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Anthony Gardner

FRENCH PASTRY -- Rocky River 

native Anthony Gardner throws two 

TD passes to lead Cannes Iron Mask 

to 21-0 win in French league

Feb. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Anthony Gardner from Baldwin-Wallace, St. Edward and Rocky River made his debut in the French professional football league with the Cannes Iron Mask.


Splitting time with the other quarterback, Gardner completed eight passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns, and a long of 12 yards. His effort helped lead Iron Mask to a 21-0 win over Nom équipe B.

Denison takes lead in both men's

and women's divisions after first

day of NCAC swimming 


Feb. 11, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

CANTON - After one day and 12 events, the Denison Big Red men's and women's team showed they are eager to win back-to-back championships by taking the early lead. The Denison women won every event to make their way to the top of the leaderboard with 577 points. The Kenyon Ladies are in second with 440 points and Wittenberg is in third with a score of 271. On the men's side, the Big Red won three out of the six events to conclude the first day of competition with 573 points. The Lords are in second with 416 and the Tigers are in third with 242 points.

The highlight on the women's side was in the 500 free. Denison's Hilary Callen (Oswego, NY/Oswego) beat the NCAC record she set last year in the preliminaries with a time of 4:53.04 and then topped that time in the finals in an NCAA "A" cut time of 4:51.18 to win the event. Alyssa Swanson (Aurora, CO/Regis Jesuit) from Denison also hit an "A" cut time with a 4:55.21 finish for second place and Kenyon's Kaitlyn Meirs (Cream Ridge, NJ/Peddie) earned third with an NCAA qualifying time of 4:59.18.

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Olivia Zaleski (Corry, PA/Corry Area) and Swanson joined Marit Wangstad (Wayzata, MN/The Blake School) and Ksenia Golovkina (Newton, MA/Newton South) to a first-place finish in the 200 Free Relay in an "A" cut time of 1:33.48. It was Zaleski again in the 50 free, earning her second gold medal with a time of 23.46 for the Big Red.

In the men's field, Denison's Jake Lewing (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury) set an new NCAC record in the 200 IM with an NCAA qualifying time of 1:51.11. Kenyon's Andrejs Duda set the old record back in 2006 with a time of 1:51.36. Dan Thurston (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron) was also a winner for the Big
Red, touching first in the 500 free in 4:27.25. The 400 medley relay belonged to Denison in 3:20.47 to cap the first day of the championships.

The 2010 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10 a.m. both days, while
finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

Wrestling - #30 Mount Union Drops Regular Season Dual Meet Finale to Ohio Northern, 32-13; Lutheran West alumnus Josh Malave notches 23rd win

Feb. 11, 2010

By Lenny Reich



Lutheran West alum Josh Malave improved his record to 23-7 on the season with a win at 141 pounds.

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union's wrestling team, ranked No. 30 in the nation, suffered a 32-13 defeat to Ohio Northern in the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season dual meet finale tonight in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Ohio Northern win the OAC title outright with a perfect 6-0 mark in the conference, while Mount Union (4-2) finishes in third place behind Northern and second place Heidelberg (5-1).

Mount Union got an early 7-6 lead after a win by sophomore T.J. Arnone (Willoughby/Willoughby South) at 133 and a major decision by sophomore Josh Malave (Cleveland/Lutheran West) at 141 but the momentum stopped there as Ohio Northern won the next six weight classes to take the match.


South grad TJ Arnone

Sophomore Derrick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) was up 11-0 at 285 when he won the match on an injury default disqualification.

Mount Union next competes at the 2010 OAC Championships which the Purple Raiders will host Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 am at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.


Ohio Northern 32, Mount Union 13

125: Louis Piszker (ONU) won by forfeit

133: TJ Arnone (MTU) dec. Jeff Penny, 8-4

141: Josh Malave (MTU) maj. dec. Garrett Freeman 13-4

149: Nick Letcher (ONU) pin Richie Clark, 5:24 

157: Luke Miller (ONU) tech. fall Kody Severino, 6:07

165: Billy Painter (ONU) dec. John Piechuta, 4-2 OT 

174: Kyle Kwiat (ONU) tech fall Darin Lyles, 16-0       

184: Matt Alexander (ONU) dec. Andy Jenkins, 9-3 

197: Drew Swick (ONU) maj. dec. Corey Hagan, 12-4 

285: Derick Hesson, (MTU) dec. Justin Southwick dq (injury def.) 4:41

Records: Ohio Northern (16-10, 6-0 OAC), Mount Union (9-5, 4-2 OAC)

Ohio Northern wins the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title

Mount Union hosts 2010 OAC Wrestling Championships next Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 am at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex

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Aurora High alumnus Billy Painter

Crusaders Top the Berg


By Nathan LaRiccia

Columbus, Ohio – February 11, 2010 – The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team dropped a 71-59 decision to Capital University. The Berg falls to 5-17 overall and 4-11 in the OAC, while the Crusaders improve to 16-6 and are 13-2 against league foes.


In the first half, Capital would have an 10 point lead, however, Heidelberg would narrow the margin to 29-24 when junior Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde) found sophomoreLyndsey DaVault (Orrville, Ohio / Orrville) for a three-pointer with one minute left before halftime. 


The Crusaders would go into intermission up 38-28.


Right out of the gates in the second half, the Berg would go on an 11-5 run which included senior Stacey Barker (Grove City, Ohio / Grove City) nailing two free-throws. 


Heidelberg continued to chip away at Capital’s lead including coming within three points, with the score 50-47, with 11 minutes to go when Miller split a pair of free throws. 


However, the Crusaders would sustain the lead throughout the rest of the game and would capture the victory.   


For Heidelberg, Miller led two in double figures with 20 points to go along with seven rebounds. Following Miller was Barker with 14 points (including 4-5 from long range) and dished out a game-high four assists. 


On the glass, Heidelberg held a 38-35 advantage.  Leading the way was senior Betsy Shrider (Mount Blanchard, Ohio / Riverdale) with a game-high nine rebounds.  Shrider also had a team-high four rejections.  DaVault also contributed with six points. 


Heidelberg is back in action Saturday for Senior Day when it hosts Wilmington CollegeFebruary 13 at 3:00 p.m.

Day One of the NCAC Championships is in the Books
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Canton, Ohio – The Oberlin College swimming and diving teams had a successful start to the 2010 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships today. 

The Yeowomen used a late push to end the day in fifth place with 213 points, while the Yeomen sit in seventh place with 135 points. 

“It was good first day for us and now we just need to build off this as we head into tomorrow,” Head Coach Mark Fino said.

Highlighting the day for the Yeowomen was a school recording-setting effort in the 200-yard free relay as the clique of Flora SamisDanica WatsonShannon Gallagher and Sara Kadi combined to complete the course in 1:40.20 to finish in sixth place. 

Kadi, a junior from Oakland, California, also recorded an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 2:09.49 in the 200-yard IM to place ninth overall. Had she qualified in the prelims, her mark would have been good for sixth place. 

Propelling the Yeowomen into fifth place was the diving tandem of Christine Martin and Chelsea Lane. Martin claimed fifth place off the 3-meter board with 307.65 points, while Lane ended in seventh with 268.85 points. 

In the prelims Laura Fries turned in a personal best effort of 5:15.05 in the 500-yard free. In the finals she ended in 16th with a timestamp of 5:17.69. 

The men’s 200-yard free relay team of James FoustBud StrackerNick Lashway, and Chris Canning kicked off the meet in fine fashion by touching in at 1:26.87 to finish in seventh place. 

Lashway also placed 11thin the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:57.60, while Canning turned in a season-best effort in the 50-yard free as he went down and back in 21.86 to finish in 17th place. 

Junior Jon Vimr recorded a person-best mark in the 500-yard free by tapping the wall in 4:48.69 to place 16th overall. 

Day two of the NCAC Championships is action packed with 15 events on the docket. Prelims will get underway at 10 a.m. 



Walsh Jesuit overcomes

opportunistic North Olmsted

power play to come back for 

Baron Cup win and advances 

to semis against US

Feb. 11, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – No. 3 seed Walsh Jesuit overcome an opportunistic No. 6 North Olmsted to come from behind and advance to the semis with a 4-2 win, in Baron Cup quarterfinal action tonight here in the Coyne Recreation Center.



On an odd-man rush, George Wright scored the winning goal at 11:56 of the third period to put the Warriors in the lead for good. Vic Lavassuer assisted on the goal.


North Olmsted used the power-play in the first period to get fans in the frame of mind that an upset could be very possible in the night’s lidlifter.


“We outshoot them in the first period by better than two to one and we’re down 2-1 after one,” said Walsh coach Billy Switaj. “If they would have gotten the third goal, we could have really been in trouble. We picked it up later by cutting down the penalties.”

Bill Switaj

Walsh coach Billy Switaj


Power-play goals by Casey Jones and Chad Cullinan enabled the Eagles to burry Walsh’s early 1-0 lead and skate off after 15 with a one-goal advantage. Ricky Henley assisted on both goals and Sean McBride on one of them.


“Aside from the power plays, we had a lot of good chances in that first period,” said North Olmsted coach Tim Murphy. “We have several pucks right in front of the goal, but just could not get to it or convert on time. Hanging this tough for two periods against a team of his caliber, we can’t be too unhappy with our effort.”


Walsh took a 1-0 lead at 4:06 when Greg Shupe scored an unassisted goal.


The Warriors came back to tie it in the second period on another unassisted goal, this one by Jud Holiday at 2:33. Walsh also ramped up the penalty-kill effort in the period as the Eagles went 0-1 in the man-advantage during the second 15.


The Eagles were just as strong in short-hand play in period two, dousing Walsh’s sole power-play opportunity, leaving it tied after two frames. North Olmsted did put more rubber on net in the second, outshooting the Warriors, 10-5. Walsh still had the edge on total shots after two periods though, 16-14.


“It is always tough to lose, but when we came that close to keep up with a team with that kind of speed for two periods, this was even tougher,” said Jones. “Still, it was good to know that we could play with one of the better Red North teams like this.”

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Casey Jones


North Olmsted, which will play Lakewood in the first round of the state tourney next week, accomplished three of its four pre-season goals, winning at least one holiday tournament, winning its division (Red East) and making it to the Baron Cup. The only one that slipped was not winning the Southwestern Conference.


Walsh added an insurance tally when Levassuer scored at 7:07 with assist from Wright and Vince Gaglione. North Olmsted had two more power-play opportunities later in the third but no goals to follow them.

Special teams, Matt Wipper hat trick

whip US into Baron Cup semis

Feb. 11, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN –University School, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, made the first step in defending its 2009 Baron Cup I championship, with a 5-0 quarterfinal win over Elyria Catholic tonight here in the Coyne Recreation Center.


The Preppers (16-10-2) overcame a case of penalty-itis and put together a strong special-teams effort to score enough and not give anything to pocket the win.


US shut the door on two 5-on-3 skates by the Panthers in the second period, killing three penalties and scoring two power-play goals of its oown in the period to open up a 3-0 lead and be on its way to Saturday’s semifinal against No. 3 seed Walsh Jesuit.


In a carryover power play from the second period, Matt Wipper scored his second goal of the night at 0:45 to make it 2-0. Then Wipper assisted Connor Clemens’ power-play tally at 10:55, making it 3-0. Wipper, only a sophomore, already played a big role last year in the US state championship.


“He is only a sophomore but one with a lot of hockey experience,” said US coach Bill Beard. “He is the most experienced in terms of varsity play on his line. He’s a good player to have. We’ve been playing better the past three weeks but still need to improve.”


EC (19-10-3) got into a power play at 5:07 of the second on a tripping call on US, a two-man ad at 6:41 on a high sticking and another two-man advantage at 7:26 on a checking from behind penalty, but the end result was no goal as the US  penalty kill was in full gear.


In the first period, EC won the battle of scoring opportunities, but the Preppers triumphed in the battles that counted --- 1) shots on goals and 2) goals.


EC had two power plays in the first when US was charged with interference and too many men on the ice, but the Panthers wound up going 0 for 2 in the man-advantage.


Contrarily, the Preppers took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal by Wipper that was assisted by Andy Gerow at 8:40 of the opening period. The Preppers outshot the Panthers, 15-4, in the first frame. By the end of the second US had nearly a 3-1 advantage in shots, 34-12. Gerow also assisted on Wipper’s second goal.


For insurance in the third, Wipper scored again to attain the hat trick and George Chapman scored another power-play goal. Andrew Field wound up with 48 saves in goal for EC.


“I don’t mean any disrespect, but we should have scored more than we did,” said Beard. “Their goalie made some great saves. We just had way too many chances tonight.”


The Preppers wound up with a better than 3-1 advantage in shots, 53-17.


“They just have a lot of depth,” said EC coach Dave Phiel. “They have a lot of talent and I am sure not too many of them are going to be transferring to EC. Two of our best defensemen were still out with injuries and we were missing a scorer, but their speed is tough to beat. That Wipper is a heck of a player; you don’t see moves like that too often in high school hockey.”

US, Gilmour, Walsh, Lake get top 

seeds in Kent District

Feb. 11, 2010



By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




KENT – Defending state champ University School, Gilmour, Walsh Jesuit, Lake Catholic and Shaker Heights took the top five seeds respectively in the Kent high school district hockey tournament that begins Monday in the university’s arena here.


In first-round games Monday, Orange plays Euclid and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy plays Twinsburg. Kent and NDCL play each other Tuesday as do Hoover and Mayfield. Wednesday’s schedule has Nordonia and Aurora meeting in the early game and Heights and Canfield meeting in the nightcap.


Chagrin and West G start off play Thursday followed by Solon and Brush and then Mentor against the Orange-Euclid winner in the late night affair.


The Preppers, Cougars, Raiders, Warriors, Lancers, Kenston, and Hudson have first-round byes and will play for the first time a week from Saturday or Sunday.