A Page -- Feb. 17, 2010

PUCK PREDICTIONS

Norm Weber

Senior Writer, Greater Cleveland High School Hockey Writers Association

Red North lower tier down this year; 

expect a Brooklyn District final with 

only one RN team for the first time; 

White getting stronger but shakeup

in Red/White should work for

next year


Feb 17, 2010

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For the 2010-11 high school hockey season, the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League will reduce the number of divisions from eight to seven, as the Red East will go from three to two divisions.

 

Strongsville is moving up to the Red North, the elite division comparable to being a US Senator in the American political arena. The Stangs could have moved up two years ago but coach Carl Wagner declined because his goalies were graduating only to discover the following fall that a juniors goalie from the city was returning to the high school and that a move-in goalie added depth. By then it was too late.

 

Now the Mustangs were given the chance again three weeks ago and gladly accepted to move up for next season. The only monkey wrench in this whole thing is that four years ago the league decided to implement the European and International promotion-demotion format, which is most notable in the English Premiere Football (known as “soccer” this side of the sea) League in which the last-place team from an upper tier or division moves down the next year and the best team in a so-called lower tier moves up or is at least given the option to do so.

 

Although the league has been somewhat secretive about it, this year’s move-around had some strange twists with no one moving down from the Red North and neither of the two White Division winners moving up to the lower Red (even though it is by choice, it is odd).

 

Some of the scuttlebutt around the Cleveland hockey community has been that St. Edward was able to avoid having to move down from the Red North to the other Red for next year because the 11-time state champions have some type of immunity, as if they were the Ted Kennedy of hockey programs here and all over the state. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

The decision for Strongsville’s moving came two weeks before the regular season ended and most Red North teams still had three or four games left to play. True, it was known at the time the Eagles were down from normal, but predicting a last-place finish the third week of January would have been premature to say the least. Only Ignatius and University School were solid, cut-above-the-rest teams among the six Red North and other Red and White programs for that matter.

 

Any of Padua, Eds, Lake Catholic or Walsh could have finished in last when the decision for Strongsville to move up was made, since the Mustangs clinched the Red South so early and the Red East Division had a team that lost its first four games with still a possibility of winning the division, making it slightly weaker than the Red South. Currently the strongest public school team in the area and one of the top two of the ilk in the state, there is no doubt that Strongsville had a right to move up for next year -- even at that point of the season.

 

Some coaches have even said that a strong St. Ed program is good for the league and good for Cleveland high school hockey because it makes the other programs stronger. These types of statements are made simply because it is known that the Eds program will be back up in a short time, as will the Shaker program in a parallel example. However, St. Ed will be back up quicker than it has taken Shaker, which moved down three years ago. Eds, Ignatius and Padua are the types of programs that might have one so-called down year but then are almost always right back in the top three or five the next.

 

The one component that critics tend to forget is that teams have the options to move up anddown in the other divisions and that affects the overall alignment, not just that in the Red North. Trinity and Benedictine are prime examples that the movement of hockey people from the inner ring to the outer ring affects private schools as much as it does public schools. Both were once strong Red programs that could at least play with Red North teams (Bennies upset Iggy five years ago in the playoffs and Trinity has been to the Frozen Four as recently as the 1990s.)

 

Mark Ferfolia had a large pool of players as recently as the start of this century with a JV program still going strong at Trinity. Now he faces what most Blue team coaches do, sometimes getting challenged to suit up even 12 varsity players. In five years, Trinity has gone from the lower Red to the Red North, back down to the lower Red, and now for next year down into the White. Bennies is just basically hanging on in the White. It could go either way in coming years, up or down.

 

Also Avon Lake is moving from the Red to White for next year. This meant that two teams needed to move up to the Red in order for the two four-team lower Red Divisions to maintain their four-team statuses.

 

That should not have been a problem with the league going from one to two White Divisions this year. However, both divisional champs, 30-game winning Kenston and two-time Baron Cup king Rocky River, declined. Kenston just moved up from the Blue last year and River’s Chris Cogan said he is graduating all-league goalie Bridget Gipper and five other key players.

 

Only White West runner up Holy Name is moving up to the Red. The Namers, now in their sixth year, bypassed the usual club status in their first year to build toward this move. Coach Tim Sullivan’s goal from day one has been to get his program into the Red.

 

With only one team moving up and two moving down to and from the Red, respectively, that would have left six teams, knowing that Strongsville would be moving up next year. The league cannot have two three-team divisions nor a three-team and a four-team with a St. Ed or other team moving down. Thus, it left the Red North well enough alone, expanding the club almost like making a 101st Senator, adding DC or Guam for example..

 

Ideally, two seven-team divisions would have worked the best in terms of leveling, but seven in the Red North and six in the other probably works better than the other way around, simply because it diversifies the Red North by making it more than just a private school only loop (the Red East was all-public and the Red South two public and two Catholic this year). This is not as a result of St. Ed not wanting to move down, but as a result of two White teams not wanting to move up and rightfully so.

 

For fans of parity, the White last year was the beauty of the league with any team beating any other team on any given night; hence, two divisions in the White surfaced for this season. It was also said by many that most of the White teams could be competitive with most of the other Red teams outside the North last year.

 

Fast forward to this year and one can take that a step further on the parity scale. Most White teams can be competitive with most Red teams, including at least half of the Red North teams this season.

 

That said, this corner will maintain the position of the earlier week predictions. This will be the first year the West Side District championship will not involve two Red North teams. It happened two years ago in the East District when Mentor and Gilmour played a final with no Red North teams in it although independent Gilmour could be a Red North team and win that division along with the Baron Cup in hypothesis.

Rocky River, North Olmsted and Elyria Catholic are all capable of beating both Eds and Padua this year. All three are in the same bracket with the Eagles and Bruins, who jumped out to a great start with two tournament championships and 20 wins the first two months of the season, but have sputtered severely with going winless for six weeks and running now. The Bruins have not won a game since Jan. 3, when it beat Hamilton SE, the top ranked team in Indiana, for the Gilmour Brother James Tourney title.

Although it will involve one Red North team (even if Strongsville beats Iggy in the district semi in the other bracket, one can make a case for it being a Red North team since it is in the initiation phase), it will not involve two. Expect River, North Olmsted or Elyria Catholic to be playing on championship day in Brooklyn.

With all the Murphys graduated at North Olmsted and the Eagles being a little less explosive offensively this year than in previous years, the most likely choice is EC. With 10 days between their Baron Cup loss and their first sectional game against North Olmsted Saturday, the Panthers should have all four key players who have been injured healed. Look for the Panthers to beat the Eagles in double overtime Saturday. River would be the dark horse but North Olmsted also has a good state tourney history from the early years in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

 

Also look for Olmsted Falls to give St. Ed a good game before falling and Trinity to do the same with River before going home for the season Saturday.

 

Strongsville will beat Amherst tomorrow night and Holy Name will drop Parma, which had a nice run in the state playoffs last year.

 

In Kent Friday, Mentor will top Orange and Chagrin will beat West G. The Kent District will not have the tight battles Brooklyn will have Saturday. US will drop CVCA in two periods, Lake Catholic will bounce Kent in a laugher, Shaker will beat Mayfield under in a not-so-close battle and Walsh will beat Nordonia by 10 goals.

 

Sunday’s slate in Kent will have much better games with Kenston beating Cleveland Heights by two goals, Hudson will take Chagrin by three goals, and Gilmour will beat Solon by four goals.


B-W Swimmers & Divers to Compete 

at 2010 OAC Championships on 

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 18-20

Feb. 17, 2010

By Nick Minerd, Special Ruple Assistant


BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are set to compete at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet on Thursday-Saturday, February 18-20, at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.



Prelims begin each day at 11:00 a.m. and finals are slated for 6:00 p.m. Last season, the Yellow Jacket men finished as the runner-up for the third consecutive season and the women were fifth.



B-W’s men will once again be led by junior four-time All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton). Last season, Richert won the OAC Championship in the one-meter dive and placed second on the three-meter board. In 2008, he was named the OAC Diver of the Year. His one-meter mark of 498.38 and three-meter mark of 478.79 are tops in the OAC this season.

Royalton's Richert



The Yellow Jacket men also will be paced by senior Vince Colwell (Parma/Normandy) and juniors Ryan Musille (Canton/GlenOak) and Hector Diaz (El Paso, Texas/Cathedral).



Colwell is the school-record holder in the 100-yard backstroke (53.62 seconds) and won the OAC Championship in the event last season with a meet-record time of 53.81. He also finished third in the 50-yard freestyle and was a member of the school-record holding 200-yard medley relay (1:36.64) that placed first and the 400-yard medley relay that placed second.

Former Invader Colwell



Musille was second in the 100-yard breaststroke and finished first with the 200-yard medley relay team. He enters this year’s meet with the third best times in both the 50-yard freestyle (22.34) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.80).



Diaz was second in the 400-yard individual medley and third in the 200-yard butterfly in 2009. He enters this weekend’s meet with the second best time in the 200 fly (2:04.45) and third best time in the 400 IM (4:30.48).



Also expect solid scoring contributions from junior captain Matt Diamond (Ashtabula/Lakeside) in butterfly and relay events, senior captain Jordan Irwin (Westerville/Westerville South) in the backstroke and relays, junior Roman Koval (Parma/Padua Franciscan) in the breaststroke, and sophomore Nic Null (Shelby/Mansfield St. Peter's) in the freestyle and relays.



The B-W women are young with only four competitors who have OAC Championship experience.



Expect the Jackets to be led by freshman divers Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/Brecksville Broadview Heights) and Erin O’Donnell (Perry).



Pinter owns the conference’s top scores on both the one-meter (467.53) and three-meter (446.92) boards. She also was named OAC Diver of the Week for her efforts in the final week of the regular season. O’Donnell has the second best score on the one-meter board (424.73) and like Pinter, has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship meet.

Broadview's Julie Pinter



Also look for junior Lauren Schaefer (Westlake) in the freestyle and 200 IM, freshman Kelsey Richards (Wadsworth) in the backstroke, freshman Hillary Stahl (Granville) in the breaststroke and 400 IM, and freshman Gabby Parker (Girard, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy) in the butterfly.

Westlake alumna Lauren Schafer


Brecksville runs away in third 

period after two tight frames 

with Normandy in sectional 

semifinal


Feb. 17, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

BROOKLYN – Brecksville never let go of its upper hand to advance to next Wednesday’s sectional championship game against tomorrow’s Amherst-Strongsville winner with a 4-1 sectional semifinal victory over Normandy tonight here in the Coyne Center.

 

Normandy (6-22) earned the first scoring chance of the game when it went into a power play after a tripping penalty on the Bees at 1:43.

 

However, it was Brecksville who was the one to score during that opportunity when Andrew Bell hustled for a takeaway and subsequent rush. Bell beat Invader goalie Max Miller in a face-to-face meeting for the unassisted short-hand goal at 3:20. The 1-0 Bee lead stood for the rest of the period.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees


 

By the end of the first there was no doubt that this was not going to be the average first-round state tournament game that often ends after two periods.

 

The high-level of competition really came out blaring in the second period when the Bees and Invaders traded off goals. Normandy tied it at 6:12 when Jake Frietchen rammed it home from the top center between the circles, shooting high to zing it past John Miller. Kraig Boyer and Will Wakefield assisted on the tying goal.

Iwaszkiw 

The Bees got it back at 11:38 of the second when Matt Iwaszkiw scored off a pass from Kyle O’Donnell. The 2-1 Brecksville lead stood after two in the books and one left to play.

 

The Bees (16-13-1) dominated the third period with Iwaszkiw scoring at 26 seconds and Dan Ringen closing the books on the scoring for the evening for everyone with a bell ringer at 5:11. Tony O’Neil, O’Donnell and Mike Sullivan notched assists in the final period.


 

It was as clean game with only one penalty on each team whistled until the final two minutes when a combined three were called, which is characteristic for the ending of at least half of all hockey games.

 

The Bees outshot the Invaders by 2-1.


Strongsville's Brown Ties Career-High as Baldwin-Wallace Men Beat Ohio Northern, 79-74, in Ada

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Brown (Strongsville) tied a career-high with 32 points and tied a school-record with eight three-pointers as theBaldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated rival Ohio Northern University, 79-72, tonight (Wednesday, February 17, 2010) in the ONU Sports Center in Ada. 

With their win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 14-10 overall and 9-8 in the OAC, gaurantee themselves a winning season and closed the gap in the all-time season series to 55-31. With their loss, the Polar Bears dropped to 12-12 overall and 10-7 in the OAC.

Kyle Brown

Brown canned 10-of-16 field goals, including eight-of-13 three-pointers to tie a school-record that was set by Doug Dickerson versus Hiram during the 1992-93 season.  In addition to Brown for the Yellow Jackets, freshman forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) scored 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds and sophomore guard Scott Voiers (Westlake/ Lutheran West) had 11.  ONU was led by All-OAC forward Kyle Meyer’s 28 points and game-high nine rebounds. In addition, sophomore guard Matt Phillips had 15 and sohomore center Scott Schnelle had 10.    

In the first half, ONU jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the on two straight jumpers by Kyle Meyer.  B-W tied the game at 4-4 and then took a 7-6 lead at the 17:10 mark when Brown made the first of his three first half three-pointers.

ONU then outscored B-W 13-5 to build a seven-point lead at 19-12 with 12:03 left when Phillips made a layup. The lead remained seven at 26-19 before the Jackets went on a 7-0 run to tie the score at 26-26 with 6:07 remaining before halftime when Voiers scored on a fastbreak layup. Voiers then gave B-W the lead at 29-26 with 4:55 left when he canned a trey. The lead grew to nine points at 35-26 and the run ended at 16-0 at the 2:27 mark when Brown made a triple. ONU ended the half by outscoring the Yellow Jackets 4-0 to trail 35-30 at the intermission.

In the second half, B-W came out and outscored the Polar Bears 5-2 to take its first double digit lead at 42-32 with 18:38 left when Brown canned his fourth three-pointer of the night. Brown continued his assault by personally outscoring ONU 10-6 to build the lead to 16 points at 52-36 with 15:23 left when he canned his sixth triple of the game. 

ONU then went on an 8-0 run to close to 10 points at 59-49 with 10:22 left when Phillips canned a trey. B-W gained a 13-point lead at 62-49 with 10:04 left when Brown made his seventh triple of the game. But ONU then went on a 6-2 run to close to nine points at 64-55 with 8:03 left when Phillips canned his fourth three-pointer of the contest.

After Brown gave B-W an 11-point lead at 66-55 with 7:35 left on two foul shots, ONU went on a 40 run to get as close as seven points at 66-59 with 6:14 left when freshman guard Taylor Kuhlman made a jumper. A 6-1 Jacet runput the lead back at 12 points at 72-60 with 4:00 left when sophomore point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) made one of two foul shots. Undaunted, ONU went on an 11-3 run to close to four points at 75-71 with 1:05 left when Phillips nailed his fourth trey of the contest. Then he made a foul shot with 47 seconds left to make the score 75-72, but Brown put the “nail in the coffin” when he canned his eighth triple of the game with 14 seconds left for a 78-72 lead and Ameen added a foul shot with three ticks left on the clock.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action this Saturday, February 20 when they host OAC-rival Otterbein College in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea at 3:00 p.m.  That game will be taped by S&S Video Productions and telecast on SportsTime Ohio

Prior to that game, the College will recognize seniors Kyle Brown, Paul Glass (Medina/ Senior) and Ben Dobberstein (Berea) and their parents prior to the game.

The Feb. 20 game also is the Second Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. For more information on that game, please call Meg Carney in the B-W Athletic Department at 440-826-2140 or visit the “Take a Kid to the Game” web site at www.bw.edu/athletics/takeakid10.


Oberlin Gets Dealt a Big Blow by Denison
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team saw its NCAC Tournament hopes take a big blow tonight as it fell to the visiting Denison University Big Red 73-62. 

The Yeomen loss coupled with Kenyon’s 66-51 victory over Earlham leaves Oberlin on the outside of the NCAC Tournament picture as it falls to just 2-13 in the league, while the Lords improved to 3-12 and move into sole possession of the eighth and final spot of the tournament with just one game remaining for both teams on Saturday. 

Oberlin had its chances tonight, but couldn’t quite come up with a big stop on defense when it needed to during critical parts of the second half. 

Rookie Andrew Fox scored 13 of his game-high 19 points in the second session to guide the Yeomen attack. Sophomore Josh Merritt finished with 12 points, while sophomore Johnathan Nelson checked in with 11 of his own. Junior James Tompsett added a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss.

Men's Basketball – Mount Union Falls At Muskingum 66-48

Feb. 17

By Ryan Fishleigh 


(ALLIANCE, OH)-- Mount Union's men's basketball team suffered a 66-48 defeat against Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference contest tonight.

Freshman Matt Kiger (Williamstown, WV/Williamstown) led the team in scoring with 13 points off the bench and Ben Hodkinson (Tippeconoe/Harrison Central) had 10 points for a Purple Raider squad that sinks to 11-13 overall and 9-8 in the OAC.

Nick Hershberger had 17 points to lead Muskingum in the win which leaves them at 8-16 overall and 3-14 in the OAC.

The Muskies jumped out to an early 10-4 lead on a three pointer by Cory Bourquin.

After falling behind with the score 27-15, the Raiders put together a 9-2 run on a pair of Kiger free throws leaving the score at 29-24 heading into halftime.

Missed shots would be the theme for Mount Union in the second half as they were outscored 37-24 while posting a 25.8% field goal percentage and allowed Muskingum to cruise to the 66-48 final.


Tim Lowther's hat trick, Alex Gaj's 

playmaker lead Kent Roosevelt to 

sectional win over Latin


Feb. 17, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


A pesky Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin team gave Kent Roosevelt all it could handle tonight here in Kent Ice Arena, but the Rough Riders pulled it out in overtime, 6-5, to advance in the sectionals.


 

Tim Lowther had a hat trick for Roosevelt, while Bob Danner added two goals. Bill Peachey scored one for the winners.

 

Alex Gaj recorded a playmaker and Peachey notched two assists. Also tallying assists for Kent were Cory Seal, Tom Fisher and Bob Bisler.

 

Justin Hawley matched Lowther with a hat trick for the Lions. Mike Stucho and Ryan Walczak also found the back of the net. Sean Murphy, Stucho, and Chuck Pearce each had two assists for Latin.

 

Cara Schmauch saved 20 for Kent and Matt Douglas for Latin, in goal.


Jake Malone, Ryan Tropf each score 

two goals as Mayfield carries 

momentum from Baron Cup title into 

sectionals for 7-2 win over Hoover


Feb. 17, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Mayfield carried the momentum it acquired from winning its first ever Baron Cup title by opening the state tournament with tonight’s 7-2 sectional win over North Canton Hoover.

 

Jake Malone, who spurred the scoring barrage against Bay Sunday, continued it down Route 14 with two goals tonight. Ryan Tropf also lit the lamp twice. Tony Krueger, Christian Verde, and Demario Rood also scored Wildcat goals.

 

Trofp had four points on the night as he also garnered two assists. Stefan Rood, Malone, Krueger, Jake Wolfe, Joe Cavotta, Ryan Kristoff and Joe Wilson also had assists.

 

 

Dave Piero scored both Viking goals. T. R. Krucek had two assists, while Kevin Deane and Neal Greenao had one each.

 

Matt Mramer had 35 saves for Mayfield and Ethan Bishop 25 for Hoover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


KENT DISTRICT HOCKEY: 

CVCA, Orange advance in sectionals 

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Feb. 17, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

(Note: a computer glitch caused the results of last night’s tournament to not get routed to Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com last night; check here tonight before midnight for write ups of tonight’s games from both Kent and Brooklyn)

 

The high school district hockey tournament in Kent got underway last night with Orange and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy winning first-round sectional games. The Lions clubbed Euclid, 11-1, and the Royals scored at least three goals in every period in a 13-4 win over Twinsburg.

 

Mark Brower led the CVCA scoring barrage with a four-goal effort. Four others had multiple-goal games with Will Anderson, Mark Sunde, Luke Sunde and Zach Longo each lighting the lamp twice. John Fisher also scored a goal to make it a baker’s dozen.

 

Longo, Jon Hart, Brower and Mark Sunde each had a playmaker with Sunde leading that foursome with a fourth assist. Anderson had two assists, while Luke Sunde, Jon Lile, and Steve Harris each had one.

 

Mike Hazelden had a hat trick for Twinsburg. Dan Schremeck scored the other one. Jesse Black, Steve Stoneman, and Anthony Morelli had the assists.

 

Jake Damcott had 31 saves for The Burg and Jesse Hill needed to save only six on the other side.

 

CVCA already had a 6-1 lead by the end of the first period.

 

Orange did much of the same, leading 3-0 after one period and 9-1 after two. Jake Yelsky and Brent Lieberman had hat tricks. Mitch and Scott Joseph had goals, as did Kirill Dubrovsky and Scott Fuller.

Adam Rukin, Sam Bell, Brian Joseph, Jake Holm and Lieberman had two assists. Chad Sonkin, Cy Apanius, Jim Stork, Roman Petrosyn, Fuller and Mike Orlando each had one.

 

Chris Burke scored the only Euclid goal. Allen Barnes assisted. Pete Shapiro had two saves and Jake Sigger eight for Orange. Shawn Laughlin saved 31 for the Panthers.


Baldwin-Wallace College Grapplers 

Look to Make Presence Felt at 

2010 OAC Tournament



Feb. 17, 2010

By Nick Minerd, Special Ruple Assistant

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team will look to make its presence felt at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament on Saturday, February 20 at Mount Union College in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.


Action begins at the MAAC at 10:00 a.m. with the winner of each weight class plus one “wild card” wrestler advancing to the 2010NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 5-6.  For more information on the OAC Championships, please visit the web site HERE. <http://www-staged.bw.edu/athletics/wr/features/09_10/oacpreviews/www2.muc.edu/athletics/men_s_teams/wrestling/2010_oac_championships.aspx.>



A year ago, current B-W junior 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge) won an OAC title at 174 pounds and advanced to his first national tourney. This year, Scavuzzo, junior 133-pounder Phil Payne (Orange Village/ Orange), junior 157-pounder Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/ Pymatuning Valley), junior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) and sophomore heavyweight Ryan Jones (Uniontown/ Lake) have the best shots at earning an OAC crown and a spot at the national meet.

Cuyahoga Falls's Andrew Scavuzzo 

Joining the quintet at the OAC Tournament will be junior 125-pounder Tyler Erwin (Westerville/ Watkins Memorial), senior 141-pounder Eric Schubert (Oberlin), sophomore 149-pounder Grant Steward (Columbus/ Worthington Kilbourne), sophomore 165-pounder Mike Hosta (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) and senior 184-pounder Cody Quick (Mount Vernon).

Hinckley native Mike Hosta

Scavuzzo enters the OAC tourney at 15-4 overall, including 14-4 at 174 pounds, and is 38-13 during the past two seasons. Payne is having his finest season as a collegian and is 15-8 overall with five pins and a 4-2 mark in OAC dual matches. Leonhard, who competed at 174 and 184 pounds last season and was 7-15 overall, dropped down to 157 pounds and fashioned a solid, 15-10 slate, including a 14-10 mark at 157. He also was 2-3 in OAC matches at 157.  Stoll, a two-time OAC Wrestler of the Week in his first season, has an outstanding 17-3 record with 10 pins and was 4-1 versus OAC competition. His only conference loss was to the 197-pound defending champ. Jones was 17-9 overall and 3-3 versus the OAC while also competing in his first season.



At 141 pounds, Schubert takes his last chance at the dream of an OAC title and national tourney berth. He enters the event at 9-13 overall and was 3-3 in OAC matches. Erwin, who took over the 125-pound class for injured sophomore Jeremy Dombrady (Copley), enters the tourney at 6-8 overall, including a 1-4 mark versus the OAC. Steward, who also is having his best season to date, is 6-10 overall but was winless in six OAC matches. Hosta, who has been injured, returns with a 1-9 slate at 165 pounds and an 0-5 mark against OAC opponents. Quick also is competing in his final season and takes a 5-16 overall mark, including a 1-5 OAC record, into the tourney.

“I think we have a good opportunity to compete well at this year’s OAC Tournament,” said 22-year veteran Head Coach Rich Fleming. “We are peaking right now and are looking for some good performances to occur.  In our last two competitions, we upset our cross-town rival (John Carroll University) and did very well at our annual John Summa Tournament. I think we are up and ready for the challenge. There should be some great wrestling.”


Vikings continue Cheese State 

swing


Feb. 17, 2010

By Brian McCann

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State closes this brief, two-game road trip through Wisconsin when the Vikings play at Milwaukee on Thursday, Feb. 18 beginning ay 7:30 p.m. CST in the U.S. Cellular Arena in downtown Milwaukee.
The Vikings opened the excursion on Tuesday (Feb. 16) by failing to hold onto a nine-point first haf lead before dropping a 74-57 decision at Green Bay.  CSU (9-6) enters the game in fourth place in the league standings, a game behind Wright State (10-5) and a half-game behind Green Bay (10-6).  The Vikings still can finish as high as second in the league race, but they will need some help if they are to claim the No. 2 seed in next month's Hrizon League Championship.  Milwaukee (15-12, 7-8) is tied for sixth in the Horizon League after defeating Youngstown State, 64-62 on Monday night (Feb. 15).

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 (16.3ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.1 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (8.3, 6.0), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.9, 1.8 apg) and Trevon Harmon (11.3, 1.8) 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 (1.2, 1.2) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (1.4, 0.7) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.3, 2.2 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 (5.8, 3.0) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.4, 5.6) at center.

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CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Feb. 15).  As a team, the Vikings are 11th nationally in steals (9.2 spg), 14th in free throw percentage (.748), 19th in turnover margin (+3.4) and 68th in turnovers per game (12.7). Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 8th nationally in steals (2.6 spg).

VIKINGS CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY IN RACE FOR NO. 2:  With two weeks left in the regular season, Cleveland State can finish as high as the No. 2 seed in next month's Horizon League Championship.  With a 9-6 record, the Vikings are in fourth place, a game behind second place Wright State (10-5) and a half-game behind Green Bay (10-6). Valparaiso is fifth with a 9-7 record.

School    Games Remaining
Wright State (10-5)    DETROIT (2/17), at YSU (2/25), at CSU (2/27)
Green Bay (10-6)    at UIC (2/25), at Loyola (2/27)
CSU (9-6)    at UWM (2/18), DETROIT (2/25), WSU (2/27)
Valpo (9-7)    LOYOLA (2/17), Butler (2/26)

BROWN STARTS CLIMB UP STEALS LIST:  With seven steals in his last three games, 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 five 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.

FIVE GAMES, 10 DAYS:  The Vikings are in the middle of a stretch that has them playing five games in 10 days.  The period started with CSU defeating Valparaiso, 80-71, on Thursday (Feb. 11) and then dropping a 70-59 game to No. 15 Butler on Saturday (2/13) and a 74-57 loss at Green Bay on Tuesday (2/18).  CSU plays at Milwaukee on Thursday (Feb. 18) and returns home to host Toledo on Saturday (Feb.20).


Both Flashes and Zips must win 


tonight to stay tied for first



Feb. 17


By Jeremy Guy



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Tonight's games


Akron (19-7, 9-3 MAC) at Miami (11-14, 8-4 MAC)

7 p.m.  • Miami leads series 23-19

• Akron has won four straight, six of its last seven and seven of its last nine games. The squad posted a season-long six-game win streak in December. UA has held 10 opponents to 59 or fewer points this season (going 10-0 in those games) and has kept four league foes to 52 or fewer points (4-0 in those games)... Miami had a five-game win streak snapped at Bowling Green on Sunday with a 67-64 loss to the Falcons. Miami leads the Mid-American Conference in league games in scoring defense, allowing just 59.8 ppg. The RedHawks have held six MAC opponents under 55 points and restricted Toledo to a mere 47 points last Wednesday, a season-best sum for the Miami defense.

 

Bowling Green (13-11, 6-6 MAC) at Buffalo (14-9, 7-5 MAC)

7 p.m. • Bowling Green leads series 14-6

• Bowling Green has won two consecutive Mid-American Conference games to solidify its position for a home game in the opening round of the MAC Tournament. Buffalo sits just one game ahead of Bowling Green in the MAC standings. Bowling Green’s play in the post has been strong all year but has risen even a notch higher in the past three games. The Falcons outscored always physical Miami 40-16 in points in the paint and have reached that 40-point threshold in points in the paint three consecutive games after doing it just once in the first 21 games...The Bulls rank second in the league in scoring at 73.8 points per game but are 11th in scoring defense at 72.3 points allowed. Individually, Rodney Pierce ranks third in the MAC in scoring at 18.8 points per game and Calvin Betts is fourth in rebounding at 7.3 boards per contest.

 

Eastern Michigan  (13-12, 5-7 MAC) at Toledo (3-23, 0-12 MAC)

7 p.m. • Toledo leads series 45-39

• Toledo hosts Eastern Michigan first of three straight conference home games. The Rockets will be looking to avenge their 74-59 setback suffered against the Eagles on Jan. 13 in Ypsilanti. UT is coming off a 63-46 defeat to Central Michigan on Sunday at Rose Arena. Freshman G Jake Barnett leads the team and is tied for 10th in the MAC (second among freshman) with 13.2 points per game. ...Eastern Michigan posted a 66-52 triumph over Western Michigan on Sunday to move into a third-place tie with its in-state rival. Junior F Brandon Bowdry led the Eagles with 18 points and 12 rebounds, as he notched his 13th double-double of the season. Bowdry is leading EMU with 16.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg with senior G Carlos Medlock (15.6 ppg) and senior F Justin Dobbins (11.9 ppg) scoring in double figures

 

Central Michigan (12-12, 7-5 MAC) at Ball State (13-11, 7-5 MAC)

7 p.m. • Ball State leads series 53-30

• Ball State enters the week tied for first place in the Mid-American Conference West Division with a 13-11 overall record and a 7-5 mark in MAC play. The Cardinals host MAC West co-leader Central Michigan Wednesday night in a divisional showdown for the top spot in the division. The Cardinals have won seven out of their last 10 games. The Cardinals are averaging 60.1 points per game this season while holding opponents to a MAC-low 62.0 points per game...The Chippewas have dropped three out of their last four games and sit in a tie with the Cardinals atop the MAC West Division. Guard Robbie Harman leads the team in scoring at 14.6 points per game and has hit a team-high 82 three-pointers (82-of-190)

 

Ohio (14-12, 5-7 MAC) at Kent State (18-8, 9-3  MAC)

7 p.m. • Ohio leads series 86-41

• Kent State looks to remain atop the Mid-American Conference standings as Ohio pays a visit to the M.A.C. Center tonight. The Golden Flashes will be looking to earn their first season sweep of the Bobcats since 2007.  Kent State had an eight game winning streak stopped with a 70-55 loss at Buffalo on Saturday....Ohio is coming off a 91-88 double overtime loss at Akron on Sunday that snapped a two game winning streak.  Led by 14.7 ppg from Armon Bassett and 14.2 ppg from D.J. Cooper, the Bobcats lead the league scoring 74.8 ppg as a team.

 

Northern Illinois (8-16, 4-8 MAC) at Western Michigan (13-12, 5-7 MAC)

7 p.m. • FS Detroit/ESPN306/ESPN FC • WMU leads series 45-29

• Western Michigan hosts Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in a MAC game featuring the top two scorers in the league.The Broncos are led by league-leading scorer David Kool with 21.0 points per game, while the Huskies feature Xavier Silas and his 19.5 points per game.The game will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit Plus, ESPN360.com and ESPN Full Court.. Northern Illinois has lost its next eight in a row. The Huskies are led by the MAC’s second-leading scorer in 6-5 junior Colorado transfer Xavier Silas with 19.5 points per game. The Huskies are last in the MAC in scoring defense (72.5 ppg), field goal percentage (.406) and three-point field goal percentage (.298), but they are first in the MAC in rebounds per game (38.5 rpg) and offensive rebounds per game (14.00 rpg).


Rocky River eliminates Bay in 


sectional quarterfinals; Trinity up 


next for White West champions


Feb. 17, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

BROOKLYN – White West Division and Baron Cup II champion Rocky River advanced to Saturday’s sectional semifinal game against Trinity with tonight’s 10-0 win over Bay, the Baron Cup III runner up.

 

The Pirates forged a 5-0 lead by the end of the first period on goals by Max Lurie, Eric Sperli, Dave Morse, Travis Pescatrice and Matt Garibaldi.

 

Luke Riemenschneider, Garibaldi, Eric Sperli, Jimmy McFarland, Bobby Perez, and Bobby Nuendorfer earned assists in the opening period.

 

They made 10-0 by 11:03 of the second period. Running time took it to the end of the second period and an early ending on the mercy ruling.

 

Bay aided the early ending by making trips to penalty box and creating power-play opportunities for the Pirates. Three of the five in the second were power-play goals and one of the other ones came just seconds after the box door opened in the ending of a powr-play.

 

Clay Johanson scored two goals in the second. Garibaldi, Lurie and Sperli also scored goals. Rob Plagens, Greg Soltes, McFarland, Sperli and Lurie had assists.

 

“We’d rather have the game even if it is only a two-period game,” said River coach Chris Cogan. “We knew we could get far in the Baron Cup and wanted to carry the momentum from that throughout the week into a game situation instead of waiting until Saturday. I’ve seen teams get rusty from sitting.”

 

Bay could have used the idea of the two schools being rivals in other sports in the West Shore Conference and the Southwestern prior to that and the neighboring cities motivator – battle of Clague Road kind of thing.

 

“That would have gotten a team like Bay motivated; a lot of these guys know one another,” Cogan said. “We haven’t played Bay much lately but they did a lot in the 1980s when Garibaldi’s dad was playing for River and they had some good, close games. This Bay team as still tired from all those overtimes over the weekend.”

 

Bay played three games that included a combined five overtimes among them in a 48-hour span Friday through Sunday.

 

“We still were a little tired from that,” said Bay assistant coach Byron