A Page -- Feb. 12, 2011 -- Lincoln's Birthday

Hunsinger (left) and Shaffer (right)

OTCA to induct Oberlin's Don 

Hunsinger, Aquinas'/Malone's/Hoover's 

Ryan Shaffer into Tennis Hall of Fame

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


At the end of this month, the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association will be inducting Don Hunsinger and Ryan Shaffer into the OTCA Tennis Hall of Fame.

The association will hold the ceremonies Feb 27 at the Columbus Marriott in Dublin during a luncheon.

Hunsinger’s name has been synonymous with Oberlin College. In fact, the tennis complex behind the athletic center is known as “Don Hunsinger Courts.”

Hunsinger spent 32 years and 56 seasons of tennis at the school before retiring three years ago. Four times Hunsinger was named Coach of the Year in the Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference.

His teams earned him 383 wins. In all, 66 of his Yeomen and Yeowomen were named all-league and five have been inducted into the OC Heisman Hall of Fame. Hunsinger did his undergraduate studies at Muskingum and received his masters from Ohio State. He also picked up quite a number of post graduate units.

Shaffer’s St. Thomas Aquinas teams earned him over 200 wins in 12 seasons. Those teams also made four Final Four team appearances. He then moved onto the college ranks. In just six seasons at Malone, the Pioneers earned him nearly 100 wins. In each of those seasons, at least one individual or the whole team qualified to nationals.

He then returned to the high school ranks. At Hoover, he has been both the girls and boys coach and in just eight seasons both Vikings units have earned him nearly 300 wins with an overall record of 276-40.

Fairview wins the battle of league 

vagabonds; John Miles leads trio of 

scorers who amass 80 percent of Warrior 


Feb. 12, 2011 -- 12:05 a.m.

Fairview won the race of the two schools whose names begin with an F and will be leaving the West Shore Conference to join the Patriot Athletic Conference next year to the five win total with Friday night’s 53-39 win over Firelands.

The Warriors moved to 5-11 and Falcons fall to 4-13. Three lads hit double figures for the Warriors with John Miles pacing the threesome with 17 points. Three of his shots were the of the mile variety as he hit three treys, two regular baskets and four free tosses.

Sean Faska and Rory Juhn each threw in a baker’s dozen. 

Walsh Jesuit is one of the first to join the 

15-win club; Warriors nip Bennies on 

Evan Payne's buzzer beater

Feb. 12, 2011 -- 12:05 AM

Walsh Jesuit became one of the first area boys’ basketball teams to teach 15 games when the Warriors moved their record to 15-1 with Friday night’s 56-53 win over Benedictine.

The difference maker was Evan Payne’s three-point shot at the ending buzzer that swished through the nets.

Austin finds the fast "Lane" on the way

to a 25-point night, good enough for

win No. 13 for the Skins

Austin Lane had his second 20-point game in three days as he scored 25 Friday to lead Cuyahoga Heights to its 13th win, 74-52, over Hawken 


The Redskins are now 13-4.

R.J. Kauffman leads trio of double-figure 

scoring Eagles; throws in 21 as Avon 

pounds on Vermilion

12:30 a.m. Feb. 12, 2011

R.J. Kauffman’s 21 points led Avon to a 71-46 West Shore Conference boys’ basketball victory over Vermilion Friday night.


The Eagles' Ryan Ladegaard (Right)

It moved the Eagles to 12-5 overall and 9-2 in league affairs.

Marv Colemen added 14 points and Claude Gray a baker’s dozen for the Eagles.

Gilmour wins second game of own 

tourney this morning; could hit 30 wins 

tonight; Matt Grider scores two goals

Feb. 12, 2011 4 p.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLES -- Matt Grider scored two goals to lead Gilmour to a 6-3 win over DeMatha Catholic Prep out of Maryland this morning in the second round of the 12th Gilmour High School Hockey Invitational, on Rink #1 in the Gilmour Ice House Complex.

The win puts the Lancers at in the tourney and in a good spot to get into tomorrow morning’s championship game. They have one more round-robin game left tonight. Either a win tonight or tomorrow morning would put GA at the 30-win mark for the season.

The Lancers (29-8-2) also got goals from Spencer Antunez, Nick Aleva, C.J. Valerian, and Mason Schmidt. Oliver Flesher was in the net, making 29 saves on the 32 shots on goal he faced.

Dematha's record is now 34-16-1.

Lancers win first game of the 12th 

Annual Gilmour Invitational

Feb. 12, 2011 --12:01 a.m.

Gilmour’s hockey team won the first game of its 12th Annual Gilmour Invitational last night  (Friday) on Rink #1 of the Gilmour Ice Complex, 2-0, over Bethel Park (Pa.).

Spencer Antunez and John Tobbe scored the Gilmour goals. No. 2 goalie Jason Musarra and No. 3 man Matt Ray were in the nets for the Lancers, the former making eight stops and the latter 10 in sharing the shutout.

The Lancers were playing DeMatha Prep out of Maryland this morning. DeMatha came into the tournament with a seven-game winning streak.

The victory puts GA two games away from the 30-win mark, which could be accomplished by tomorrow afternoon.

Charlie Prince, Marsic boys lead Ledgemont to win 

over Bloomfield

Feb. 12, 2011

Charlie Prince’s 18 points led Ledgemont’s boys’ basketball team to a 65-53 win over Bloomfield last night.

The Marsic boys, Brad and Jim, were also double-figure scorers for Ledgemont, Brad, a junior, scoring 14, and Jim, a senior, dropping in 10 for Ledgemont, which, at 9-10, could close out the regular season at .500 with a win in the final game.

Westlake Relays seeking two more girls' and two

more boys' team entries for May track meet

Feb. 12, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE -- The Westlake Relays, one of the longest-running high school track meets in the Cleveland area, is looking for two more girls’ teams and two more boys’ teams to fill out its eight-team field in each sex.

So far, the girls’ teams in are  Avon Lake,  Elyria,   St. Joe’s Academy,  Westlake, New Day Academy, and Lake Center Christian. So far, the boys have, Avon Lake, Elyria, Benedictine, Westlake, New Day Academy and Lake Center Christian.

To enter, please email WR Meet Director John Holland at jrho53@aol.com.

Baldwin-Wallace Wrestling Team Falls to 14th-

Ranked Ohio Northern, 25-18 to End B-W’s Seven-

Match Winning Streak

By Jeff Miller

BEREA --  The 14th-ranked Ohio Northern University wrestling team defeated host and Ohio Athletic Conference rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 25-18, today (Saturday, February 12, 2011) in 
the first of two OAC matches Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center

Lake High Alum Ryan Jones

Despite the loss, B-W was led by a pair of pins from senior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) and 285-pounder Ryan Jones(Uniontown/ Lake). Stoll, who has now won his last two OAC matches by pin-fall, pinned Ohio Northern’s Matt Alexander at the 1:03 mark while Jones pinned Justin Southwick in 1:23.

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20th-ranked Mount Union basketball team maintains sole possession of first place in the OAC; Brunswick's
Crider scores 14 off the bench

February 12, 2011 -- 5 p.m.

By Lenny Reich

ADA, Ohio -- The No. 20 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team maintained sole possession of first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference with a 79-69 victory at Ohio Northern University today in Ada.

The Purple Raiders (20-3, 13-3 OAC) reach the 20-win plateau for a second-straight season and stay a game ahead of second place Baldwin-Wallace (17-6, 12-4), a 79-64 winner at Capital, in the conference standings.

Mount Union can clinch the OAC's regular season title and top seed in the OAC Tournament with a win over Baldwin-Wallace next Wednesday (Feb. 16) at 7:30 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Junior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) led the Raiders with 18 points and nine rebounds.


Senior guard Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) came off the bench and hit three three-pointers as part of a 14-point performance while high school teammates and forwards in junior Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) and Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) had 11 and 10 points 

respectively to round out the double digit scorers for Mount Union.

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Mount men fall short at ONU

February 12, 2011 

ADA, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's basketball team could not overcome a 19-point first half deficit as the Purple Raiders suffered a 74-65 Ohio Athletic Conference loss today at Ohio Northern in Ada.

The Purple Raiders found themselves down 38-19 with 2:10 to go in the first half and scored five 

of the final seven points of the half to trail 40-24 at the break

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Lakers Snuff Out Storm with Second Half Comeback

Feb. 12, 2011

By Kyle Akins

Lake Erie College (5-17, 1-14 GLIAC) pushed GLIAC North power No. 22 Grand Valley State University (17-6, 12-4 GLIAC), holding a double-digit second half lead, but ultimately fell short, 76-69, at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center.
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Early GVSU Run Too Much for Storm to Overcome

Lake Erie College (3-18, 2-13 GLIAC) fell behind early and it was too much to overcome against Grand Valley State University (18-5, 11-5 GLIAC), in a 74-52 loss today in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center in Painesville.

The Lakers opened the game on a 16-2 run and while Lake Erie cut the lead to single digits on multiple occasions, GVSU led the entire way

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Mount finishes fourth at All-Ohio Chmpionships

February 12, 2011 

GAMBIER, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's indoor track and field team, ranked No. 20 in the nation, finished fourth at the All-Ohio Championships Saturday at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders tallied 53 points which was 15.5 points behind third place Ohio Northern.  Ohio Wesleyanwon the event with 106 points while Baldwin-Wallace was in second place with 70 points

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Case Reserve Track & Field Splits Weekend at Baldwin-Wallace College Invitational and All-Ohio Championships


GAMBIER, OH – The Case Western Reserve University track and field team split this past weekend at two different events, leading off with the Baldwin-Wallace College Invitational on Friday, February 12 and culminating on Saturday, February 12 at the All-Ohio Championships at the Kenyon Athletic Center. Competing against some of the best competition in the state, the Spartan women finished fourth overall with 67 team points, while the men took ninth with a score of 35.


In the sprints, the men were paced by junior Matt Jurcak’s (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) second-place result in the 55-meter hurdles with his time of 7.80.

Sophomore Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) highlighted the distance events, where the cross country standout also took first in the mile with a time of 4:18.26 to score 10 points. The men’s distance medley also took first overall in 10:19.02.

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Chardon alum Erin Hollinger and Hoover 

grad Erica Iafelice shine under the big 

lights in the Big Apple; lead Spartan 

win in back-and-forth battle 

Feb. 12, 2011 12:01 a.m.

By Nick Minerd

NEW YORK, NY – Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) and sophomore point guard Erica Iafelice (North Canton, OH/Hoover) scored 21 and 17 points, respectively, as the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team defeated host New York University, 77-69, just a few hours ago, on Friday, February 11 at the Coles Sports Center.
Chardon's Hollinger (L) and Hoover's  Iafelice (right) 

With the win, the Spartans snap a five-game losing skid and improve to 11-10 overall and 5-5 in the University Athletic Association. The loss gave NYU the identical mark for the season

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Brandon Walker sizzles the nets for 25 

points as Aurora's boys' hoops team 

notches win No. 11

Feb. 12, 2010, 12:01 a.m

Brandon Walker fired up 25 points to lead Aurora’s boys’ basketball team to its 11th win of the season, 65-51, over West Geauga Friday night.

The Greenmen (11-5) were also able to get eight points from Joe Mims and the rest of the scoring was balanced with six guys scoring between 3 and 7 points.

Avon Lake native/St. Ed alum Reid 

Anderson comes within five points of 

1,000 with 17-point night but Spartans

fall in the city that never sleeps

Feb. 12, 12:01 a.m. 

By Nick Minerd

NEW YORK, NY – An 11-0 run midway through the second half doomed the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team in a 73-63 loss to New York University on Friday, February 11 at the Coles Sports Center.

Reid Anderson

The Spartans fall to 8-12 overall and 4-6 in the University Athletic Association. With its win, NYU (13-8, 2-8 UAA) snaps a four-game losing skid.

Senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) led the Spartans with 17 points and is now just five away from the 1,000 mark for his career. 

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Hoover alumna Steph Gibson connecting on 94 

percent of her free throws for Kent; taking steam 

from 8-for-8-at-the-line game into CMU today 

Feb. 12, 2011 -- 12:05 AM

By Erin Dugan

Kent State at Central Michigan, 4 pm
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Kent State made good on a season-high 35 free throws, including a 15-of-16 effort by senior Taisja Jones as the Golden Flashes held off Western Michigan Feb. 5 at the M.A.C. Center, 79-68. Jones finished with a game-high 29 points, while senior Jamilah Humes added 15 points.

Senior Stephanie Gibson, a 94 percent free throw shooter this season, went 8-of-8 at the line to finish with 11 points. As a team, the Flashes went 82-of-98 at the free throw stripe in their last three home games for 83.7 percent while averaging almost 33 trips to the line per game.

Steph Gibson 

Gibson is 14-of-14 in those games while Taisja Jones went 46-of-53 for 86.8 percent and Jamilah Humes was 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) at the charity stripe. Central Michigan is coming off an 82-64 win at Ohio Feb. 5. Five players scored in double figures, led by Niki DiGuilio's 20 points.

Five players are averaging double figures for Central Michigan's offense, which is ranked second in the nation at 83.4 ppg. Senior forward Kaihla Szunko and senior guard Shonda Long lead the way with 16.7 and 16.0 ppg, respectively. 

Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan, 2 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, after a week off from competition, returns to action with a short road trip north with a Saturday (Feb. 12) game against Eastern Michigan University.

The Falcons are 19-4, and BGSU is 7-3 in MAC play. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 18.6 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.1 rebounds per contest. 

Classmate Tracy Pontius has 11.5 ppg to date, and leads the team with 3.8 assists per outing. BGSU is shooting 41.8% from the field, 36.8% from three-point land and 80.4% from the free-throw line. Eastern Michigan will enter Saturday's game with an overall record of 16-8, and the Eagles are 7-3 in MAC action. 

Cassie Schrock


Junior guard Tavelyn James leads the team in scoring, with 17.2 points per game while senior guard and MAC Player of the Week Cassie Schrock (a Wadsworth High alumna) has 14.1 ppg and leads EMU in both rebounding (7.4 rpg) and assists (5.3 apg).

Northern Illinois at Buffalo, 12 pm (SportsTime Ohio, Comcast SportsNet Chicago)
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The Bulls are lead by Solon's Kourtney Brown who averages 22.0 ppg., 12.4 rpg and 3.0 bpg. Senior Jessica Fortman is averaging 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, both second on the team.

Ohio at Toledo, 4:30 p.m.
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Ohio enters tomorrow's matinee on the heels of an 82-64 setback against Central Michigan last Saturday. Canton South alumna Shavon Robinson led the way for the Bobcats with 18 points, while Symone Lyles scored 11 points and Kamille Buckner chipped in 10 points. 

Shavon Robinson

Canton native Shavon Robinson

The Bobcats feature an attack with four players averaging at least 7.0 points led by Hoban alum Tenishia Benson's 13.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.6 apg and 2.5 spg.

Ball State at Akron, 5 pm (SportsTime Ohio, Comcast Indiana)
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Sophomore forward Rachel Tecca recorded her second-straight double-double with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds, giving her 11 for the season and 14 for her career. The Zips (10-12, 3-7 MAC) allowed the fewest points of the season, including just 12 in the first half.

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River's Kyle Dunne

Dunne's dozen does in Middies;  River 

maintains lead in WSC

Feb. 12, 2011

Kyle Dunne’s 12 points led Rocky River to a boys’ basketball win over Midview last night, 52-42.

The win allowed the Pirates to maintain first place in the West Shore Conference race.

Burfield's baker's dozen leads East 

Canton to win over Garrettsville

Feb. 12, 2011

Senior and three-year starter Ryan Burfield scored 13 points to lead East Canton to a thrilling 44-43 win over Garrettsville Garfield last night.

Fellow senior Ian Mundy added nine points for the Hornets’ fourth overall win of the season and third league triumph.

The Hornets raced out to a 37-28 lead but cooled enough in the fourth quarter, yet still played well enough defensively down the stretch to hang on for the win.

B-W Women’s Tennis Defeats Oberlin, 5-4

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA –  The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated traditional rival Oberlin College, 5-4, today (Saturday, February 12, 2011) in the Heisman Fieldhouse in Oberlin.  This was the first winter-spring match for the Yellow Jackets.

With its win, B-W improves to 2-2 overall.  With its loss, Oberlin is now 1-3 overall.

EC alumna Becca Mittler (L), Green grad Emily Pelosi (R)

The Yellow Jackets gained a 2-1 advantage in doubles.  The number one duo of senior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won 8-5 and the No.3 tandem of senior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) and junior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) won 8-4.  To date, Pecinovsky and Mittler have the best doubles mark at 9-1.

In singles play, the two teams split six points. The Yellow Jackets received wins from Greene at fourth singles, Pelosi won at No.5 and senior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) won at No.6.
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Stow Alumnus Aaron Stefanov's 20 Helps
Men’s Basketball Upset No. 13
Wabash (Ind.) College

February 12, 2011 -- 4:30 p.m. 

By Jeff Hoedt

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND.  –  Freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) connected on six three-pointers en route to scoring 20 points to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team in a 70-58 upset of No. 13 nationally-ranked Wabash College today (Saturday, Feb. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Chadwick Court in Crawfordsville, Ind.  [Game Stats]


With the win, the Terriers improve to 12-11 overall and 6-8 in the NCAC.  The Little Giants are now 17-5 overall and 9-5 NCAC

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B-W Men’s Tennis Defeats Penn State Behrend; Avon Lake's Alex Trzeciak wins at first singles; Ellet alum Minrovic, St. Ed grad Lachman, Royalton product Horvath also winners 

The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated Penn State Behrend University, 9-0, today (Saturday, February 12, 2011) at the Paramount Tennis Club in Medina.  This was the first winter-spring match for the Yellow Jackets.  B-W also plays another match tonight when it faces Thiel College of Pennsylvania at 6:30 p.m. at the North Ridge Racquet Club in North Ridgeville.


With its win, B-W improves to 3-0 overall and dominated this match by scoring 96 of 117 total points, including 72 of 86 singles points and 24 of 31 doubles points.  With its loss, PSU-Behrend is now 2-5 overall.

The Yellow Jackets gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles.  The number one duo of junior number one singles player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and freshman No. 6 player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won 8-4, the No.2 tandem of No.2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and No.4 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) won 8-3.

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Luke Turk's goal gives Lake Catholic upset, overtime

win over Ignatius in Baron Cup semis

Feb. 12, 2011 8 p.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Luke Turk's overtime goal gave Lake Catholic a 4-3 win in the semis over St. Ignatius, sending the Cougars into tomorrow's Baron Cup championship against tonight's St. Ed-US winner.

Mike Abood scored his 18th goal of season in the sixth minute of the first period to give St. Ignatius a 1-0 lead over Lake Catholic in the semifinals of the Baron Cup I this afternoon, and then the Wildcats added two more in the final five minutes of the period to take a 3-0 lead into the locker room at the first intermission.

However, Lake Catholic tied it with three goals in the second and the first six minutes of the third.

John Baucco's goal at 5:25 of the third period tied it, 3-3.


 Paddy Spellacy and Will Smith assisted on Abood's goal.


After Spellacy went in the box for slashing, Liam Geither scored a short-hand goal followed by a blue-line slapshot goal by Kevin Joseph.