A Page -- Feb. 16, 2010



Summit and Portage Counties sit 

atop together in men's basketball 

race as Zips and Golden Flashes are 

co-front runners


"This is a miniature North 

Carolina-Duke set up"  --


Kent State coach Geno Ford



Feb. 16, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

When the University of Akron joined the Mid American Conference in 1992, it created a natural sidekick and rivalry for Kent State, which certainly takes its most fruitful form today if one were to take a look at the men’s basketball standings for the MAC’s East Division.

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Going into this week’s games, the Golden Flashes and Zips are as close as close can be – geographically and athletically. The two schools in neighboring counties 15 minutes away from each other are both 9-3 in the MAC East, with two weeks of regular-season ball left to play. What’s better, they can both carry the shared interest 30 minutes up the freeway when the two come up for the MAC tourney in the Q starting March 7.

 

“It is nice to have a school like Akron that is only 10 or 15 minutes from us,” said Kent coach Geno Ford. “It’s been good for us and it has been good for the. We always have to be at our best when we play them. They have done a great job in building their program and created a nice competitive situation and being in the thick of the MAC race every year. They have been able to sustain success, which is really difficult to do in this league."

Coach Ford

 

Prior to Akron’s joining the league, the Flashes’ closest rivals were perhaps Bowling Green, Toledo, Miami and OU. The shorter jaunt between Portage and Summit Counties certainly has made for better rivalry material.

 

“It really has turned into a miniature Duke-North Carolina-set up that we have here,” Ford said. “We are right in each other’s backyards. They have had good records and we have had good records. We have respect for what they are doing over there and that they are more than capable of beating us on any given night. They’ve shown that.”

Kent's Randal Holt from Glenville High

 

The Golden Flashes and Zips will meet in the final regular-season game on March 5 in the JAR.

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“The only thing I don’t like about the rivalry is that we always play the last Saturday before the tournament,” Ford said. “So much goes into that game. Still, there are a lot of positives with that. We also have a deal in the league in which the division has been so competitive that we have rivalries with a lot of different teams. A few years ago five of the six teams in our division were either 10-6 or 11-5. Most leagues don’t have that kind of party.”

 

The same is true this year with Miami and Buffalo being within one and two games, respectively of the joint front-running Zips and Flashes.

 

“I have not been involved in anything better than this,” Akron coach Keith Dambrot said. “Kent has had such a good program over the last 10 or 12 years. We are fortunate to have had our program up to a a level to be competitive with them. Both schools have done such a good job of getting the student body involved in this series. It’s going to be a tremendous game. It has been a game that has mattered ever year.”

Coach Dambrot

 

Tomorrow night the Zips have a big game in Oxford against third-place Miami, which certainly has ideas of forcing a three-way tie for first if Bowling Green can upset the Flashes at its place on the same night.

 

“We’re fortunate to be only 15 minutes from there because they have had great leadership from the top with Geno, Gary (Waters) and all the others before them over the years,” said Dambrot. “Geno has done a great job of keeping it going and getting his team to play better than anybody in the league so far. We look forward to the game. It will be fun and hopefully both our teams can keep playing well so that it really matters.”

The Zips' Alex Sullivan, a Painesville Riverside alumnus

 

Dambrot shares coach Ford’s sentiments about the game being saved for last with bracket busters, the tourney at the Q and all of March Madness in general looming.

 

“Emotionally, that is a difficult game to play leading right into the MAC tourney,” Dambrot said. “That is like an NCAA tournament type of a game. It is a hard thing on everybody, but I am not complaining. “

The Zips' CJ Oldham, who split his high school

career between a high school in Berlin and Solon High,

the latter being 20 minutes from both colleges 




WADSWORTH'S/KENT'S 


DREW SAYLOR RETURNS FOR 


2ND SEASON WITH THE 


CRUSHERS

 

Feb. 16, 2010


By Nicolle Meyer


AVON— Second baseman Drew Saylor has agreed to a second season with the Lake Erie Crushers.

 

The Wadsworth, OH native was an important part of the Crushers 2009 Frontier League Championship season, putting up impressive numbers both at the plate and in the field. Batting second in the line-up for a majority of the season, Saylor hit .302 in 92 games played. He scored 70 runs, recorded 115 hits, 62 RBI, ten homeruns and led the team in doubles with 26. Covering second, he posted a .984 fielding percentage and assisted on 64 double plays, making him and shortstop Jodam Rivera one of the most dangerous defensive combinations in the league.

 

"Drew is one of the best second baseman in league,” said field manager John Massarelli. “He provides us with solid leadership on the field and in the clubhouse, has great instincts for the game and is a solid run producer in the middle of our lineup."

Drew Saylor

Saylor was drafted in the 13th round by the Florida Marlins organization in 2006 after a successful collegiate career. In his senior season at Kent State University, he earned 1st Team All-Mid Atlantic Conference honors and was named a 1st Team All-American by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball Magazine. He played one season in the Marlins farm system for theJamestown Jammers (2006) and one season with the Greeneville Astros (2007) before being sidelined with injury. In 2008, he played for the Chillicothe Paints in the Frontier League.

Following the Crushers' championship season, Saylor joined the Cleveland State University baseball staff as a volunteer coach. He has also continued to represent the Crushers at events and appearances throughout the community.

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.


Hawaiian Hoops Day Set For Wednesday
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Oberlin, Ohio – Tired of all the snow outside? Well fight the frost-bite by coming inside to support the Oberlin College men’s basketball team in its pivotal conference clash against Denison University on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. 

Fans are encouraged to wear their Hawaiian gear as they bask in warmth of Philips Gym while routing for the Yeomen. The person who dons the most obnoxious Hawaiian shirt will get a special prize.

Prior to tip-off free Hawaiian pizza will be served and leis will be distributed. 

In addition to the game, at halftime there will be a limbo contest and the Oberlin cross country team will be honored with its conference championship banner.

Winter Baseball Clinic a Big Success
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Oberlin, Ohio - 
The Oberlin College baseball program hosted its inaugural 2010 Winter Clinic on January 30 at the new state-of the-art Williams Field House with great success. 

The event, which was open to all high school baseball student-athletes who plan on playing collegiate baseball at any level, featured 41 participants in all.  

Following instruction from the Oberlin College coaching staff, players were given an opportunity to display their hitting, pitching and defensive skills.
Coach Ramsey to be Roasted as Part of his 50th Birthday Celebration
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Oberlin, Ohio –
 Oberlin College Head Football Coach Jeff Ramsey is turning 50 and old friends, teammates, and coaches are encouraged to come witness and take part in his roasting. 

The party will take place on Saturday, March 13 at 8:30 p.m. in Williams Field House. Refreshments and hour d'oeuvres will be served. 

Please send your RSVP to eramsey@oberlin.net by Friday, March 5.

Women's Basketball - #22 

Mount Union Hosts Muskingum 

in Regular Season Home 

Finale tomorrow 



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Mount Union's women's basketball team hosts Muskingum in the regular season home finale tomorrow at 7:30 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.  Senior guard Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tusky Valley) will be honored before tip-off of the game which will be broadcast on the radio on AM 1310 WDPN and simulcast online with LIVE STATS right here.

The Purple Raiders are 20-3 overall and have won four games in a row to find themselves at 13-3 and tied with Baldwin-Wallace for second place in the OAC.  Mount Union is a game behind first place Capital, who the Raiders play Saturday in Columbus.  A pair of wins in its final two games and Mount Union clinches not only a share of the OAC title but the No. 1 seed in next week's OACTournament.

Mount Union is second in the OAC in scoring at 70.8 points per game and third in scoring defense at 61.6 points per game.  Freshman point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake), the current OAC Player of the Week, leads the team in scoring at 11.1 points per game and assists (62).
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LaMattina

Muskingum, 8-15 overall and 3-13 in the OAC, is fighting for the final OAC Tournament spot as the Muskies are a game behind eighth place Heidelberg with two games to go.

Hannah Nelson leads the Muskies and is seventh in the OAC in scoring at 14.2 points per game as Muskingum is averaging 62.2 points per game scoring, but allowing opponents 68.1 points per game.

Earlier this season, Mount Union went on a 10-2 to in the final eight minutes to rally for a 70-58 win in New Concord.

Men's Basketball - Mount Union

Tries to Keep Moving Up 

tomorrow at Muskingum


Feb. 16

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's men's basketball team takes a season-best three-game win streak on the road playing Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest Wednesday at 7:30 pm in New Concord.

The Purple Raiders, 11-12 overall and 9-7 in the OAC, are tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Capital and at least one win this week either in this game or the regular season finale at Capital will go a long way toward a top four finish which gets a home game in next week's OAC Tournament.

Muskingum is 7-16 overall and at 2-14 in the OAC is eliminated from contention for one of the top eight spots and a bid in the OAC Tournament, but one of the Muskies two OAC wins was an 83-77 win earlier this season against Mount Union in Alliance.

The Muskies are last in the OAC in scoring at 67.1 points per game, but feature two of the top individual scorers in the conference in Nick Hershberger, third at 16.9 ppg and Cory Bourquin in 10th at 13.7 points per game.

Mount Union is fourth in the OAC in scoring defense at 71.0 points per game and is one of the top shooting teams in the conference as the Raiders are No. 1 in free throw shooting (.733), No. 3 in three-point shooting (.370) and No. 4 in field goal percentage(.466).

Dave Pellerite, the reigning OAC Player of Week, leads the Raiders in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.9 rpg).

The Viking Report. . .



Feb. 16, 2010

By Brian McCann

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

Winter Schedule Heats Up As Spring Seasons Open Up. . .
Seven Sports In Action As Baseball And Softball Begin 2010 Seasons

The winter schedule is again in full gear and softball and baseball take to the field for the first time of the 2010 season as Cleveland State has another busy week of competition.

The men's basketball team takes to the road for the final time during the regular season, traveling to Wisconsin for a pair of Horizon League contests. CSU will play at Green Bay Tuesday evening (Feb. 16) at 8:00 p.m. EDT and at Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 18) beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The Vikings will close out the week when they host the Toledo Rockets for the ESPNU Bracketbusters match up on Saturday (Feb. 20) at 6:00 p.m.

The women's basketball team will travel to Youngstown State on Saturday (Feb. 20) for their lone contest of the week, with tip-off slated for 2:05 p.m.

The men's tennis team will travel to Milwaukee, Wis. for a pair of contests this weekend, taking on Villanova on Saturday (Feb. 20) at 2:30 p.m. and Marquette on Sunday (Feb. 21) at 4:00 p.m. The women's tennis team will return to River Oaks Racquet Club when they host Akron and Robert Morris on Saturday (Feb. 20). They will take on the Zips at 1:00 p.m. and the Colonials at 5:00 p.m.

The wrestling team closes out the 2009-10 regular season when they host EWL opponent West Virginia on Friday (Feb. 19) in a 7:00 p.m. Senior Night meet.

The baseball team will open the 2010 season on the road, with a three-game series at UNC-Greensboro. The Vikings will play at 4:00 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 19) and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday (Feb. 20) and Sunday (Feb. 21).

The softball team will begin the 2010 season when they take part in the Troy Cox Invitational in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Vikings will have five games over the weekend, beginning on Friday (Feb. 19) when they face Weber State at 12:00 noon EDT and Bradley at 4:00 p.m. EDT On Saturday (Feb. 20) they will play Saint Mary's at 12:00 noon EDT and they will face New Mexico State at 11:30 a.m. EDT and Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday (Feb. 21).

Men's Basketball To Play Three Games As Regular Season Winds Down
Vikings In Third Place In League Standings, Play Two Games In Wisconsin

The Viking men's basketball team will complete a stretch that has them playing five games in 10 days, including four important league contests, when CSU heads to the State of Wisconsin for a pair of games.  The Vikings will face Green Bay on Tuesday (Feb. 16) at 8:00 p.m. before Facing Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 18) at 8:30 p.m.  CSU then returns home to host Toledo (3-22) on Saturday (Feb. 20) at 6:00 p.m. as part of the annual Bracketbusters.

Cleveland State (13-13, 9-5) begins the week in third place in the Horizon League standings, a half-game behind second place Wright State (10-5) and a half game ahead of Green Bay (9-6).  With four league games left in the regular season, CSU controls its own destiny in its battle to claim the No. 2 seed in next month's Horizon League Championship.  Four wins assures the Vikings of the No. 2 seed but just one loss anywhere along the line can send CSU to as low fourth in the league standings.

"This is another big week for us," CSU head coach Gary Waters said. "If we want to be the No. 2 seed in the tournament, then we are going to have to go on the road this week and play well and come home with a couple of wins.  Fortunately, we played well when we were on the road in Chicago two weeks ago so if we are able to build on those two wins, then we have a chance to stay in the race."

The Vikings split a pair of games last week, defeating Valparaiso, 80-71, on Thursday (Feb. 11) before dropping a 70-59 decision to 15th-ranked Butler on Saturday (Feb.13), ending CSU's Wolstein Center school record win streak against league opponents at 15 games dating back to early last season.  Junior Norris Cole led the way in both games, averaging 19.5 points and 6.0 assists to raise his career scoring total 1,087 points, the 16th highest total in school history.

Women's Basketball Travels To Youngstown State for Lone Contest of Week
Vikings are 12-12 Overall

Cleveland State concludes its three-game road trip when the Vikings head to Youngstown State for a 2:05 p.m. contest on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Vikings are 12-12 overall and tied for fifth place in the Horizon League at 7-6, one game behind fourth place UIC (8-5).

The Vikings split a pair of games on their annual trip to Indiana over the weekend, earning an 82-59 victory at Valparaiso on Thursday (Feb. 10) before falling at Butler, 72-66, on Saturday (Feb. 12). CSU shot a season-high 54-percent at Valpo en route to a season-most in points. The game against Butler was a game of runs with Butler closing the game on an 11-0 run over the final five minutes to seal the victory.

"I thought we played two good games on our trip, but unfortunately we could only come away with one win," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We shot the ball extremely well against Valpo and it was nice to get the younger players some experience. We didn't close the game versus Butler very well down the stretch and we have to find a way to play better down the stretch in tight games."

Kailey Klein paced the Vikings last week, scoring 24 points against Valpo and adding 29 points and nine rebounds against the Bulldogs. She continues to lead the league in scoring at 17.3 points per game, while ranking sixth with 7.3 rebounds per night.

Shawnita Garland scored 22 points in 24 minutes at Valpo, while Stephaine Crosley poured in a career-high 18 points at Butler, hitting 7-of-10 from the field. She is now ranked third in the league in field goal percentage (.545).

Wrestling Hosts West Virginia On Senior Night

The Vikings will host EWL opponent West Virginia on Friday, February 19 in their final dual meet of the 2009-10 season. Action will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym, with Dan Castillo, Marcus Effner and Jeff Schuller being recognized on Senior Night in their final dual meet at CSU.

"As a team we need to work hard and stay focused during our last dual meet so that we are prepared for the EWL tournament coming up," head coach Ben Stehura said. "I'm very proud of the three seniors and what they have accomplished during their time at Cleveland State and hopefully they will be able to end their careers on a good note going into these last few weeks."

The trio of seniors have combined for 112 career victories, including 17 during their final seasons. Marcus Effner has led the Vikings during his time, recording 87 career victories and is currently second on the team with 12 victories as a senior. Prior to last weekend's contests at Clarion (L, 49-0) and vs. North Carolina (L, 44-0) Effner had a three-match win streak, topping opponents from Lock Haven, Bloomsburg and Edinboro.

Women's Tennis Hosts Akron and Robert Morris

After playing its first eight matches on the road, the Cleveland State women's tennis team comes home for the first time this season, hosting a pair of matches at River Oaks Racquet Club on Saturday (Feb. 20). The Vikings will host Akron at 1:00 p.m. before playing Robert Morris at 5:00 p.m.

"It will be nice to play a few matches at home after spending so much of the early part of the season on the road," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "I feel like we are improving every time we take the court, but we still have a long way to go to get to the level where we need to be. I'd like to see us get better in doubles play because earning that point could be the difference in matches down the road."

CSU got back to .500 (4-4) this season with 6-1 victories over IPFW and Dayton last weekend. The wins were the third and fourth straight for the Vikings.

Freshman Maria Lazaris was a perfect 4-0 over the weekend, winning two matches at No. 2 singles in straight sets and a pair of matches at No. 3 doubles. Seniors Charlotte Gibbons and Denisa Muntean were also 4-0 last weekend.

Men's Tennis Travels to Milwaukee for Two Matches

The men's tennis team is back in action for a pair of matches in Milwaukee, Wis., this weekend, beginning with a 2:30 p.m. contest against Villanova on Saturday (Feb. 20) and concluding with a 4:30 p.m. contest at Marquette on Sunday (Feb. 21).

"I can't say enough about how well we have been playing to start the season," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We have been getting off to great starts with our doubles play and that momentum has carried over to singles. We continue to stay strong for entire matches and seem to be winning all the big points and key moments."

The Vikings ran their win streak to six straight and improved to 7-1 this season with a 5-2 win at IPFW on Friday (Feb. 11) and a 7-0 triumph at Dayton on Saturday (Feb. 12). The Vikings won two of the three doubles matches each day to claim the point and went on to win four singles matches against IPFW before sweeping all six singles contests against the Flyers.

Senior Phil Orno won all four of his contests, including two straight set wins at No. 1 singles where he lost just three games. He also teamed with Ryan Hamning for an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles against Dayton.

Junior Rob Fox paces the team with 18 wins, while Orno is close behind with 17. Orno and Hamning have won 14 doubles contests, while the No. 2 squad of Fox and junior John Haley have posted 12 wins.

Baseball Opens 2010 Season On The Road
CSU Travels South To Greensboro For Three Games

After recording a 21-31 record during 2009, the Vikings open up the 2010 season by traveling to Greensboro, North Carolina to face UNC-Greensboro in a three-game series beginning on Friday, February 19 at 4:00 p.m. CSU will also have games on Saturday (Feb. 20) and Sunday (Feb. 21) with both weekend contests starting at 1:00 p.m.

The Vikings return six starters and 10 letterwinners from last season's squad, including sophomore Tyler Wynn and junior Ryan Franks who both earned Horizon League all-newcomer team honors after leading the team during their first seasons at CSU.

"We have a great lineup to begin the 2010 season and I am very confident in our ability to open the season strong," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "It will be good to finally get on the field and compete and see where we are in terms of being able to put together a full game."

Sophomore Alex Johnson, Franks and Wynn return to lead the Vikings this season after ending 2009 leading the team in doubles, triples, batting average and homeruns. Johnson recorded 13 doubles and six triples, Franks had a .380 batting average and Wynn posted 11 homeruns.

The returnees will be joined by 13 newcomers, 11 freshmen and two transfers to build on their fifth place Horizon League finish they had last season.

Softball Begins 2010 Season At Troy Cox Invitational
CSU Will Play Five Games Over The Weekend

The defending Horizon League Champions will begin the 2010 season this weekend when they travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico to take part in the Troy Cox Invitational. The Vikings will face five different opponents over the weekend, with double-headers on Friday (Feb. 19) and Sunday (Feb. 21). CSU will open up the weekend against Weber State at 12:00 noon on Friday, and will then play Bradley at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday (Feb. 21) the Vikings only have one game against Saint Mary's beginning at 12:00 noon and they will conclude the tournament on Sunday (Feb. 21) with games against New Mexico State (11:30 a.m.) and Tennessee (1:30 p.m.) with all games listed as eastern standard time.

"We are very excited to finally start the 2010 season, and with the strength of our returnees and of our recruiting class I think that we will have another great season beginning with the Invitational this weekend," head coach Angie Nicholson said. "We have a full weekend ahead of us with five games over the three days, but it will be good to finally get out there and compete and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is going to bring to the field this year."

For the second straight season the Vikings were tabbed as the preseason favorite in the league race, after winning the crown last season. CSU returns five starters and 12 letterwinners from a year ago, including two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Amanda Macenko who begins her senior season having won a CSU record 80 games in her career.

CSU will also benefit from the return of senior Lia Gordon, who earned first team all-league honors last season after leading the league with a school record 13 homeruns. The Viking returnees will be joined by six freshmen, adding to the depth of the CSU roster.
 

 

 

 

Former Avon Lake coach, Euclid 

native, Bay resident Brent Figueira 

builds hockey bridge between 

Cleveland and Toledo; his son, North 

Olmsted's Kanis, EC's Fielding, 

Kirtland's Rice, Grafton's Szpak, 

Midview's Orasko, Falls's Chipka, 

Elyria's Urig in Rocket fold 


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

After doing a little “detective” work, Bay Village resident Brent Figueira has found a way to make being a policeman on the East Side and college hockey in another part of the sate work together.

 

Figueira, one of the top detectives on the Euclid Police Force, resigned from his part-time gig as the hockey coach at Avon Lake High to become the University of Toledo’s Division II club hockey team. He splits his time between both the East and West Sides while local and in police and residential form, and the eastern and western halves of the state when in an athletics and academics sense.

University of Toledo Rockets

 

“Toledo has a great history of hockey in general and college hockey in particular,” said Figueira. “They have been in the ACHA for quite a few years and going back to the 1940s and 1950s have had some kind of scaled down club program.”

 

Toledo is a natural for hockey being so close to Michigan. On a high school scale, the area has presented the greatest competition for the Cleveland teams, which have been dominating the high school game.

 

Currently, Toledo has a minor/pro team in the ECHL with the Walleye, and prior to that the Storm and prior to that the Gold Diggers, which once had Mike Eruzione, the hero of the 1980 US Olympic team that posted arguably the greatest sports victory in the 235-year history of the country with a semi final win over the vaunted Russians.

 

“I have done a similar type of run around in my work history when I was younger in the force and also moonlighting in a factory,” Figueira. “I spend one or two days at a time here in a small apartment and then go back to Cleveland,” he explained. “I have people helping me here with dry workouts and what not when I am not able to be here and am able to make it work.”

Brent Figueira, Sr.

 

When in Toledo, he is at least with one of his hockey playing sons, Brent, Jr., a junior defenseman for the Rockets. His youngest, Danny, is a freshman goalie for the other Rockets, the ones in Bay coached by Terry Chadwick, which just finished runners-up in the Baron Cup III. His middle guy Kevin plays goalie for Bob Jacobson’s Junior B Lumberjacks. So, in other words, hockey is not left behind when his stints in Cleveland keep resurfacing.

 

Brent Figueira Jr.

In fact, the pipeline to Cleveland is greater now for Toledo with Figueira having the strong connections. He played for the Euclid Panthers in high school from 1974 to 1978 and has coached here at various levels ever since.

 

“That’s what we talked about; Cleveland area kids have found that they like Toledo once they have given it a look and given it a chance,” Figueira said. “Take Adam Robertson from Avon Lake. He came here with me and played last semester, but with the engineering track he is on, the class load has kept him off the ice this half of the season, but he should be back.”

 

Club hockey in college is very comparable to most varsity sports. Being a good and upstanding student is also part of the requirements. Being a policeman, Figueira also has a third component central to his program – citizenship.

 

“One of our players’ stepmom has cystic fibrosis so Saturday’s game is a fund raiser for cystic fibrosis,” said Figueira. “This is the third charity event we have done.”

 

Also along the lines of sound citizenry, the Rockets also did a food drive for the local food pantry and also a fund raising event for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

 

A new hockey arena is being built in downtown Toledo. He is trying to arrange a game there against Bowling Green’s Division II club team. The Rockets regularly play at Tam O Shanter.

 

A key member of the team is Elyria’s Greg Urig, who played high school hockey at Midivew.

 

Greg Urig

“Greg became the president of the team at age 19,” said Figueira. “He matured fast in a hockey sense and an organization sense. He helps me out and can do a lot of the things I can’t when I am not here.”

 

Other Cleveland guys in the programs are North Olmsted’s Greg Kanis, Olmsted Township’s Ricky Chipka, Grafton’s Jon Orasko and Jordan Szpak, Kirtland’s Curt Rice, and Avon’s Matt Fielding.

North Olmsted's Greg Kanis

 

Orasko and Szpak played for Midview. Szpak had a goal in Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Cleveland State, in a game played on an outdoor rink in Toledo. The Vikings are coached by Brecksville head coach Danny Holden.

 Szpak

Chipka had an assist in a loss to Miami a couple weeks ago.

 

Fielding played his high school hockey at Elyria Catholic and was part of a large wave of players from Avon playing for Dave Phiel over the last six or seven years.

 

Rice earned the win in goal against CSU, saving 27 of 30 shots.

 

Figueira (the player) had three points in an 10-6 win over Cleveland State. A defenseman, he had a goal and two assists against the Vikes.

 

Kanis, a junior, had an assist in each win over CSU, giving him nine helpers on the season.

A Cleveland high school hockey first:

North Olmsted twins Sean and Dan 

McBride share shutout in goal


Feb. 15, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

BROOKLYN – North Olmsted’s hockey team had already penciled itself into Saturday’s sectional semifinal game with Elyria Catholic before the first period of tonight’s sectional quarterfinal game was even half over against Lakewood.

 

The Eagles had carved a 10-0 lead by the end of the first period, but the two teams had to still play the full second period since the mercy ruling (10 goal difference) requires that at least two periods be played regardless of how lopsided the score might be.

 

Tourney director Mike Hadl asked if the Rangers and Eagles wanted to forgo an ice cut between periods, but Lakewood coach Josh Dress wanted one to regroup.

 

The game did have a first in Cleveland High School hockey history. Twins Dan and Sean McBride shared the shutout in goal.

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Dan McBride

 

Sean is not a goalie (neither was Dan, for that matter, until he was groomed into one over the summer and the pre and post seasons), but Eagles coach Tim Murphy wanted to ease up on the Rangers in the second period and put Sean in the crease for the fun of it.

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Sean McBride

 

Sean McBride turned back all seven shots he faced in the period and preserved the victory. The Eagles eased up on Ranger goalie Alex Hudock, an all divisional selection, during the running clock in the second period  to make it a shut out on both sides for the period, resulting in a 10-0 final.

 

“We’re not going to keep going at them in a game like this; we have some dignity,” Murphy said. “This gave other guys a chance to skate who have not had much playing time all year. I did not have my first-line scorers out there at all during that running time in the second.”

 

Mikey Konyesni had accumulated two playmakers in the opening period, assisting on six of the 10 goals. He also scored one.

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Tim Musart

 

Casey Jones scored two goals, getting the 10-goal opening period started with a shorthanded goal at 4:41. Tim Musat also scored two goals for the 20-18-1 Eagles. Ryan Sutton, Sean McBride, Alex Arendec, Brendon Kirk and Nick DeJoy also scored goals in the period.

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Arendec

 

DeJoy also had a playmaker in the first period. Mike Minch had two assists.

 

The Blue Central co-champs, Lakewood closes out at 13-10.

 

“We were OK the first few minutes of the game, but all it took was that one instance of being out of position on one goal and the scrambling around continues for the rest of the period,” said Lakewood coach Josh Dress, who was right at home for the game as an employee of the rink here in his other life. “We knew it was going to be like this and we prepared the guys for it. We were hoping we might break the shutout in the second when we had more chances.

 

“You can’t blame North Olmsted for continuing to score. When a guy scores a goal to make it 8-0 and you hear the crowd go wild, it’s not because they are reveling in beating the tar out of us; it is because it could be the kid’s first goal of the year and everyone is excited for him. This gives someone like that a chance.”

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Freshman Brendon Kirk

 

Murphy said he would rather have the game, even though it is an easy one, rather than trying to make a hard practice or just analyze films during the time.

 

“We can still take films from this game and show a few things that could be corrected,” Murphy said. “I would always prefer a game over time off any time. I had dinner with the Elyria Catholic guys the night before the seeding. They have a bunch of injured guys and wanted the time off to get them healed. I agreed to take that line if it came up for us. We have done that in the past and drew like and EC or River in the first round. We just happened to get Lakewood. Saturday’s game against EC will be a good one.”

 

That might have been the understatement of the evening. It is rare that a North Olmsted-EC hockey game in any year is not a competitive and close battle.

St. Francis wins state poll 

championship; Cleveland area claims 

seven of top 10 spots for high school 

hockey; Cats 2nd, Preppers 3rd


Feb. 15, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

 

Toledo St. Francis has dethroned 2009 state poll and tournament champ and 2010 Baron Cup champion University School as the state poll champion for 2010, as the ninth and final state hockey poll was released out of Columbus this evening.

 

The Knights just edged out St. Ignatius by two overall points and garnered three of the five first-place points. Iggy and US received the other first-place points.

 

Wildcats took second, Preppers third, Padua fifth, Walsh seventh, Eds eighth, Gilmour ninth and Strongsville 10th and one of only two public schools in the top 10.

 

 

 

STATE POLL
    
1.    Toledo St. Francis                           47 (3)
2.    St. Ignatius                      45 (1)                      
3.    University School      39 (1)
4.    Sylvania Northview                          33
5.    Parma Padua                                 21
6.    Toledo St. Johns                             20
7.    Walsh Jesuit          19
8.    St. Edward                     17
9.    Gilmour Academy         14
10.  Strongsville                                      6

Others receiving votes: Mentor Lake Catholic, Cincinnati Moeller, Olentangy Liberty, Findlay and Shaker Heights 

 

CINCINNATI - COLUMBUS - DAYTON POLL

1.    Dublin Jerome                      166 (6)
2.    Cincinnati Sycamore             158 (5)
3.    Cincinnati Arch. Moeller         148 (2)
4.    Dublin Coffman                      141 (3)
5.    Olentangy Liberty                   102


West Side (teeth) Bulldogs 

shut out East Side (tongue) 

Bulldogs for sectional 

quarterfinal bone: the right 

to play St. Ed next 


Feb. 15, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

BROOKLYN – One thing was certain in the second sectional quarterfinal hockey game here tonight – the Bulldogs were destined to win.

 

For that matter, the Bulldogs were also destined to lose.

 

It was the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs versus the Garfield Heights Bulldogs. To make it more of a “confusion bowl” both teams’ colors are a dark shade of blue and white.

 

In the end, the higher seeded team, the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs, the one that has the logo with the teeth hanging out of the dog’s mouth, came out on top of Garfield, the one with the logo with the tongue hanging out of the dog’s mouth, 6-0.

 

With the Falls win, it meant that Brooklyn High alumni were 1-1 as coaches in this building tonight. OF coach Brian Thompson is a Brooklyn grad as is Lakewood coach Josh Dress and both obviously played all of their youth hockey as well as high school hockey here.

 

Falls built a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period. The West Side Bulldogs made it 1-0 when Ryan Rex took a slap from the blue line and the puck was redirected into the net by Tony Green. Erik Kolar also assisted on the goal that came at 1:17.

 

It became a 2-0 Olmsted Falls lead at 3:55 when Kolar stuffed it in with an assist from Ryan Petitti.

 

Falls dominated the first period offensively with a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal once the first 15 were in the books.

 

The “teeth Dogs” claimed the only second-period goal when Pettiti followed the trend in this game of scoring a goal one tally after assisting on the previous one. Pettiti’s goal at 9:48 was assisted by Kolar and Green.

Olmsted Falls High School logo

 

After a slashing on Falls, the “tongue Dogs” were awarded a power play late in the second but did not do much with it as the period ended with the West Side Dogs holding a 40-14 advantage in shots.

 

Kolar continued the trend by following his assist on the third goal with the fourth goal, a shorthand tally at 4:08 of the third that was assisted by Max Norman and Collin Brady. Petitti and Eddie Gerus added third period goals.

 

Virtually all the goals were scored by Falls’s second line.

 

“It is good to see that they are scoring a lot, but I don’t know what was going on with our first line tonight,” Thompson said. “Maybe they were looking ahead to playing St. Ed. They always get excited about that but they need to focus .on the immediate game. Still they were focused enough to win and get the shutout.”

 

Doug Dilley had 47 saves in goal. Dilley’s play all season helped Garfield win 19 games and get into the Baron Cup and nearly beat No. 2 seed Cleveland Heights in overtime.

 

“We were down to 12 players for this one, but we thought we could play with them if we could take advantage of our scoring chances,” said Garfield coach Scott Terrenova. “We had that carryover power play for about the first 47 seconds of the second period and were able to get about four or five shots on goal but could not get it in the net. Their size and speed made a big difference which is usually the case when a White team and a Blue team meet.”

 

Braden Smith got the shutout in goal with 25 saves. Clay Daugherty, the team’s leading scorer, did not get a goal but he did have two assists, as did Brady, Petitti, and Green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 


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