A Page -- Feb. 1, 2011

With wins over No. 1 teams in 

Indiana and Illinois, Gilmour is 

tournament tough and eagerly 

anticipating the week after the 

Baron Cup

Feb. 1, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – While it has been the St. Francis, St. Edward, University School and St. Ignatius folk of the world that have been the most bandied about hockey teams around the state, the dark horse this year very well could be Gilmour, a team that is coming off a weekend in which it defeated the state champions from both Indiana and Illinois to win its fourth tournament of the season.

The Lancers defeated St. Rita, the team from Chicago that won the state title last year in the “Land of Lincoln,” 4-1, in the title game to win the Hamilton Southeast Tournament, in Indiana. The Lancers also beat two-time defending Indiana state champ, Hamilton SE, 6-3, in round-robin play, as well as tied St. Rita, 1-1, and beat Carmel, another team from Indiana, 4-1.

While the Lancers (26-8-2) have been ranked in the top 10 in the state, they have not been ranked in the top five.

“We are OK with being under the radar and people looking at us that way,” said Gilmour coach John Malloy. “We don’t want to be that highly ranked, but we are a top-five team in the state, ranked or not. We prefer to be somewhere in the middle as far as rankings go. As is the case with any high school sports, Student/Athletes start thinking they are too good to have to work hard to win, and then they get surprised with an upset and then wonder what happened. Teams get fired up and get a hot goalie and the unexpected happens.”

The Lancers went 4-0 over the weekend and scored 15 goals, but not one player had more than two goals, which reflects how well they have spread out the scoring this season. On top of that, they have been scoring more goals than the traditional Gilmour teams of the early and mid 2000s that won a lot of games but a lot of them by 2-1 and 1-0 scores.

“We don’t have one explosive scorer, but we do have two who have scored a decent amount, a third guy with 15 and then a few other guys with six or seven,” Malloy said. “In those years when we had great goaltending but not a lot scoring, we might have had one scorer and then the next guy had maybe two or three. Now we have a few guys who can put the puck in the net and can have games when we score six goals as we did against a great team like Hamilton SE.”

While the offense was spread around in the tourney, it was the defense and the goaltending of Oliver Flesher that emerged as the key individual performers in this tourney due to posting three one-goal games in four tries.

“If there was an MVP of this tourney, it would have been Oliver,” Malloy said. “He had another great tournament and really kept us in it for the most part. He has been consistent and a good part of the reason we have won so many tournaments. It’s nice that we are able to get more goals and keep some of the pressure off him. With him in there, this team should win any game in which it does not give up more than two goals.”

Flesher has a goals-against average of 1.5 and a saves percentage of .933. Matt Grider has 26 goals and Spencer Antunez has 25 goals to lead the team. Antunez had a goal and three assists in the first two games in the tourney but then had to return home because of a family fatality.

“We got contribution from a lot of guys, including ones who had not scored many goals this season,” Malloy said. “Our third line got involved with three goals, which is great for them. We are getting more guys with a decent amount of goals. I’ll play our third line against anybody. They are gritty, hard-working kids who put a lot of pressure on people.”

Also four freshmen have been playing regularly on the Varsity A team and have developed into more “experienced” players.

In addition to St. Rita, the champion of the St. Ed tournament the last week of December, and Hamilton SE, the Lancers also this season in the Culver M.A. tournament beat New Trier, which, although a public school, is the St. Ed of Illinois, with 10 Blackhawk Cup (state title game) Championship Trophies among the school’s 120 state championship teams overall since 1901.

“We might not see a lot of the teams around here so most might not have much of an idea of how we stack up, but we have done quite well and against good competition like this,” said Malloy, who could reach the 500-win plateau if the Lancers could get 10 more victories this year (which might entail making it to the state Frozen Four). “Our guys know that unlike some of the teams around here that might have a big game coming up on a Saturday, like a US or a St. Ed, we might go to a tournament and after beating a very tough team, cannot have a letdown because we might have to beat that same team or a better one later that same day.”

Coach Malloy nearing 500 wins

Not being in the league with all the other teams in Greater Cleveland, the Lancers have a larger variety of opponents, but have gone 2-2 against defending state champ St. Ignatius in tournaments and have more wins (26) than every team and fewer losses (eight) than most teams in the area.

“We like it better that way,” Malloy said. “We believe that if we could get good at being tournament tough, it will better prepare us for the post season. We are at least as good as the teams around here. If that makes us No. 1 or a No. 2 for the Kent District, we don’t know, but we would like to think it would. We have played about even with St. Ignatius, St. Ed, and Padua. The other teams we have not seen although Hamilton beat St. Francis (No. 1 ranked team in the state) in the Lake Catholic Tourney.”

The Lancers this season have lost to St. Ed, 1-0, and Padua, 2-1.

“Even though we lost to St. Ed, I hear that we caused them a lot of grief from that game,” Malloy said. “Both against St. Ed and Padua, they got good goaltending with their goalies just standing on their heads. That’s the great difference maker in many games. I still think our schedule is as tough as if not tougher than anyone else’s in the state.”

“What might hurt us is that a lot of people don’t know us and we have not played US, which could cost us the No. 1 seed, but I am pleased with how we have played so far.”

Of the eight losses this season, only one Lancer setback has been by one goal, a 6-3 downing in the Ignatius Christmas Tourney final by the host Wildcats. In addition to the four tourney titles, the Lancers were runners up in the two other tourneys they have been in this season.

“By the same token, we are not blowing out many teams,” Malloy said. “We are a good team offensively, but we are not explosive to the point of taking it to a lopsided win.”

The power-play has also clicked well with a 42-percent conversion rate.

“We need to do better on the penalty kill and 5-on-5,” Malloy said.


February 1, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Bowling Green at Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.
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The Falcons will enter the Northern Illinois game with an overall record of 17-4, and BGSU is 5-3 in MAC play. BG is currently in second place in the MAC's East Division standings, a game behind Kent State. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 18.9 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.0 rebounds per contest, she has scored 20 or more points in 11 games this year.

 Classmate Tracy Pontius has 12.0 ppg to date, and leads the team with 4.0 assists per outing. BGSU is coming off of back-to-back losses against Toledo on Wednesday night and Western Michigan on Saturday. Winners of three-of-four, with the only loss coming in overtime to MAC East leader Kent State, the Huskies are on the best roll since early in the year, when NIU won four-of-five. First year head coach Kathi Bennett continues to express approval, but not satisfaction with her team's improvement.

 Marke Freeman ranks in the league's top-10 in six categories. The senior is seventh in scoring (16.5 ppg), ninth in rebounding (8.0 rpg), free throw percentage (82.6 pct.), first in steals (3.00 spg), defensive rebounds (7.00 drpg), and minutes played (35.9 mpg).

Taylor Ratliff's 15 lead Columbia past 

Wellington; Victoria Reisinger dumps in 

14 for Dukes

Feb. 1, 2011

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


In Patriot Athletic Conference divisional crossover basketball play, Columbia was a 62-45 winner over Wellington

Taylor Ratliff had a game-high 15, Danielle Riolo 13 and Christine Luzyn 12 to lead the Raiders.

Victoria Reisinger had 14 points and Jessica Davis eight points for the Dukes.

Columbia is now 7-10 overall and Wellington 4-9.

At 6-2, Columbia is now a full two games behind Stripes Division leaders Lutheran West and Brooklyn. Wellington is 2-6 in the Stars Division.

Joe Baker and Dennis Meehan combine 

for four goals; Holy Name reaches 25-

win mark; Namers nearing Baron Cup 

berth in inaugural year in Red Division

Feb. 1, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Dennis Meehan and Joe Baker each scored two goals to lead Holy Name to a 6-1 win over Elyria Catholic in Red South Division play.

Joe Baker

Joe Meehan and Dave Fasbender also scored Namer goals.

Joe Meehan

Marcus Wolk saved 22 shots for the Green Wave while Josh Escandon saved 27 of the 33 he faced for the Panthers.

The win puts the Namers at 25-6 overall and one game away from clinching a playoff spot in their first Baron Cup I tournament. Holy Name made it to the Baron Cup III and Baron Cup II tournaments more than once its first six years of existence prior to moving up to the Red this year.

Ravenna's Dukes Heads up Five Spartans who Earn UAA Athlete of the Week Honors

February 1, 2011

Bu Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – A quintet of Case Western Reserve University student-athletes were named University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week, announced the league office on Tuesday, February 1. 

Junior wrestler Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna), senior swimmer Robby Browning (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South), freshman swimmerMaggie Dillione (Newton, PA/Council Rock North), junior track & field thrower Amanda Kline (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster), and freshman track & field thrower Harry Weintraub(Croton-on-Hudson, NY/Hendrick Hudson) were all honored for their accomplishments over the weekend. 


Dukes posted a 4-1 record to finish runner-up in his weight class at the Pete Wilson Invitational at Wheaton College (IL).



The defending national champ at 149 pounds, Dukes posted one technical fall, one pin and two major decisions before falling to a Division II competitor in the championship match. With another superlative performance, Dukes improved to 26-2 this season and has not lost to a Division III opponent since November, 2010.

 His only three losses during that span came against DII competitor’s at the 2010 and 2011 Wilson Invitationals and a DI opponent at this year’s Midlands Championships. He also remains ranked first nationally in Division III and earns his seventh Wrestler of the Week Award for the season and 17th career.

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St. Ignatius, St. Ed, US, Shaker have 

already clinched Baron Cup berths; 

Amherst, Solon, Kenston, Normandy, 

River, Roosevelt clinch spots in

Baron Cup II

Feb. 1, 2011

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Coming down to the last week of league play, high school hockey fans in Greater Cleveland will know by Sunday night who will be participating in the three Baron Cup tourneys next week in Brooklyn.

In the Red Division (Baron Cup I), St. Ignatius, St. Edward, University School and Shaker Heights have already clinched playoff spots. The Wildcats, St. Ed, and US hold the top three spots, in that order, in the Red North and Shaker leads the Red South.

Five teams from the Red North will make it in while three from the Red South will make it. With two games left for each of the seven Red North teams, Iggy has 16 points, Eds 14, US 12, Strongsville 10, Lake Catholic 8, Padua 6 and Walsh Jesuit 4.

Walsh has not been eliminated, but would need two wins, and two losses by Lake Catholic and some help on tie breakers, possibly in the three-way scenario. With 10 points, Strongsville has the edge on getting the fourth spot, but if Lake Catholic and Padua each win twice this weekend, the Cougars could jump into a tie with US for the third spot or take over the fourth spot, while Padua would also get into a tie for the fifth spot with either Lake Catholic or Strongsville or some kind of three-way tie with both for fourth. 

Tie breakers of head-to-head competition, goals against, goals for and coin tosses would be the tie breakers.

The Eagles, Wildcats and Preppers are now playing for positioning, to get the best seeding possible. Lake Catholic has both St. Ed and Strongsville on the road, so it will be tough to make it in, but having two points on Padua could play in its favor. The Bruins have the two Jesuit schools left, the Warriors at home and Wildcats on the road. Strongsville has Lake Catholic and Ignatius left.

Holy Name, four points behind Shaker, can control its own destiny. The Namers (6-2) have games with North Olmsted (5-3) and Hudson (5-4) this week. The Eagles are in a similar but a bit tougher position with Shaker as its other game this week. Shaker at 8-1 does not need a win against the Eagles to get into the Baron Cup, but probably do to win the division outright and earn the right to opt back up to the Red North next season after a four-year absence.

Walsh has not been eliminated, but would need two wins, and two losses by Lake Catholic and some help on tie breakers, possibly in the three-way scenario. With 10 points, Strongsville has the edge on getting the fourth spot, but if Lake Catholic and Padua each win twice this weekend, the Cougars could jump into a tie with US for the third spot or take over the fourth spot, while Padua would also get into a tie for the fifth spot with either Lake Catholic or Strongsville or some kind of three-way tie with both for fourth. 

Even with a loss, Hudson’s 3-2 win over Shaker Sunday left it in a position to still get in with a tie breaker should North Olmsted also go winless this week.

After a slow start in which it won only three of its first 12 games, US has turned it around the second half of the season, winning or tying 12 of its last games, a continuity that has four-game unbeaten strings. In their last 10 games, all have been wins except two one-goal losses (including one in overtime) and two ties.


With Matt Wipper still out with an injury, Connor Clemens has moved into second place on the Preppers in scoring with 36 points on 17 goals and 19 assists. Ian Robertson leads in all three offensive scoring categories with 57 points, 26 goals and 31 assists.

George Chapman is the US defensemen leading the team in protecting the goalie with 30 penalty minutes although Robertson has 38 box minutes as a forward. Clemens has the best plus-minus with a +25.


US is still looking for a little more comeback juice. The Preppers are now 0-6-2 in games when they are trailing after two periods but on the flip side 10-0-2 in games when they are leading after two periods. They are 9-1-1 when leading after one period, but now have two wins and two ties when trailing after one period.

The Peppers have a conversion rate in the power play of 26 percent, but have a sterling 82 percent rate on the penalty kill.

In the White Division, Solon, Amherst, Kenston, Roosevelt, Normandy and two-time defending Baron Cup II champs Rocky River have already clinched spots for the Baron Cup II. Amherst at 8-0 is the best candidate to get the option to move up to the Red South for next season.

Lakewood could control its own destiny this weekend. The 9-0 Rangers would get the only spot from the Blue Central in the Baron Cup III. Midview (10-0 in the Blue South) Cleveland Heights, Orange, Hoover, Nordonia, Latin and defending Baron Cup III champion Mayfield appear to be on the way in as well.

Tonight's Mount Union-Heidelberg wrestling match has been postponed

February 1, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's wrestling match at Heidelberg scheduled for 7:30 pm Tuesday Feb. 1 in Tiffin has been postponed.  No make up date has been announced at this time.

Mount Union is ranked No. 9 in the nation while Heidelberg is the five-time defending confence champion.  

Heidelberg will have LIVE VIDEO of the match which you can access by clicking the link above (You need to register for FREE before match then link will be active). 

Mount Union is a perfect 11-0 on the season and in first place in the OAC with a 3-0 record, while Heidelberg is 9-7-2 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.

BW-Musky match postponed

By Jeff Miller

Tonight's match against Muskingum has been postponed. No make-up date has been set at this time.

The 25th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament is this Saturday, February 5 in the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse .  The first macthes are slated to start at 10:00 a.m.  If you are interested in volunteering to help at the Summa Tournament, please call Head Coach Rich Fleming at the College at 440-826-3258 or e-mail him at rfleming@bw.edu<https://owa.bw.edu/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx>.

Ashaunte' Dent scores a baker's dozen to 

lead Buchtel past Garfield

Feb. 1, 2011 

By Norm Weber 
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 

Ashaunte' Dent scored 13 points and Bricil Clayton 11 to lead Buchtel to a 39-38 win over Garfield in an Akron City Series basketball game. 
The Griffins improved to 5-10 with the win.
Deana Lewis

Thirteen is a lucky number for Cuyahoga 

Heights basketball; Deana Lewis scores

13 to propel Skins to 13th win

 Feb. 1, 2011

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Deana Lewis scored 13 points to lead Cuyahoga Heights to a 41-18 win over Grand Valley in Chagrin Valley Conference play.

The Redskins are now 13-2 overall and Grand Valley 4-11.

Lewis kept up with the 13 theme all night as she leads the team with 13.5 points per game and with the baker's dozen kept the average above 13 as well as the consistency.

CSU basketball team heads to Green Bay

Feb. 1, 2011

By Greg Murphy

The Cleveland State women's basketball team continues its three game road trip when the Vikings head to Wisconsin for two games this week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. CST (8:00 p.m. in Cleveland) contest at No. 21/16 Green Bay on Thursday (Feb. 3).

The Vikings, who have won three of their last four, are 12-8 overall and tied for fourth place in the Horizon League with UIC at 5-4, just one game behind third place Wright State (6-3). Green Bay is 20-1 overall and sits atop the league standings with a perfect 9-0 mark. The Phoenix lead the all-time series with CSU, 48-5, with two of the Vikings wins coming in the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship (2008 & 2010).

Both of those wins have come in the Kress Events Center, making the Vikings the only Horizon League team to win in the building and the only team to defeat UWGB more than one time in the facility.

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CSU men's hoops team returns to the 

'Stein to host Valpo

Feb. 1, 2011

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State returns home for the most important homestand in recent memory when the Vikings host a pair ofHorizon League games, starting with a first-place showdown with Valparaiso on Thursday, Feb. 3 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

CSU enters the week having won five straight games to improve to 20-3 overall and 9-2 in league play, a half-game ahead of the Crusaders (16-6, 8-2).

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Mount to host Musky in men's baskets

February 1, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's men's basketball team looks to snap a three-game skid when they host Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at 7:30 pm tomorrow in The McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Raider senior Ben Hodkinson

Admission to everything is FREE but Mount Union is collecting donations for charity.

The game will be broadcast locally on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and WDPN AM 1310 and simulcast online along with LIVE STATS game tracker. 
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No. 22 ranked Mount Union to face Musky in hoops

February 1, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

MUSKINGUM, Ohio -- Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team is scheduled to visit Muskingum for an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will secure an OAC Tournament spot.

The Purple Raiders (16-3, 9-3), currently in second place in the OAC, have won six of their last seven games and remain in the hunt for the OAC Tournament's top seed.

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Olivia Myers' 11 points not enough as 

Lake Christian falls to Newcomerstown

Olivia Myers scored 11 points, bu tLake Christian still fell to Newoomerstown, 80-22.

Newcomerstown improves to 14-2 and the Tigers fall to 1-14.

US drops a notch to fifth in state polls; 

Iggy, Eds, Gilmour, Padua, Strongsville, 

Shaker remain spots from last Tuesday's 


Feb. 1, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


University School dropped one notch to fifth in the state hockey poll as Northview jumped two notches, bumping St. John from fifth to sixth, while everything else stayed the same from last week.

In the sixth state poll released tonight by the Blue Jackets, the other five local teams in the top 10 maintained their standing from a week a ago and for the most part from the four previous weeks as well.

St. Ignatius continues to anchor the No. 2 spot while St. Ed is firmly entrenched in the No. 3 spot. Despite beating the top team in Indiana and top in Illinois over the weekend, Gilmour remained in the No. 7 spot, while Padua is still eighth, Strongsville ninth and Shaker 10th.

Walsh Jesuit and Holy Name were also among the “others receiving votes.



1.  St. Francis                             89 (8)

2.  St. Ignatius                        82 (1)

3.  St. Edward                        63

4.  Northview                             51

5.  University School        50

6.  St. John’s                              49                  

7.  Gilmour Academy            40                   

8.  Padua                                    21

9.  Strongsville                                       17

 10. Shaker Heights                                16