A Page -- Feb. 12, 2010 -- Lincoln's Birthday

Photo By Tina Bell

Lakewood High alumnus Mike 

Majewski prepping top high school 

rugby team in Southern California 

and one of the best in the nation

Feb. 12, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




NORTH COUNTY, CA – Lakewood High School alumnus Mike Majewski will take his high school rugby team one step further than last year and judging by the scores so far this season, they are well on their way. The club season just began this month while the high school season has been on for two months for Fallbrook.


Majewski, a 1978 LHS alumnus and 1982 graduate of Ohio University, is the head coach of Fallbrook High School in the North County area of suburban San Diego. Fallbrook, was the top ranked team in Southern California, one of the top two in the state and one of the top five in the country most f the season last year, falling one game shy of making it to the national championship in Pittsburgh last spring.


Majewski, who played some club rugby at OU and at Baldwin-Wallace (Lakewood did not have the nationally recognized girls or boys rugby programs in the 1970s it does now as they were not yet established), is involved in a very elaborate program at Fallbrook, which has six teams that each play two different schedules – one high school club schedule and one premier schedule (similar to juniors hockey or select soccer).


The 1972 song by Hammond and Hazlewood “It Never Rains in Southern California” is not 100 percent true since the Fallbrook teams (Majewski’s program has girls U-14, U-16 and U-19 and boys U-19 and U16 and U-14 teams) had their games rained out last week. SoCal actually gets a little bit of rain in January and February but not much after that.


Then over the weekend the girls’ team played in the pouring rain, but Majewski’s top-ranked SoCal U-19 team picked up where it left off last year clubbing South Orange County Gators, 38-5.


The varsity boys’ team is 5-0, also posting wins over Cathedral Catholic (53-0 and 27-12), San Pasqual (58-0), Loyola (24-5), and St. Augustine 78-0.


Later this month the U-19 team (most of the same guys as the HS varsity team) is playing Fullerton a week from tomorrow for its second game of the season.


After serving as an assistant, Majewski became the head coach two years ago and led Fallbrook to the California Cup, where it was edged by Sacramento Jesuit, the top team in the Northern Section and top-ranked team in all of California.

Otto Orf's HandsOn youth soccer 

team's matches at Futsal nationals

in Kansas City this weekend to

be broadcast locally

Feb. 12, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Otto Orf’s HandsOnSoccer School is taking five youth teams to a prestigious Futsal National Futsal Tournament in Kansas City this weekend.


The matches that will involve a host of Cleveland area players are being broadcast live via streaming at www.handsonsoccer.com.


The Super F League in which Hands On is highly active originated in Kansas City. The Nationals will be crowning championship teams in 14 divisions this weekend.


Teams make it in through regional qualifiers.

Bay uses mystery goal on tail end of 

power play to edge Kent Roosevelt

in OT on way to tomorrow's Baron 

Cup III semis against Heights

Feb. 12, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – In the first game of tonight’s triple header, Bay went throughout regulation play without ever leading but went ahead when it counted with a sudden-death goal at 3:49 of the overtime and advanced to tomorrow’s Baron Cup III semifinal game against Cleveland Heights with a 3-2 win over Kent Roosevelt here in the Coyne Center.


Some controversy surrounded who got credit for the goal, but neither guy cared as the Rockets, whose program has quite a history in Baron Cup play, ar just happy to be  in the semis.


Christian Nye shot the puck low and it sneaked across the line to end it. Initially, officials gave credit to Nye for the goal.


“I’ll claim it, but it doesn’t matter,” Nye said. “All I know is that I had to kept it low, which would increase the chances of getting it into the goal.”


Captain Dan Pailes stuck in his stick and was able to get enough on it to get it across the line.


“My buddy passed it to me and I just pushed it forward,” Pailes said. “Considering that we beat them by about five goals and they beat us by about five earlier this season, it is not surprising that this one turned out to be this close. We were thinking it might be a one-goal game.”


The goal came with only one second left in a Bay power play.


“We were doing a good job of killing the penalties tonight,” said Kent coach Ben Barlow, whose team fell to 9-16-1. “We worked so hard to kill that one as well and it is always tough to lose by one goal, but when it happens just as we were about to get out of the woods again like that makes it harder on our players.”


Overtime appeared to be ticketed all over this one, as the teams were 0-0 after one period, 1-1 after two and 2-2 after three.


The Rough Riders appeared to be shutting the door on the Rockets when Alex Gai scored off an assist from Tim Lowther at 11:22 of the third.


Pailes, however, answered that with a goal at 12:16 to tie it and send it into overtime.


“We finally got that power play goal in the end,” Bay coach Terry Chadwick said. “This was one of those games in which neither team could let the other get ahead  by two it would  be over. Our earlier power plays occurred when some of our special teams guys were tired, but all in all it worked for us.”


The game was supposed to be played Tuesday but Kent canceled out because of the snow.


Kent took the first lead in the second minute of the second period when Kyle Manning took a pass from Evan Miner in between the circles and fired it in to break the scoreless deadlock.


The Rockets (18-10-1) tied it on a rush, when Corey White skated down the right side and fired the puck hgh, placing over the left shoulder of Kent goaltender Cara Schmauch and into the net. Alex Harris assisted on the tying goal at 9:37 of the second period. Harris also assisted on the second Bay goal as did Nate Notarberadino.


The Rough Riders and Rockets slatted to a 0-0 tie through the first period. Bay had two power-play opportunities on tripping and boarding penalties on Kent, but could not muster a special-teams goal in the period.


Bay got rid of a monkey on its  back. It was up 5-0 on Aurora in the first round last year in the Baron Cup, only to lose 6-5.

Refined penalty kill complete with 

short-hand goal-scoring prowess 

propels White East winner Kenston 

to 30th victory and spot in

Baron Cup II finals


Feb. 12, 2010



By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN - No. 1 seed Kenston will play Sunday in the Baron Cup II title game after it used a near flawless penalty kill effort to down Solon, 6-1 tonight here the town’s Coyne Rec Center.


The Bombers (30-1) killed five of six Solon power plays, including a five-minute major and even scored a pair of shorthanded goals to offense-icate the penalty kill an dput away the Comets at a juncture of the game at which the Comets still had a chance to stage a serious comeback.


Leading 2-1 early the third period, the Bombers had just killed  a carryover penalty from the second period and set up things down on tbe offensive end, where Greg REvak went backhanded on Comet goalie Kyle Peterson at 2:59 to make it 3-1. Jordan Manke picked up the assist.


Solon (14-13-1) was able to get into a power play at 5:24 after a roughing penalty on the Bombers. Instead of an impetus to get back a goal, it turned out to be a backbreaker for the Comets.


First Revak lit the lamp against with a shorthand tally at the six-minute mark with an assist coming from Kyle Weniniger. Then they traded functions as Weninger scored a short-hand goal and Revak assisted to make it 5-1 at 6:20.


Weninger closed it out with a power-play goal as frustration set in and Solon committed a rash of penalties for the remainder of the game. Zack Zinney assisted.


After both teams killed the opponent’s power play in the first period, the Bombers and Comets appeared to be headed to the locker room fit to be tied, but then on a rush, Colton Deeter broke the scoreless deadlock to give Kenston a 1-0 lead. Tony Santo assisted on the game’s inaugural goal, coming at 14:10.


A power-play goal by AJ Mangan gave Kenston a 2-0 lead at 7:58 of the second period.. Weninger and Deeter assisted.


Solon had a golden opportunity to get back into the game when the Bombers were whistled for a minor and major on the same extracurricular session at 12:08 of the second period.


The Comets, who were 0 for 3 on the power play at that point, went into a 5-3, capitalizing on the situation in getting one goal back, making it 2-1. Jordan Manias scored it with assists from Sam Littman and Gordie Hammond at 12:24.

Tenacity enables defending Baron 

Cup II champion Rocky River to get 

back into title game

Feb. 12, 2010



By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN  -- White West Division champion and defending Baron Cup II champion Rocky River advanced to Sunday’s championship game against top seed Kenston with a 5-4 win over Chagrin tonight here in the semis of the Baron Cup II Hockey tournament to earn the right to play in Sunday’s championship game.


Max Lurie’s goal at 12:58 proved to be the game winner for the Piratees.


Chagrin had a 2-1 lead after one period, but River skated off after the first 15 with a 5-on-3 power play carrying over into the second period.


Matt O’Hearn beat Rocky River goalie Bridgette Gipper on the first Chagrin goal and then Alastair Mitchell followed with a power-play goal for the Tigers. Kevin Hamori, Ted Clements, and Jack Campbell picked up assists on the two goals.


Dan Shaiu crossed a zinger of a pass right across and in front of the net that that Robbie Plagens timed perfectly and stuffed it home for River’s first period goal.


Strong special teams by the Tigers killed both penalties in the second though.


Clay Johanson and Matt Garibaldi goals enabled the Pirates to tie it at four and set up the game winner.

MAC goes Orwellian on CMU coach

Feb. 12, 2010

CLEVELAND -- Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher announced today that a public reprimand has been issued to Central Michigan head men's basketball coach Ernie Zeigler for negative comments regarding the officiating following Thursday night's contest at Ohio

"The conference has clear procedures for addressing officiating issues and in this case these procedures were ignored," said Steinbrecher.  "I am disappointed in how Coach Zeigler has handled this situation. I am appreciative of the assistance that the Central Michigan Athletic Administration has provided addressing this matter."

"The comments made by Coach Zeigler were inappropriate and did not reflect the core principle of sportsmanship shared by the Mid-American Conference and Central Michigan University," said Central Michigan Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. "We take the conduct of our coaches and student-athletes very seriously and support the conference office in this matter."

MAC sportsmanlike conduct policies prohibit institutional personnel from making public comments unduly critical of any game officials or other administrative personnel.

The conference office will provide no further comment on this matter.





Strongsville's Adam Green competes 

in downhill skating in Munich after 

winning Ann Arbor event; set to begin 

ball hockey season with Pittsburgh 


Feb. 12, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




STRONGSVILLE – Former Strongsville High School hockey standout Adam Green just participate in the Redbull Crashed Ice event in Munich, Germany.


In the event in which has skaters skate downhill (much like a downhill skier) in front of 50,000 fans, Green qualified by winning a tournament in Ann Arbor for the event and competed against some of the best in the world.

Strongsville's Adam Green

Green, who keyed two big post-season upsets over St. Edward in two different seasons for the Mustangs, is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Bandits, while working as a manager at IceLand USA and attending John Carroll.


A 2009 Strongsville grad, Green has also had some success with inline skating hockey (roller ball) competing for Team USA and training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado during the summers. The Bandits are an inline team that will be starting their 2010 season soon. Tryouts are going on this week.




By Evan Meyer (SportsVaut Wire Service)

Special to Studenathletecleveland.com


When his team was in the midst of losing eight of nine games in the month of December, Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters would say, to anyone who was listening. to not judge us in December but in February.


It is the month of February and the Vikings are on one serious roll as they collected their sixth consecutive victory defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders 80-71 Thursday night at the Wolstein Center.


Cleveland State (13-12,9-4 Horizon) has won nine of their last 11 games after starting the season at 4-10, and are above .500 for the first time since November 21st when they defeated Sam Houston State (3-1).

 Norris Cole (30)

The Vikings also avenged an early season loss to Valparaiso (13-14,8-7 Horizon) when the two teams met in Northwest Indiana on January 16 81-71.


In addition, CSU remains in second place in the Horizon League as they face the Butler Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at home who clinched the number one seed in the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Tournament with an 85-71 win at Youngstown State on Thursday night.


“Our plan was to attack everything tonight.” Waters said. “We weren’t going to settle for jump shots unless they were open. I knew if we attacked we would be able to get to the (free throw) line, and that was a great help for us because we are a good free throw shooting team.”


Junior guard Norris Cole led all scorers with 22 points going 7-for-12 from the field and a perfect eight-for-eight from the free throw line along with seven rebounds and seven assists.

Norris Cole



“We are happy that we won tonight, but as a team to focus on our next game (Saturday against Butler)….We have to protect our home court”


The victory Thursday night gave CSU a 10-3 record at home this season, and their 14th consecutive win over Horizon League opposition at the Wolstein Center. Their last league loss at home came against Butler on December 4, 2008 50-48.


Sophomore guard Trevon Harmon added 17 points, 15 of which came in the first half and fellow soph guard Jeremy Montgomery added 15.

Trevon Harmon



Brandon McPherson led Valpo with 17 points. Brandon Wood, who came into the game leading the Horizon League in scoring, added 14 all coming in the second half, and Michael Rogers scoring 12.


“They (CSU) started right from the beginning” Crusaders head coach Homer Drew said after the game “We had nine turnovers in the first half, they had nine steals and their defense just took everything away from us”


The game was close in the early going with Cleveland State opening an 11-8 lead at the 13:46 mark when Montgomery scored on a driving layup.


The Crusaders then scored six straight points to take their first lead of the game 14-13 on a Milos Milosevic free throw.


After CSU regained a 19-16 lead on five straight points from Harmon, including a three-pointer from the right arc, The Crusaders went on a 6-2 spurt to take what would be their final lead of the game 24-22 at the 6:22 mark on a driving layup by reserve guard Howard Little.


The Vikings ended the first half with a 12-6 spurt which was started by a pair of three-pointers, one by Harmon and the other by reserve guard Charlie Woods. Add in a driving layup by Cole and CSU had 30-24 lead at the 3:32 mark and went into halftime with a four-point advantage 34-30.

Charlie Woods



The game would be decided in the early moments of the second half as the Vikings scored eight straight points part of an 18-6 run to open a 52-36 lead with 11:17 remaining on a driving layup by Montgomery.


When the Vikings lead opened to its largest at 18 points 57-39 with 9:00 remaining on an off-balance layup by Cole, the Crusaders then found their shooting touch and began to claw their way back into the game.


Valpo outscored CSU 26-12 to close the margin to four points 69-65 with 3:39 remaining on a three-pointer by McPherson from the left side of the arc.


But that would be the closest the visitors from Northwest Indiana would get as the Vikings closed the contest with an 11-5 run to make the final score 80-71.


One key in the game was Cleveland State’s foul shooting. The Vikings went 20-for-21 in the second half including a stretch of 11-for-12 in the final 4:45 of the contest and finished the game converting 26-for-28 from the 15-foot line.


“I thought our guys made really played hard at the end and made a run” Drew said. “Every time we had a chance they (CSU) kept making free throws which did not help us at all.”


This game was a complete reversal of their first meeting in January when Valpo shot a sizzling 56.9% from the floor and held Cleveland State to just 39.4%.


Thursday night it was the Vikings that had the better shooting hitting 50% from the field (25-for-50) including going 56.5% in the second 20-minutes (13-for-23) while holding Valparaiso to 47.3% (26-for-55).


“I thought we played harder than Valpo tonight” Waters said. “I thought we dominated the first ten minutes of the second half and then let them back in. But our guys settled down and got back in the game to finish strong”


The Crusaders won the rebound battle 31-28, but they committed 13 turnovers which CSU converted into 22 points which CSU turned the ball over just nine times.


Everything added up to the Vikings sixth win in the last seven games over Valparaiso who has not won on the North Coast since February 26,1994.


NOTES: The game was the 35th lifetime meeting between the two schools with CSU holding a commanding 26-8 advantage…The two teams were charter members of the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (AMCU-8) when it was formed in 1982…Norris Cole-CSU hit the 20-point barrier for the ninth time this season and 17th in his career…Charlie Woods-CSU & Tim Kamczyc-CSU both set career scoring marks with seven points respectively…The win was the Vikings 10th at home this season the third consecutive season they have posted double-digit wins at home since a five-season skein from 1983-87

Vikings to host Butler tomorrow

Feb. 12, 2010

By Brian McCann

- Game 26
Butler (22-4, 15-0) at Cleveland State (13-12, 9-4)
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Site:  Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland), WTAM 1100 AM (Cleveland), WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren), (Al Pawlowski)
TV: Horizon League Network, Shown locally on SportsTime Ohio, (Will Haskett & Adam Coppinger)
Series: Butler Leads, 26-7
Last Mtg: @Butler 64, CSU 55 (1/14/10)
Sponsor:    The Cleveland Clinic
Promo: Free Knit Cap to first 1,000 fans. Family Value Saturday: Free KidZone & Dollar Dogs At Concession Stands.
Tickets:    $10, $20 & $30

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State closes this brief two-game home stand when the Vikings host 15th-ranked Butler on Saturday, February 13 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game will be the Horizon League Game of the Week, being televised throughout the five-states that the conference covers by the HLN with Will Haskett and Adam Coppinger providing the commentary.  The game will be shown in northern Ohio on SportsTime Ohio.  The Vikings ran their current win streak to six on Thursday night when they built an 18-point second half lead and held off a late charge to defeat Valparaiso, 80-71.  The Vikings (13-12, 9-4) held onto second place in the Horizon League standings, a half-game ahead of both Wright State and Green Bay (8-5), who each won on Thursday.  Butler (22-4, 15-0) locked up the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in next months Horizon League Championship when the Bulldogs knocked off Youngstown State, 68-57, on Thursday night.

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 (16.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.0 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 (13.0, 1.9 apg) and Trevon Harmon (11.4, 1.9) 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 (1.1, 1.1) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (1.1, 0.7) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.4, 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 (6.1, 3.1) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.3, 5.6) at center.

D'Aundray Brown

D'Aundray Brown

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 (9.3 spg), 29th in turnover margin (+3.4), 35th in free throw percentage (.746), 84th in three-point field goals per game (6.9) and 99th in turnovers per game (12.8).  Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 13th nationally in steals (2.6 spg).

CSU VS. RANKED OPPONENTS:  The Vikings will be playing a school record sixth game against a ranked opponent this season when they host No. 15 Butler on Saturday.  Cleveland State is 5-34 all-time against ranked opponents, including a 1-8 record at home.  The first win against a ranked opponent came in the 1986 NCAA Tournament when the Vikings knocked off Indiana.  The only home win came two seasons ago when the Vikings knocked off 12th-ranked Butler, 56-52, on Jan. 17, 2008.

. . . BUT THINGS HAVE PICKED UP LATELY:  Although the 5-34 all-time record against ranked opponents seems daunting, the Vikings have fared much better of late, going 4-9 against Top 25 teams in the four seasons under head coach Gary Waters.  Last year, CSU went 3-1 against ranked opponents, defeating No. 11 Syracuse (72-69), No. 18 Butler in the title game of the Horizon League Championship (57-54) and 12th-ranked Wake Forest, 84-69, in the first round of the NCAA Championships.  CSU is 0-5 against ranked teams this year, falling to No. 4 Kentucky, No. 6 West Virginia, No. 17 Ohio State, No. 12 Kansas State and No. 22 Butler.