A Page -- Feb. 17, 2012

Cleveland State must face one of the hottest teams in the country against Drexel tomorrow

Cleveland State will try to snap a three-game losing streak of its own and a 14-game winning string of Drexel’s when it hosts a Bracket Buster Saturday morning at 11 in the Wolstein Center.

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This is a must win for CSU to have any hopes for an NCAA playoff berth without winning the Horizon League tournament. Drexel has not lost since Jan 2., but Coach Waters said the Vikings are better than probably about 80 percent of the teams the Dragons have beaten in that string.

Several of the teams the Dragons have beaten in that stretch were the types of schools Cleveland State was playing in the 1970s and 1980s when it was an independent and still striving for top-flight Division I status, such as St. Francis (Pa), George Mason, Towson State and Niagara.

The Vikings and Dragons do have one common opponent in Hofstra. The Vikes lost to Hofstra, 63-53, in the Ticket City Legends Classic while the Dragons were winners over Hofstra twice, on Jan. 18 and on Feb. 11.

Drexel started off the season 2-4, but has since won 20 of 21, including those two over Hofstra. The Dragons are one of the hottest teams in the country.

CSU is hoping the NCAA committee is taking into consideration that D’Aundray Brown has been injured during the three game losing streak, but Waters is concerned that only the upper level D-I’s and not the mid-level ones would get such consideration.

The Vikings also have the second best road record of all D-I teams in the nation.

The Dragons are led by a trio of double-figure scorers in Frantz Massenat (13.7), Damion Lee (12.0) and Samme Givens (11.6).

Cleveland State has been strengthened at the No. 4 position, the large forward, with the play of Central Catholic grad Anton Grady but has been weakened at the No. 3 with Strongsville’s Tim Kamczyc since the latter is not really a big guard/wing. Kamczyc was also shining when he was at the No. 4. Without Brown, the Vikes are left with a player out of position.

Colin MacDonald lamps light twice to lead Aurora to shutout in Kent sectional hockey

KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued tonight at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Aurora beat Canfield.


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Aurora:                                  1          1          2          0          4         

Canfield:                                0          0          0          0          0                     


Aurora:                       Goals: Colin MacDonald (2), Sean Gallagher, Mike Ambros    

Assists: Steve Lowrie, Jordan Thorn (2), Sean Gallagher, Canton McElwee, Colin MacDonald

Canfield:                    Goals:



Aurora: Rachel Schwartz – (11) Saves, (11) Shots

Canfield: Roger Geiser – (27) Saves, (31) Shots

 Watkins Posts 29 Points in Hiram College Men’s Basketball Win Against Oberlin College on Senior Night


HIRAM, OHIO – Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a team-high 29 points to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team past Oberlin College, 77-66, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 15) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game and regular-season home finale at Price Gymnasium on senior night. [Game Stats]



With the win, the Terriers improve to 14-10 overall and 7-8 in the NCAC. The Yeomen fall to 7-17 overall and 2-13 NCAC.


Hiram trailed early, 3-2, before going on a 7-0 scoring run that was capped by a jumper by Watkins to give the Terriers a 9-3 edge at the 16:00 mark. Hiram never ended up trailing again despite only leading by a point on several occassions, including a 19-18 margin with 5:38 left before halftime. Leading by two points, junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) connected on a three-pointer that sparked an 11-0 Hiram scoring run to end the period and gave the Terriers some breathing room with a 37-24 advantage at halftime.


Hiram led by double-figures for the majority of the second half. Oberlin pulled to within eight points, 57-49, just before the midway point of the period, but the Terriers responded with an ensuing 9-0 run to go up by a more comfortable 18 points, 67-49, on a three-point play by junior forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) with 8:06 to go. The Yeomen wouldn’t threaten the rest of the way as Hiram led by as many as 22 points on two occassions, including a score of 76-54 at the 4:44 mark. The Terriers would go on to win by the final score of 77-66.


Oberlin shot 50.0 percent (23-of-46) overall and had one player score in double-digits in Andrew Fox with a game-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting (61.1 percent). He also grabbed a game-tying high seven points.


Hiram was led by Watkins’ 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting (75.0 percent). Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) was second with 14 points to go along with a game-tying high seven boards. Sheppard rounded out the high scorers with 12 points.

Strong second half leads Mount past B-W

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's basketball needed a second half rally to defeat Baldwin-Wallace, 62-57, Wednesday evening in its final game at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex this season.

In the final home game of their collegiate careers, seniors Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) scored  five straight points to put the Raiders ahead for good in the closing minutes.

The Purple Raiders (10-14, 6-13) found themselves trailing 15-5 just eight minutes into the contest as the Yellow Jackets made a trio of early three-pointers. A layup by sophomore T.J. GIlespie (Toledo/St. John's) trimmed the deficit to four, but Baldwin-Wallace extended the lead back to six and took a 29-23 lead with them into the locker room.

Still trailing by six with 13:30 remaining in the second half, freshman Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) scored eight straight points to give the Raiders their first lead of the game. A drive and layup by junior Keith Williams (Louisville, Ky./Brown) capped a 10-0 run that put Mount Union ahead 41-37 with 11:30 remaining.

Baldwin-Wallace battled back to take a 54-50 lead with 2:33 remaining. A three-pointer by Wood and a pair of free throws by Wier put the Raiders ahead for good, 55-54, with 1:50 to play. Jacubec tallied the next five points and the Raiders took their largest lead at 60-54.

Yeowomen Drop Regular Season Finale at Denison

Granville, Ohio – Playing in their final regular season game of the 2011-12 season, the Oberlin College women’s basketball team dropped a 62-48 decision to Denison University on Wednesday night in Granville, Ohio.

Sophomore Allison Gannon led the way with 16 points, 10 of which came in the first half. The Shelburne, Vermont, native also added a game-high nine rebounds in the setback. Junior Kelly Warlich chipped in with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while rookie Christina Marquette contributed with 10 points and matched Gannon with nine boards.

The Yeowomen kept things close for a large part of the first half as a Lillan Jahan layup at the 5:53 mark cut the Big Red lead down to three at 17-14. However, from there Denison would close out the frame with a fiery, using a 15-4 run to go ahead 32-18 at the break.

To start the second half the Yeowomen were able to shrink the deficit down to 11, 36-25, with 16:45 left to go. Unfortunately, they would get no closer as the Big Red offense proved to be too much for the Yeowomen to slow down. All in all the two teams played dead even in the second half, finishing with 30 points each. 

The Yeowomen shot 34-percent (17-of-50) from the floor, but was just 1-of-9 (11.1%) from 3-point land. Denison checked in at 36.9-percent (24-of-65), which included an impressive 46.7-percent (7-of-15) effort from downtown. Oberlin made its mark at the free throw line, cashing in 13-of-16 (81.3%) freebies on the night.

The Big Red’s Jane Windler led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

With the loss, Oberlin concludes its season with a record of 6-19 overall and 3-13 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Denison, which won the NCAC last year and went on to play in the NCAA Tournament, improved to 17-7 and 10-5 in the league.

Oberlin currently holds the eighth and final seed in the NCAC Tournament. If it holds up they will take on top-seed and nationally ranked DePauw next Tuesday.


CANTON, OH -- The Denison University men's team leads the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Swimming & Diving Championships with 135 points following Wednesday evening's men's three-meter diving competition at the C.T. Branin Natatorium. Oberlin sits in second with 50 points, followed Wittenberg (36), Allegheny (22), Wabash (17) and Hiram (15), while DePauw, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster have yet to score.

Denison junior Gabe Dixson (New Albany, OH/New Albany) captured the title in the three-meter competition with a meet record and NCAA qualifying score of 568.80.

The top five finishers in the event all met NCAA qualifying marks on the three-meter board, including Denison freshman Connor Dignan (Phoenix, AZ/Desert Vista) in second with 541.75 points, Oberlin freshman Chris McLauchlan (East Lansing, MI/Haslett) in third with 517.75 points, Denison freshman Connor Dorff (Fort Washington, PA/Chestnut Hill Acad.) in fourth with 476.10 points and Denison senior Phil Meyer (River Forest, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) in fifth with 439.65 points. 

Visit the championship website for complete results from day one: (Hiram Site)

The 2012 NCAC Swimming & Diving Championships continue through Saturday evening. Preliminary events start at 10:00 a.m. both days, while finals begin at 6:30 p.m.



Vikings Coach Kate Peterson Abiad could become all-time winningest coach at CSU this weekend

Cleveland State women’s basketball team could attain a milestone win this weekend for Coach Kate Peterson Abiad on its Wisconsin home swing (Green Bay last night and Milwaukee tomorrow) in the Wolstein Center.

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Coach Peterson Abiad tied Alice Kohl for record for the most coaching wins in school history through a victory last week at Loyola of Chicago.

The Vikings are hoping to thrive off the juice that they had beaten Milwaukee earlier this season and that they defeated a fairly decent team in Loyola of Chicago last week.

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Shay Winton went over the 1,000 point mark for her career during the Chicago stand against Loyola and Illinois-Chicago.

Luke Sunde's hat trick-plus leads CVCA to rout in sectional hockey play

KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued tonight at the Kent State University Ice Arena and CVCA beat Twinsburg.


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

CVCA:                                   1          2          6          0          9         

Twinsburg:                            0          0          0          0          0                     


CVCA:                        Goals: Luke Sunde (4), Mark Sunde (2), Mark Brower, Zach Longo, Will Anderson


Assists: Will Anderson, Jordan Beard (2), Mark Sunde (2), Zach Longo, Mark Brower, Tucker Anderson

Twinsburg:                Goals:



CVCA: Jonah Savitt - (7) Saves, (7) Shots

Twinsburg: Braden Susnik – (64) Saves, (73) Shots

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Holds on to Beat Ursuline College



HIRAM, OHIO – Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) scored a team-high 25 points and junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) added 20 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team outlasted Ursuline College, 74-69, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 15) in the regular-season home finale at Price Gym on senior night. [Game Stats]


Following tonight’s game, the Terriers improve to 9-15 overall. The Arrows fall to 6-17 overall for the season.



Both teams played a heavily contested first half in the first 10 minutes with eight lead changes and five ties. Hiram led by as many as five points, 18-13, in the early going thanks to a jumper by Shields at the 12:20 mark. Ursuline came right back though with five straight points to even the score at 18-18. The Terriers looked to pull away late in the period as an 18-2 scoring run that ended in a layup by Smyers to give Hiram a commanding 15-point advantage, 40-25, with 2:23 left before halftime. Hiram went on lead by as many as 16 points in the half, 42-26, on way to a 42-30 advantage at the intermission.


In the second half, Hiram maintained its double-digit lead for the majority of the period, including a largest lead of 17 points, 60-43, on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) with 12:12 left to play. The Arrows then began to make their run as Ursuline shot 51.9 percent in the period and outscored the Terriers, 22-3, following the Thomas triple to take a 65-63 lead with 4:19 left to go. Ursuline led by just a point, 69-68, with 1:19 left to play, but then the shooting went cold as Thomas gave Hiram the lead again on a layup with just over a minute remaining and the Terriers connected on four straight free-throws in the final seconds while holding the Arrows scoreless in the final 1:19 to clinch a 74-69 victory.


No. 7 Mount Union claims outright title in OAC

BEREA, Ohio -- No. 7 ranked Mount Union extended its school-record win streak to 18 games and claimed its second-straight Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title with a 65-58 win at Baldwin-Wallace Wednesday in Berea.

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored a game-high 19 points, senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 14 points and senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) had 13 to lead Mount Union (23-1, 16-1 OAC).

Jessica Carpenter had 16 points for Baldwin-Wallace (15-9, 10-7 OAC).

There were six ties and five lead changes when B-W took a 21-20 lead with 6:46 left in the first half.  The Purple 

Raiders responded with a 14-2 run, the last five points coming from Rose, over the next three minutes to take a 34-23 lead.  Rose finished the half with 11 points as Mount Union led 37-30 at the break.

Baldwin-Wallace rallied early in the second half and got within a bucket, 56-54 with under seven minutes to play.  Wiedt then scored three-straight points before LaMattina hit a runner in the lane to make it 61-54 and give the Raiders the lead for good.

Baldwin-Wallace College Names Laura Wolff Swimming and 

Diving Head Coach

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College has named Laura Wolff as its head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach after serving this season as its interim head coach.

“We are pleased to have Laura continue as our head coach in a full-time capacity,” said Director of Athletics Kris A. Diaz.  “She was asked to do a lot with little time. Everyone in the Athletic Department feels she has done an excellent job. She has developed a bright future for both programs.”

This season, Wolff guided the men’s team to a 3-8 overall and 2-3 OAC record and the women posted a 4-7 overall and 2-3 OAC record.  She will return almost her entire team in 2012-13, and with the addition of a pair of strong recruiting classes, the future of Yellow Jacket swimming & diving is bright and exciting.

“I am excited and pleased to be the head coach at Baldwin-Wallace,” commented Wolff.  “This is the place I want to be and I want to grow both programs into Ohio Athletic Conference champions and NCAA Division III national contenders for many years to come.

“This was a tough season for not only me but the student-athletes,” continued Wolff.   “It is not easy to have a new coach come in four weeks before your first meet.  I am proud of all of my student-athletes, especially this year’s team captains, and want to thank them all for their hard work and dedication.”

Prior to this season, Wolff was the coach of the Lake Shore Swim Club in Rocky River. She took over that position in August of 2009. Previously, she was a volunteer assistant men’s swim coach at The Ohio State University during the 2008-2009 season. She also served as the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Canisius (N.Y.) University.  While at Canisius, her team’s set 41 school records and had its best finish in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Wolff is a 1999 graduate of Magnificat High School in Rocky River, a 2003 graduate of St. Bonaventure (N.Y.) University and is currently working on her master’s degree in early childhood education at Canisius..

The Yellow Jackets return to action at the Ohio Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Ohio Northern University at University of Akron Ocasek Natatorium on Thursday, February 16 through Saturday, Feb. 18.  The preliminaries begin each day at 11:00 a.m. and the finals for those events begin at 6:00 p.m.  For ticket prices and championship information, please visit http://ohionorthern.prestosports.com/sports/wswimdive/2011-12/oacs.