A Page -- Feb. 1, 2010


Norm Weber

Senior Writer, Greater Cleveland High School Hockey Writers Association

Prpic to resign?

Strongsville to move up to 7-

team Red North

Several teams to sneak into 

Baron Cups this week

Feb 1, 2010

As we head into the final week of the season before the Baron Cup begins, a couple of hot items of note have been transpiring.


First, discussion has been circulating that Lake Catholic coach Tony Prpic is either resigning or being asked to step down. League officials could not confirm the details nor the accuracy of such reports. If he does leave, Prpic will be missed, considering the work and perseverance he put into the Cougar program that finished dead last in the Red North three years running and in just two years he put together a fine season in 2005 when Lake won 16 of its first 18 games and lost only a total of five during the regular season before hitting a valley in the Kent district.


Second, Strongsville, which has replaced Shaker Heights as the premier public school program in the Cleveland area, will be moving up to the Red North next year. It will be made official within the next month.


Strongsville had a chance to move up two years ago but declined when coach Carl Wagner thought he would not have a returning goalie and then later it wound up that he had two bon-a-fide ones once the school year began the following fall.


The Red North will have seven in instead of six teams starting next year. Since the change will go into effect next season, no team will be demoted down to the other Red Divisions. Whoever finishes sixth this year stays in the North. The model also has the Red East and Red South merging, leaving only two Red Divisions starting next year.


With last night’s win over St. Ed, St. Ignatius has already locked up the No. 1 seed in the Baron Cup I. Look for Padua to make a statement Saturday at Brooklyn and upset the Wildcats and sneak in to the tourney through the back door as a No. 4 seed. US will earn the No. 2 seed with a win over St. Ed Friday. Walsh will get the No. 3 seed with a win over St. Ed, Warrior coach Billy Switaj’s alma mater,  Thursday.


North Olmsted will also get into the Baron Cup with a win over Elyria Catholic Saturday. The Panthers will beat Amherst in another Lorain County classic battle in a non divisional game. EC has already locked up a Baron Cup I berth, as has Strongsville, which will handle Trinity Saturday but have its hands full Sunday against Iggy and go down in defeat. Hudson and Shaker will decide the final spot in the tourney. Hudson will beat Mentor and Shaker will drop hapless Avon Lake and then let the tie breaker decide.


Undefeated Kenston and defending Baron Cup II champ Rocky River have already locked up spots in the White Division Baron Cup tourney. Holy Name solidified its chances with a tie against Amherst. Friday. The Namers should beat Olmsted Falls and the much-improved Normandy team this weekend. Chagrin and Solon, both in their first year in the White along with Kenston, appear to have locked up spots as well. Brecksville and Amherst will decide the final tourney spot Friday in Barons Arena. Look for Danny Holden’s Bees to take this one in overtime.


Cleveland Heights should be the cream of the crop in the Blue Division tourney, but Mayfield and unbeaten Orange will make a case to the contrary. Bay will beat Canfield and NDCL this week and sneak into the tournament. Kent Roosevelt will also win a spot with an upset over Heights at the Pavilion Friday.


The final spot comes down to Lakewood and CVCA, both 10-1 in the Blue Central, a division that gets only one entry this year. The Royals made their case with Friday’s win in Kent over the Rangers. The two teams split in league play.

 Look for Lakewood to bounce West G. and for CVCA trounce Twinsburg and let the tiebreaker decide who gets to go.

Yellow Jackets will try to make it 

11 in a row and maintain first 

place in the OAC against 

The 'Berg Wednesday

Feb. 1, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

The Baldwin-Wallace College women's basketball team will look to win its 11th straight game this season, remain in first place in the rugged

Ohio Athletic Conference and win its 16th in a row against host Heidelberg University when the Yellow Jackets travel to Tiffin to play the Student Princes.

The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 15-4 overall and 11-1 in the OAC and in first place following a 73-46 victory against Marietta College in the Ban

Johnson Arena on Saturday, January 30 in Marietta. B-W has won a season-high 10 consecutive games and maintains a one-game lead in the OAC Standings over this Saturday's opponent, Capital University. B-W cannot overlook Heidelberg.

The Student Princes enter this game at 4-15 overall and 3-9 in the OAC following a 75-48 loss against Ohio Northern on Jan. 30 in Tiffin. Heidelberg has lost eight of its last nine games.

The B-W versus Heidelberg All-Time Series -- This is the 68th meeting in women’s basketball between B-W and Heidelberg. B-W leads the all-time series, 45-22, including wins in the last 15 games. B-W defeated Heidelberg earlier this season by a score of 70-47 on Dec. 16, 2009 in Berea. The last Heidelberg victory\ came on Jan. 20, 2004 when the Student Princes defeated the Yellow Jackets, 82-64, in Tiffin. The first-ever meeting was during the 1965-66 season when B-W won in Berea, 59-37.

In this Year's First B-W versus Heidelberg Game on Dec. 16, 2009 in Berea: B-W -- 70, Heidelberg -- 47 -- In the first game this season between B-W and Heidelberg, on December 16, 2009, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Student Princes, 70-47, in Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea. B-W was led by 5'11" junior All-OAC forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds, 6'2" senior All-OAC and Academic All-OAC center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) added five points, a team-high nine rebounds and five blocked shots, and 5''9" sophomore forward Katie Heinlen (Bucyrus/ Wynford) came off the bench and had eight points and seven rebounds. The Student Princes were led byJenny Miller with 12points and seven rebounds.

Ariel Brough

B-W Information and Probable Starters -- B-W is scoring 67.7 points-per-game and have allowed 59.1 ppg. for a plus 8.6 ppg. differential. B-W grabs 40.9 rebounds-per-game and allow 34.1 for a plus 6.8 rpg. differential. The Yellow Jackets shoot 42.4 percent from the field (457-of-1078 attempts), including 30.6% from three-point range (66-of-216), and 75.8% from the foul line (307-of-405).

Look for Cheri Harrer to start Amanda Schroeder and Ariel Brough along with 6'0" sophomore forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/Miami Trace) on the inside. Look for 5'8" sophomore Monica Gustin (Bexley) and 5'6" freshman Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) to start in the backcourt.

In addition look for Harrer to utilize for 5'6" junior point guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands), 5'4" freshman guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ ColonelCrawford), 5'5" freshman guard JoBeth Roll (Bucyrus/ Senior), Katie Heinlen, 5'7" freshman guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) and 5'11" sophomore forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary Central Catholic).

Olmsted Falls alumna Rachel Rossman

Schroeder has started all 19 games and tops the team in scoring with 13.8 points-per-game and adds 5.4 rebounds-per-game. She has also made a team-best 22 three pointers and has 25 steals. Brough also has started all 19 contests and is second at 10.6 ppg. and second with 7.0 rpg. She also has blocked a team and OAC-leading 44 shots. Carpenter scores 7.7 ppg. with 13 triples. French comes off the bench and adds 6.6 ppg. with 35 assists, 17 steals and 10 treys. 

Vermilion's Ali Stack

Coulter has started all 19 games and scores 6.9 ppg. and grabs 4.1 rpg. Spisak scores 6.3 ppg. and grabs a team-leading 7.1 rpg. Rossman has started all 19 games and scores 3.4 ppg., grabs 2.4 rpg. and leads the team with 50 assists. Heinlen scores 4.2 ppg., grabs 4.1 rpg. and has 22 steals. Stack has started three times and scores 3.6 ppg. Gustin, who has started 16 straight games, scores 1.8 ppg., grabs 1.4 rpg. and ranks second with 43 assists.

In B-W's Last Game versus Marietta College on January 30, 2010 in Marietta: Baldwin-Wallace -- 73, Marietta -- 46 --- In B-W's last game, a 73-46 victory against Marietta College in the Ban Johnson Arena in Marietta on Saturday, January 30, the Yellow Jackets were led by Ariel Brough with 13 points and seven rebounds. In addition, Nancy Coulter added ten points and four rebounds. The keys to the B-W win were holding the Pioneers to 34.0 percent shooting and out rebounding the Pioneers 42-26, including 17 offensive rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Scouting the Student Princes of Heidelberg University -- The Student Princes score 57.2 ppg. and allow 66.3 ppg. for a minus 9.1 ppg. differential. Heidelberg grabs 41.1 rpg. and allows its opponents to grab 41.7 rpg. for a minus 0.6 rpg. differential. Heidelberg also shoots 33.7 percent from the field (394-of-116 attempts), including 26.7% from three-point range (99-of-371), and 65.0% from the foul line (199-of-306).

Brecksville alumna Alyssa Esposito

Look for Head Coach Marcie Alberts to start 5'5" senior guard Stacey Barker in the backcourt. In the front court look for 5'11" junior forward Jenny Miller, 6'0" senior forward Stacey Richard, 5'9" senior forward Alyssa Eposito, and 6'3" senior center Betsy Shrider. Miller leads the team with 14.5 ppg., is second on the team with 7.6 rpg., shoots 81.3% from the foul line on 61-of-75 attempts and has 33 assists, 24 steals and 19 blocked shots. Richard is tied for second on the team with 8.8 ppg., grabs 5.8 rpg., leads the team with 25 steals and is second with 37 assists. Barker also scores 8.8 ppg., grabs 3.2 rebounds and leads the team with 40 three-pointers and 54 assists. Shrider scores 7.4 ppg., grabs a team-leading 8.1 rpg. and has a team-leading 42 blocked shots. Eposito adds 3.5 ppg., grabs 2.1 rpg. and is third with 16 triples.

Off the bench, look for Alberts to utilize 5'4" sophomore gaurd Lyndsey DeVault, 5'4" freshman gaurd Jordan Ickes, 5'11" junior forward Kristen McConkey, 5'8" sophmore forward Chelsey Calhoun and 5'9" freshman forward Casey Bishop. DeVault tops the bench in scoring at 8.3 ppg., grabs 2.5 rpg. and is second with 23 treys.

Black River grad Chelsey Calhoun

In Heidelberg's Last Game on Wednesday, January 30 versus Ohio Northern University in Tiffin: Ohio Northern -- 75, Heidelberg -- 48 -- In Heidelberg's last game, a 75-48 loss to Ohio Northern University in the Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin on January 30, the Student Princes were led by Stacey Barker with 10 points and three three-pointers. In addition, Jenny Miller scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds. The keys to the ONU win were shooting 60.0% from the field in the second half on 15-of-25 attempts and outrebounding the Student Princes, 45-31, including 15 offensive rebounds.

Division III Commissioners 

Association to Remember

Founding Member, 

Dennis Collins; lone 

executive director of 

Westlake-based NCAC to be 

honored with  leadership 

award in his name on

special occasions

Feb. 1, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- The Division III Commissioners Association is remembering one of its founding members by creating a new award bearing his name.

The Dennis Collins Career Achievement Award, named for the late executive director of the North Coast Athletic Conference, will be presented occasionally to a conference executive who “best exemplifies the leadership, dedication and service” shown by Collins during his 25-year tenure as a commissioner.

The late Dennis Collins

Collins, who died last June, was serving on the Division III Nominating Committee at the time and also had served on the Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee. During the 1990s, he served on the Division III Task Force to Review the NCAA Membership Structure, which helped lay the groundwork for federation of the Association.

The award will be presented when deemed appropriate by the DIIICA executive committee to “recognize and honor extraordinary career achievement in guidance, commitment and duty to Division III and the Division III Commissioners Association.”

Collins served as the organization’s third president from 1994 to 1996, in addition to serving in numerous other national roles including as a member of the NCAA Council before federation of the Association’s governance structure.

“Dennis was one of the founding members of our association, so we felt creating this new award was a worthy tribute to his legacy,” said Chris Martin, commissioner of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and DIIICA past president.

Martin said the award will not be presented regularly, as is true with the annual DIIICA Meritorious Service Award, but on special occasions when the organization’s executive committee believes the honor is appropriate.

The primary focus of the Division III Commissioners Association is for the membership to learn together and share with each other. Division III commissioners are unique in what they do and need each other in order to grow. In order to achieve this goal, the Association works closely with affiliated organizations such as the NCAANACDA, NADIIIAA, NACWAA, and the Division III Independents to improve communications and ultimately, service student-athletes.

B-W Freshman Diver Julie 

Pinter of Broadview Heights

Named OAC Athlete of the Week

Feb. 1, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College freshman diver Julie Pinter(Broadview Heights/ Brecksville) has been tabbed as the Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week.
Brecksville alumna Julie Pinter

Pinter won all four of her diving events this past weekend and set two school-records in B-W’s regular season finale at rival John Carroll University on Saturday (January 30, 2010).

Versus Allegheny (Pa.) College on Friday, Pinter placed first in both the optional and voluntary one-meter dives with final scoresof 174.80 and 251.60 points, respectively.

Versus JCU on Saturday, Pinter placed first in both the one-meter and three-meter championship diving events with final scores of 467.53 and 446.92 points, respectively. The previous school three-meter mark was eight years old and the one-meter mark was seven years old.



Feb. 1, 2010

By Erin Dugan

CLEVELAND, OHIO – MAC Madness comes to Cleveland March 10th-13th and with it brings the First Annual MAC Fan Fest presented by PNC Bank.


 MAC Fan Fest will capture the excitement of March basketball and bring all MAC basketball fans together before all the tournament games.  While the teams battle it out on the court the fans can interact through the activities at the MAC Fan Fest.  MAC fans will have the opportunity to participate in corn hole and basketball challenges, see their favorite school’s bands and cheerleaders perform along with other Cleveland based performance groups, take pictures with MAC mascots and much more.

“As the Mid-American Conference enters its second decade in Cleveland we wanted to expand our tournament activities,” says MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. “The MAC tournament has developed a great following.   The MAC Fan Fest gives us another opportunity to build on this wonderful event.  With the assistance of partners such as PNC Bank, the Tower City Center, and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission the MAC Fan Fest should provide another way for us to celebrate MAC men’s and women’s basketball.” 

Along with the many other activities ESPN Radio will be broadcasting live Wednesday, March 10th from 3pm-6pm with the Michael Reghi Show and Thursday, March 11th from 9am-12pm with the Really Big Show.  Fans will have the opportunity to go on air with ESPN Radio personalities and talk about upcoming MAC match ups.

MAC Fan Fest will run Wednesday, March 10th 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday, March 11th 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7p.m., Friday, March 12th 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, March 13th 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7p.m. in Tower City Center and is a short walk to Quicken Loans Arena.

The MAC Fan Fest is sponsored by PNC Bank, The 
Greater Cleveland Sport Commission, Tower City Center, ESPN Radio and Quicken Loans Arena. For more information on MAC Fan Fest and the 2010 MAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments visit www.mac-sports.com.


Feb. 1, 2010

By Andy Barch



THIS WEEK: The Falcons (17-6, 9-1 American Mideast) will hit the road for a pair of conference tilts.  On Tuesday, Feb. 2, NDC will head to Canton, Ohio, where they’ll take on the Pioneers of Malone University.  Notre Dame will finish the week on Saturday, Feb. 6, against Cedarville. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. starts. … Live audio streams will be available for both games, linked at NotreDamFalcons.com.


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame went 2-0, picking up victories in a pair of conference wins - against Wilberforce and Point Park (Pa.).  The Falcons have now won five games in a row and are in first place in the AMC North Division.  … Senior guard Al Miller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) scored 46 points over the two victories, hitting for consecutive career-highs (22 and 24 points) in the two games.  Sophomore forward Eric Dummermuth (Dover, Ohio) added 41 points and 26 boards. … NDC held the Bulldogs and Pioneers to a combined 36.4 percent (52-for-143) over the two games.  For the season, the Falcons rank 10th in the nation (NAIA-II) in field-goal percentage allowed (39.8 percent) and sixth in points allowed (63.8 per game). 



PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Last Tuesday, Eric Dummermuth (Dover, Ohio) was named the AMC Player of the Week for the fifth time this season.  During the week of Jan. 17, Dummermuth averaged 17.7 points and 12.0 rebounds a game over three contests.  The 6-foot-6 power forward currently ranks second in the circuit in scoring (22.8 PPG) and first in rebounding (11.0).

Eric Dummernuth

Eric Dummermuth, Five-time AMC POW





THIS WEEK:  Notre Dame (13-8, 9-4) will hit the road for two conference tilts this week.  The Falcons will be at Malone on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and then at Cedarville on Saturday, Feb. 6.  Tip-off for both games is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.  Live audio will be available for Saturday’s game.


LAST WEEK:  NDC went 2-1 in three home games at Murphy Gymnasium.  The Falcons finished up a five game home stand with a record of 4-1 and went 7-3 in the month of January.  Notre Dame heads into this week still in fourth place in the 14-team AMC. … Junior center Yvette Hunter (Jamestown, N.Y.) scored a career-high 34 points on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in a 92-75 victory over Wilberforce.  Hunter is now ninth on NDC’s all-time scoring list, with 974 career points.





THIS WEEK:  The Wrestling Falcons (8-1) will be at Mount Union (8-3) for a dual meet on Friday.  The first bout at the McPherson Complex in Alliance, Ohio, is slated for 7 p.m.


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame socked Seton Hill (Pa.) in a home match on Saturday, as the Falcons claimed their seventh straight victory.  NDC earned five falls, two majors and one decision en route to a 41-9 win.


DUALS WITH THE DEUCE: NDC has now faced three NCAA-II squads this season - the Falcons defeated current NCAA-II No. 15 (TheMat.com) Findlay, 31-9, on Nov. 22 and beat Ashland, 28-7, on Dec. 14. NDC’s final dual-meet opponent of the season - West Liberty (W. Va.) is also a D-II program. … Notre Dame is currently competing as a Year-One Candidate in the NCAA-II application process.

Derek Foore

Wadsworth native Derek Foore


BOUT BITS: Derek Foore (Wadsworth, Ohio) ran his perfect record this season to 19-0 with a win by fall at 197 on Saturday. … Adam Koballa (Twinsburg, Ohio), the defending national champion at 141, earned 14th straight win - the former St. Peter Chanel (Bedford) standout hasn’t lost since Nov. 22. … Since Dec. 1, Orlando Scales (Cincinnati, Ohio) is 13-0 as the Falcons’ top heavyweight. For the season, the highly-touted recruit is now 19-2, with eight falls. … Ashtin Primus’ (Connellsville, Pa.) last six wins on the mat have come by fall.  For the season, the 149-pounder is 16-3.

Adam Koballa

Chanel alum Adam Koballs





THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will be in Findlay, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb.6, for the Division-II Team Challenge hosted by the University of Findlay.


LAST WEEK: The Falcons competed at the Findlay Classic, in Findlay, Ohio, on Saturday.  Notre Dame upped their number of national qualifiers on the young season to 12 with qualifying performances by Tim Robinson (Akron, Ohio) in the Men’s Shot Put, Brandon Brodwolf (Lodi, Ohio) in the Men’s Heptathlon and Samantha Murphy (Columbus, Ohio) in the Women’s Shot Put.  … Noelle Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) set a new program record with in the Women’s Triple Jump. The freshman from Warrensville High Schooljumped 10.79 meters.






THIS WEEK: The Falcons are off until Feb. 19, when they compete in the Appalachian Conference Championships in Huntington, W.Va.


LAST WEEK: After both the men and women lost to Ohio Northern on Friday, the Falcons cleaned house in their final home meet on Saturday afternoon.  The Falcons redeemed themselves on Saturday, with victories over both Malone and Ursuline.


SWIMMING FOR A GREAT CAUSE: Prior to Saturday’s meet, Falcon swimmers vowed to raise $1,500 for the Children’s Miracle Network by selling CMN balloons for $1.  The Falcons smashed their goal and raised $2,097.44 for CMN, which was sent directly to Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. 





THIS WEEK: After a week off, NDC Bowling hits the lanes again with a trip to Monroe, Mich., for an American Heartland Conference(AHIBC) tournament.  The Falcons will be in action on Saturday.





FOOTBALL: National Signing Day, the first day that high school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent, is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 3.


COMING IN FEBRUARY: The Northwestern Ohio-at-NDC women’s-men’s hoops doubleheader on Feb. 13 will be broadcast tape-delay on SportsTimeOhio (STO). … Spring sports teams get underway this month - the Men’s Tennis season begins on Feb. 19; Baseball is slated to swing into action on Feb. 20; Women’s Lacrosse and Softball have their openers scheduled for Feb. 27. 


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Rocky River's David Kolakowski 

finishes second in NCAC 

championships for Wittenberg in 

the pole vault

Feb. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber, Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – An immediate impact is what Rocky River High alumnus David Kolakowski has been to college track and field.

tiger logo

The Wittenberg freshman has been a college student for just a little over one semester and a college student/athlete for less than a month, but has already established himself as one the top pole vaulters in the Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference.

Over the weekend, Kolakowski finished in second place in the NCAC league indoor championships with a vault of 13.5.25, which is fewer than five inches off  the Witt school record.


After several tries, finally last year as a Pirate senior, Kolakowski broke the River 35-year-old school record, formerly held by Larry Sprosty, set back in the 1970s. Kolakowski then capped it off by placing at the state meet for the fourth consecutive year.

His vault over the weekend helped the Tigers finish third as a team in the meet.

Four Games on tap in MAC 

Men's Hoops tonight; Flashes 

and Zips, tied for first place in 

East, crossover against Northern 

and Eastern, respectively

Feb. 1, 2010

By Jeremy Guy


MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Monday, February 1, 2010
Toledo (3-18, 0-7 MAC) at Bowling Green (10-9, 3-4 MAC)  

7 p.m. • Toledo leads series 83-76

• Bowling Green fell to two games behind both Akron and Kent State in the Mid-American Conference East Division with a loss to Central Michigan Saturday. The defeat came after the Falcons had gained some momentum by winning 3-of-4 league games to get back to .500 in the MAC. Toledo is the only winless team remaining in MAC play with an 0-7 record in conference. Senior Erik Marschall has become Bowling Green’s most consistent threat lately. He posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Central Michigan and is shooting 67 percent from the floor over the past four games. He has scored in double figures in three of those games and is averaging 9.5 points and 7.0 rebounds during that stretch...Toledo’s Jake Barnett averages 13.6 points per game, shoots 83 percent from the free-throw line, and has made 38 percent of his 121 three-point attempts. Larry Bastfield has run an efficient offense with 3.5 assists per game and a 1.42 assist/turnover ratio.


Western Michigan (11-9, 3-4 MAC) at Buffalo (11-7, 4-3 MAC)

7 p.m. • Western Michigan leads series 9-5

• Buffalo will host Western Michigan on Monday night looking for a second straight win. Buffalo is coming off a 95-83 win at Northern Illinois on Saturday. Rodney Pierce led the Bulls with a 17 points. With 17 points at Northern Illinois on Saturday, Rodney Pierce went over 1,000 for his UB career. He became the 16th player in school history to score 1,000 points. He became just the 10th player in school history to accomplish the feat in his third season. Buffalo scored a season-high 95 points at Northern Illinois on Saturday. The Bulls also shot a season-best 55.7 percent at the Convocation Center. The 95 points scored was the sixth-highest point total in a road game in school history and the most ever in a MAC road game played in regulation...Western Michigan is coming off a 74-73 loss at Kent State on Saturday. The Broncos are led by David Kool who is averaging a league-best 21 points per game. Kool scored a career-high38 points in the loss to Kent State and its the most byany player in the Mid-American Conference this season.Kool scored 30 points in back-to-back games for the second time this season (Temple, at Eastern Illinois) and this was his fifth 30-point game this season and 10th 20-point game this season.


Eastern Michigan (10-10, 2-5 MAC) at Akron (15-6, 5-2 MAC)

7 p.m. • ESPN360.com • Series tied 17-17

• Akron, the MAC East Division co-leader along with Kent State, is playing for the second time in three days and is in the midst of three-game five-day homestand, which concludes on Wednesday when Northern Illinois visits. The Zips have won three of their last four games, and are 15-4 after opening the season 0-2. UA’s early season rally included a season-long, six-game win streak that tied for the best victory stretch by a MAC team thus far this season (Northern Illinois had a six-game streak end on Jan. 23). The Zips have held MAC opponents under 55 points in nine of their last 10 home games, including seven straight (the exception came versus Western Michigan 87-63 on Feb. 8, 2009). Akron is 9-1 in those contests (loss came to Bowling Green 50-46 on March 1, 2009)... EMU’s 10-10 record this season is the best start since the  2002-03 squad went 10-10 in its first 20 games. The Eagles turned in two totally diff erent performances in the fi rst and second half at Miami Saturday, Jan. 30. Eastern shot a woeful 22.7 percent (5-of-22) in the fi rst half against the RedHawks to trail 31-14 after the first 20 minutes. The Green and White turned that effort around by connecting on 53.6 percent of their shots (15-of-28) in the second half while out-scoring the home team, 37-30, over the fi nal 20 minutes.


Northern Illinois (8-11, 4-3 MAC) at Kent State (14-7, 5-2 MAC)

7 p.m.  • Kent State leads series 29-17

• Coming off a thrilling 74-73 last second victory over Western Michigan, Kent State has a quick turnaround as the Golden Flashes search for their fifth straight win on Monday night when they face Northern Illinois at the M.A.C. Center. KSU has won four straight and nine of the last 12 after Rodriquez Sherman’s highlight real dunk and foul shot in the closing seconds gave the blue and gold the one-point win over WMU on Saturday. Singletary totaled a season high 24 points, including 21 in the second, half while adding five rebounds and three assists in only 25 minutes of action.  During the win streak he is averaging a team best 15.0 ppg....Northern Illinois has lost three straight after a 95-83 loss to Buffalo on Saturday.  Xavier Silas, a 6-5 junior guard, paced the Huskies with 27 points in the loss Silas, a transfer from Colorado leads the team with 21.1 ppg this season.  During MAC play he is averaging a league best 24.0 ppg.  In conference play, the Huskies are leading the league in scoring offense (75.1 ppg), blocks per game (4.57) and defensive rebounds (27.71 rpg), while ranking second in assists per game (14.43), assist/turnover ratio (1.10) and offensive rebounds (11.86 rpg).

Yellow Jackets to host 

Heidelberg; game to serve as 

homecoming for Midpark alum 

Jim Smalley and Berea 

High grad Kyle Tuley of the 

Student Princes

Feb. 1, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

The Baldwin-Wallace College men's basketball team will look improve its place in the current Ohio Athletic Conference

standings and even its 2009-10 season series with visiting Heidelberg University in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.

The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 11-8 overall and 6-6 in the OAC following an 83-73 victory against Marietta College on Saturday, January 30 in Berea. B-W has won seven of its last 10 contests and a young team is beginning to grow up quickly.

The Student Princes enter the contest at 12-7 overall and 8-4 in the OAC following a 92-87 loss against Ohio Northern University last Saturdayin Ada. Heidelberg has won four of its last seven OAC contests.

The All-Time Series Between B-W and Heidelberg -- This is the 106th all time meeting between B-W and Heidelberg in men's basketball. TheYellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 62-43, but the Student Princes have the last four games between the two teams. In the first meeting this

season, on December 16, 2009 in Tiffin, the Students Princes defeated the Yellow Jackets, 68-64. B-W's last win against Heidelberg came on Feb.\6, 2008 in Berea with an 87-84 victory when current Yellow Jacket mentor Duane Sheldon was still coaching the Student Princes.

Strongsville High alum Kyle Brown

In this Year's First B-W versus Heidelberg Game on December 16, 2009 -- Heidelberg -- 68, Baldwin-Wallace -- 64 -- In the first meeting

this season betwen B-W and Heidelberg, a 68-64 loss against OAC rival Heidelberg University in Seiberling Gymnasium in Berea on December

16, the Yellow Jackets were led by 5'9" point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) with a team-high-tying 13 points and four assists. In addition,6'2" senior forward Paul Glass (Medina/ Senior) added 13 points and five rebounds, and 6'5" junior forward Kevin Gall (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) came off the bench to contribute 10 points and five rebounds. 

Medina High grad Paul Glass

Heideberg was led by 6'1" senior guard Jim Smalley who had 14 points followed by 6'1" senior guard Josh Calver with 10 points and five assists.

The Baldwin-Wallace College Starters and Information -- B-W scores 75.8 points per game and allows 74.3 ppg. for a plus 1.6 ppg. differential.

Midpark alum Jim Smalley of Heidelberg

B-W grabs 35.1 rebounds per game and allows 34.2 rpg. for a plus 0.9 rpg. differential. The Yellow Jackets shoot 46.9 percent from the floor (506-of-1079 attempts), including 34.6% from three-point range (99-of-286), and 71.9% from the foul line (330-of-459).

Look for Head Coach Duane Sheldon to start 6'4" senior All-OAC forward Kyle Brown (Strongsville), Paul Glass and 6'6" freshman

forward Chris Ameen at the forward positions. In the backcourt, look for Promis Cabbil and 6'1" junior Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview)

to start. Cabbil tops the team in scoring at 11.6 points per game, grabs 2.6 rebounds per game and tops the team with 92 assists and 31 steals.

Brown scores 11.5 ppg., grabs 4.0 rpg., and has a team-leading 41 three-pointers. Meeder is third in scoring at 11.0 ppg., grabs 3.9 rpg. and has 45 assists and 25 steals. Ameen scores 10.3 ppg., grabs a team-high 5.7 rpg., shoots 56.4% from the floor on 75-of-133 attempts and has 17 steals and eight blocks. Glass scores 7.6 ppg., grabs 3.3 rpg. and has 22 assists and 17 steals.

Also look for Sheldon to play Kevin Gall, 6'3" freshman guard Brandon Schmidt (Wellington), 6'3" sophomore guard Scott Voiers

(Westlake/ Lutheran West), 5'9" sophomore guard Matt Triana (North East, Pa./ North East) and 6'7" freshman forward Ed Householder

(North Jackson/ Tallmadge). Gall scores 7.0 ppg., grabs 3.3 rpg. and shoots a team-best 55.8% from the floor on 55-of-104 attempts. Voiers scores 5.9 ppg., and has 12 treys. Schmidt scores 4.6 ppg. and is second with 15 triples.

Heidelberg Information and Probable Starters -- Heidelberg scores 74.3 points per game and allows 73.9 ppg. for a plus 0.4 ppg. differential.

HC grabs 35.4 rebounds per game and allows 33.4 rpg. for a plus 1.9 rpg. differential. The Student Princes shoot 47.1 percent from the floor (521-of-1107 attempts), including 34.4% from three-point range (76-of-221), and 65.9% from the foul line (294-of-446).

Look for Head Coach Anthony Gholson to start Josh Calver at point guard with 6'2" freshman Dane Givner and Jim Smalley on the wings.

Up front, look for 6'4" freshman forward Nate Davis and 6'5'' senior Travis Kinn to be the starters. In addition, expect 6'3" freshman forward Adrian Casey, 6'1'' freshman guard Kourea Haynes, 6'5" junior forward Kyle Tuley, 6'0" sophomore guard John Miller, 6'1" junior wing Derrick

Berea High alum KyleTulley

Flynn and 6'5" senior center Matt Grieves to see playing time.

Calver tops Heidelberg in scoring at 12.4 ppg., grabs 3.2 rpg. and tops the team with 28 three-pointers and 60 assists. Smalley is second in scoring at 11.4 ppg., grabs 3.2 rpg. and has 41 assists and a team-high 37 steals. Kinn is tied for third at 9.2 ppg., grabs 3.8 rpg. and has 31 assists and 21 steals. Givner also scores 9.2 ppg., grabs 3.2 rpg. and has 50 assists and 23 steals. Davis, who has played in all 19 contests and started 12 games, scores 7.6 ppg., grabs 4.7 rpg., shoots 64.9% from the floor on 63-of-97 attempts and has a team-leading 37 blocked shots. Off the bench, Casey scores 6.6 ppg. and grabs a team-high 5.3 rpg. , Miller scores 5.4 ppg. and is second with 26 treys, and Grieves scores 3.6 ppg.

Padua alum Derrick Flynn

In Heidelberg's Last Game on January 30 versus Ohio Northern in Ada: Ohio Northern -- 92, Heidelberg -- 87 -- In Heidelberg's last

game, a 92-87 loss at Ohio Northern Unversity on Jan. 30 in the ONU Sports Center in Ada, the Student Princes were led by Josh Calver with 26 points and Dave Givner chipped in 13 points and six assists. In addition, Nate Davis contributed 13 points with five rebounds and Travis Kinn had 12 markers and five rebounds. Keys to the ONU win included outrebounding the Student Princes, 39-29, and outscoring them from the foul

line, 21-14.

Admiral King alum Adrian Casey

Tallmadge's Bill Schindel, Salem's Scott Thomas Earn OAC Weekly Honors For Mount

Feb. 1, 2010

By Lenny Reich,

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union junior Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week and senior Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) named OAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week today.

Bill Schindel

Schindel won the individual title at 197 pounds and was one of three place winners that lead Mount Union to an 11th place finish at the 30-team Pete Wilson Invitational in Wheaton, IL.

On the season, the All-American is ranked No. 8 in the nation with a 14-1 overall record and this was the third tournament that he has won an individual title.  He also won the Citrus Invitational and Purple Raider Open titles.

Mount Union hosts the NAIA's No. 1 ranked team in Notre Dame (OH) College this Friday at 7 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.



Thomas was part of three first place finishes that led Mount Union to a third place finish this past weekend at the OAC Relays at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.

Thomas placed second overall in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.60 and combined with freshman Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak) to win the 55 meter dash relay.

Thomas also was on the winning sprint medley relay (3:36.24) with Pratt, junior Korey Smerk (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) and sophomore Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) and 4x200 meter relay team (1:32.92) with with Pratt, Kris Claros (Miami, FL/Mirmar) and Brandon Stallworth (Cleveland Heights/Villa Angela St. Joseph).

Mount Union hosts the Jim Wuske Invitational next Saturday which will be the first indoor event in the newly remodeled Peterson Field House in Alliance

Cleveland State and 

Milwaukee earn weekly 

swimming and diving laurels

Dobies and Koll each garner third accolade 

of the season


Feb. 1, 2010

By Will Roleson

INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland State senior Jakub Dobies has been named the Horizon League Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while Milwaukee sophomore Jake Koll has claimed Diver of the Week laurels for the period of Jan. 25-Jan. 31. 

Jakub Dobies

CSU's Jake Dobies


Dobies tallied two event wins and one runner up honor this past weekend in a road dual meet against Oakland .  His winning time of 56.89 in the 100-yard breaststroke was only 1.38 seconds off the NCAA ‘B’ standard of 55.51.  The Plock , Poland , native, also touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle in a time of 46.64.  Dobies received second-place honors by a mere eight one-hundredths of a second in the 200 freestyle, timing in at 1:42.48.  The Viking leader takes home his fourth career Swimmer of the Week award and third of the season.


Koll posted two individual victories this past weekend in a dual meet victory at Western Illinois .  The Racine , Wis. , native, totaled scores of 248.78 and 262.77 from the one- and three-meter heights, respectively.  The sophomore is honored with his third career weekly accolade, all coming in the 2009-10 season.

BracketBusters match-ups set 

for 9 of 10 Horizon League 


Nationally ranked Butler will find 

out opponent on ESPNU 

selection show tonight


Feb. 1, 2010

By Will Roleson

INDIANAPOLIS – The match-ups for nine of the Horizon League’s 10 men’s basketball teams in the 2010 BracketBusters event on Feb. 20 were announced Monday afternoon.


Among games at League schools, Detroit will host local-rival Eastern Michigan, Green Bay will face Indiana State, Milwaukee will welcome Niagara, and Cleveland State will tangle with Toledo.


The schedule of League teams on the road in BracketBusters includes Loyola at Creighton, UIC at Evansville, Valparaiso at Bowling Green, Wright State at Ohio, and Youngstown State at UC Riverside.


Nationally ranked and League-leading Butler will find out its opponent for the event on the BracketBusters selection show tonight on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. ET.  The Bulldogs’ game will air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU, which will combine to televise 11 BracketBusters games on Feb. 19-20.


2010 BracketBusters games involving Horizon League teams

Eastern Michigan at Detroit

Indiana State at Green Bay

Loyola at Creighton

Niagara at Milwaukee

Toledo at Cleveland State

UIC at Evansville

Valparaiso at Bowling Green

Wright State at Ohio

Youngstown State at UC Riverside

TBD at #23/15 Butler (to be announced on the BracketBusters selection show tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET)

MAC men's basketball teams Kent State and 

Akron have been chosen to participate in 

nationally televised games as part of the ESPNU 

BracketBusters on Friday, February 19 and 

Saturday, February 20.


Cleveland, Ohio - MAC men's basketball teams Kent State and Akron have been chosen to participate in nationally televised games as part of the ESPNU BracketBusters on Saturday, February 20. The 11 televised match-ups were announced by ESPN on Monday night.

In televised contests involving MAC teams, Akron (15-6, 5-2 MAC) travels to Richmond, Va. to take on Colonial Athletic Association opponent Virginia Commonwealth (15-5, 7-4 CAA) at 4 p.m. on ESPNU. Kent State (14-7, 5-2 MAC) will host Southern Conference foe Western Carolina (17-5, 7-3 Southern) later that night at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

A charter member of the BracketBusters event (eighth season), the Mid-American Conference is one of only two conferences that has seen one of it's participating teams reach the Regional Final (Kent State in 2002; George Mason reached Final Four in 2006). Last year, two Mid-American Conference teams (Miami and Buffalo) were featured in ESPN BracketBusters-branded games (contests aired on the TV package). Teams from the Mid-American Conference have posted a 12-16 record in ESPNU BracketBusters television games.


All BracketBusters match-ups will feature a return game at this year’s visiting team during the

2010-11 or 2011-12 season.


The pool for this year’s BracketBusters featured 98 teams, which were pre-determined to be home or road teams. 

2010 ESPNU BracketBusters Matchups
*Akron at Virginia Commonwealth, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)
*Western Carolina at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Ball State and Tennessee-Martin
Valparaiso at Bowling Green
Buffalo at St. Peters (NJ)
Tennessee State at Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Detroit
Southeast Missouri at Miami
Northern Illinois at Eastern Illinois
Wright State at Ohio
Toledo at Cleveland State
Western Michigan at Southern Illinois

*BracketBusters Television Game


For more information, log onto www.horizonleague.org or www.espnubracketbusters.com.


Vikings travel to Chicagoland 

for Thursday date

Feb. 1, 2010

By Brian McCann

Game 23
Cleveland State (10-12, 6-4) at UIC (5-16, 1-10)
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Site: UIC Pavilion (8,000), Chicago, Illinois
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: Concast SportsNet Chicago (Dave Wills & David Kaplan)
(Broadcast will be shown locally on SportsTime Ohio
Series: CSU Leads, 33-32
Last Meeting: @CSU 70, UIC 63, 1/9/10

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State makes it annual trip to Chicago this weekend to continue Horizon League play with a pair of contests. The Vikings will open the week at UIC on Thursday, Feb. 4 beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST in the UIC Pavilion on the UIC campus.  The game will be televised live by Comcast Chicago and will be shown throughout Ohio on SportsTime Ohio.  The Vikings (10-12, 6-4) ran their league win streak to three with a 77-69 win over Youngstown State on Saturday (Jan. 30) in the Wolstein Center.  CSU begins the week in fourth place in the league standings, a half-game behins second place Detroit (7-4) and Wright State (7-4).  UIC (5-16, 1-10) enters the game having dropped eight straight league contests to fall into last place, most recently losing at both Wright State (79-43) and Detroit (76-73).  This will be the 66th meeting between CSU and UIC with the Vikings owning a slim, 33-32 series lead.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.6 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (8.0, 6.0), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.9, 1.9 apg) and Trevon Harmon (10.7, 2.0) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.0, 1.0 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (1.4, 1.2) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (0.8, 0.3) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.1, 2.5 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he, along with  JC transfers Jared Cunningham (6.2, 3.0) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.7, 5.9) at center.