A Page -- Feb. 11, 2011

Cassie Schrock
Cassie Schrock

Wadsworth's Cassie Schrock named Mid 

American Conference Player of the 

Week; Kent's Taisja Jones also named 


West Division Player of the Week
Cassie Schrock, Eastern Michigan, Sr., G, Wadsworth,Ohio / Wadsworth 
Senior Cassie Schrock had one of the best offensive weeks of her career, totalling 59 points on 22-of-44 shooting in a pair of games versus Kent State, Feb. 2, and Buffalo, Feb. 5. For the week, she averaged 29.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 39.5 minutes per game. Against the Golden Flashes, Schrock totalled a career-high 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting to go along with a 9-for-15 performance from the free-throw line. Then against the Bulls, the Wadsworth, Ohio native dropped a career-high 12 field goals in 25 attempts for 29 points.
Taisja Jones

East Division Player of the Week
Taisja Jones, Kent State, Sr., F, Dallas, Texas (Grayson CC)
Jones averaged 26.5 ppg on the week, including a total of 33 points at the free throw line. Against Eastern Michigan Feb. 2, Jones set a team record for free throw attempts in a game (21) while converting 18 on her way to a team-high 24 points. She also had nine rebounds in the game, just missing a double-double. Then, against Western Michigan, Jones was nearly perfect, going 15-of-16 at the free throw line on her way to a game-best 29 points. Against the Broncos, Jones added five steals and two blocked shots, also game-highs.

Wadsworth's Jen Uhl, Solon's Kourtney Brown, Hoban's Rachel Tecca also among "others nominated" for MAC POW this Week

Jen Uhl, Bowling Green, Sr., F, Wadsworth, Ohio (Wadsworth) 
Led the Falcons in scoring and rebounding as BGSU went a perfect 2-0 last week ... averaged 16.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in BG's wins over Northern Illinois and Ball State ... shot 44.8 percent from the field on the week, going 13-of-29, and was 6-of-11 (54.5%) from three-point land in the two games ... had team-high totals of 18 points and seven rebounds in the Falcons' 67-64 win at NIU, hitting a career-high four three-pointers ... then, had a double-double in BG's win over Ball State, with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds ... hit two three-pointers and added a pair of steals in that win ... on the year, is averaging 9,0 ppg and 5.9 rpg ... has 9.5 ppg and a team-leading 7.0 rpg in MAC games.

Jen Uhl

Uhl (L), Tecca (R)

Kourtney Brown, Buffalo, Sr., F, Solon, OH/Solon
Brown had her sixth straight double-double as the Bulls defeated Eastern Michigan this past Saturday. Down one in the final minute of action, Brown converted on the go-ahead basket with just 28 seconds left. Brown had 19 of her 26 points in the second half. She added four blocks and a steal against the Eagles. Brown now had 44 double-doubles in her career.

Kourtney Brown


Rachel Tecca, Akron, So., F, Tallmadge, Ohio (Hoban) 
With back-to-back double-doubles, Akron sophomore Rachel Tecca averaged 17.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg as the Zips went 1-1 in league play. Tecca led Akron to its largest margin of victory in a MAC road game in program history with a 29-point win at NIU. She has now recorded 11 double-doubles for the season and 14 for her career.

St. Edward's/Olmsted Falls' Stetson Allie 

named the top high school 

Student/Athlete of  the year for all of 

Cleveland by the local commission

Feb. 11, 2011

12:00 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Recently graduated Stetson Allie from St. Edward  was named the high school Student/Athlete of the Year just a few hours ago tonight in the Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards.

Stetson Allie

Allie led the Eagles to the state championship in baseball last spring, marking the school’s 40th overall state team championship since 1978. He was offered a scholarship to study and play at the University of North Carolina.

The other two finalists with Allie were St. Edward’s Nick Sulzer, a state champion wrester, and Cardale Jones, a quarterback for Glenville High’s football unit.

Katie Spotz, a rower from Mentor, was named the amateur athlete of the year. Her competition was hockey goalie Kelli Stack and Euclid High alumna Jessica Beard, who is now studying and running track at Texas A&M.

Dr. John Bergfeld, the team doctor for Baldwin-Wallace College Student/Athletes, received the lifetime achievement award and Hathaway Brown S/A Olivia Warhop the health courage award.

Mount Union moves one step closer to 

being first new OAC wrestling champion 

in seven years 

February 11, 2011 

12 A.m.
By Lenny Reich

TIFFIN-- The No. 8 ranked Mount Union wrestling team took one step closer to an Ohio Athletic Conference title by knocking off five-time defending conference champ Heidelberg, 30-12 Thursday night in Tiffin.

The Purple Raiders won seven of the 10 weight classes to remain perfect in dual matches on the season (12-0, 4-0 OAC).

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Nancy Osborne scores 28, but Golden 

Eagles fall to Polar Bears in Federal 

League Battle

Feb. 11, 2011

Senior guard Nancy Osborne scored a team-high 28 points, but GlenOak fell just two points short in Federal League basketball last night, as Jackson prevailed, 63-61.

The Golden Eagles’ shooting guard nailed 15 of her points from outside the three-point arc with five treys. Also for GlenOak (8-10), inside post man Ashley Rininger scored a baker’s dozen.

Emily Guyer and Melanie Harvey reach 

double figures, but Lake Center Christian 

falls just short of Mansfield Temple 


Feb. 11, 2011

Two girls reached double figures in scoring last night, but Lake Center Christian fell just short of Mansfield Temple Christian, 47-36.

Emily Guyer scored 13 points and Melanie Harvey 10 for the Tigers. The other Emily on the club, Emily Hofer, just barely missed the double-figures club on the night by dropping in nine points.

Lake Center Christian led by three points at halftime, but then cooled off and let it slip away during the final 16.

Two Heights skill players, two Senate 

products among the recruiting class for 

NCAA-D-II-bound Malone 

Feb. 11, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 CANTON -- Six Cleveland-area Student/Athletes are among the 38 new freshman and transfers who will be playing football and studying at Malone this fall.

Malone, like Notre Dame College, will be making the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II football this fall.

Akron's Isaiah Allison transferring in from LEC

Those who are joining the Pioneers’ corps are Cleveland Heights High senior Emmanuel DeBramaletta, a 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver and safety. The speedster was also a state qualifier in track last spring and expects to make the Division I field three months from now as well.

He’ll be joined by Tiger teammate Cedric Gardener, Jr.  The 6-0, 185 running back has been a three-year varsity letterman in both wrestling and football at Heights.

Malone is also getting a pair of Senate Athletic League products in Glenville’s Fred Baker Jr. and Rhodes’ Justin Sangster. Baker, a 6-0-220 linebacker, made 57 tackles including 14 for losses for the Tarblooders, whose only loss on the season was to defending big-school state champion St. Edward.

From the backyard here in Stark County, the Pioneers have signed Mitch Sluss, an All-District selection from Louisville High. Sluss is a 6-0-180 defensive back.

 In addition, transferring in is Lake Erie College’s Isaiah Allison, who played his prep ball at North High in Akron. Also a “Dee Bee,” Allison stands at 6-1 and weighs 195.

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Ignatius' Tyler Kette, South's Aaron 

Lindgren among top Lake Erie College 

football recruits

Feb. 11, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PAINESVILLE – Six Cleveland area Student/Athletes are among the 14 new football signees for Lake Erie College.

Those who will don the green and white of the Storm in the fall are St. Ignatius senior and Bay Village resident Tyler Kette, South senior and Willoughby resident Aaron Lindgren, Doylestown’s and Chippewa High senior Andrew Shickler, Streetsboro’s Chris Williams, Perry’s (Lake County), Mitch Hokavar, and Clearview High’s Davon Daniels. 


Tyler Kette in his Iggy baseball garb

Hokavar is a 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound quarterback.  He could wind up throwing the ball to Lindgren, who was a 5-11-190 wide receiver and running back for the Rebels. The latter also played in the secondary for South.

Shickler, a 6-4-200 tight end, might also see some of Hokavar’s passes.

Kette was a 6-1-205 linebacker for the Wildcats and will be joined in the linebacker corps by Daniels, a 6-4 230-pounder for the Clippers.

Williams is listed as a 6-3-230 defensive lineman.   

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Mount Wrestlers could earn share of OAC title tomorrow

February 11, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's wrestling team, ranked No. 8 in the nation, can clinch at least a share of the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title with a win over Wilmington Saturday at 2 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance. 

141-pounder Josh Malave, a Lutheran West grad

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20th-ranked Mount basketball team looks to extend win streak to six games, maintain first place in OAC


February 11, 2011 

ADA, Ohio -- The nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will visit Ohio Northern on Saturday for a 2 p.m. tip-off, which features the current first- and third-place squads in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

The Purple Raiders (19-3, 12-3), who are ranked 20th by the D3Hoops.com and ESPN/USA 

Today polls, have won five straight games -- and 9 of 10 -- to put themselves on the brink of their second straight 20-win campaign

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Baldwin-Wallace Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams Compete at Mid-February in Berea

BEREA –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed today (Friday, February 11) at the B-W Mid-February Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center. The B-W men had one individual place finisher and the women had two in a non-scoring meet.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by junior distance runner Andrew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y. / Canandaigua Academy) who placed first in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:40.63. Junior Gabe Adams (Hudson) jumped a distance of 18’9.96” to place him sixth in the long jump and jumped a distance of 39’1.07” to place fifth in the triple jump. In the 5,000 meter run sophomore distance runner Nicholas Jeffers (South Amherst/ Firelands) placed fourth finishing in a time of 16:27.40.

Midview alumna Lauren Hutka

For the women, sophomore distance runner Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./ Hampton) led the way by winning the one-mile run and placing fifth in the 800 meter run. She recorded times of 5:32.43 and 2:32.98, respectively. Placing first in the 5,000 meter run was freshman distance runner Lauren Hutka (North Ridgeville/ Midview) as she finished in a time of 19:25.21, and junior distance runner Judy Patterson (Aliquippa, Pa./ Monaca Center) finished third in the same event in a time of 19:48.51. Sophomore distance runner Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/ South) finished fourth in the one-mile run with a time of 5:41.65.

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NCAC Swimming and Diving Day Two
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Championship Site

Canton, OH
 - The Yeoswimmers and Divers continued to pour on phenomenal performances this evening at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. The men and women are both sitting in sixth place after day two.

“We get stronger as we move through the meet and it showed today,” said Head Coach Mark Fino. “We excellent swims across the board today. That is a great sign going into day three tomorrow.”\

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Avon Lake's Christine Chiricosta becomes winningest tennis player in Bowling Green history; two-time Academic All American Student/Athlete named MAC Player of the Week in goodwill gesture from the Cleveland-based league

Bowling Green senior Christine Chiricosta became the winningest player in Bowling Green school history as the Falcons went a perfect 3-0 in last weekend's dual matches.

Chiricosta helped Bowling Green to a trio of 7-0 wins, over Cleveland State, IUPUI and Butler, with the latter two wins coming on the road.  She had an overall record of 5-1 on the weekend, going 3-0 at the top singles flight, and 2-1 at the number-one doubles flight.

Chiricosta posted lopsided singles wins vs. both Cleveland State and IUPUI, and teamed with Maddy Eccleston for doubles victories on both nights. Her lone loss was a narrow 9-8 decision in doubles at Butler. 
(Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber)

Later that day, however, she downed Butler's Natali Jaimes in singles play to break the school record for combined career wins.  Chiricosta now has a total of 154 victories at Bowling Green, surpassing the old record of 153 set by Deidee Bissinger (1997-2000). Chiricosta currently ranks second in school history in doubles wins and fourth in singles victories at Bowling Green.

This is the only season she will be a college teammate with her sister, Nikki Chiricosta, a freshman Student/Athlete in tennis at Bee Gee.
Chiricosta receiving her award last spring for top GPA among all S/As at Bee Gee

Gilmour, Padua playing in the "other" 

hockey tournament this weekend here in 

Gates Mills

Feb. 11, 2011

12:00 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS -- Gilmour Academy, winners of four tournaments and runners up in two others, is hosting another hockey tournament this weekend to get ready for next week’s sectionals in Kent, the 12th Annual Gilmour Academy Invitational Hockey Tournament.

While the 24 other top contenders that will be fighting for one of  the two spots from the Cleveland area in the state’s Frozen Four the second weekend in March in this week’s Baron Cup, the independent Gilmour has no plans of sitting idle. Remember in hockey, a tournament counts as only one of the 18 allotted playing dates regardless of whether a team plays one, three, five or more games in the tournament.


Thus, the Lancers are able to get a lot of game-experience mileage out of not being in the league. By the end of this weekend and before the sectionals even begin, the Lancers will have played their 40th game, and coming into the tourney 26-8-2, could enter the state rounds with already 30 wins. 

Since league teams all save one date in case they make the Baron Cup, Padua saved its date, but just missed making the tournament by a couple points so instead of wasting that 18th date, Doug Hauser opted to bring his Bruins into this weekend’s tournament.

The Bruins

There is some irony here in that both Gilmour coach John Malloy and Hauser are two of the top five winningest coaches in the annals of high school hockey in Ohio. Between the two, their teams have posted over 1,000 wins. Hauser has already surpassed the 500 mark and Malloy is close enough for his Lancers to still get it for him this year, but they need a good tourney here and one the next three weeks in Kent.
Coach Malloy

The Lancers and Bruins are the only Cleveland teams in the tourney, but between Hauser and Malloy, that’s four state championship teams and 13 State Frozen Four appearances (including one with both in 1991).

Others in this tourney are coming from four different states/provinces and include Trinity College (Ontario, Canada), DeMatha Prep (Maryland), Prairie Ridge (IL) and Bethel Park (Pa).

DeMatha Prep comes in with a record of 24-11-1 and has been hot as of late, coming in to the tourney with a seven-game winning streak, including an 11-0 win over Calvert Hall High School two days ago.

DeMatha came to Ohio for a tourney near Toledo this year, losing to St. Francis, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, but beating Northview, the defending state runners-up.

Prairie Ridge has some opponents in common with Gilmour including Illinois state powers New Trier and St. Rita, the latter of which Padua saw in the St. Ed tourney this season.

Like the Wolves from Prairie Ridge, Bethel Park also has several common opponents and often sees Gilmour at tourneys in PA, Illinois and Indiana.

Bethel Park had a run from 1997 to 2005 in which it won five Pennsylvania state championships.

 Strong First Day for the Yeoswimmers

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Championship Site (Complete Results & Team Scores)

Canton – Both the Oberlin College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams got off to a great start on day one of the 2011 NCAC Championships. 

The Yeowomen currently rest in fifth place with 213 points, while the Yeomen sit sixth with 199 total tallies. 
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St. Ed and US, two programs that met three times in state title games
 ('02, '03, '04) 
the last decade, to meet in Baron Cup semis Saturday

Ian Robertson's hat trick leads US to 

Baron Cup win over Holy Name; 

Preppers two games away from three-


Feb. 11, 2011

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 BROOKLYN – Ian Robertson’s hat trick enabled No. 2 seed University School to get into the Baron Cup finals with last night’s 6-1 triumph over upstart Holy Name, the No. 7 seed in the tournament.


Robertson, the Preppers’ team leader in all three offensive categories (with 62 points, 30 goals and 32 assists), came through with the timely goals in an otherwise balanced scoring attack, which has been the case most of the season.

The other three goals were split among Andrew Preiser, Travis Lang and Alex Stefanski.

Preiser, who was filling in on the Red Line while Matt Wipper was out with an injury for three weeks and came on strong in his vital re-assignment, notched his 13th goal of the campaign. His baker’s dozen puts him fourth on the team in goals scored, right behind Wipper. Preiser is now fourth in points, one behind Wipper.

Stefanski, one of the many by the same name who have played for both US and Gilmour, has been anchoring the second line, and now has five goals on the season, ranking him seventh on the club overall.


In goal, Sam Althans registered his 11th win of the season against eight losses and two ties, and in the process lowered his goals against average, which was 2.17 coming into the contest. He stopped 15 of the 16 shots on goal the Namers fired into his zone.

The Preppers (16-9-5) have now won five games in a row, seven of their last eight and have only two gray marks (both one-goal losses, including one OT setback) in their last 13 contests, during which they carved a 9-2-2 record.

Despite yielding six goals, Sam Pikus had a nice game in goal for the Green Wave, stopping 34 shots on goal.


Dave Fassbender scored the goal for Holy Name, 27-7, and the only organization that has now played in all three Baron Cups.


The Preppers will play No. 3 seed St. Edward, a 10-4 winner over Shaker Heights, in Saturday’s semifinal. Danny O’Sullivan had a hat trick to lead the Eagles.

CSU men's hoops team to host 'Guins tomorrow

Feb. 11, 2011

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State returns home in hopes of snapping a two-game losing streak and remain in the race for the Horizon League regular season crown when the Vikings host Youngstown State on Saturday, Feb. 12 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

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CSU basketball team to host Butler tomorrow

Feb. 11, 2011

By Greg Murphy

The Cleveland State women's basketball team is back in action on Saturday (Feb. 12) when the Vikings host Butler in the Wolstein Center. 

The Vikings enter the contest at 13-10 overall and 6-6 in the Horizon League after a 57-51 victory over Valparaiso on Thursday (Feb. 10) night that snapped a two game losing streak. CSU is tied with Milwaukee for fourth place in the league standings, just one and a half games behind third place Wright State (7-4) in the bunched up standings.

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Mount Union men's basketball team travels to Ada for OAC contest

February 11, 2011 

Mount Union's men's basketball team travels to Ohio Northern for an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 4 pm in Ada, Ohio.

The game will be broadcast on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with LIVE STATS.

Both Mount Union (9-13, 7-8 OAC) and Ohio Northern (10-12, 7-8 OAC) along with Otterbein (11-11, 7-8 OAC) are tied in fifth place in the OAC and one-game back of fourth place 

Heidelberg (10-12, 8-7 OAC).

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Namers fall to Hoban; Sean Sirl leads Green Wave with 17 markers

February 11, 2011 

Sean Sirl’s 17 points were not enough for Holy Name tonight, as Hoban was able to put three shooters in double figures for a 68-49 North Coast League victory.

Matt Stumpf with nine points and Anthony Smith with eight points were able to support Sirl but the rest fell short and the Namers fell to 7-9 overall.

Max Rodriguez' 18 points were not enough for Westlake to overcome Bee sting

February 11, 2011

Max Rodriguez scored 18 points, but it was not enough as Westlake was downed by Brecksville in a Southwestern Conference boys’ basketball affair tonight, 60-55.

With the loss, the Demons dip to 9-5 on the season. Shawn Turk added 10 points for Westlake.

Bulldogs play tough defense, but third 

win in hot two weeks just eludes them 

against Avon Lake, Shoremen spotless 

record and all

February 11, 2011

Olmsted Falls had a great defensive game, but it was not enough as  Avon Lake had one as well, the Shoremen remaining undefeated on the season at 16-0 overall and 11-0 in Southwestern Conference hook-ups with a 44-28 win.

The third win in two weeks for the young Bulldogs eluded them when the Shoremen were able to post a 21-point second half after the Dogs were able to stay within six through the first 16. Jared Kurz led the Dogs with one-fourth of their point total. 

Seniors DeAndre Payton, Liam O'Brien combine for 32 points, but Solon boys' hoops falls to high-soaring Arcs

February 11, 2011

Solon’s boys were set back by Brush, 72-63. Senior DeAndre Payton led the Comet attack with 18 points tonight.

Senior Liam O’Brien added 14 markers for the Comets. Both Payton and O’Brien averaged only three points per game as juniors last season as juniors so both have come on strong as seniors.

Nelson Perry scores 14 points, but Woodridge falls to Windham

February 11, 2011

Sophomore guard Nelson Perry, who transferred to Woodridge this year, scored 14 points, but the Bulldogs still fell tonight in boys’ basketball, 63-59, to Windham.

Randy Foster added nine points for Woodridge.

The Bulldogs dropped to 6-9 overall and 6-5 in the Portage Trails Conference with the loss.

Friday Night Track & Field Report
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BU Valentine Invitational Results l Greater Cleveland Championships Results

Oberlin, Ohio
 – Distance specialists Joanna Johnson and Molly Martorellacompeted at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Friday, while the rest of the Yeomen and Yeowomen were at the Greater Cleveland Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College. 

Johnson made the most of her trip to Bean Town as she posted a national-qualifying time of 17.02.28 in the 5,000 meters. The timestamp also best her own school record in the event by over 15 seconds. Martorella ran the mile and finished in 5:09.05.