A Page -- Feb. 15, 2012


Ignatius hockey team wins state poll championship; Gilmour finishes fifth

St. Ignatius’ hockey team won the state poll championship based on the seventh and final Ohio state poll that was released late Monday night.

The Wildcats (36-0) grabbed seven of the possible eight first-place votes and 79 total points. The Wildcats just set a record for most wins in a season with a 2-0 Baron Cup championship win over Shaker Heights, incidentally the only program ever to go undefeated from season to end, the Red Raiders doing so during the 1980-81 season.

In addition to winning the state championship on the actual ice, Ignatius could accomplish one other goal  by becoming the first and only team in Ohio to ever win 40 games in a season.

STATE POLL

1.  St. Ignatius                         79 (7)

2.  Sylvania Northview                             73 (1)

            3.  Shaker Heights                                 56

4.  University School         53 

            5.  Gilmour Academy            41

6.  Toledo St. Johns                                40

            7.  St. Edward                        38

            8.  Lake Catholic                         26

9.  Walsh Jesuit              12

            10. Dublin Jerome                                   9

 

Others receiving votes: Rocky River, Olentangy Liberty, Toledo St. Francis, Amherst, Springboro and Strongsville

Grove City College to Host 2012 PAC Swimming & Diving Championship on February 15-18


WEXFORD, Pa. - The 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Swimming & Diving Championships will take place at the James E. Longnecker Competition Pool on the campus of Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., this Wednesday-Saturday, February 15-18, 2012. The championship is part of the 2012 Grove City Longnecker Invitational, an 11-school event that includes both the PAC Championships (six schools) as well as the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Championships (five schools).

The championships begin on Wednesday evening (Feb. 15) with diving preliminaries beginning at 7:30 p.m. On both Thursday and Friday (Feb. 16-17), preliminary rounds will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the consolation and championship finals beginning at 6 p.m. On Saturday (Feb. 18), the preliminary rounds will again begin at 10 a.m., followed by the consolation and championship finals beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Grove City is the three-time defending champion for both men's & women's swimming & diving in the PAC, as the Wolverines of head coach Dave Fritz are again the favorites entering the event. The GCC women's team has been ranked 12th in the most recent TYR/Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III Top 25 Poll, while the GCC men received votes in the poll. Top Wolverine returnees include a pair of 2011 All-PAC first team honorees and the 2011 PAC Men's & Women's Swimming Most Valuable Performers, senior Ben Bowser and junior Kait Riesmeyer.

Westminster placed second in the men's team standings and third in the women's team standings a year ago and will again battle their local rivals for the top spot. Head coach Rob Klamut's women's team boasts NCAA Division III All-American and three-time 2011-12 PAC Swimmer of the Week senior Caitlin Lehberger. On the men's side, senior Mike Barringer, a 2011 All-PAC first team honoree and 2011-12 PAC Swimmer of the Week, leads a talented squad.

Washington & Jefferson will join Grove City and Westminster in the running for the top spot. Earlier this year, Mike Orstein earned his 400th victory as head coach of the President program. Leading the W&J women will be senior Bethany Haver, the 2010 & 2011 PAC Women's Diving MVP and a NCAA Division III All-American. The President men are paced by senior Michael Boutwell, a 2011-12 PAC Swimmer of the Week.

Saint Vincent, Chatham and Bethany will all look to move into the PAC "top tier" this week with strong performances. The Bearcats will be aiming to improve upon the fourth-place finish they achieved last year. Top swimmers for head coach Josh Gurekovich include sophomore Alyssa Taylor and freshman Joe Woodman. The Cougars of interim head coach Gina Mattucci are led by senior Lyndsay Minnich.  New Bison head coach David Dow will look to senior Sara Reass and freshman Austin Williams as top point scorers.

For the fourth consecutive year, the PAC Swimming & Diving Championships will be broadcast live via video webcast. Links to the free video webcast, as well as for live results and for the invitational psych sheet, will be available on the PAC website at www.pacathletics.org and the Longnecker Invitational website at www.gccinvitational.com. Admission to the PAC Championship Longnecker Invitational is $6 for finals, $4 for preliminaries and $4 for heat sheets. No conference passes are accepted at PAC Championship events.


Mayfield High's Joey Wise among three soccer S/A's to sign 


letters of intent with Lake Erie


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Coming off the program's most successful season in NCAA Division II, Lake Erie College men's soccer coach Davie Carmichael announced the first three additions to next year's squad with the signings of Ryan Gibson (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto),  Anthony Novak (Toronto, Canada/St. Mary's) and Joey Wise (Highland Heights, Ohio/Mayfield). 


"Ryan, Anthony and Joey are the first signings of our 2012 commitments, a class which could prove to be the strongest soccer recruiting wave in the history of Lake Erie College," Carmichael said. "We are continuing to scout for talent and looking forward to our second recruiting wave this spring but are extremely pleased with the foundation this puts in place."


Gibson, a four-year starter for the Irish at Dublin Scioto with 69 career goals and 21 assists, is expect to contribute at forward and potentially midfield.  He earned first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference and first-team all-district in high school. 


"Ryan is an extremely exciting and architectural player who will adapt and transition immediately into collegiate soccer," explained Carmichael.  "His high pressing coupled with his ability to drop off and lose his marker will bring a different dynamic to our attacking play. His quick and creative movement will give us a directness that we lacked last year and I have no doubt he will create many goal scoring opportunities."

Gibson is excited to enter his freshman year at Lake Erie.


"I have always dreamed of playing soccer in college, especially at an institution and in a team that is growing in success," said Gibson. "Everything about Lake Erie College fit exactly what I was looking for - the campus itself, the cohesion of the players, the passion of Coach Carmichael and his coaching staff, the hospitality of the President and of course my major (Business Administration."


Novak has been key member of the Toronto Lynx Premier Soccer Academy at midfield as he scored 23 goals this season.  He was both team captain and team MVP at St Mary's Catholic High School.


"We watched Anthony play in the Winstars Soccer Academy Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario this winter and he stood out as our MVP of the tournament," Carmichael said. "Every team needs a versatile and tough midfielder and we believe that we have found that in Anthony. He is tough, but fair, with an enthusiastic battle-prone playing style. He is excellent on the ball, comfortable with both feet and is very decisive. He has a great engine and will give us a strong link between our midfield and strikers and open up scoring opportunities from midfield. Anthony is an energy source that will plug in anywhere in midfield or attack."


"The balance between a strong education and a competitive soccer environment definitely attracted me to being a part of Lake Erie College and the Storm soccer program. It was immediately evident when I stepped on campus and met the coaches that Lake Erie is where I wanted to be." said Novak.


Wise was Mayfield High School's leading striker, helping the Wildcats to four district championships and the state final as a senior.  He scored three goals in Mayfield's 5-0 win in the state semifinals.  Wise was Mayfield's team captain and leading scorer and was recognized as a Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week. 


"Joey is a talented, strong and brave striker who will regularly get into good goal scoring positions," Carmichael said. "He has a good eye for goal and is dangerous at gaining space in and around the box."


The size of the Lake Erie, the academic standards, the location and Division II competition is exactly what I am looking for from my college experience," said Wise.  "When I visited campus at the top recruit showcase, the players and coaching staff were all very welcoming and I can't wait to get started."


No. 7 Mount Union takes on B-W on the hardwood tonight 


Nationally ranked Mount Union (#7 in D3hoops.com and #8 in ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) will try to claim the outright Ohio Athletic Conference women's basketball regular season title with a win at Baldwin-Wallace Wednesday at 7:30 pm in Berea.


The game will be broadcast locally on the radio on WDPN AM 1310 and simulcast online with LIVE AUDIO andLIVE STATS right here.


Mount Union (22-1, 15-1 OAC) has won a school-record 17 straight games, clinched at least a share of its second straight OAC regular season and the No. 1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament with a 72-68 win at second place Ohio Northern this past Saturday.


With score tied at 65 with 2:28 to play, junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored four-straight points as part of her game-high 22 points to lead the Purple Raiders to the win.

LaMattina leads the team and is fourth in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game, while leading the OAC in steals (3.7 per game) and third in assists (4.0 per game).


Seniors in guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) are the other double digit scorers for the Raiders.  Wiedt is seventh in the OAC in scoring at 14.0 points per game and is third in the nation in three-point shooting (.474) while Rose averages 11.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game.


The trio have all eclipsed 1,000 career points this season marking the first time in school history that three active 1,000-point scorers have played together.  On the school's all-time list, Wiedt is eighth with 1,160 points, LaMattina is 11th with 1,053 points while Rose is 12th with 1,018 points.  They bring the total to 13 players in Mount Union history with over 1,000 points.


Mount Union leads the conference in scoring offense at 73.3 points per game and is the top defensive team allowing just 55.1 points per game. The Raiders help that defense with a full court press and leading the OAC in steals at 12.3 per game.


Baldwin-Wallace (15-8, 10-6 OAC) had won six-straight games before a 71-39 loss at Capital last Saturday.  


The Yellow Jackets are tied with Capital in fourth place in the OAC which this year is significant because the third and fourth place teams will get a bye to the second round of the conference tournament so a B-W win would go a long way as far as possible tiebreakers are concerned.

Baldwin-Wallace is a perfect 9-0 at home this season.


The Jackets are ninth in the OAC in scoring at 59.8 points per game but are second in in scoring defense allowing just 57.3 points per game. B-W is also leads conference in blocked shots (91) and three-point field 


Jacket forward Catherine Spisak is fourth in the conference in rebounding (8.0 rpg) while guard Rachel Rossman has an OAC-best 105 assists is second in the OAC in assists and forward Nancy Coulter is third in blocks (24).


Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson from Louisville and junior wing Jessica Carpenter from North Canton lead B-W in scoring at 11.8 and 9.6 points respectively.


TONIGHT IN MAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – FEBRUARY 15, 2012

 

Buffalo at Bowling Green, 7:00 PM

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The Bulls begin their second round of games against the MAC East tonight at Bowling Green.  This will be UB’s first ever trip to the Stroh Center, Bowling Green’s brand new arena, which opened this year.  Both the Bulls and Falcons are coming off single-digit losses to MAC West teams this past Saturday.  Bowling Green has won 15 straight meetings over Buffalo. Two For The Lu: Senior Teresa Semalulu had a career-high 16 points on Saturday against Central Michigan, also finishing with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.  In conference play, Semalulu is averaging 7.4 points, 5.4 rebound, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  This year, the senior from Gattineau, Quebec has surpassed her totals from each of her first three seasons combined. Hedderson Goes Over 500: Senior Brittany Hedderson became just the fourth different player to score 500 points in a season as she currently has 514 on the year.  She is just three points away from tying Tiffany Bell for fourth in single-season scoring.  Kourtney Brown, UB’s all-time leading scorer, holds the top three single-season scoring marks. The Falcons enter the Buffalo game with a record of 20-4 on the season, and BGSU is 10-1 in MAC play. The Falcons saw a 13-game winning streak snapped with Saturday's (Feb. 11) 52-50 loss at Toledo. Junior Chrissy Steffen leads the Falcons in scoring with 14.3 points per game, and she also has 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. Steffen tops the team in steals, and she is second in assists and third in rebounding. Redshirt sophomore Alexis Rogers has 12.2 ppg to rank second on the team, and she leads the Falcons with 8.1 rpg. Rogers has recorded six double-doubles this year, including five in MAC play. She is averaging 16.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg in conference action, leading the team in both categories as well as field-goal 

percentage (52.7%) in league games. Through 24 games this year, the Falcons are shooting .399 from the field, .301 from three-point range and .672 from the free-throw line. The BG defense has limited opponents to .368 from the floor and .260 from beyond the arc, and foes have shot .656 from the stripe. BG has forced the opposition into 18.3 turnovers per contest. The Falcons have averaged 10.0 steals per game this winter, and BGSU has a turnover margin of +3.5 and a rebounding margin of +2.2. The Falcons' rebounding margin is +4.7 in MAC games.

 

Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan, 7:00 PM

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The  Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team makes the 114 mile trek to Kalamazoo, Mich. Wednesday, Feb. 15, for a Mid-American Conference West Division tilt versus Western Michigan University. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at University Arena. The game is part of the national “Play 4Kay” initiative with fans being encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer research. The Eagles enter the game with a mark of 17-7 (9-2 MAC), tied with the University of Toledo atop the MAC West Division.  Tavelyn James' record-setting performance of 10 three-point field goals made against Kent State, Feb. 11, was just two makes shy of the NCAA Division I record. Louisiana State University's Cornelia Gayden sank 12 triples against Jackson State University, Feb. 9, 1995, while Purdue's Brittany Rayburn nailed 12 against the University of Minnesota, Jan. 12, 2012. Since 1988, only 34 players in Division I women's basketball have connected on 10-or-more three-pointers in a single game.  The latest NCAA Statistical Rankings came out Feb. 13 and the Eagles are sixth in the nation (out of 336 eligible teams) in steals per game at 13.6. They are 14th in rebounding margin (+9.4), 15th in turnover margin at +5.75 and 29th in scoring margin (+12.2). Individually, Tavelyn James is second in the nation in scoring with an average of 24.3 points per game and 42nd in free throw percentage per game at 85.0. Desyree Thomas is 10th in the nation with an average of 3.5 steals per game, while Paige Redditt is 92nd in the nation in rebounds with an average of 8.5 per game. the Broncos roster 13 players - six returners, including two starters, as well as seven freshmen. The Broncos average 63.5 ppg (67.5 MAC) and allow 71.7 ppg (74.7 MAC) against. WMU is shooting 38.6 percent from the field. Redshirt senior Maria Iaquaniello is the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.5 ppg, ranking seventh in the MAC. She also ranks third in the conference in field goal percentage (53.7 %). Freshman Julia Henson is the second-leading scorer, producing 8.4 ppg. Henson has 62 three's on the year and leads the MAC with 41 three's during conference play. Over the last three games, junior guard Aurielle Anderson is averaging 21.7 ppg. Maria Iaquaniello's 53.7 field-goal percentage not only ranks third best in the MAC, but 17th best in the nation. Iaquaniello is averaging 15.9 ppg in MAC games, fifth highest in the conference. 

 

Miami at Kent St., 7:00 PM

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Miami returns to Mid-American East Division play for its final five regular season games as it hits the road this week. First up is a trip to Kent State for a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday. Courtney Osborn is closing in on the 1,500-point milestone at Miami. She currently has 1,483 points and needs only 17 more. She would become only the sixth player in school history to reach 1,500 points, joining Amanda Jackson (‘08), Heather Cusick (‘03), Monica Niemann (‘95), Mary Ann Myers (‘82) and Jenna Schone (‘09). Miami has punished teams that have put it on the line this season. The RedHawks have a .764 free throw percentage as a team in all games this year, which leads the MAC by a wide margin (Ohio is second at .738). They also ranked 16th  in the nation in the last NCAA statistical release. In MAC-only games, Miami’s free throw percentage is at .777, which also leads the league. Courtney Osborn leads the way for the Red and White with a .813 percentage individually. Rachael Hencke, Maggie Boyer and Kirsten Olowinski also hit free throws at a rate better than .775.  Kent State 5-16 overall and 4-7 in the MAC. The Golden Flashes have lost four straight since a 4-3 start in league play. That includes a tough, 83-47, defeat at the hands of Eastern Michigan in their last game on Saturday. Kent State has spent a lot of this season trying to gel as a team, as it only has two players returning from last year’s squad, along with eight newcomers. It’s top scorer has been junior Trisha Krewson, a transfer from Bucknell. She averages 11.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Another key player is junior Dimon Beckford, a transfer from New Hampshire. She averages 10.7 points per contest. 

 

Toledo at Central Michigan, 7:00 PM

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Toledo (16-7, 9-2 MAC) looks to maintain its winning ways on Wednesday, Feb. 15 when it battles Central Michigan (13-12, 5-6 MAC). Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. in McGuirk Arena. The Rockets are riding a season-high eight-game win streak, tied for the 11th-longest stretch in school history, following Saturday's come-from-behind 52-50 triumph over arch-rival Bowling Green. UT enters tomorrow's division matchup in a tie with Eastern Michigan (17-7, 9-2 MAC) for first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division standings and is a game behind the Falcons (20-4, 10-1 MAC) for the top overall spot. Toledo is coming off an emotional two-point triumph over Bowling Green played before 5,131 fans in Savage Arena, the 10th-largest crowd in school history. For the season, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the trio of Andola Dortch, Courtney Ingersoll and Yolanda Richardson, who are averaging 13.4, 11.7 and 10.3 ppg, respectively. The Chippewas prevailed on Saturday with a win at Buffalo, 66-60, to keep them tied for third in the MAC West. In the Chippewas first go around with the MAC West they finished 3-2, and will finish the West with three out of the final five games at home. CMU is 4-4 at home this year, including a 3-2 record against MAC schools. It currently holds a 13-6 record overall on John Kulhavi Court. Before CMU dropped back-to-back games to Bowling Green and Miami, it had defeated 11-straight MAC opponents at home.  Taylor Johnson has recorded double figure points in five out of the last seven games. In those games she is averaging 11.6 points and 6.9 rebounds, both higher than her season averages of 7.2 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. Her playing time has also increased by eight minutes.  Jas'Mine Bracey led the team with 14 total rebounds on Saturday, making it the third most for her this year. For the first time in the past four games, CMU was able to gain the advantage on the boards out-rebounding Buffalo 54 -50. The 54 total rebounds was the second most for the Chippewas this season.

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL, GILMOUR ACADEMY, LAKE CATHOLIC  AND WALSH JESUIT EARN TOP SEEDS FOR OHSAA HOCKEY PLAYOFFS; SECTIONAL PLAY BEGINS TODAY

KENT, OHIO – The Match-ups are set for the Kent District of this year’s Ohio High School Athletic Association Sectional and District Hockey Tournament.

The top eight seeds voted on by coaches in the District – are: 1-University School, 2 – Gilmour Academy, 3 –Lake Catholic 4 – Walsh Jesuit, 5 – Hudson, 6 – Solon, 7- Mentor, 8-Kenston

Twenty-two area high school teams will grace the ice at the Kent State University Ice Arena in the single elimination tournament.  Play begins tonight at 6 in the Kent State University Ice Arena with CVCA playing Twinsburg. Tonight’s double header will also include Aurora against Canfield at 8.

The tournament will conclude with the District championship game on March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The other teams participating in the Kent district are: Aurora, Brush, Canfield, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Chagrin Falls, Kent Roosevelt, Mayfield, Nordonia, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Orange, Hoover, Twinsburg, and West Geauga. 

There are four Districts in the state playoffs, with Kent, Sylvania, Brooklyn and Columbus serving as host cities for the other three Districts.  The champions from each district then play a semifinal and final round March 10 and 11 in Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Medina’s Paige Lloyd leads Wittenberg at Fighting Scot Invite; Hudson’s Watson nears 1,000 points

In Wooster’s Fighting Scot Invitational, Wittenberg junior Paige Lloyd (Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) claimed the top spot in the pole vault after setting a school record with a launch of 10’06.00”, besting the previous mark of 10’01.00” held by Kaitlyn Wesseler.


NCAC WEEKLY ROUNDUP


BASKETBALL


HIRAM started the week off with a 96-79 victory over Kenyon, but suffered a defeat on the road at Denison, 81-74, on Saturday. Sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munore Falls) and Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a combined 56 points, with Stefanov posting a career-high 30 points in the lone victory.

   

Lloyd (L), Stafanov (R)


HIRAM opened up the week with a 65-58 victory over Oberlin at home before going on the road and falling against Wittenberg, 66-41, and DePauw, 85-43. Senior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick, OH/Brunswick) scored a career-high 20 points in the victory over Oberlin and averaged 10 points, 3.4 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals on the week.

 

  
Durichko (L), Watson (R)

WITTENBERG built some momentum last week with wins over Ohio Wesleyan, 85-59, Hiram, 66-41, and Allegheny, 87-76. After starting the week one game under .500 both overall and in the NCAC standings, the Tigers now stand two games over .500 in both categories. Senior post Sarah Watson (Hudson, OH/Hudson) brought herself within seven points of 1,000 for her career by averaging 17.0 for the week, in addition to 5.7 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Mount Union, B-W to meet up in all NE Ohio basketball battle

The Mount Union men's basketball team will plays its final home game of the regular season Wednesday night at 7:30 pm when Baldwin-Wallace pays a visit to the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance. The Purple Raiders enter the final week of the regular season in a three-way tie for the for seventh place in the Ohio Athletic Conference and could still host a first round OAC Tournament game.


The Purple Raiders (9-14, 5-11) defeated the Yellow Jackets in Berea earlier this season, 49-47. Expect another low-scoring contest, as these are the OAC's two top defenses. 


The Raiders allow opponents to score a conference-low 65.7 points per game and are second in field goal percentage defense as opponents shoot 42.7-percent shooting from the field. Baldwin-Wallace is first in goal percentage defense (.414) and second in scoring defense, as opponents allow just 66.0 points per game.


Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) is the OAC's leader in scoring at 17.9 points per game and three-pointers (56). He also ranks among the top three in the OAC in free-throw shooting (.784) and minutes per game (32.6). Wood scored in a 16 points in the Raiders' 67-57 win over Ohio Northern on Saturday.


Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) are among the top freshmen in the conference and combined for 35 points against Ohio Northern. Jacubec is second on the team in scoring (11.3) while Griffin is third (9.5). They are tied for second with 39 three-pointers apiece.


Sophomore T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) has provided a spark off the bench for Mount Union in recent games.  Gillespie, who averages seven points per game on the season, had 13 against Marietta and nine points against Ohio Northern last week. Junior Matt Piloto (Lemon, Bay, Fla./Rotonda West) has helped the Raiders inside since his arrival following the Stagg Bowl. Piloto has started the past two games and posted career-highs of five points and seven rebounds in Saturday's win.


Baldwin-Wallace (15-8, 10-6) enters on a conference-best four-game winning streak, including victories over Capital and John Carroll in their last two outings to pull within a game of second place. The Yellow Jackets have won their last four games by an average of 14 points rank third in the OAC in scoring