B page -- Dec. 9, 2010

Today in MAC basketball  

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Wright State enters Thursday's contest 3-3 overall on the year after going 11-19 overall. Head coach Mike Bradbury is in his first year at the helm of the Raiders after spending the last three seasons at Morehead State. WSU has won three of its four road games, topping IUPUI, Delaware State and MAC foe Akron last time out. The Raiders have dropped contests to Ball State, Dayton and Miami. WSU enters play averaging 62.3 ppg. on a solid 40.2 percent clip from the field. The Raiders are strong on the backboards, pulling down 42.2 rpg.

Miami at Indiana, 7 pm
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Miami is in Big 10 country for a showdown with Indiana Thursday at 7 p.m. Despite still being relatively early in their respective Miami careers, sophomore guard Courtney Osborn (Fishers, Ind.) has reached and junior guard Maggie Boyer (Lebanon, Ind.)is about to reach the top 50 list in career scoring. Osborn joined it after the Wright State game on Dec. 1. She now has 631 points, which ranks 49th in school history. Boyer has 609 points, which is the 51st-most in the Red and White annals. Lori Williams (1990-94) is currently 50th with 617 points. Indiana is 5-3 on the season. It has won three consecutive games after beginning the year at 2-3. In their last game, the Hoosiers shocked 19th-ranked Nebraska, 67-61. The team has an All-America candidate in senior guard Jori Davis. So far she is leading the team with 17.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Another strong player for Indiana is senior forward Hope Elam. She is averaging 13.5 points per contest.

Ball State at Illinois State, 7 pm
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The Ball State women's basketball team improved to 4-3 overall after its 66-60 victory at SIU-Edwardsville Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Emily Maggert led all scorers with 21 while tallying 16 rebounds for her 26th double-double of her career. Junior forward Suzanne Grossnickle chipped in nine points while senior guard Ty'Ronda Benning ended the day with eight. The Redbirds enter tonight's game with a 4-2 record. Illinois State is coming off of an 94-86 overtime win at home against Illinois-Chicago. The Redbirds have also posted wins over Illinois (69-62), Eastern Illinois (84-53) and SIU-Edwardsville (68-57). Illinois State has suffered losses to South Dakota State (73-70) and DePaul (100-83). Emily Hanley leads the Redbirds in scoring averaging 15.0 points per contest.

Bowling Green at Western Kentucky, 8 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, riding an eight-game winning streak, will head to Bowling Green, Ky., to begin a two-game road swing. The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller will face Western Kentucky in Thursday (Dec. 9) action, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. locally - 8:00 p.m. Eastern - at E.A. Diddle Arena. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 20.3 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.9 rebounds per contest. Prochaska has scored 20 or more points in six of this season's nine games, including a season-high 31-point performance in the win over Vanderbilt. She is the reigning MAC Player of the Week as well. Classmate Tracy Pontius has 13.1 ppg, and has a team-leading 21 three-point field goals made, one more than Prochaska. Prochaska and Pontius are shooting 40.0 and 35.0 percent from beyond the arc, respectively. Prochaska is 69-of-70 (98.6%) from the free-throw line on the year. Western Kentucky has a record of 2-5, and the Lady Toppers are 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference play. The Lady Toppers are 1-1 at home, 1-3 on the road and 0-1 in neutral-site games this year to date. Individually, sophomore forward Janae Howard, a transfer from Louisville, leads a balanced scoring attack with 12.3 points per game



 Dec 9

By Nick Minerd

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Three Case Western Reserve University football players were named to the D3football.com All-North Region team, announced on Thursday, December 9. The Spartans had a pair of second-team selections in junior guard Tony Opperman (Pickerington, OH/St. Charles Prepatory) and junior defensive tackleDale English (Middleburg Heights, OH/Holy Name), in addition to a third-team pick in senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep).

English and Homyk also were tabbed as OhioCollegeFootball.com Division III All-Ohio earlier this week.

English was third on the team with 64 tackles and led the Spartans with nine sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss. The three-time first-team All-University Athletic Association selection was just a half sack shy of the conference lead and had a stretch of seven games with at least a half-sack.

Opperman started and played in eight games, missing two towards the end of the season with an injury. Also a three-time All-UAA selection, Opperman was tabbed as a D3football.com preseason All-American at the end of the summer.

Homyk was named one of just 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, given annually to the Division III Player of the Year. He recorded school single-season records with 90 receptions for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns. He ranked fifth in the nation at 9.0 receptions per game, seventh in receiving yards and ninth in yards per game (116.50).Homyk also finished his career with school career records for receptions (211) and blocked kicks (6).

The Spartans finished the season at 8-2 overall and were ranked in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) poll for a fourth straight season.

Kater and Preston Pick Up All-Region 


By Morgan Hawley 

Tiffin, Ohio – December 9, 2010 – Two members of the Heidelberg University football team were named to the D3Football.com North Region Team. Senior right guard Nate Kater (Villa Hills, Ky. / Covington Catholic) earned a spot on the first team offense, while fellow classmate, and wide receiver, Mike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) was named to the second team offense. It is the sixth annual all-region team released by D3Football.com.


It is the second consecutive year that Kater has earned All-Region honors from D3Football.com. This recognition joins his nod on the OhioCollegeFootball.com All-Region First Team Offense and his selection as the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Ken Wable Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman and his second straight first team nod for the league. Kater has been a mainstay on the offensive line since his freshman campaign, starting every contest he has appeared in. In his final campaign, he helped to build a foundation for the Berg to set over a combined 20 team and individual records on the year.


Saving his best season for last was Preston. His all-region nod by D3Football.com is his first of his career and joins his selection to the OhioCollegeFootball.com All-Region First Team. He was also voted the OAC’s Ed Sherman Most Outstanding Receiver after earning a spot on the All-OAC First Team for the second straight year. Preston will graduate as Heidelberg’s career leader in receiving yards (2,748) and receiving touchdowns (27). This season he set new ’Berg single season records for receiving yards (1,213) and receiving touchdowns (15).


Heidelberg, under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Mike Hallett, closed out the year winners of three of its last four outings to stand at 5-5 overall. Its .500 record marked the best season at the Berg since posting an identical mark in 1997.

Bowling Honor Roll

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 12/8/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Scott Loomis, Brecksville, 11/23, Bradnan’s Recreation;

Mark Huebner, Garfield Heights, 11/29, Brookgate Lanes;

Eugene Manhard, Streetsboro, 11/30, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Ronald J. Nenadal, Elyria, 11/30, Buckeye Lanes;

John BairdCleveland, 12/1, Red Circle Lanes;

Ronald Osborne Jr., Lakewood, 12/1, Madison Square Lanes;

Brian Nordstrom, Akron, 12/2, Roseland Lanes;

Diego Lopez, Westlake, 12/2, Buckeye Lanes;

Ronald Hartwig, Seven Hills, 12/5, Seven Hills Lanes;

Joseph Chiara Jr., Parma, 12/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Michael Lynch, Strongsville 12/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Curtis Kollert, Akron, 12/5, Buckeye Lanes;

Tim Gage, Berea, 12/7, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Kei Andre Kelly, Cleveland, 12/7 Cloverleaf Lanes;

Anthony Middlebrooks, Cleveland, 12/7, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Michael Doe, Brook Park, 12/7, Brookgate Lanes;

Nate Dews, North Olmsted, 12/8, Buckeye Lanes;

Aaron Cottrell, Parma, 12/8, Yorktown Lanes;



    299 Games

James Water, Maple Heights, 11/29, Southgate Lanes;

Edward Yurichar, Walton Hills, 12/5, Pawnee Lanes;

William Allen, Olmsted Falls, 12/9, Buckeye Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Juan Thomas, Lakewood, 11/30, Twin Lanes (805);

Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, 12/1, Buckeye Lanes (800);

Steve Kaliszewski, Valley View, 12/1, Cloverleaf Lanes (845);

Ronald Hartwig, Seven Hills, 12/5, Seven Hills Lanes (801);

Joseph Chiara Jr., Parma, 12/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma (814);

Al Kan, Parma Heights, 12/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma (810);

Michael Doe, Brook Park, 12/7, Brookgate Lanes (822);


CSU basketball  

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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 (21.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.6 ppg,  4.6 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 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 (4.4, 2.9) and Josh McCoy (4.9, 2.9), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.5, 6.1) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.4, 3.5) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (2.0, 1.9) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.4, 1.6) and Devon Long (2.5, 1.3) 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.

VIKINGS TAKE OVER TOP SPOT IN MID-MAJOR POLL:  A school-record 11-0 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.

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 TREY TRIO:  The Vikings are quickly approaching another program first as Jeremy Montgomery (112 career treys), Norris Cole (101) and Trevon Harmon (97) will soon become the first trio in school history to play together after each made 100 career three-pointers.

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK:  The win over West Virginia Tech on Tuesday allowed the Vikings to win at least one game this year on every day of the week.  The Vikings are 3-0 when playing on Saturdays this season while also having two wins on both Monday and Friday.  CSU has at least 20 games remaining, 10 of which will come on a Saturday, five on Thursday and at least one game on every other day of the week, except Tuesday.  The Horizon League Championship game is slated for March 8th. . . a Tuesday.

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 11 games, CSU leads the Horizon League in scoring defense (58.7), field goal defense (.368), three-point defense (.290) and steals (8.4).  Eight of the last nine opponents have shot .400 from the field or less and just four 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 has helped CSU in the various computer rankings.  One of 20 unbeaten teams in Division I, Cleveland State is ranked 16th in the latest RPI (through Tuesday) and 26th in the most recent Sagarin ratings.  The Vikings are the first team in the nation to win 11 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 play at Sam Houston State on Friday, CSU will be attempting to break the school record of 11 wins before Jan. 1, which was set during the 1992-93 season.  With four games to go before the new year rings in, the Vikings have already equalled the mark with 11 wins.

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.

STONE COLE-D:  Norris Cole may have been aptly nicknamed by a Horizon League fan site because when the game is on the line, he is at his best.  In the six games that he has been on the floor four in the final minutes, he has dominated play by taking over the scoring lead. He is 42-for-44 (.955) from the foul line in the final 5:00 of games this year.  Here is a look at how he has helped the Vikings secure wins this year:

    Iona:  Scored CSU's last six points (6-6 FT) in the final 1:39
    Kent State:  Broke a 61-61 tie by scoring CSU's last eight points in the final 0:50.
    Louisiana:  Scored 10 of the last 12 points (8-8 FT) in final 2:51.
    Akron:  Scored last seven CSU points (5-5 FT + big dunk) in final 1:06
    Robert Morris:  Scored 8 of last 10 points in final 8:09
    Green Bay:  Scored 11 of last 14 (9-10 FT) in final 2:05

A NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER:  The win over Robert Morris on Nov 29 capped a perfect November for the Vikings as CSU won all eight games in the month, marking the first undefeated month (of more than two games) since the Vikings went 8-0 during February of 1986 as part of a 29-4 year.  For the record, the Vikings have been undefeated in November in 13 seasons before, going 2-0 on six occasions and 1-0 seven additional times.

11-0:  The win over West Virginia Tech on Tuesday allowed the Vikings to extend their school record for consecutive wins to start a season to 11, more than twice the previous best.  Cleveland State had previously opened both the 1963-64 and 1985-86 seasons with four straight wins but had never been 5-0. . . let alone 11-0.  The 1985-86 team went on to set a school record with a 29-4 record, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championship.  The fast start was the high point of the year for the 1963-64 squad as the team went on to finish 10-9.

. . . AND MORE 11-0:  The 11-0 start gives the Vikings the fourth longest win streak in school history and the longest since the 1992-93 squad matched a school record with 14 straight wins.  CSU also won 14 straight in 1985-86 and 12 games in 1986-87.

FOUR IN 74:  As the USA Today pointed out on Nov. 16, Cleveland State was the busiest team in America during the first weekend of the season, playing (and winning) four games in 74 hours once the 2010-11 basketball season opened.  No other team in the country played that many games in the first four days.

COLE TO THE LINE:  Through the first 11 games, Norris Cole has been spending an awful lot of time at the foul line as the Viking senior is averaging 8.5 free throws attempted per game.  He is 79-for-93 to rank eighth in the league (.849).  Although it is early in the season, the school record for free throws attempted in a season is 233 by Ken McFadden in 1987-88.

REVENGE WEEK SUCCESS:  Forgive the Vikings if their performance last week meant a little more to them then during most weeks as CSU was able to knock off four straight opponents who had defeated them last season.  In fact, with the wins over St. Bonaventure (69-51), Robert Morris (58-53), Green Bay (83-75) and Milwaukee (82-59), the Vikings went 4-0 against squads they managed just a 2-5 mark against last season.

. . . AND OVERCOMING A DECADE OF TOUGH TRAVEL:  The annual trip to Wisconsin to face Green Bay and Milwaukee has historically been the toughest road swing of the year for the Vikings, but not this season. CSU swept the two games on the road for the fourth time in program history and the first since the 1999-2000 campaign.  The win at Green Bay was just the second since the 2001-02 season (2-9 total) while the win at Milwaukee snapped a 10-game CSU losing streak in Milwaukee.

MORE WIN STREAKS:  The win over Akron on Nov. 24 extended CSU's win streak against Ohio schools to seven dating back to last season.  In addition, the Vikings have won 12 straight home games against Ohio opponents going back to the 2007-08 campaign.  Finally, the win over Robert Morris on Nov. 29 was CSU's eighth straight win in the Wolstein Center, six of which have come this season.

LONG DISTANCE SHOOTING:  After shooting just .288 from three-point and making seven or less treys (5.3 avg.) over the first eight games of the year, the Vikings broke out of their long-range shooting slump over the last week, making 10 or more treys in three straight games and shooting .538 from beyond the arc (35-65) during that span.  CSU opened the stetch by making 10 of its 14 three-point attempts (.714) at Green Bay on Dec. 2, the third-highest single game percentage in school history.  The Vikings came back to tie a school record with 14 treys at Milwaukee, shooting .636 (14-22), and made 11 treys against West Virginia Tech.  The performance allowed the Vikings to move from 10th to fourth in the league in three-point shooting (77-211, .365).

WOODS PROVIDES BENCH SPARK:  The Vikings have received a spark off the bench this year from sophomore Charlie Woods, who has helped CSU overcome the loss of D'Aundray Brown.  Woods is averaging 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds a game with a team-high 11 blocks (7th in the league).  Woods tallied 10 points in 16 minutes against Bryant on Nov. 12.  He excelled in the trip to Wisconsin, averaging 9.5 points in the two games, shooting .667 from the field (6-9) and .571 from three-point (4-7).  His averages do not include a 10 point, nine rebound effort in 26 minutes in the exhibition win over Baldwin-Wallace.

COLE PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF:  Norris Cole has opened his senior campaign on an offensive tear, scoring 19 points or more in nine of the 11 games to lead the Horizon League with a 21.5 scoring average. He scored 24 points in the win over Bryant on Nov. 12, 25 points against Iona and 21 vs. Kent State.  In his most recent outings, he tallied a season-high 29 points in the win over Robert Morris on Nov. 29 and 26 at Green Bay on Thursday (Dec. 2), giving him 24 career games of 20 points or better (five this year).  He has raised his CSU career scoring total to 1,434 points to move into seventh place on the CSU chart.  Cole needs 139 more points to pass Theo Dixon (1,572 from 1997-02) for sixth place.

FOUL SUCCESS DURING CRUNCH TIME:  CSU continues to perform well from the foul line in the last five minutes of games, shooting .831 as a team (64-77) this year.  Norris Cole leads the way by making 42 of his 44 free throws down the stretch (.955), including a six-for-six effort in the three-point win over Kent State, a five-for-five showing at Akron and by making all eight attempts in the five-point win at Louisiana.  On Dec. 2, he was 11-for-12 at Green Bay.  Success down the stretch is nothing new as CSU shot .826 last year (147-178) with Tim Kamczyc (9-10, .900), Norris Cole (56-63, .889), Trevon Harmon (19-22, .855), Jeremy Montgomery (21-25, .840) and D'Aundray Brown (17-21, .810) each shooting better than 80-percent.

THE REAL McCOY:  The 2009-10 season was a frustrating one for sophomore Josh McCoy, who was sidelined with a hip injury after playing just 30 minutes in five games.  He has rebounded well however, providing the Vikings with a spark off the bench by averaging 4.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.9 minutes a game while playing some steady defense.  He scored a career-high 14 points in the win over West Virginia Tech.

A REBOUNDING TREND FOR HARMON:  The 10 rebounds for Trey Harmon against Iona was just one of a handful of strong rebounding efforts this year by the Viking junior.  Through 10 games, Harmon is averaging 4.5 rebounds a game to rank third on the team behind Norris Cole and Aaron Pogue. He has had three games of six rebounds or more, adding seven vs. Kent State and six vs. Urbana.

A GOOD NDAYE:  Viking fans saw a flash of the ability of freshman Luda Ndaye when the Montreal, Quebec native entered the Nov. 13 Iona game with the contest on the line and proceeded to connect on three straight shots to push the CSU lead to 11 with 4:13 left and effectively put the game away.  Ndaye averaged 13.0 points a game last year at Westwind (AZ) Prep, playing for former CSU graduate manager Bobby Bossman.

IRON MAN COLE:  Senior Norris Cole has opened the year by continuing a couple of lengthy streaks that he has had during his career.  By starting the first 11 games, he has now played in all 115 games in his career to rank seventh on the CSU consecutive games played career chart.  He also ranks fifth with 81 consecutive starts.  Cole, who has recorded back-to-back 1,000 minute seasons, has played 3,194 career minutes and needs 679 to break J'Nathan Bullock's school record of 3,872 minutes.  Cole can also topple Bullock's records for career games played (130) and consecutive games played (130).

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION:  The win over West Virginia Tech extended Cleveland State's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 111.  The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings toppled Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.  In the 111 games since, Cleveland State has gone 72-39 (.649).

GETTING THE THIRD DEGREE:  Usually when you get the third degree about your performance in the classroom, it isn't a good thing.  But for Viking junior Joe Latas, it is a compliment as the Viking center has already earned undergraduate degrees in both communications and religious studies and is currently finishing up the requirements for a degree in philosophy as well.

SUCCESS 401:  The fifth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Winning With People, by John Maxwell as the course text, marking the third time in five years that a Maxwell text has been used as the text book.  Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life.  Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success.  Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08, turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09 and returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text.  The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players over the summer and preseason months.

POGUE'S PLAY PICKS UP:  Gary Waters spoke all preseason about the improvement that junior center Aaron Pogue has shown in all phases of the game, but it wasn't until the season started that Viking fans had a chance to see it for themselves.  Pogue, who averaged 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.2 minutes last year, has improved his numbers to 7.5 points and a team-leading 6.1 rebounds (8th in the league), shooting .477 from the field (31-65) with six steals and seven blocks this year.  He scored a season high 13 points in the win at Louisiana and averaged 9.7 points and 6.3 rebounds to earn a spot on the World Vision Classic all-tournament team.  More importantly, he has improved his defensive play inside while looking more comfortable offensively with the ball in his hands.

COLE EARNS THIRD CAREER LEAGUE HONOR:  After averaging a league-best 23.3 points during the first weekend  of the season, Viking senior guard Norris Cole was named on Nov. 8 as the first Horizon League Player of the Week for the 2010-11 season.  Cole surpassed the 20-point mark in all three games during the first week of the season to earn the honor for the third time in his career.

VIKINGS ADD FIVE DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD:  Head coach Gary Waters received an early Christmas present on Nov. 11 when he announced the signing of five high school student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend CSU and play basketball starting in the fall of 2011.  The signees include:

Tremain Brown (Warren, OH/Warren G. Harding) (6-5, 185, wing): Averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 rebounds as a junior, helping team to a 23-3 record.
Anton Grady (Cleveland, OH/Central Catholic) (6-8, 215, F):  Fourth best prospect in Ohio by ESPN.com after averaging 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a junior (11.6, 12.1 & 8.2 as a soph.)
Charles Lee (Milwaukee, WI/Huntington Prep) (5-9, 160, PG):  Third team all-region pick as a junior after averaging 11.5 points and 5.4 assists.
Marlin Mason (Detroit, MI/Cass Tech) (6-6, 210, F):  Preseason all-league choice who averaged 11.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a junior.
Ike Nwamu (Greensboro, NC/Westchester Country Day) (6-3, 195, G): Two-time all-conference pick who averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 steals as a junior.

NEXT UP:  The Vikings travel to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on West Virginia on Saturday, Dec. 18 before returning home to close the pre-holiday schedule by hosting South Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m.