters returning in 2011, the forecast is for another excellent season for B-W.

Cleveland State's basketball team 

plays Akron Saturday

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State begins a three game road swing when the Vikings head to Akron for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday (Dec. 11) in James A. Rhodes Arena. It will be the 40th all-time meeting between the two schools, making it the sixth longest series in CSU history in terms of games played. The Vikings lead the all-time series, 24-15, and have won two straight and three of the last four against the Zips. CSU is off to the second best start in school history at 6-1 following a 66-55 win over Western Michigan on Friday (Dec. 3) in the Wolstein Center. Akron is 4-4 this season and enters the game having lost three consecutive contests, including a 71-64 loss to Wright State at home in its most recent game on Saturday, Dec. 4.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has the Vikings off to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (10.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.9 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (8.1 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (13.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.1 apg). Juniors Takima Keane (7.4 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg) will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.3 apg), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and junior Destinee Blue (10.9, 6.9) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (0.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.5, 0.5) and Haley Schmitt (0.5 ppg), will also fight for time.

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings moved up six spots - from 23rd to 17th - in this week's CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was announced on Tuesday (Dec. 7) afternoon. CSU received 258 points in the voting by 31 head coaches from mid-major schools. Green Bay is the only other Horizon League team in the top-25, receiving 30 of 31 first place votes and 774 points to top the poll. The Phoenix was followed by Bowling Green, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton and Gonzaga in the top five. A new poll is released every Tuesday.

VIKINGS IN THE NCAA STATS: Cleveland State received several mentions in the latest NCAA statistics that were released on Monday (Dec. 6). The Vikings are ranked 26th in the nation in three-point field goal defense (.243), 27th in steals (12.3), 33rd in win-loss percentage (.857), 48th in field goal percentage defense (.353), 53rd in scoring defense (55.6) and 56th in assists (15.9). Individually, Shawnita Garland ranks 17th in the nation in steals (3.4) and 61st in assists (4.9), while Shalonda Winton is 52nd in steals (2.9) and 110th in rebounding (8.6).

GARLAND NEEDS 12 POINTS FOR 1,000: Shawnita Garland is just 12 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Garland scored 114 points as a freshman, 384 points during her sophomore campaign and 417 last year. She has 73 points this year.

BALANCED SCORING ATTACK: The Vikings have had a very balanced scoring attack this season and are the only team in the Horizon League with four players averaging double figures in scoring. Janelle Adams leads the way at 13.3 points per game and is followed by Shalonda Winton (13.1), Destinee Blue (10.9) and Shawnita Garland (10.2). Blue and Adams have led the team in scoring three times each this year, while Winton has been the team's leading scorer two times and Honesty King has topped the team in scoring once.

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER: The Vikings had quite a start to the season, going 5-1 in the month of November, marking the most wins in November in program history. The old record was three, which was done four times, most recently in 2008-09 when CSU went 3-3 during the first month of play.

WINNING BEFORE LEAGUE PLAY: The Vikings enter their game at Akron on Saturday with a 6-1 mark, the third most wins during the nonleague portion of the schedule. The school record is eight wins prior to the league schedule in 1999-00, while the 2000-01 squad won seven times before league games began. Three other teams (1998-99, 2007-08, 2008-09) have also won six nonconference games.

PROTECTING THE HOME COURT: The Vikings extended their home winning streak to seven straight with Friday's (Dec. 3) win over Western Michigan. CSU, which is 35-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season, hasn't lost at home since a 74-64 setback to Loyola on Feb. 6, 2010.

... AND HAVE TO WAIT TO TRY FOR EIGHT: The Vikings will embark on a three game roadtrip beginning on Saturday at Akron and will not be back home until CSU hosts Lake Erie on Dec. 28. The Vikings will attempt to extend their home win streak to eight against the Storm, which would be the second longest home win streak in school history. The longest home win streak is nine that includes a win in the final game of the 1981-82 season and a perfect 8-0 mark at home in 1983-84.

STAT SHEET STUFFER: Shalonda Winton has been playing at a high level this season and is the only player in the Horizon League to rank among the top-15 in points, rebounds and assists. She ranks 13th in scoring (13.1), third in rebounding (8.6) and eighth in assists (3.3). Winton, who leads the team with three double-doubles this year, is also first in the league in offensive rebounds (3.7), second in steals (2.9), third in minutes played (37.1) and seventh in blocked shots (1.0).

ADAMS TIES CAREER HIGH: Junior Janelle Adams tied her career-high with 23 points in Friday's win over Western Michigan. Adams, who scored 23 points in a win at Buffalo earlier this season, made 9-of-15 shots from the field, including her only three point attempt, and hit 4-of-6 free throws. The 23 point outburst allowed Adams to take over the team lead in scoring and move into 11th in the league in scoring at 13.3 points per game.

BLUE ON THE MARK: Destinee Blue ranks third in the Horizon League in field goal percentage (.547), hitting 29-of-53 from the field. She has done a lot of her damage over the last five games, going 24-of-39 (.615) during that stretch, including an 8-for-12 effort in Friday (Nov. 26) win over Florida A&M. Over the last four games, Blue is averaging 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, registering career highs in points (20) and rebounds (13) at Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 28).

T.K. IS A-O.K.: Junior Takima Keane has provided a nice spark off the bench, averaging 7.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She is shooting .463 (19-41) from the field and is seventh in the league in three point field goal percentage (.381; 8-21). After scoring 10 points in the opener at Cornell, Keane exploded for a career-high 13 points in just 14 minutes at Buffalo.

... AND IS DISHING IT OUT: Takima Keane has gotten others involved in the offense over the last four games, averaging 4.2 assists (17 total) over the stretch. She began the stretch with a career-high five assists against Toledo, had three versus Florida A&M, a career-high tying five more at Indiana and four dimes against Western Michigan.

IT'S THE TRUTH: Sophomore Honesty King has given the Vikings an outside shooting threat, hitting .350 (14-40) from three-point. King, who has hit a three-pointer in all seven games, nailed a career-high four trifectas in the season opener at Cornell (Nov. 13) and has at least two three-pointers in five of the seven games. Her 2.0 three's per game rank sixth in the league.

STUCK ON 50: In a very quirky statistical oddity, the Vikings have held three of their opponents to exactly 50 points. The streak started when Cornell scored 50 in the season opener and continued with Niagara and Toledo both scoring 50 points. The stingy defense has helped CSU rank second in the league and 53rd in the nation in scoring defense at 55.6 points per game.

... AND DO ONE BETTER AGAINST FAMU: The Vikings may not have held Florida A&M to exactly 50 points on Nov. 26, but head coach Kate Peterson Abiad was more than pleased with the defensive effort her squad turned in. That's because the Vikings held the Rattlers to 49 points.

DEFENSE!! DEFENSE!!: The Vikings have put forth quite an effort on the defensive end of the court this season. After seven games, CSU is ranked first in the league in field goal defense (.353) and three point field goal defense (.243), second in scoring defense (55.6) and steals (12.3). No team has shot better than .400 from the field against the Vikings, while CSU held Indiana to a .291 (16-55) field goal percentage, the lowest by an opponent this year.

AT THE HALF: It's only been seven games, but early in the season a good indication of the final outcome might be when the teams head to the locker rooms at halftime. CSU is a perfect 6-0 when leading at the half this year and has dropped its only game (at Indiana) when trailing at the intermission.

FIVE WINS TO OPEN THE SEASON: The Nov. 26 win over Florida A&M allowed the Vikings to begin a season 5-0 for just the second time in school history. A 66-56 loss at Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 28) snapped CSU's five game win streak to open the season. The 1974-75 team holds the school record for most consecutive wins to open a season with seven straight.

GAME #104 NEXT FOR GARLAND: When Shawnita Garland takes the floor on Saturday at Akron, it will be the 104th career game for the senior. With at least 23 games left this season, Garland will have a shot to break the school record for games played in a career which is 127 by Kailey Klein and Jessica Roque (2006-10).

... AND CLOSES IN ON WINS RECORD: All Shawnita Garland does is win on the court and she is close to breaking the record for most career wins by a senior in program history. The record is 72 wins by the 1983-84 seniors who won 16, 14, 23, and 19 games during their careers. Garland is currently at 63 wins, having been part of 19 wins in each of her first three seasons and six wins this year.

VIKINGS A STEAL: The Vikings rank second in the Horizon League with 12.3 steals per game, having amassed at least nine steals in all seven games, including 16 at Cornell (Nov. 13). Individually, Shawnita Garland leads the league with 3.4 steals per game, while Shalonda Winton is second at 2.9.

GARLAND ON THE GLASS: She may only be 5-foot-5, but Shawnita Garland has had no trouble grabbing her fair share of rebounds this season, ranking fourth on the team and 15th in the league with 6.3 per game. Garland tied her career-high with 12 rebounds at Cornell and added 10 versus Niagara.

SHE'S A THIEF: With a season-high six steals against Western Michigan, Shawnita Garland remained in fifth place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 243. She needs 21 more to move past Sue Koziol (1981-84) and into fourth place. Garland holds two of the top-10 single season records for steals in school history, including 100 last year that ranks third, and 88 as a sophomore which is 10th all-time.

40 MINUTE WOMAN: Shawnita Garland has seen a lot of action on the court early this season, ranking second in the league at 37.4 minutes per game. After playing 31 minutes at Cornell in the season opener (Nov. 13), Garland played 199 of a possible 200 minutes over the next five contests, playing 40 minutes four times and 39 minutes against Florida A&M when she took a seat for the final minute. Garland was limited to just 32 minutes versus Western Michigan (Dec. 3) as she sat the final seven minutes of the first half after picking up two fouls.

WINTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Shalonda Winton was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on Nov. 21 for her performance in CSU's wins over Buffalo and Niagara She averaged 17.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game and shot .500 (13-26) from the field. It was Winton's first career award.

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: The Vikings 19-14 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the third straight season, a first in program history. The streak started with the Vikings going 19-14 in 2007-08 and continued with CSU's 19-13 record in 2008-09.

THREE DOUBLE UP: The Vikings had three players record double-doubles in the Nov. 19 win over Niagara, a first in program history. Shalonda Winton had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Shawnita Garland added 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Destinee Blue recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was the first time since Feb. 9, 2002 against Detroit that three CSU players had double-digit rebounds. Karen Woloszynek had 12 rebounds, while Ashley Schrock and Shannon Sword both had 11 in that 75-63 win over the Titans.

... AND BEFORE THAT: Ironically, the Nov. 19 game versus Niagara was the second time in school history that the Vikings had three players with 10 or more rebounds against the Purple Eagles. It also happened on Dec. 12, 1998, a 91-66 win when Audra Cook had 12 rebounds (19 points), Kim Brockway grabbed 10 boards (11 points) and Brandi Tatum had 11 rebounds (9 points) as the Vikings just missed having three players with double-doubles.

CSU TABBED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Cleveland State was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, tied with UIC. The Vikings received 166 points to finish behind Green Bay, which received 26 of the 27 first place votes and 269 points to top the poll, and Butler, who earned 231 points to finish second. Detroit picked up the other first place vote and 224 points to come in third followed by CSU and UIC. Milwaukee was tabbed sixth with 140 points and was followed by Loyola (93 points), Wright State (84), Valparaiso (82) and Youngstown State (30).

VIKINGS SIGN THREE: CSU signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 11 and the trio will join the program for the 2011-12 season. The class is as follows...

Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone): One of the top players in Ohio, earning special mention all-state accolades after averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 6.2 assists for Firestone last year.

Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township): Averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior and is one of just three players in school history with 1,000 career points.

Tess Zufall (Slicksville, Pa./Greesburg Central Catholic): Averaged 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last year, earning WPIAL all-region and all-conference honors.

UP NEXT: The Vikings continue their three game road swing with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Marshall on Saturday (Dec. 18) and a 2:00 p.m. game at Ohio on Tuesday (Dec. 21).

















Olmsted Falls rolls over Westlake, 

Rhodes in high school wrestling; 

coach McGrain honored at

halftime for his 300 wins

Dec. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS – Olmsted Falls’s wrestling team moved its overall record to 6-0 and league record to 1-0 with a 61-6 win over Westlake in a Southwestern Conference dual match tonight here in the Olmsted Falls High School gymnasium.

Although Mike Antonyzyn, the senior coach in the SWC with three decades under his belt as the head man at Westlake, has depth with over 40 wrestlers this year, his Demons lack experience with the vast majority of district and state qualifiers from last winter having graduated.

The win by the Bulldogs gave coach Bill McGrain the 303rd dual win of his career here.  McGrain is also a graybeard in the league with Antonyzyn, now in his 26th season as the head coach.

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Westlake coach Mike Antonyzyn gives Falls coach Bill McGrain's wife a hug during the ceremony honoring McGrain

The high school honored the coach with a special presentation on the main mat at the end of the match. McGrain’s Bulldog teams have won 14 SWC titles and he has coached seven state champions. Among his coach of the year honors a dozen times in this league and three times for the Greater Cleveland area.

Falls took a 5-0 lead when 103-pound P.J. Mueller scored a technical fall midway through the second period over Zach Goodwin, 17-1.

The Bulldogs made it 9-0 when Chase DuPratt went up on Westlake 112-pounder Andrew Spreul 5-0 in the first period, added a couple more takedowns to go up 9-1 in the second period and eventually wound up with an 11-3 major decision.

It took Falls’ 119-man Nick Asadorian 1:14 to pin Mohammed Farraj to up the Dog lead to 15-0 with three matches in the books.

Kevin Kruger got the early edge on J.J. Yurick for Westlake in the 126-pound match, holding a 2-1 lead after on period, but Yurick had it figured out by the second period, first going up, 3-2, with a takedown and then holding a 6-2 lead after two periods and holding on for an 8-5 win, to put the hosts up 18-0.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s tri-meet involving Olmsted Falls, Westlake and Rhodes, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Kyle Kokita was heading toward a technical fall against the Demons’ 130-pound wrester Sal Grillo with a 14-2 lead, but then pinned him at the 3:43 into the match.

A quickie followed that one with Alex Bevilacqua pinning Paul Angala in 43 seconds of the 135 bout to put the Dogs in the driver’s seat and in middle gear, 30-0.

At 140, Scott Ahern managed a takedown in each of the first two frames to take 2-0 and 4-0 leads with a couple minutes to go. Then a refrained from doing anything that would make him lose his upper hand and hung on for a 4-0 decision over Steve Robb, making it a 33-0 match.

The most exciting match came at 145 pounds between Falls’ Brian Slater and the Demons’ Alex Cahill. The battled to 2-2 after one, Slater added a takedown in the second and third to go up 4-2 and 6-2 and then for the final minute of the match Cahill had control, yet Slater avoided a stall and kept him at bay and hanging on for an 8-6 win.

Adam Binggeli

Listen to post-match interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Olmsted Falls Student/Athlete Adam Binggeli from tonight’s wrestling tri-meet, by clicking and downloading


Again, at 152, it was a low-scoring tangle with Adam Binggeli emerging for a 5-0 win and a 39-0 Falls lead.

Westlake finally got on the board when Sheldon Stuckart held a 2-0 lead on Nick Sommer before pinning him at the 4:40 mark of the 160 clash.


 Listen to post-match interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Westlake Student/Athlete Sheldon Stuckart from tonight’s wrestling tri-meet, by clicking and downloading


Stuckart pinning Sommer

Alan Bingelli was at 2-2 with Westlake’s 171,Mohammed Muntasi, before pinning him at 3:01 to make it 45-6 with five matches to go and mathematically eliminating the possibility of Westlake winning the team match.

Alan Binggeli

 Listen to post-match interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Olmsted Falls Student/Athlete Alan Binggeli from tonight’s wrestling tri-meet, by clicking and downloading


Scott Linville pinned Quinn Bari at 3:56 of the 189-pound match to make it 51-6.

John Hertl,  at 184. 4 pounds, weighed in for 189 but moved up to 215 because the Demons were without someone to put into the slot.

Jeremiah Roig, who also moved up for Falls, making it almost a second 189 match, took Hertl at 215, 16-3. Both Hertl and Roig drew blood, causing a 6-minute delay in the third period.

Then Falls’ normal 215-guy, Jordan Lee moved up to heavyweight to face Ahmed Mustafa. Mustafa kept it close. Down 3-2 he shot and worked hard to get the takedown but Lee wound up getting the pin.

In the other two duals of the tri-meet, Westlake bettered Rhodes, 55-24, in a non conference match and the Bulldogs romped over the Rams 71-9.

The best match between the Rams and Demons came at 160 when Stuckart got in to a tough battle with Devonta` Gales before winning 9-6. Stuckart had only 15 minutes recovery time between matches.

IIrayel Williams, became Rhodes’ first state qualifier in 52 years when he made it down to Columbus last year, is normally the 215 Ram guy but did not get to wrestle tonight because both the Rams and Dogs forfeited. Williams was disappointed about the whole affair and was not afraid to talk about it.

Irayel Williams

Listen to post-match interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Rhodes Student/Athlete Irayel Williams from tonight’s wrestling tri-meet, by clicking and downloading


His twin, Isayel Williams, earned a pin over Muntasi, who normally wrestles 171 but moved up to 189. Williams also plans to move down to171.

Isayel Williams

Listen to post-match interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Rhodes Student/Athlete Isayel Williams  from tonight’s wrestling tri-meet, by clicking and downloading


Farraj, Cahill, Angala, Robb, and Kruger earned pins for Westlake against the Rams. Also Robert Madison pinned Grillo at 130 for a Rhodes six pointer.

In the Falls-Rhodes match, Sommer pinned Gales in 55 seconds to mathematically eliminate Rhodes at 160 pounds as it made the team score 41-0. Gales is a cousin of the Williams twins, who have wrestling mats in their basement.

 Isayel Williams was up 2-1 on Roig after one period, but then Roig took him down to go up 3-2. Williams followed with a reversal and take down to go up 6-3, which he held going into the third period.

Williams picked up some more points in the third period and then a late charge by Roig in the waning seconds earned him a takedown. Williams held on for the 9-7 win.


 Listen to post-match interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Olmsted Falls Student/Athlete Jerimiah Roig from tonight’s wrestling tri-meet, by clicking and downloading


Lee won by pin at heavyweight and then after a couple forfeits, Asadorian won by pin at 119 to make it a 71 -9 final.


Akron Hoban alumna Tenishia Benson 

is one of only two players in the top 20 

in the MAC in steals, scoring, 

rebounding and FG percentage

December 9, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Wright State at Ohio, 7 pm
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Looking to get back in the winning column, Ohio returns to the friendly confines of the Convocation Center Thursday as it welcomes in-state foe Wright State for a 7 p.m. tip.

 Alesia Howard scored a career-high 13 points and matched her career-best six rebounds, but the visiting Temple Owls took advantage of 10 3-pointers and 14 second-chance points to shoot down Ohio, 75-48, Monday night in the Convo. Alesia Howard scored a career-high 13 points and matched her career-best six rebounds while knocking down a career-high seven free throws against Temple. 

Tenishia Benson


Tenishia Benson is just one of two players in the MAC to rank in the top 20 in the league in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and steals. She joins Central Michigan's Kaihla Szunko as the other. 



Cleveland State to put best record in 

nation on the line tonight in the Lone 

Star state

December 9, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State will put the nation's best record on the line this week when the Vikings travel to Huntsville, Texas to face Sam Houston State on Saturday (Dec. 11) beginning at 3:30 p.m. CST (4:30 p.m. in Cleveland) in Johnson Arena on the SHSU campus. 

The Vikings carry a school-record 11-0 mark into the contest after routing West Virginia Tech, 94-62, on Tuesday (Dec. 7) to become the first Division I team to win 11 games this year.

The Vikings, who are No. 16 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.  Sam Houston State is 5-2 on the year after routing North Texas, 94-74, on Wednesday (Dec. 8).  CSU claimed the only previous meeting with the BearKats, an 80-65 win last season.



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