A Page -- Feb. 10, 2010

Eric Sefchik
Brooklyn native Eric Sefchik

St. Edward Alumnus Eric Sefchik 

named West Point's Athlete of the 

Week for second consecutive week

Feb. 10, 2010

Story and photo Courtesy of Army Athletic Communications

WEST POINT, N.Y.  - For the second consecutive weekend, Army hockey player Eric Sefchik registered multi-point games, and for the second straight week, Sefchik has been named the Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week.

Sefchik extended his streak of consecutive multiple-point games to four with a five-point weekend to help Army to two points against Holy Cross.


A senior captain from Brooklyn, Ohio, Sefchik totaled two goals, including a short-handed tally and posted three assists over the weekend while registered a +3 plus/minus rating. Sefchik scored a short-handed goal and matched his career best with an even strength goal later in a 4-1 win. He handed out three assists during the first game of the series, the third time in his career he has registered three assists.

Sefchik is now the team's point leader with a team-best 22 assists and nine goals and has racked up nine points on four goals and five assists in his last four games.

Sefchik and goalie Jay Clark have both twice been named the AAA Athlete of the Week. 

Army is 10-13-5 overall and 9-9-4 in Atlantic Hockey Association games.

The Black Knights are hosting RIT this weekend with games Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Tate Rink. Hospitality passes, rink-side seats and single-game tickets are available by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY or visiting 

Kent State aims to maintain top spot in MAC East, sweep West foes with tonight's home meeting with Ball State

Feb. 10, 2010

By Jeremy Guy


MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Ball State (12-10, 6-4 MAC) at Kent State (17-7, 8-2 MAC)

7 p.m. • All-MACcess • Ball State leads series 38-33

 Kent State hosts Ball State on Wednesday night looking to complete a sweep of the MAC West for a second consecutive year.  The Golden Flashes enter the game having won seven straight.  In a showdown of MAC Divisional leaders on Saturday, Kent State earned a 68-63 win at Central Michigan after overcoming a nine-point second half deficit to maintain its lead atop the MAC standings. Kent State has won 16 straight against MAC West opponents.  The Golden Flashes last loss came on Feb. 2, 2008 at Toledo. Chris Singletary leads the team with 13.7 points per game while also averaging 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in MAC Play...Ball State had a fourgame winning streak snapped with a 75-70 overtime loss to Akron last Saturday  The Cardinals are led by 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year Jarrod Jones with 12.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Jauwan Scaife is also in double figures with 10.0 ppg.  


Northern Illinois (8-14, 4-6 MAC) at Bowling Green (11-11, 4-6 MAC)

7 p.m. • Series tied 25-25

 Northern Illinois will look to salvage one win in the Mid-American Conference East Division crossover swing Wednesday night, when the Huskies take on host Bowling Green at Anderson Arena. Northern Illinois is coming off last Saturday’s 74-69 loss versus visiting Miami. In conference play, the Huskies are leading the league in offensive rebounds (13.70 rpg), while ranking second in defensive rebounds (26.10 rpg), rebounding margin (+3.3) and blocks per game (4.30). The Huskies are being led offensively by junior guard Xavier Silas, who is averaging a team-high 19.5 points per game, including a MAC second-best 20.3 points per MAC contest... The Falcons, who have dropped two-straight MAC-West crossover games by a total of five points, will be playing their first home game since Feb. 1 against rival Toledo. The Falcons are 9-0 this year when holding an opponent to 62 points or less but just 2-11 when a team reaches 63 points or more. Bowling Green has held seven consecutive opponents to 65 points or less but has lost four of those games by giving up 64 points on three occasions and 65 points to Western Michigan Saturday. The Falcons are being led by sophomore guard Scott Thomas, who is averaging a team-high 11.9 points per game.


Toledo (3-21, 0-10 MAC) at Miami (10-13, 7-3 MAC)

7 p.m. • Miami leads series 66-49

 Toledo will close out the East Division portion of its Mid-American Conference schedule when it travels to Oxford, Ohioto battle Miam. The Rockets are still searching for their first conference victory following a pair of near-misses last week. UT suffered a 65-58 (OT) setback to Ohio on Thursday followed by a 65-59 defeat to Buffalo on Saturday. Barnett is UT’s top scorer with 13.6 ppg, with Anyijong ranking second on the team with 8.4 ppg and also grabbing a team-best 5.2 rpg...The RedHawks are riding a four-game win streak after winning a pair of road games last week over Western Michigan (56-54) and Northern Illinois (74-69). Senior G Kenny Hayes paces the RedHawks offensively with 14.3 ppg with sophomore F Julian Mavunga and junior F Nick Winbush at 9.7 ppg. Miami tops the MAC in scoring defense in conference games only, allowing a league-low 60.4 ppg.


Eastern Michigan (12-11, 4-6 MAC) at Buffalo (12-9, 5-5 MAC)

7 p.m. • Buffalo leads series 8-7

 Buffalo will open a three-game homestand against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. Buffalo is coming off a 65-59 win at Toledo on Saturday night. Rodney Pierce led the Bulls with 16 points. The Bulls have won four of the last five meetings over Eastern Michigan at Alumni Arena. The Bulls have been doing a good job distributing the basketball this season. Buffalo is averaging 14.9 assists per game this year. If they keep up this pace they will finish the season with their highest assist-per-game average since the 1997-98 season when they averaged 15.7 assists per game. John Boyer leads the team with 111 assists...Eastern Michigan is coming off a 70-61 win over Ohio on Saturday. Carlos Medlock turned in three outstanding efforts in leading the Eagles to a 2-1 record in last week’s action. He finished the week with a 21.7 scoring average, a 3.7 rebound mark, a 4.7 assist average and a 1.7 steal average in those games. He made 17-of-37 field attempts (45.9 percent), 8-of-22 three-point shots (36.4), 23-of-27 free throws (75.2) while scoring 65 points in the three contests.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina 

comes home to Cleveland and 

explodes for career-high 27

points to lead Mount Union to 

"championship game" 

win over B-W 

Feb. 10, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO --  Freshman guard Rosa LaMattina scored a game-high tying 27 points as the 25th-ranked (WBCA) Mount Union College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 81-78, tonight (Wednesday, February 10, 2010) in the Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea.


Mount frosh Rosa LaMattina from Westlake

With the win, the Purple Raiders improve to 19-3 overall, 12-3 in the OAC, and move into a tie for second-place in the conference with B-W. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 16-6 overall, 12-3 in the OAC, and split the season-series with MUC.

LaMattina hit all six of her first half shots and had 18 points as the Raiders scorched the nets hitting 19 of their 26 shots (73.1-percent) in the period to score a season-best 51 points and lead 51-41. 

In addition to LaMattina for Mount Union, Lauren Forquer scored 13 points. B-W was led by junior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) with a game and career-high tying 27 points.

In the first half, B-W led 8-7 when junior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) nailed a three-pointer at 17:46. Mount Union moved ahead with a 13-5 run ending in a LaMattina fast-break layup that made the score 21-12 at the 12:59 mark. The Yellow Jackets answered with a 12-5 run of their own and trailed 26-24 when junior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion) scored on a layup at 9:27. However, the Raiders outscored the Jackets 25-17 over the duration of the half and led 51-41 at intermission.

In the second half, Mount Union built its lead to a high of 13 points on two separate occasions, the second coming when Kelly Evans scored on a layup to make the score 60-47 at the 14:58 mark. B-W rallied with a 16-5 run and got to within 65-63 when Schroeder drove the lane for a layup with 8:36 left to play. After the two sides exchanged buckets, the Jackets pulled even closer when senior center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentagy Liberty) hit a short jumper to make the score 68-67 with 6:33 remaining. Both teams then took turns hitting key baskets over the next six minutes before B-W once again got to within one, at 79-78, when Schroeder connected on a three-pointer with just under 14 seconds left to play. LaMattina then hit a pair of free throws and the Raiders forced a turnover on B-W’s final possession to secure the 81-78 victory.

B-W is back in action on Saturday, February 13 when it travels to New Concord to play OAC-rival Muskingum University in the Muskingum HPER Center at 3:00 p.m. The final regular season home game for the Yellow Jackets is on Wednesday, Feb. 17 when they host Ohio Northern University on Senior Night in the Ursprung Gym at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the game, B-W will honor Brough, its lone senior, along with her parents.

Strongsville posts mild upset 

over slumping Padua in first 

round of Baron Cup to earn right 

to play top-ranked Iggy

 Feb. 10, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – Right from the start of the Baron Cup I tournament, surprises surfaced as No. 5 seed Strongsville upset No. 4 seed Padua, 2-1, tonight here at the John Coyne Recreation Center.


Ray Williams scored the game-winning goal for the 20-8-1 Mustangs at 10:54 of the third period just 44 seconds after a Strongsville power play had ended.

Strongsville High School Mustangs Hockey


“We still had the push from the power play after we had been putting a lot of pressure on their goalie,” said Strongsville coach Carl Wagner. “That was a nice tip by Williams. Our goalie Justin Jakubik made some nice saves near the end to preserve it for us.”


Padua outshot the Mustangs 16-8 in the third and 38-28 for the game. Jakubik had 37 saves.


“My defensemen got right there in front of the net to push out the puck when they were trying to slam me those last five minutes,” Jakubik said. “A lot of people don’t expect us to win, but we expect to win. I played youth hockey with about five of the Padua guys and they practice at our rink right after us, so it was nice to beat them.”



Strongsville, which is moving up to the Red North next year, has made winning post-season games against higher seeded teams an annual thing by now, having dropped St. Ed once in the Baron Cup and once in the state tourney within the last four years.


Padua killed a power play the Stangs gained at 8:10 of the third when both Strongsville’s Robert Worley and Padua’s Jerrod Bogdan were called for roughing. However, Bogdan exhaled a little more aggression and was tacked with four minutes for roughing and 10 minutes for misconduct, while Worley sat for only two minutes on the roughing penalty.


Bogdan served both halves of his four minutes of roughing payback concurrently, putting the Stangs in the power play for two minutes and setting up of the offensive surge leading to the winning goal by Williams.

Ray Wiliams


The Bruins (16-10-1) and Mustangs skated to a 1-1 through one period. Padua drew first blood when Josh Goebel grabbed a rebound off the pads of Jakubik and slammed it home. Bogdan earned the assist on the first goal of the night, coming at 6:15 of the first.


The lead stood until 12:36 when J.T Grahl tied it up for Strongsville with an assist from Ryan Bedard.


Both teams’ specialty units killed a penalty in the first period, Padua’s power play coming in the first minute and Strongsville’s midway through it. Padua outshot the Stangs after the first 15, 14-8.


The second period was all defense, goaltending and special teams as nothing changed in terms of the score.


Padua’s special teams came through strong after the Bruins dug a hole for themselves midway through the second frame.


Strongsville had a golden scoring opportunity when interference and slashing penalties on the Bruins presented a 5-on-3

Mustang skate for 1:14. However, the Mustangs botched it and the thinner power plays, Padua’s short-hand unit killing the 5-on-3 and the front and back ends of it.


With killing the two penalties, Padua was not on the attack as much in the second period as in the first and Strongsville won the shots-on-goal battle in the period, 12-8, to skate off after 30 minutes down 22-20 in shots.


Kyle Buher and Justin Fink assisted on the winning goal for the Stangs.


Four roughing penalties (two on each team) were called with five seconds to play while Padua was using a sixth attacker, Jakubik and mates stood tall the rest of the way to get into Saturday’s semi final with top-ranked (tournament, city and state) St. Ignatius.

Top-ranked St. Ignatius bounces Shaker from Baron Cup tourney, advancing to semis against Strongsville

Feb. 10, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – St. Ignatius, No. 1 tournament seed and the top ranked team in the state, advanced to Saturday’s semifinal of the Baron Cup I with tonight’s 6-1 win over eighth-seeded Shaker Heights.


The Wildcats (24-6-3) wasted no time in strapping themselves in the driver’s seat in tonight’s quarterfinal here at the Coyne Center.


Defenseman Sam Nader went high, flicking the puck over Red Raider goalie Eric Sterin’s left shoulder at 1:29 of the first to make it 1-0. Then Paddy Spelllacy gave the Cats a 2-0 lead at 4:33 by skating through the circles and firing the puck to the back of the net from six feet out of the crease.


Pete Bobulsky added a second-period goal and then at the start of the third Shaker decided it might try to make a game of it, slicing it down to 3-1 on a Harry Williams goal.


“That No. 7 (Williams) is a good hockey player and can get dangerous on a napping defense,” said St. Ignatius coach Pat O’Rourke. “Shaker is a program that will be back. Expect to see them back in the Red North soon. It was an OK game for us. Our experience made the difference in this one. Once all those younger guys get experience, watch out for Shaker.”


The Red Raiders got off to a slow start in league play, were almost set on playing in the Last Chance Tourney this week but wound up winning 10 of their last 12 games, qualifying on the last day with a 10-0 win over Avon Lake to leap ahead of Hudson, the team ironically coached by Shaker coach Mike Bartley’s son Matt.


“I wanted to see these guys get in this tournament so that they could play against a team like this, which is probably the best one in the state,” Bartley said. “This gives them an idea, a gauge of what it takes to compete well in the state tournament, We just did not have enough good scoring chances, None of these guys have ever been in a Baron Cup and I wanted them to have that.”


Shaker has a storied past in Baron Cup tournaments, with quite a track record in Bartley’s near four decades of running the program. Since dropping out of the Red North three years ago after making it to the state title game two years prior to that, Shaker has been rebuilding.


Iggy then busted it open on goals by Nader, Mike Wells, and Liam Geither. Iggy outshot the Raiders by two to one. Nolan Schade, John Jeziorowski, Wells, Spellacy, and Andy Steed picked up assists.

Bay and Kent rescheduled for Friday in Baron Cup III

Feb. 10, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – The first-round Baron Cup III game between Bay and Kent Roosevelt that was snowed out Tuesday night has been rescheduled for 4:30 on Friday preceding Baron Cup II semifinal game between Kenston and Solon, which will be followed by the other Baron Cup II semifinal between River and Chagrin.


The Rockets-Kent winner will play Cleveland Heights, a 3-2 winner in overtime over Garfield. Tyler Rudy scored the game winner with assists from Jordan Shoger and Chris Zirm.


The Tigers led after one period on a goal by Zirm assisted by Shoger and Sam Brown an then a 2-0 lead at 2:40 of the second on a Ben Urbas goal assisted by Allie Sharon and Trevor Plunkett.


The Bulldogs tied it in the second on goals by Mike Lange and Cody Orahoski. Lange and Elliott Hastings assisted on the second goal.


Chagrin made its way into the game with the defending Baron Cup champs by dropping Amherst, 6-4. The Tigers scored the first three goals of the game with Kevin Hamorl lilghtng the lamp twice and Alastar Mirhei getting the scoring started in the fourth minute of the contest.


Drew Ashton, Jaron Smith, Josh Bubkovich and Jordan Reynolds scored goals for Amherst. Scott Campbell and Geo Chapman also scored for Chagrin.












Atlantic Hockey Association All 

Academics Eric Sefchik from St. Ed, 

Kyle Maggard from Gilmour, and

AHA 2009 All Rookie Selection

Marcel Alvarez from Iggy bolster

Army offensive ice attack

Feb. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 (All photos courtesy of Army Athletic Communications)

St. Ignatius, St. Edward and Gilmour have all contributed to Army’s Division I college hockey team that is playing .500 hockey in the tough Atlantic Hockey Association this season.

Whenever West Point goes to war on ice, suiting up are St. Edward alumnus Eric Sefchik, St. Ignatius grad Marcel Alvarez and Gilmour alum Kyle Maggard.

Marcel Alvarez
Iggy alum Marcel Alvarez

Sefchik, who hails from Brooklyn, is the leading scorer for the Cadets with 31 points in 28 games. He also leads in assists with 22 and is tied for second in goals with nine.


His shot percentage (.118) is one of the tops on the team and his +7 leads the team in capitalizing on scoring chances and minimizing the opponents’ when he is on the ice.


On the power play, Sefchik, An All Academic Atlantic Hockey Association selection,  is tied for the team lead with nine assists and also has three goals for 12 points, which also is tied for second best on Army’s team.


Ten days ago, Sefchik scored a goal with 11 seconds left to enable Army to tie arch-rival Air Force, 3-3.

Eric Sefchik

Alvarez, an honor student at Ignatius and the defensive MVP for th Wildcats as a junior, is listed a defensemen on the Army roster, but is one of those defensemen that takes on a strong offensive presence at times. Alvarez is fourth on the team in scoring with 19 points and in assists with 10.


Also, he is doing his job as a defenseman in protecting his goalie and zone, as he is tied for the team lead in penalties with 15 in 20 games. He is also skating at a +5.

Cleveland native Marcel Alvarez

Alvarez, Army’s Rookie of the Year last year, is the guy the Cadets like having on the ice during power-play opportunities. He leads the team in power-play points with 14, is tied for most goals in such situations (6) and is third in assists (8).

Maggard, also a forward, skates on a different line from Sefchik but has also been productive in the scoring columns, tallying 13 points on five goals and eight assists. He also has one game-winning goal.

Another native Clevelander Kyle Maggard

Sefchik and Maggard are tied for second on the team in shorthand goals.


Both Sefchik and Maggard scored goals in Army’s 4-1 win over Holy Cross this past weekend. Alvarez had an assist. Maggard also scored a goal in the tie with Air Force, tying it 2-2 early in the third period with his lamplighter.


In that game against Air Force, legendary hockey coach Jack Riley (542 wins at Arm and 1960 Gold Medal for US Olympics) dropped the ceremonial first puck.

Cleveland State men return home

to host Valpo tomorrow

Feb. 10, 2010

By Brian McCann

Game 25
Valparaiso (13-13, 8-6) at Cleveland State (12-12, 8-4)
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None.  Video Stream available online via the Horizon League Network.
Series: CSU Leads, 26-8
Last Meeting: @Valpo 78, CSU 71 (1/16/10)
Promo: Indoor Tailgate Opens At 5:30 p.m. (Dollar dogs, $2 drafts, cornhole and other games & more)
Tickets:    $8, $15 & $25

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State returns home to start a stretch that will see it close the regular season by playing five of its final seven games in the Wolstein Center when the Vikings host Valparaiso on Thursday, Feb 11 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The Vikings ran their current win streak to five last weekend when CSU swept its annual trip to Chicago for the second straight season, upending both UIC (74-63) and Loyola (59-56) to reach the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 25.  The Vikings (12-12, 8-4) enter the week in second place in the Horizon League standings, a half-game ahead of both Wright State and Green Bay (8-5) and a game ahead of Valparaiso (8-6).  Valparaiso (13-13), which was picked to finish eighth in the league this year in the preseason poll, has played well with a young lineup, already improving on last year's 9-22 overall and 5-13 league marks.  This will be the 35th meeting between CSU and Valpo with the Vikings owning a 26-8 series lead, including a 5-1 record since the Crusaders joined the Horizon League three seasons ago.

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 (16.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.9 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (8.2, 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 (11.2, 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 (1.2, 1.2) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (0.7, 0.5) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.3, 2.3 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 (6.4, 3.2) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.5, 5.8) at center.

Anthony Wells

Shaker Heights High alum Anthony Wells

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Feb. 8).  As a team, the Vikings are 15th nationally in steals (9.2 spg), 29th in turnover margin (+3.4), 35th in free throw percentage (.735), 84th in three-point field goals per game (7.0) and 99th in turnovers per game (13.0).  Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 13th nationally in steals (2.6 spg).

HARMON NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  After averaging 15.5 points in the two Viking wins last week, sophomore guard Trey Harmon has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week.  In the two games, Harmon shot .500 from the field (11-22), .273 from three-point (3-11) and a perfect six-for-six from the line, adding eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.  He scored 17 points with five assists in the win over UIC and then came back to tally 14 points with a career high six rebounds as CSU rallied to edge Loyola. Harmon is the second Viking to earn the honor this year, joining Norris Cole (Jan. 25).

VIKINGS DRAW TOLEDO IN BRACKETBUSTER:  Cleveland State will host Toledo (3-18) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the annual BracketBusters.  This will be the third time that CSU will face a team from the Mid-American Conference.  Toledo leads the all-time series, 6-2, but the Vikings took the most recent meeting, a 77-56 decision at the CBE Classic in Miami, Fla. last season.

VIKINGS PUT HOME WIN STREAK ON THE LINE:  When the Vikings take the court against Valparaiso on Thursday (Feb. 11), they will be attempting to extend its home winning streak against league opponents to 14 straight, an ongoing school record.  After losing on a last second shot to Butler in December, 2008, CSU ran off seven straight wins to close the regular season and then defeated Detroit in the opening round of the league tourney.  The Vikings have won all five games this year to break the old record of 12 games, which was originally set from Jan., 1985 to Jan., 1987.

JAMES DUE BACK SOON:  The Vikings may get a little good news from the training room in the near future as junior guard Lance James is close to returning to the hardwood after missing the last 17 games with a broken left foot.  He was averaging 2.0 points in 7.6 minutes in the first seven games until he suffered a Jone fracture that required surgery on Dec. 2.

COLE MOVES INTO 16TH PLACE ON SCORING CHART:  An 11-point effort against Loyola on Saturday allowed junior guard Norris Cole to move into 16th place on the CSU career scoring list with 1.048 points.  He now needs 75 points to catch Anthony Reed (1991-93), who is 15th with 1,123 points.  Cole, the 18th player in CSU history to score 1,000 points in a career, reached the milestone in the Jan. 24 win over Milwaukee.  He is only the eighth player to accomplish it as a junior.  In 24 games, he leads the team and ranks second in the league, averaging 16.2 points a game (389 total).

St. Ignatius, Padua, Eds, 

Strongsville get top four seeds 

in Brooklyn hockey sectionals 

that begin Monday

Feb. 10, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – To no one’s surprise, top-ranked St. Ignatius received the No. 1 seed for the Brooklyn District in the state hockey tournaments that begin here and Kent Monday.


In the seeding voting held tonight here at city hall across from the rink, the Wildcats (24-6-3) received 420 points from the coaches. They were followed by Padua (376), St. Edward (358) and Strongsville (345).


The fifth through 10 seeds went to Red East winner North Olmsted, Elyria Catholic, White West winner Rocky River, Amherst, Holy Name and Brecksville, respectively.


In first-round play, eighth seeded Amherst will play 16th seeded Avon Lake, North Olmsted will play 19th seeded Lakewood, 11th seeded Olmsted Falls will play 17th seeded Garfield Heights, ninth seeded Holy Name will play Benedictine, 10th seeded Brecksville will face 13th seeded Normandy, seventh seeded River will play 15th seeded Bay, first-seeded Ignatius will play 21st seed Brooklyn, and second seeded Padua will play N, 20 seed Midview.

Men's Basketball – Mount Union Rallies From 21 Down To Beat Baldwin-Wallace, 84-82 in Double Overtime; Olmsted Falls's Dave Pellerite Pops in 20 and Goes Over 1,000 Points

Feb. 10, 2010

By Lenny Reich


Junior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) now has 1,013 points in his Mount Union career.

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) scored 20 points and rallied Mount Union from 21 points down with 12 minutes to go in the second half and lead the Purple Raiders to an 84-82 double overtime victory over Baldwin-Wallace in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup today in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

With the win, the Purple Raiders improve to 10-12 overall and 8-7 in the OAC. With their loss, the Yellow Jackets drop to 12-10 overall and 7-8 in the OAC.  
Pellerite also became the 25th player in school history to go over 1,000 career points when the junior forward hit a layup and converted a three point play with a free throw with 1:32 left in the second half that brought the Raiders to within two points at 63-61.  Mount Union, which had trailed 33-19 at halftime, was down 53-32 with 11:33 left in the second half.

After a B-W missed free throw Pellerite would hit a layup with to tie the game at 63-63 and send it to the first overtime.

A pair of Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) free throws with 21 seconds left in the first overtime gave Mount Union a 72-69 lead, but Kyle Brown nailed a three pointer to tie the game at 72 and move the game to a second overtime.

Brown hit a pair of jumpers to start the second overtime and give the Jackets a 78-74 lead with 3:37 to play in the period, but the Raiders would then outscore B-W 10-4 the rest of the way with Pellerite scoring six of those points to put the game away.

Pellerite was one of five Raiders in double figures as Wes Knavel (Zanesville/West Muskingum) had 15 off the bench, Hodkinson and King each tallied 13 and Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) had 12 points.

Brown finished with a game-high 25 to lead four players in double figures for Baldwin-Wallace.

Mount Union stays home to face Otterbein in an OAC matchup Saturday at 3 pm at the MAAC in Alliance.  An alumni game is slated for 1 pm and prior to tip-off the seniors on the this year's team, King and LaRon Marshall (Cleveland/Collinwood) will be honored. 

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University

February 10, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

DELAWARE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University, 63-49, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 10) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Branch Rickey Arena in Delaware. 

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers are now 4-18 overall and 3-10 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 16-6 overall and 11-2 NCAC.

Both teams exchanged leads in the early going of the first half and Hiram led, 13-10, at the 13:33 mark thanks to a three-pointer by junior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood).

OWU then went on an 8-0 scoring run to regain the lead and never trailed in the contest again as the Bishops outscored the Terriers, 25-7, in the final 13:33 to have a commanding 35-20 lead at the intermission.

OWU led by as many as 22 points, 50-28, near the midway point of the second half.  Hiram outscored the Bishops, 29-28, in the period, but the earlier haftime deficit would be too much to overcome as OWU went on to win by the final of 63-49.

OWU shot 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the field for the game and held Hiram to just 31.3 percent (20-of-64) shooting. 

The Bishops were led by Pam Quigney with a game-high 13 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent) and grabbed eight rebounds.  Kayla Gordon was second with 11 points followed by Tyler Cordell and Dany Finck with 10 points each.  Finck also tallied a game-tying high nine rebounds.

South alumna Alex Dellas

Hiram was led by senior forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby Hills/South) with nine points on four-of-nine shooting (44.4 percent) to go along with six rebounds.  In addition, Cowan grabbed a game-tying high nine boards.

Hiram will continue its two-game road trip on Saturday, Feb. 13 when the Terriers travel to Oberlin for a conference matchup against Oberlin College.  Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.


 Yeomen Stumble at Home

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2/10/2010 9:45:33 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s team battled for 40 minutes, but couldn’t quite get over the hump as it fell to the Allegheny College Gators 70-54 tonight in Philips Gym.

First-year Andrew Fox continued his impressive rookie season with a team-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Sophomore Dahsan Gary was the only other Yeoman in double figures as he matched a career-best with 10 points. 

Oberlin (6-16, 2-11 NCAC) really hurt itself with 23 turnovers, which led to 23 Allegheny points. The Yeomen also lost the rebounding war 34-26. 

“We need to do a better job of holding onto the ball and executing our offense,” Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco said. “We let them take us out of rhythm and that is what cost us tonight.”

The Yeomen jumped out an early 6-0 lead, but Allegheny (12-9, 9-4 NCAC) bounced back to take an 18-12 lead with 11:47 left in the first half. The Gators’ Donte Briscoe would cash in two of his 13 points just before the horn to give his team a 36-28 cushion at the break. 

Allegheny scored the first bucket of the second half to secure its first double-digit advantage of the game, but James Tompsett’s second 3-pointer of the season was followed by a layup by Gary to get the Yeomen within three, 38-35, at the 16:22 mark. Unfortunately, the Gators quickly built their lead back up to 11 and kept the Yeomen no closer than seven points to rest of the way. 

Oberlin shot 44.9-percent (22-of-49) from the floor, but was just 1-of-7 (14.3%) from long range. However, the Yeomen did cash in 9-of-10 free throws on the night. The Gators finished at 44.4-percent (24-of-54) overall and shot 42.1-percent (8-of-19) from beyond the arc. 

The Yeomen will look to bounce back on Saturday afternoon when they travel out west to Wabash College. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Can’t Overcome Early Deficit Against No. 19 The College of Wooster

February 10, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by No. 19 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster, 69-50, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 10) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. 

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 10-12 overall and 7-6 in the NCAC.  The Scots improve to 18-4 overall and 13-0 NCAC.

Hiram played tough against Wooster in the opening minutes of the first half, but would never lead in the game.  The Terriers trailed by a point, 12-11, at the 12:45 minute mark when the Scots went on a 9-0 scoring run to gain some breathing room with a 10-point advantage, 21-11, with 9:23 left in the period.

 Wooster continued to pull away and reached its largest lead of 22 points on two occassions, including a halftime score of 44-22.

In the second half, the Scots maintained their sizeable lead, but Hiram began to cut into the deficit later in the half thanks to an 8-0 run that ended in a pair of free-throws by junior All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) making the score 57-43 with 5:38 left to play.  But that would be as close as the Terriers would get as Wooster regained control of the game and cruised to the 69-50 victory.

JFK's Roberts

Wooster shot an impressive 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the field and held Hiram to 33.3 percent (15-of-48) shooting, including 18.2 percent (two-of-11) from three-point range.

The Scots had three players score in double figures led by Ian Franks with a game-high 17 points on three-of-seven shooting (42.9 percent) from the floor and 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) from the free-throw line.  He also grabbed seven rebounds.  Nathan Balch was second with 14 points and Bryan Wickliffe rounded out the high scorers with 10 points to go along with a game-high 10 boards.

Hiram was led by Roberts with 13 points on two-of-seven shooting (28.6 percent) and eight-of-12 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe.  Junior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 10 points.

Hiram will host Kenyon College on Saturday, Feb. 13 in a NCAC game at Price Gym.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.