A Page -- Feb. 14, 2012


Amherst claims three first team all-league selections for White Division

Baron Cup II champion Amherst dominated the White Division All-Star Hockey team with three first-team selections.

Connor Morris, Kevin Burgett and Caleb Ganelli earned first team All Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White Division for the Comets.

In addition, Dakota Dill and Eli Branscum earned second-team honors for Amherst.


Rounding out the first team were North Olmsted’s Brandon Schmitt, Solon’s Sam Littman and Solon’s Kyle Peterson.

Others on the second team were Kenston's Nick Levine and Ben Kinney, Solon’s John Hannah, Roosevelt’s Nate Grootegoed, Orange’s Brian Joseph and Brecksville’s Joe Sullivan.

Earning honorable mention honors were Benedictine’s Blake Naida, Normandy’s Adam Cole, Roosevelt’s Tom Fisher and North Olmsted’s Mike Shackleton.

Steve Morris of Amherst was named Coach of the Year.


Heights has most first-team selections in Blue Division hockey all-stars

 Baron Cup runners-up Cleveland Heights dominated the Blue Division All League team of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.

The Tigers garnered three first-team selections with forwards Tyler Rudy and Trey Hopkins and goalie Aidan Hall.

Despite winning the Baron Cup III, Midview was absent in the first-team selections but did have Austin Steindl make the second team and goalie Blake Sunagel make the third team.

Coach Urig

Midview’s Don Urig and Heights’ Eddie Babcox shared Coach of the Year honors.

Mark Sunde

Chagrin Falls also had two first-team honorees in defensemen Matt Markley and Jack Campbell and a second-team pick in Mack Myers. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy had two first-team forwards in Mark Sunde and Luke Sunde.

Luke Sunde

Mayfield had Josh Berg on the first team, Hunter Maggs on the second team, and Andrew Conkey on the third team.

Cleveland Heights and CVCA each had a second-team pick in Ben Urbas and Tucker Anderson, respectively.


Matt Douglas was Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s top pick as the second team goalie, while forward Travis Wilson made the third team for the Lions.

Also getting two picks was Lakewood with defenseman Nick Kovach on the second team and Brandon Scheel on the third team.


Mike Gulasey made third team for Western Reserve as did Christian Nye for Bay and Ben Sherman for Avon Lake.


Honorable mention selections included Aurora’s Steve Lawrie, Brooklyn’s Adam Csornok, Brush’s Brian Swain, Canfield’s Sean Meditz, Nordonia’s Mike Gabriel, Hoover’s Dan Murphy, Olmsted Falls’ Anthony Green, Parma’s Drew Szafarski,, Twinsburg’s Brandon Best and West G’s Tate Georgevitch.

Men's basketball Senior Day highlights Oberlin week in sports

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team will honor its six senior members prior to taking the floor on Saturday afternoon against Wabash. The Yeowomen tennis will also look to improve to 3-0 on the spring season when they host Otterbein at high noon.
Men’s Basketball (7-16, 2-12 NCAC)
2/15/12 - Oberlin at Hiram College (13-10, 6-8 NCAC) – 8 p.m.
2/18/12 – Oberlin vs. Wabash College  (17-6, 9-5 NCAC) – 1 p.m.
· The seven wins mark the most of Oberlin squad since the 2003-2004 season when they finished 7-18, and the most of Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco's career.
· The men’s team brings momentum into this week following a thrilling victory over DePauw on Saturday. The Yeomen held the Tigers to just 48 points on the night, and held them to just 37.5 percent from the floor (18-of-48). It was lowest amount allowed by the Yeomen against a Division III team this season.

· Junior Andrew Fox enters into the final week of the season as the only NCAC player to be averaging a double-double. He could become the first Yeoman since the 1991-92 season to average over 10 rebounds per game. David Morrison averaged 10.3 that year. He could also be the first person to average a double-double for Oberlin since the 1985-86 season, when Adrian Schaffer averaged 13.2 points and 11.2 boards in that season.
· The final game of the season against Wabash will serve as senior day. Josh MerrittJacob GoldsteinMazi FarrisHal Sundt,Danny Enright and Ryan Glover will all be honored and commemorated for their hard work and dedication to the program.
· The game against Wabash will be the first annual “Freshman Fan Fare”. Every freshman athlete will receive a free t-shirt at the door and
be honored at halftime of the game.
Women’s Basketball (6-18, 3-12 NCAC)
2/15/12 – Oberlin at Denison (16-7, 9-5 NCAC)
· Kelly Warlich has made a late season surge for the Yeowomen, averaging 14.5 points over her last six games. She had 17 against DePauw, all coming in the second half.
· Freshman standout Christina Marquette has scored double digits in 15 games this season, including the last seven games in a row. She has had five games of 20 or more, and two games of 30 or more in her first season as a Yeowoman.
· The Yeowomen are second in the NCAC in defensive rebounds. They had 645 defensive boards, which computes out to 26.9 per game.
· Oberlin wraps up their 2011-12 campaign with no graduating seniors, and will return their entire squad next year, including 2013 graduate Allison Anderson who missed almost all of this year due to a knee injury.
Women’s Tennis (3-1)
2/18/12 – Oberlin vs. Otterbein University (1-4) – 12 p.m.
· The Yeowomen got off to a great start to their 2012 spring season, winning both matches this weekend in dominate fashion. They defeated Baldwin Wallace and Malone, both by scores of 8-1.
· Oberlin went 6-0 between the two matches on the doubles court. They were led by senior Finley Gates and freshman Grace Porterwho played at the number one slot, and won 8-0 against BW and Malone.
· Senior Ariel Lewis looked to be in top form as she won 6-2, 6-0 against Baldwin Wallace, and 6-0, 6-0 against Malone. The win against Kim Knisley of Malone University was her 75th career win as a Yeowoman.
Men’s Tennis (1-1)
2/18/12 – Oberlin at Wabash College (4-1) – 8 a.m.
2/18/12 - Oberlin vs. Elmhurst College (1-1) – 4 p.m. (at Wabash)
· The Yeomen won 7-2 in their first match of the 2012 spring season against Malone University.
· They went 5-1 in singles, and 2-1 in doubles. Leading the way for the Yeomen was Logan Chun who won 6-1, 6-1 at the number one singles slot, and won 8-4 in the number two doubles.
Swimming and Diving
2/15-2/18/12 -  Oberlin at NCAC Swimming and Diving Championships (at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio)
·      Freshman Chris McLauchlan comes into this weekend winning every one and three meter competition he has entered this season. The national qualifying hopeful will look to score his team points this weekend, and win an individual championship.
·      The Yeomen and Yeowomen have not competed since January 21st and will be well rested coming into this weekend.
Track and Field
2/17/12 – Oberlin at Greater Cleveland Championships (Baldwin Wallace) – 4 p.m.
2/18/12 – Oberlin at Kent State Tune-up – 9 a.m.
· Molly Martorella set the school record in the mile at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Friday night. The Winchendon, Massachusetts, native posted the fourth fastest time in the country in the mile at 4:56.73. She is the first female in school history to run a sub-five-minute mile.
· Jimmy Taylor won the 800 at the Baldwin Wallace Invitational last weekend. He clocked in with a time of 2:00.51. Derek Lange also ran well, as he had the best time in the 3000 meter run at meet, clocking in at 9:04.04.


All-time leading Iggy scorer Paddy Spellacy heads up foursome on All-League first team for 36-0 Wildcats

Going undefeated through the Baron Cup, St. Ignatius’ hockey team has also reaped the individual honors highlighted by four first team selections on the All Red Division team.


The Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League coaches showed high respect for the Wildcats by naming Paddy Spellacy, Mike Abood, Miles McQuinn and goalie Matt Kovesdy to the first team for the Red Division.



On top of that foursome, the Cats had Liam Geither make second team and Andrew Steed make third team.


University School, Shaker Heights and Strongsville also were represented on the first team with Matt Wipper, Anthony Johnson and Andrew Radosevic, respectively.


The Preppers also had a pair of second-team selections in Conner Judson and Sam Althans.

Rocky River had two second-team forwards in Eric Sperli and Max Lurie. Also on the second team were Lake Catholic’s Brian Anthony and Shaker’s Eric Sterin.

Joining Steed on the third team were Hudson’s Jake Collins and Luke Mussay, Lake Catholic’s Anthony Nalipa, US’s Tyler Dalton, and Walsh Jesuit’s Jamie Studer.

Honorable Mention picks were Elyria Catholic’s James Baker, St. Edward’s Connor King, Holy Name’s Alex Kurowski, Padua’s Mike Palasics and Mentor’s Anthony Blank.


Of course, Pat O’Rourke was named Coach of the Year for guiding St. Ignatius to a 36-0 record so far.

Miles McQuinn


B-W Standout Brandon Eddy Named OAC 

Field Event Athlete of the Week

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin Wallace College sophomore track standout Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) was named today (Monday, February 6, 2012) as Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track Field Event Athlete-of-the-Week for the second consecutive week.  It also marks the third time this season that he has earned that honor.

Eddy earned his award for finishing first in both the pole vault and the high jump at the All-Ohio Meet on Saturday, February 11 at Otterbein University.    He won the pole vault with a vault  of 15’ 1’’ and he won the high jump as he jumped a season-best 6’ 6.75’’

Eddy won his first weekly honor  when he led the Yellow Jackets to the team title at the Annual Mid-January Meet on January 20. At that meet, he won the pole vault with a meet and school indoor-record vault of 16-feet, won the high jump with a leap of 6’2” and won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.97 seconds.

Eddy claimed is his second weekly honor after placing fifth and first of All-Division III competitors in the heptathlon at the University of Akron Combined Events Meet on February 3-4.  In that meet, he compiled what was at the time the best score in Division III  in the 7-event heptathlon when he accumulated a career-best 5,065 points and had five career-best performances for the seven events. Eddy’s 5,065-point is currently second as he trails Caleb Cox of Illinois College by 361 points and leads the third place competitor by 51 points

Mount's Mary Mahoney named tradck S/A of the week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week for a second straight week.

Mahoney was part of a record-setting day this past Saturday as the Purple Raiders set three school records and one meet record on their way to a first place team finish at the All-Ohio Championships at Otterbein University in Westerville.

Mahoney was in on the three Mount Union records as she bested her own marks with first place finishes in the 200 meters (25.45) and 400 meters (56.51) then joined up with teammates in sophomoresTaylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East), Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) and Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) to set a new school record with a win in the 4x200 meter relay (1:44.38).

The 400 has been a signature event for Mahoney outdoors in her career as she was the Ohio Athletic Conferene Sprint Athlete of the Meet at the 2011 OAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships as she won the 400 in an OAC-record time of 56.10, the 200 meter dash, ran the second leg of the winning 4x100 meter relay and was the anchor on the winning 4x400 meter relay team.

She also was an All-American with a third place finish in the 400 meters at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

CSU travels to Milwaukee tonight

Cleveland State (20-6, 10-4 HL) at Milwaukee (15-12, 8-7 HL)
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Location: U.S. Cellular Arena (10,783) - Milwaukee, Wis.
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Video stream available on Horizon League Network
Series: Milwaukee leads, 21-16
Last Mt'g: @CSU 83, UWM 57 (1/22/12)
Tickets: Available at Site

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State hits the road for the second to last time in the regular season when the Vikings travel to Milwaukee for an 8:00 p.m. EST contest on Tuesday (Feb. 14). The Vikings enter the game at 20-6 overall and in second place in the Horizon League at 10-4, just one-half game behind first place Valparaiso (11-4). Butler, Youngstown State and Detroit are all tied for third place, one-and-a-half games behind CSU at 9-6 with just two weeks to go in the regular season. Milwaukee is 15-11 overall and 8-7 in league play. Tuesday's game will be the 38th meeting between CSU and Milwaukee with the Panthers owning a 21-16 edge. The Vikings won this year's first meeting, an 83-57 triumph in the Wolstein Center on Jan. 22.

VIKINGS GET 10 IN THE LEAGUE: CSU's two wins in Chicago (Feb. 3 &5) allowed the Vikings to clinch the fifth straight year of double digit wins in the Horizon League. It marks the first time in program history that the Vikings have won at least 10 league games in five straight seasons. The old mark was four straight, set from 1984-85 through 1987-88.

NCAA STATS: CSU was well represented in the NCAA statistical report that was released on Monday (Feb. 5). As a team, CSU is ranked 10th in scoring defense (57.7), 13th in steals (8.8), 23rd in three-point field goal defense (.295), 24th in turnover margin (3.2), 36th in won-lost percentage (.769) and 67th in scoring margin (7.7) and three-point field goal percentage (.367). D'Aundray Brown is ninth in the nation in steals (2.6).

ON THE ROAD: The Vikings have been proving their mettle away from home this season, posting a 12-3 record in those contests. CSU is 11-2 in "true" road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. The 11 "true" road wins are tied for the most in the nation (Wagner), while CSU's 12 wins away from home are the second most in the country (Harvard & Iona have 13). The school-record for road wins in a season is 13, set in 2008-09. This year's 11 road victories rank second in school history, while CSU's .846 (11-2) road winning percentage is currently the best in school history. The 1985-86 team holds the school record for best road winning percentage, going 9-3 (.750).

VIKINGS REMAINS 10th IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State remained at No. 10 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday (Feb. 6) afternoon. The Vikings, who are the only Horizon League team in the top-25, earned 501 votes, up from the 487 votes they earned last week. Murray State remained first with 775 points and all 31 first place votes and was followed by Saint Mary's (740), Creighton (682), Harvard (677), Long Beach State (606), Gonzaga (599), Middle Tennessee State (587), Wichita State (561), Iona (514) and CSU.

VIKINGS DRAW DREXEL FOR BRACKETBUSTERS: CSU will host Drexel on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 11:00 a.m. on ESPNU as part of the 2012 Sears BracketBusters X. The 13 match-ups that will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks were announced on Jan. 30. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

GRADY AS A STARTER: With senior D'Aundray Brown out two of the last three games with a groin injury, freshman Anton Grady has made two starts and has not disappointed in either one, notching a double-double each game. In a Feb. 5 win at UIC, Grady totaled 12 points and 10 rebounds, making all six of his field goals. In Saturday's (Feb. 11) loss to Butler, Grady scored a career-high 18 points with 13 rebounds.

... AND CONTINUES STRONG PLAY: Anton Grady has emerged as a strong frontrunner for Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year with his play this year. He is averaging 8.5 points, 6.1 rebounds (8th in league) and 1.4 blocked shots (5th in league), while ranking third in the league in field goal percentage (.564). Grady has upped those numbers to 10.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in Horizon League contests, scoring in double figures in 10 of the 14 league games. He also has four double-doubles in his last seven games.

OH FOR THREE: CSU held Butler without a three-point field goal in Saturday's loss as the Bulldogs went 0-for-8. It was the 15th time in program history that a team failed to make a three-pointer against the Vikings, including the second time this year. CSU also held Rhode Island without a three-pointer (0-8) on Nov. 26. Prior to this year, the last time the Vikings did not give up a three-pointer in a game was Dec. 17, 1996, against Youngstown State.

AFTER A LOSS: Saturday's setback to Butler was the first time this year that the Vikings have lost back-to-back games. In each of CSU's first four losses this year, they followed up the next game with a win, all coming by double figures.

FIVE OR FEWER: Saturday's 52-49 loss to Butler marked the first time this year that CSU lost a game by five points or fewer, dropping the Vikings to 7-1 in those contests.The Vikings have won four games on their final offensive possession this season. They include... 

 • Trey Harmon hits a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure (Nov. 18).
• Jeremy Montgomery steals the inbounds pass and hits two free throws with 3.4 seconds to play in a 63-62 victory over Boston University (Nov. 25).
• D'Aundray Brown tips in a missed shot with 0.3 seconds left in a 45-43 win at Wright State (Dec. 1).
• Jeremy Montgomery hits a three-pointer with 21.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 69-66 win over Akron.

A PERFECT 10: Anton Grady had quite a weekend (Feb. 3-5) from the field in Chicago as he did not miss a shot, going 10-for-10 in the wins at Loyola and UIC. Grady made all four of his shots at Loyola and all six at UIC. He became the second player from CSU to be perfect from the field in a weekend, joining Tim Kamczyc who went 8-for-8 in home wins over Green Bay (Jan. 20) and Milwaukee (Jan. 22). Kamczyc made all four of his shots in both games.


Akron native Tenishia Benson named divisional player of the week


Ohio at Akron, 7 p.m.

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Following an impressive win over Ball State on Saturday, Ohio Women’s Basketball resumes MAC East play on Tuesday with a trip to Akron. The Bobcats and Zips are set to tip off at 7 p.m. from James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio.  In their last game, the Bobcats picked up a 76-57 win over the Cardinals to conclude MAC West play. Ohio shot a blistering pace from the field, connecting on 30-of-50 field goal attempts to shoot 60 percent from the field. Tenishia Benson led the way, scoring a game high 19 points and collecting a game high seven rebounds. For her efforts she was named the Mid-American Conference Eastern Division Player of the Week. 


The Bobcats connected on a season-high 30 field goals during their Feb. 11 win over Ball State. This marked the highest number of made FGs since an 80-74 loss vs. Kent State on Feb. 20, 2010. Ohio shot 30-of-67 (44.8 percent) from the field in this game. Benson shot an impressive 8-for-10 (80 percent) from the field in Ohio’s Feb. 11 win over Ball State. The senior currently has the best field-goal percentage on the team (47.1) and has shot 60 percent or better in five games this season. Ohio’s defensive pressure has been very strong during the past three games, as the Bobcats have forced their last three opponents into 62 combined turnovers. Ohio forced Eastern Michigan into 22 turnovers on Feb. 1, forced the Northern Illinois Huskies into 18 miscues on Feb. 4. and Ball State committed 22 miscues on Feb. 11.

 UA held a comfortable lead for the majority of the second half, pulling away from Western Michigan to win its second straight, 81-67, on Saturday. Hanna Luburgh scored a career-high 21 points to lead Akron in the win over Western Michigan. Luburgh scored the first eight points of the game and 13 of UA's first 15 points. Carly Young recorded her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Saturday's win ended the cross-divisional portion of the 2011-12 MAC schedule. Akron went 3-3 against the MAC West this season. 

Junior Taylor Ruper continues to be one of the top long distance shooters in the nation. Ruper ranks 16th nationally in 3-pointers made per game (2.8) and is 30th in the NCAA in 3-point percentage (.387). Balance has been the key for the Zips during conference play this season. UA has four players averaging 10.0 points or more per game in conference play this season and a fifth averaging 9.6 per contest. UA is led by Sina King's 15.2 points per league game. Ohio grabbed a 72-71 overtime win in the first match-up between the two teams this season. Tenishia Benson connected on a free throw with 0.7 seconds in OT to provide the final margin. Sina King led UA with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Akron's is the 20th highest scoring team in the nation at 74.0 points per game. UA is also the top scoring and shooting team in the MAC. Akron's field goal percentage of 42.8-percent ranks 35-th in the country. UA is averaging 89 points per game in its last two contests.