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Westlake native, Mount Union freshman Rosa LaMattina Named OAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week

Feb. 15, 2010

By Lenny Reich



Rosa LaMattina is just the second freshman this season to be named OAC Player of the Week.

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union freshman guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) has been namedOhio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week, the league annunced here today.

LaMattina scored 18 of her career-high 27 points in the first half to lead Mount Union to an 81-78 win at then first place Baldwin-Wallace last Wednesday.

She then came back with 18 points as the Purple Raiders scored a 68-66 win at Otterbein to give them 20 wins in a season for the first time since 1997-98.

On the season, LaMattina leads the team in scoring (11.1 ppg), assists (62) and steals (51).

Mount Union, ranked No. 25 in the nation last week, finishes the regular season by hosting MuskingumWednesday at 7:30 pm and traveling to first place Capital Saturday at 4:30 pm.  If the Purple Raiders win both games, they will clinch a share of the OAC title and the No. 1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament.

Lake Catholic tops St. Ed in Gilmour 

tourney to finish off unbeaten/untied; 

claims most wins, most team points; 

wins divisional and "percentage" 


 Feb. 15, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



In the final game of the Gilmour post-season hockey tournament that is an answer to the Baron Cups for those teams that either don’t qualify or want to be in a position to qualify, Lake Catholic defeated St. Edward, 5-2.


With the win, the Cougars finished 4-0 in the tournament and in theory could be considered the champion because without defying logic it would be hard to be undefeated in a tournament and not be the tournament champ.


A monkey wrench initiated readjustment in the tourney. Gilmour won its division, but two of the Pennsylvania teams in the tourney did not want to play each other because they were slated to do so in this week’s Keystone State district tournament so the Lancers played one of them bypassing interdivisional championship game with Lake Catholic in a gentleman’s agreement.


So, it could be said that Lake Catholic (under a brand new coach as of one week ago) could be deemed the “percentage (1.000)” or in hockey standing “points (eight)” champion and Gilmour the “inter-divisional” champion as an honorary title as the host team and school.

In goal for Lake Catholic, Zack Nowak had34 saves. For the Eagles, Justin Wisniewski had 24 saves.
Scoring goals for the Cougars were Andy Gadzak, Brad Rosser, Andy Mitch, Nigel Bennett, and Tony Nalipa.
St. Ed goals were scored by CJ Hoy and Dan O’Sullivan.

The Cougars were also divisional champs, claiming the best record in the division with one of the PA teams, Mt. Lebanon, and the Illinois team, Mt. Carmel.
Final Team Results
1. Lake Catholic went 4-0
2. St. Edward went 2-2
T3. Mt. Carmel went 3-1
T3. Gilmour went 3-1
T5. Mt. Lebanon went 0-4
T5. Bethel Park went 0-4


Avon Lake alumna and North 
Ridgeville resident Kym Wenz 
named North Coast Conference 
Player of the Week 

Feb. 15, 2010
By Sue Penicka
WESTTLAKE -- Avon Lake alumna and North Ridgeville resident Kym Wenz was again named women''s basketball player of the week in the NCAC.

Player of the Week - Kym Wenz, Wooster
Games Played: 2
Points: 57 (28.5 points per game)
Rebounds: 13 (6.5 rebounds per game)
Assists: 1
Steals: 4
Blocks: 1

Senior guard Kym Wenz (North Ridgeville, OH/Avon Lake) combined for 57 points on 20-of-33 (.606) shooting, including 8-of-13 (.615) from three-point range. She poured in 35 in a 67-56 upset of Wittenberg, which put her over 1,500 career points. She is the second Fighting Scot player and 15th in conference history to reach that plateau. She also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Wenz started the week with a 22-point, four-steal performance in a 66-58 defeat of Allegheny.
Kym Wenz
Two-time NCAC scoring champ Kym Wenz

Wittenberg (14-1, 16-7) has clinched a share of its 12th NCAC championship. A win in their remaining game would give the Tigers a 15-1 mark, out of reach of second-place Ohio Wesleyan (11-2, 16-6), which has three contests in the final week. Wittenberg will go for the outright title Wednesday at home against ninth-place Earlham (2-12, 3-20). Ohio Wesleyan plays a makeup of a game postponed earlier this month against Wooster (7-7, 10-13) on Monday, then entertains third-place (tie) Kenyon, 8-6, 15-8) Wednesday and sixth-place Allegheny (6-8, 9-14) on Saturday. The Ladies enter the week tied for third with Denison (8-6, 16-7). After facing the Battling Bishops, Kenyon hosts seventh-place Oberlin (4-10, 5-18) to end the regular season on Saturday. The Big Red entertain the Yeowomen on Wednesday and eighth-place Hiram (3-11, 4-19) on Saturday. 

HIRAM lost twice last week, 63-49, to Ohio Wesleyan and, 57-45, to Oberlin. Senior Brittany Mayle (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) totaled 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Terriers ... 

KENYON split its NCAC games, losing to Wittenberg, 56-48, then topping Earlham, 60-41. Sophomore Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) racked up a combined 28 points, 15 rebounds, seven steals and five assists. 
Two freshmen and a junior led OBERLIN to a 57-45 defeat of Hiram. The trio of junior Syrea Thomas (Cleveland, OH/John Marshall) and freshmen Kelly Warlich (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) and Allison Anderson (Springfield, IL/Springfield) combined to score 47 points in the Yeowomen’s final home game of the season. Oberlin wore pink jerseys to support the WBCA Kay Yow Fund and the athletics department raised over $300 in donations to the cause. The Yeowomen swept the season series over the Terriers.
John Marshall Alumna Syrea Thomas
In its only action last week, OHIO WESLEYAN topped Hiram, 63-49. Junior Pam Quigney (Mentor, OH/Mentor) scored 13 points. She hit her first five shots from the field, and pulled down a career-best tying eight rebounds.
[ Pam Quigney ]
Mentor's Quigney (14)

WOOSTER won twice last week, with victories over Allegheny, 66-58, and Wittenberg, 74-61. Senior guard Kym Wenz (North Ridgeville, OH/Avon Lake) combined for 57 points on 20-of-33 (.606) shooting, including 8-of-13 (.615) from three-point range. She poured in 35 in the upset of the Tigers, which put her over 1,500 career points. She is the second Fighting Scot player and 15th in conference history to reach that plateau. Wenz started the week with a 22-point, four-steal performance against the Gators.
Kym Wenz 
In men's play, HIRAM lost to Wooster,
69-50, and defeated Kenyon, 64-54. Junior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron, OH/Buchtel)
totaled 20 points, five assists, six steals and seven rebounds in the two
Akron native Glenn Campbell

Yellow Jacket Women Third, Men 

Fourth, at All-Ohio Indoor Track 

& Field Meet

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams competed at the 2010 All-Ohio Meet hosted by Otterbein College at the Rike Center in Westerville. The Yellow Jacket women placed third of 19 teams and the men were fourth of 19 teams. Highlighting the meet was a school-record weight throw by junior Kevin Phipps (Reynoldsburg/Watkins Memorial).

For the women, the distance medley relay team placed first with senior D’Arcy Hlavin (Berea), sophomore Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield/Medina Buckeye), freshman Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/South) and junior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) crossing the line in 12:19.

Hlavin also placed second individually in the mile run in 5:12.27.

For the men, senior Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) won the shot put with a career-best throw of 52 feet, 11 inches to better his NCAA provisional qualifying mark. He also placed third in the weight throw at 51’9.”

Phipps won the weight throw with a school-record toss of 58’5.75.” and also bettered his NCAA provisional qualifying mark. He also was second in the shot put at 51’9.”

The distance medley relay team placed second with sophomore Tom Wilkin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty), sophomore Dan Sloat (Medina/Senior), seniors Jimmy Eberts (North Canton/Hoover) and sophomore Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua) Academy crossing the line in 10:35.
Johnson Tabbed NCAC Distance Runner of the Week
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Westlake, Ohio – Oberlin College junior Joanna Johnson was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Distance Runner of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday evening. 

Johnson, a native of Chico, California, set a new school record with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:17.91 in the 5K at the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Saturday. 

This is the second Runner of the Week award for Johnson.

Chardon's Erin Hollinger gets 

19th double-double in Case 

Reserve's 66-57 win over Emory

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND, OH (February 14, 2010) - The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team snapped a seven-game University Athletic Association (UAA) losing streak this afternoon as they defeated Emory University by a score of 66-57 at home.  The Spartans (12-10, 3-8 UAA) will travel to St. Louis on Friday to play No. 7-ranked Washington University at 6:00 p.m. (CST). 

Senior guard Ashleigh Tondo (McDonald, OH) scored nine points and added game-highs in rebounds (11), assists (six) and steals (five).  Sophomore forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH) turned in her 19th double figure performance of the year, finishing with 15 points.  

After two minutes of scoreless play, Emory (9-13, 2-9) pushed ahead four, 6-2, on a jumper by Courtney Von Stein at 14:47.  The Eagles maintained their lead until freshman guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH) hit a three-pointer at 6:37 to put Case Western Reserve up for the first time, 15-13. Despite shooting just 31 percent from the field, the Spartans led 26-23 at the break as they forced 14 turnovers in the first half.   

After the Spartans went up seven, 32-25, at 16:53, Danielle Landry finished off a 7-0 Eagle run with a jumper that tied the game 32-32 at 14:14. Case Western Reserve then took over and went up 13, 57-44, on a freshman guard Ericka Iafelice (North Canton, OH) layup with 6:06 left in the game. Emory would get no closer than seven for the remainder of the game as it turn the ball over 22 times on the day. Iacono finished with a game-high 16 points. 

Baldwin-Wallace Women

Beat Muskingum, 65-52, in 

New Concord for 17th Victory

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) and junior All-OAC forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) each scored 18 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University, 65-52, today (Saturday, February 13, 2010) in the Muskingum HPER Center in New Concord.

With their win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 17-6 overall, 13-3 in the OAC and end a brief, two-game losing streak. With their loss, the Fighting Muskies fall to 8-15 overall and 3-13 in the OAC. 

In addition to Brough and Schroeder for B-W, freshman guard Olivia French (Colonel Crawford) chipped in with 12 points and junior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) had 10. Muskingum was led by sophomore forward Hannah Nelson with a game-high 32 points. 

In the first half, The Fighting Muskies jumped out to a 5-0 lead at the 18:45 mark when Nelson made a jump shot.  The Yellow Jackets then outscored Muskingum 13-8 to tie the game at 13-13 with 10:07 left when Brough made a layup. After the score was tied at 15-15, Muskingum regained a four-point lead at 19-15 with 8:33 left before the intermission when sophomore center Amanda Dobbins made a layup. The remainder of the half was all B-W as the Yellow Jackets outscored the Fighting Muskies 18-8 to take a 33-27 lead at halftime.

In the second half, B-W increased its lead to 10 points at 37-27 when Brough made a jumper.  The lead grew to 16 points at 52-36 with 9:35 left when French made a jumper. The closest that Muskingum would get after that point was 10 points on two separate occassions.

Jackson alumna, Mount Union’s Aubrey Loy Named OAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week

By Lenny Reich



Aubrey Loy has been named OAC Field Athlete of the Week six times in her career.

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union senior Aubrey Loy (Canton/Massillon Jackson) has been namedOhio Athletic Conference Women's Field Athlete of the Week.

Loy won the long jump at the All-Ohio Indoor Track Championships with a meet record mark of 18-0.5.  She also finished second in the triple jump (35-7.25) and fourth in the 55 meter dash (7.48) to account for 23 of the Purple Raiders 47 points at the meet.  Mount Union finished tied for seventh at the 19-team meet.

It marks the second time in three weeks and sixth time in her career that she has won the award.

Mount Union hosts the Mount Union Open this Saturday at 11 am at the Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance.

Oberlin Athletics Announces Summer Camp Schedule
Summer Camps
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College Athletics Department will be offering summer camps for the sports of soccer (boys & girls), tennis (boys & girls), running (boys & girls), basketball (boys) and volleyball (girls).

Each of the camps will offer instruction from the Oberlin College coaching staff. The breakdown of each camp is below. 

Boys Soccer Advanced College Prep Camp (June 25-27)

Open to Grades 8-12. 
Follow complete information and to register, visit oberlinsoccercamps.com.
For additional questions, email Blake New at blake.new@oberlin.edu

Girls Soccer Advanced College Prep Camp (June 25-27)
Open to girls entering grades 8-12. 
Follow complete information and to register, visit oberlinsoccercamps.com.
For additional questions, email Kristen Hayden at kristen.hayden@oberlin.edu

Oberlin Youth Soccer Camp (June 14-18)
Open to boys and girls entering grades 1-8. 
Follow complete information and to register, visit oberlinsoccercamps.com
For additional questions, email Blake New at blake.new@oberlin.edu

Co-Ed Tennis Junior Camp (June 16-19)
Open to boys and girls aged 8-18. 
For complete information and to register, visit the camp homepage here
For additional questions, email Constantine Ananiadis atconstantine.ananiadis@oberlin.edu

Co-Ed Tennis Advanced Camp (June 20-23)

Open to boys and girls aged 13-18.
For complete information and to register, visit the camp homepage here.
For additional questions, email Constantine Ananiadis atconstantine.ananiadis@oberlin.edu

Co-Ed Running Camp (July 27-31)

Open to boys and girls aged 10-18.
For complete information and to register, download the camp brochure here
For additional questions, email Ray Appenheimer atray.appenheimer@oberlin.edu 
Boys Basketball Team Camp (June 12-13)
Open to high school teams.
For additional information on how to register, contact Isaiah Cavaco atisaiah.cavaco@oberlin.edu

Girls Volleyball Camp (June 17-20)

Open to girls aged 12-18.
For complete information and to register, visit the camp homepage here.
For additional questions, email Carey Cavanaugh atcarey.cavanaugh@oberlin.edu

Holy Name quickly extinguishes 
Benedictine's four short comeback
attempts to win sectional
quarterfinal;six different guys
score goals for Green Wave

Feb. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



BROOKLYN – In the first game of the sectional tournament this season, Holy Name opened things up with a 6-3 first-round win over Benedictine to move into Thursday’s sectional semifinal game against Parma, here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.


Six different players scored goals for Holy Name in a game in which Benedictine would not let the Green Wave pull away, as it became a one-goal game throughout the evening.


“That’s what we needed to guard against, allowing them to tie it to get a momentum shift,” said Holy Name coach Tim Sullivan. “Whenever it appeared they might get back into it, we got it going and either got the goal back or stopped them from getting another one to tie it. Being able to do that makes all the difference in the world and I think these guys know that now.”


Holy Name is the only team from the White Division that will be moving up to the Red Division next season, joining the new six-team division made up of the Namers and the five remaining teams from the dissolved Red East and South Divisions.


“With graduating only three guys, I will be able to take almost this entire group and move up,” said Sullivan. “This is a little earlier than expected but the school administration is happy about it.”


Sullivan started the program six years ago, spent a year in the Blue Division and the last five in the White before making the big move. He has the numbers too. Holy Name will add a JV team next year.


Of the six goals scored, two came off one line and three off another. A sixth was on the power play.


“I like the diversity of scoring,” said Sullivan. “I like seeing it among the lines and also within the lines.”


The Namers and Bengals traded goals off and on in the first period. Holy Name broke the ice at 4:46. Gene Kossak took a pass from Dennis Meehan, moved the puck around with some quick stick handling and went one-on-one with Bennies goaltender Zach Martin for the score.


After an interference penalty on the Namers, Jordan Mrofchak scored an unassited power-play goal for the Bengals at 5:55, making it 1-1.


Holy Name recaptured the lead with a power-play goal of its own at 9:51, 104 seconds after a tripping call on Bnnies. Chad Walker scored it off set-up passes from Kossak and goaltender Sam Pikus.


They continued to trade off goals in the second period. Each time Holy Name tried to pull away, Bennies would come back to keep the Green Wave honest and maintain some semblance of an interesting game.


Charging out of the gates, the Green Wave scored in the first minute of the second period, Dave Fassbender scoring an unassisted goal to make it 3-1.


Bennies made it a one-goal game again when Vinny Carson scored at 8:33 with an assist from Oliver Conway.


At 13:13, Steve Papovich became the fourth Namer to score a goal, taking a pass from Ron Narowlaski and making it 4-2.


Holy Name had a 20-16 advantage in shots on goal after two periods.  No penalties were called in the second period.


It became a one-goal game again with a power-play goal at 6:25 of the third, seven seconds after the Green Wave was called for holding.


“When we made it 4-3, I thought we had a chance to come back and win it,” Bennies coach Frank Malek said. “Our power play is good, but then we just made too many mistakes and let them get away from us. This is a good first-round game; we are evenly matched.”


The Namers and Bengals split during the season. Bennies, its first year down in the White, won nine games this year but was down to a short bench. It could get shorter with 11 graduating. Malek would like to eventually get a JV team again and make a move back toward the Red in time.


“With us it is numbers, but it has helped since we moved to Cleveland Heights (the Pavilion),” he said.  “When I talk to guys, it is easier to keep them interested when they know the practice facility is close to the school.”


Formerly, Bennies played at Orr Arena in Euclid.


Narowlaski added a goal with an assist from Papovich and Joe Baker scored an open net goal with an assist from Narowlaski. Bennies killed a two-minute 5-on-3 Namer power play in the third.

Amherst rolls past Avon Lake, 

10-0; fourth-seeded Strongsville 

up next; Smith gets two short-

hand goals in one power play and 

winds up with hat trick; Sorrell 

collects playmaker 

Feb. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.comFeb. 15, 2010

BROOKLYN -- Amherst made it look easy in an all-too familiar first-round scenario in state hockey tournament action, dominating tonight’s sectional quarterfinal game in a 10-0 win over Lorain County rival Avon Lake.


The Comets will play fourth-seeded Strongsville in the sectional semifinal Thursday here in the John. M. Coyne Recreation Center.


“We’re going to need good goaltending and a great scoring effort to be competitive in that one,” Amherst coach Steve Morris said. “We had a solid effort tonight. We had to guard against the guys not taking this game too seriously because we already beat them three times this year. We were able to skate some guys who have not had a lot of time this year and build some depth for Strongsville.”


Amherst 21-11-1 had nearly a 3-1 advantage in shots in the first period (15-6) to take a 3-0 lead after 15 minutes.


Jaron Smith scored two shorthanded goals within the same Avon Lake power play. His goal at 4:36 was unassisted and his second one at 5:59 was aided by passes from Drew Ashton and Josh Bobkovich.


Connor Morris made it 3-0 at 12:45 with assists from Paul Miller and Kevin Burgett.


Avon Lake (3-26) had another power play in the first period but could not capitalize on it. For that matter, neither did Amherst cash in on the short hand partly because it was Smith who was in the box during the special teams play for interference.


The Comets kept pouring on the shots in the second period, holding a 27-9 advantage while upping the lead to 5-0 after two frames.


A power-play goal at 7:00 by Morris made it 4-0. Shamus Sorrell and Paul Miller assisted Morris who slid the puck between the legs of Avon Lake’s All-league goalie Ben Sherman from about five feet out of the net.


The fifth goal came off the stick of Ryan Orseno at 11:04 with assists coming from Smith and Sorrell.


A tripping call gave the Comets a power play later in the second that resulted in nothing.


Sherman wound up with 37 saves as the Comets wound up outshooting the Shoremen by better than 4-1 (47-11).


Smith attained the hat trick with his third goal and Sorrell the playmaker with his third assist on the Amherst power-play goal at 3:41 of the third.


Kyle Bilancini, Jordan Reynolds, Dave Bartizak and Mike Kuhn added third-period goals. Bilancini, Caleb Ganelli, Kuhn, and Shawn Hunt added assists.


















Olmsted Falls alumnus, Mount Union’s Dave Pellerite Named OAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week; top hoops awards in both sexes this week go to former Southwestern Conference standouts

Feb. 15, 2010

By Lenny Reich



Dave Pellerite now has 1,025 career points for Mount Union.

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union junior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

Pellerite became the 25th player in Mount Union history to score over 1,000 points when he netted a team-best 20 points and led the Purple Raiders back from 23 points down with 12 minutes to play in regulation in an 84-82 double overtime victory against Baldwin-Wallace last Wednesday.

He then scored 12 points as Mount Union matched a season-best three-game win streak with an 88-71 victory over Otterbein.

On the season, he leads the Purple Raiders in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg).

Mount Union wraps up the regular season this week with road games Wednesday at Muskingum (7:30 pm) and Saturday at Capital (2 pm).

Vikings to travel to "Frozen 

Tundra" land for hoops clash by 

the bay

Feb. 15, 2010

By Brian McCann

Game 27

Cleveland State's men's basketball team plays at Wisc.-Green Bay next.

Cleveland State (13-13, 9-5) at Green Bay (17-10, 9-6)
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Site: Resch Center (9,729), Green Bay, WI
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland), WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None Live, Streaming available on the internet via Horizon League Network.
Series: Green Bay Leads, 35-24
Last Meeting: @CSU 64, Green Bay 50 (1/22/10)
Tickets: Available At Site

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State heads out on the road for the final time during the regular season to make its annual two-game road trip to Wisconsin.  The Vikings open the excursion on Tuesday, Feb. 16 with a 7:00 p.m. CST contest at Green Bay.  CSU closes the trip two days later (Feb. 18) at Milwaukee.  With four league games left in the season, Cleveland State (13-13-, 9-5) finds itself in third place in the league standings, a half-game behind of Wright State (10-5) and a half-game ahead of Green Bay (9-6).  The Vikings control their own destiny in the battle for the No. 2 seed in the league tourney, having games remaining against three of the four teams with seven league losses or less.  CSU saw its six-game win streak end with a 70-59 loss to No. 15 Butler on Saturday.  The Vikings have won nine of their last 12 games.  Green Bay is coming off a tough 67-54 loss at Wright State on Saturday (Feb. 13), but is 6-2 at home in Horizon League play this season.


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 (16.5ppg, 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.

BROWN STARTS CLIMB UP STEALS LIST:  With seven steals in two games last week, junior D'Aundray Brown increased his league-leading season total to 70.  In the process, he moved into seventh on the single season steals chart.  With at least six games to go, Brown could do some additional damage on the CSU chart.  At his current rate of 2.7 steals a game, he could challenge Kenny Robertson for third place on the chart (90 steals).  In fact, Brown can impact the league marks as well.  Cedric Jackson holds the top two efforts in Horizon League history, a record 112 last year and 88 in 2007-08.

Storm Men Win Fourth Straight 

Behind Indy's Grendel and 

Bradshaw, 66-61 at Gannon

Independence's Matt Grendel scored 

a career-high 19 points and Ethan 

Bradshaw tallied 16 in the second 

half for Lake Erie

Feb. 15

By Jason Tirotta

ERIE, PA. – Behind a career night from sophomore forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) and a strong second half from junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep), the Lake Erie College men’s basketball team overcame a rough shooting night to win its fourth straight game, 66-61, on Monday night (Feb. 15) at Gannon University.

Independence alumnus Matt  Grendel

Just two days removed from his first career double-double, Grendel scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Storm (10-15).  His seven-of-nine shooting from the field was a bright spot for an otherwise dismal shooting performance by Lake Erie.  The Storm shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) overall, including just six-of-18 (33%) from three-point range.

Bradshaw scored just two points in the first half, but tallied 16 in the second.  With the Storm trailing by three with 10 minutes to go, Bradshaw hit two straight three-pointers to give the Storm a 48-45 lead. Lake Erie never trailed the rest of the way, earning a two-game season sweep of the Golden Knights.

George Johnson led three Gannon (11-12) players in double figures with 13 points.  The Knights shot 40.7% for the game (22-of-54), but were outrebounded 40-32 and committed 17 turnovers.

The Storm plays its final road game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Ohio Dominican.

Notre Dame Weekly Roundup

Feb. 15

By Andy Barch



THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will close out its regular season with a home game against Daemen (N.Y.) on Tuesday (Feb. 16) and then a trip to North Canton, Ohio, to take on No. 1 (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) Walsh on Saturday (Feb. 20).  The Falcons can claim their secondAmerican Mideast Conference Division title with a victory in either game; NDC comes into the week a one-and-a-half game ahead of Malone in the AMC North standings. … The Falcons will honor their senior players prior to their Tuesday-night game against Daemen (8 p.m.).


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame (18-9, 10-4 AMC) split a pair of games, losing an overtime game at Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) on Tuesday (Feb. 9) and then defeating Northwestern Ohio at home on Saturday (Feb. 13).  In between, on Thursday, NDC had a non-conference game against Ohio State-Newark nixed by inclement weather and poor travel conditions. … In the Falcons’ two games, sophomore forward Eric Dummermuth (Dover, Ohio) scored 52 points and pulled down 27 rebounds.

Eric Dummernuth






THIS WEEK:  The Falcons will play their final home game of the regular season on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Daemen (N.Y.) and finish the regular season with a road tilt on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Walsh.  Notre Dame comes into the week tied for sixth place in the 14-team circuit. Seven teams qualify for AMC postseason play, so the Falcons will be looking to hold their place or improve it. … Junior center Yvette Hunter (Jamestown, N.Y.) will be honored at halftime of the NDC men’s game (8 p.m.) on Tuesday night for becoming the ninth player in program history to score 1,000 points in her career.


LAST WEEK:  Notre Dame went 0-2 this past week, and the Falcons have now lost three games in a row.  NDC fell to 10-7 in conference play, with losses to Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) and Northwestern Ohio.  Junior forward Kealy McNally (Rocky River, Ohio) paced NDC on the week, scoring 31 points and grabbing 16 boards.  Freshmen Chelsea Andorka (Canton, Ohio) scored 17 points and garnered 14 boards. … NDC’s game against Northwestern Ohio was broadcast on SportsTime Ohio.  The game will be re-aired Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 p.m.

Chelsea Andorka

Former Crusader Chelsea Andorka


POINTS IN THE PINK:  The Notre Dame Women’s and Men’s basketball teams will be adding pink to their traditional Blue & White on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when the Falcons participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone breast cancer awareness initiative.  The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone™, formerly known as "Think Pink", in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. Presently, the Cancer Fund has raised 1.7 million since the program began.  In their Feb. 16 AMC doubleheader against Daemen-N.Y. (6, 8 p.m., Murphy Gymnasium), NDC will wear pink accessories, including shoelaces, to show support for the cause. Fans attending the games are encouraged to wear pink for a chance to win prizes. A donation box will also be on hand in an effort to raise money for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.





THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will hit the mat on Saturday when the team will be competing in the NAIA East Regional Qualifying Tournamentas a precursor to the National Championships. NDC is expected to send 12 wrestlers to the Qualifying Tournament, which will be held in Lebanon, Tenn. 


LAST WEEK: Top-ranked (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) Notre Dame ran its season record to 10-1 with another dominant performance at home on Sunday. The Falcons beat West Liberty (W. Va.), 33-8, to claim their ninth straight victory. NDC won eight of the 10 bouts against the Hilltoppers. … The Wrestling Falcons haven’t dropped a dual match since losing to the Buckeyes of Ohio State on Nov. 22. Since then, the Blue & White have gone 9-0, outscoring opponents, 301-42. …

Sunday’s meeting with the Hilltoppers marked the final regular season action for NDC; the Falcons are now bound for the NAIA Regional Tournament and then the NAIA National Championships.


NOTABLE:  Sunday’s action at Murphy Gymnasium represented Senior Day for NDC Wrestling. Notre Dame honored their lone senior, Adam Koballa (Twinsburg, Ohio), prior to the match. The veteran grappler is a three-year letterman for Notre Dame, having transferred to NDC from Old Dominion (Va.) prior to the 07-08 season. In his three years on College Road, Koballa is 65-10 (.867) in 74 collegiate bouts.

Adam Koballa

Twinsburg native Adam Koballa


QUOTABLE: “The guys are focused heading into our postseason,” said Head Coach Frank Romano. “We wrestled well, and it’s always great to perform in front of our fans.”


DUALS WITH THE DEUCE: West Liberty was the No. 12 team (TheMat.com) in NCAA Division-II wrestling coming into Sunday’s match.  NDC has now faced three ranked D-II squads this season - the Falcons defeated current D-II No. 15 Findlay, 31-9, on Nov. 22 and beat Ashland, 28-7, on Dec. 14. … Notre Dame is currently competing as a Year-One Candidate in the NCAA-II application process.





THIS WEEK: Notre Dame is scheduled to swing into action with a season-opening weekend series at Pikeville, Ky.  The Falcons have doubleheaders slated for Saturday and Sunday as a prelude to the team’s spring trip to Winter Haven, Fla.





THIS WEEK: The Falcons will travel to Berea, Ohio, to compete in the Greater Cleveland Championships on Friday, Feb. 19, and then compete in the Kent State Tune-ups on Saturday, Feb. 20.


LAST WEEK: The Notre Dame Falcons set two program records, 20 personal marks and added four more national qualifiers on Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships at Bowling Green State University. Nick Glavac (Mentor, Ohio) set a school record in the Men’s Mile Run, with a time of 4:22.  Glavac finished fourth overall and qualified for nationals, making him the first male athlete in program history to qualify for nationals in three separate events (Mile Run, 3,000 Meter Run, 5,000 Meter Run).  In addition, the Men’s 4x400-Meter relay team of Brandon Tolliver (Cleveland, Ohio), DeMar Sheffey (Euclid, Ohio), Jerrell Settles (Cleveland, Ohio) and Joey Leyland (Atwater, Ohio) finished third and qualified for nationals with a time of 3:24.46.  Shawnta Davis (Akron, Ohio) qualified for nationals in the Women’s 400-Meter Run with a fourth-place time of 59.57.


A QUALIFIED SUCCESS: The Falcons now have 18 national qualifiers for the current indoor season.  The NAIA National Championships for Indoor Track & Field will be held in Johnson City, Tenn., March 3-6.





THIS WEEK: The Falcons will compete in the Appalachian Swimming & Diving Conference Championships this week in Huntington, W. Va., on Feb. 19-20.


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame (Men 4-10, Women 9-5) was idle last week. 





THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will take on eastside neighbor John Carroll on Friday.


LAST WEEK:  The Falcons (0-1) opened their season with a 7-2 loss at Baldwin-Wallace.  

Freshman Matt Roche (Willowick, Ohio) figured both NDC points.





THIS WEEK: NDC will compete in the Backhaul Direct Classic in Indianapolis on Saturday and Sunday.


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame was idle last week.