A Page -- Feb. 18, 2011

The "real" season begins in February for 

US hockey; Preppers have won seven 

district and five Baron Cup titles this 

century; set to take on Chagrin 

Feb. 18, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUBURN – St. Ignatius football Coach Chuck Kyle once said, “The real football season begins in November.” Well, for University School hockey, the real season tends to begin in February and annually has come to culminate in March, sometimes in Kent but more often than not in Columbus.

Fresh off their third consecutive Baron Cup championship, the Peppers are set to begin on the next anchor of the February-March tour as the State Hockey Tournaments continue this week, the No. 1 seeded US club set to take on Chagrin Falls later tonight (Friday) at 6 p.m. in the Kent State University Ice Arena.


In addition to the three straight Baron Cup titles, US has won five of the last six Baron Cup trophies. Since the Northeast District for the State Hockey Tournaments has been moved to Kent from Brooklyn in 2003, US has been district champs in all but two seasons.

In one year, in fact (2006), under current Head Coach Bill Beard, the Preppers just barely survived the regular season, missed the Baron Cup, but still wound up gaining momentum in February to win the Kent District.

Coach Beard

Of the past nine State Frozen Fours, US has been in seven of them (one in Bowling Green and six in Columbus). Under Coach Beard, the Preppers have also been in eight of the past 12 Frozen Fours (six Columbus, one BG, and one Brooklyn).

In that run, the Preppers have won two state titles and been runners-up twice. They have also won 12 consecutive sectional championships (Kent and Brooklyn combined) since Beard assumed the post in 1998.

They are going for a baker’s dozen on the sectional run and would need a win tonight in the sectional semis and a win a week from tonight against tonight’s Brush/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin winner, a game to be played following the conclusion of the Preppers-Tigers clash but scheduled for 8 in Kent.

This season, February has been a good month for the Preppers. They have yet to lose in February, winning all five games played so far this month by a combined score of 18-4 including a 1-0 forfeit over St. Edward, which had to concede after over-scheduling.


January, which started off with a 5-4 overtime win over defending state champion St. Ignatius, was also good to the Preppers, going 6-2-2, both losses of the one-goal variety including one not arriving until overtime.

After starting off the season in November and early-mid December at 3-6-3, the Preppers have gone 15-3-2, starting with a runners-up finish in the St. Edward after-Christmas tourney in late December.

Offensively, the Preppers’ attack has been led by Ian Robertson, who scored both goals in the 2-1 Baron Cup championship victory over Lake Catholic and had a playmaker in the semifinal win over St. Ed.


Robertson is the team leader in the three main offensive categories. He has 68 points on 32 goals and 36 assists.

More telling, tough is Robertson’s achievements on the special teams, on which he has scored six power-play goals and four short-handed goals. He also has scored four game-winning goals.

Incidentally on special teams, the Preppers convert on nearly 28 percent of their power-play opportunities and kill better than 80 percent of the short-hand situations they face.

The Preppers have four Student/Athletes who have scored 15 or more goals. Matt Wipper is second with 19, followed by Connor Clemens with 17 and Andrew Preiser with 16.

Wipper has missed some time due to injury, but he still ranks third on the team in scoring with 34 points and is tied with Robertson for the team lead in game-winning goals with four.

Clemens is the guy the Preppers like having on the ice when they need a score, even when he is not directly involved in the scoring part of it. He leads the team with a plaus-32, meaning the Preppers have scored 32 more is on goals than they have let up when Clemens is on the ice.  Robertson has a plus-29 and Preiser a plus-27. Wipper has a plus-23, but again he has missed some time.


Clemens is second in assists with 21 and in points with 38. He is third in goals scored.

Preiser has spelled Wipper on that first line and ranks fourth in all three major offensive categories 16-13-29.

Andrew Musser is the top scoring defenseman on the club with 16 points on two goals and 14 assists. In fact he assisted on the game-winning goal in the 4-1 BC semifinal win over St. Ed in an all-defenseman goal, Jared Rubin scoring the goal. It was Rubin’s second game-winning goal of the season.


Leading the team in goalie protection is defenseman Travis Lang with 42 penalty minutes. Robertson, a forward, has 38 minutes, while defenseman George Chapman has 36 minutes.


On the goalie side, Sam Althans has the best goals-against average with a 2.03 while Andrew Megerian leads in won-loss percentage, gaining a win or a tie in nearly 90 percent (4-1-3) of the games in which he has gotten a decision.

Jack Campbell assisted on 2 goals Monday
(Photo courtesy of Chagrin Hockey)

If Chagrin is going to have a chance of pulling the upset on the Preppers, it will take scoring early and holding the momentum or at least the Preppers at bay for two periods. US is 11-1-1 in games in which it has led after one period and 14-0-2 in games in which it has led after two periods.

When trailing after one period, the Preppers are 2-5-2 and when trailing after two periods, they are 0-6-2. They have improved in the former category over the past two months.

Chagrin comes into the sectional semifinal by way of Monday’s 3-2 quarterfinal win over Cleveland Heights Monday. Mack Myers, who recently came back from a collarbone injury, scored the winning goal in the third period to move the Tigers along to this game.

Pete Kampf and Jack Campbell each had two assists in the win over Heights.

The Tigers have steadily climbed divisions over the past few years. This year they finished 3-6-1 in the White East and 6-13-1 overall.

B-W diver Julie Pinter

B-W Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Teams 

Each Fourth After Day One of OAC Championships

Feb. 18, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men and women's swimming and diving teams competed on day one (Thursday, February 17) of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium. Both teams currently sit in fourth place.

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Notre Dame gets two 30-point scorers in win over Point Park

Notre Dame College men’s basketball team had two 30-point scorers Thursday night, which was enough to coast to a 95-88 win over Point Park.

McClure (L), Mickens (R)

Curtis McClure had 31 points and teammate Rodney Mickens nearly matched him with 30.

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Mayfield blanks Euclid in a laugher in 

sectional quarterfinal play; Christian 

Verde notches a hat trick for the Cats

Feb. 18, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 KENT – As expected, two-time Baron Cup III champion Mayfield started off its State Hockey Tournaments play with lightening-like momentum, blanking Euclid, 10-0, Thursday night in sectional quarterfinals play in the university’s arena.

Mayfield will now play Lake Catholic Sunday afternoon in the semifinals. Mayfield had a 5-0 lead by the end of the first period and a 10-0 lead by the 13th minute and then went home early with the laugher in the pocket.


Christian Verde had a hat trick and Hunter Maggs two goals. Other goal scorers were Joey Chssar, , Jake Wolfe, Andrew Conkey, Cameron Musgrave, and Ryan Topf.


Josh Berg and Musgrave each had two assists. Others with assists were  Robert Conkey, Stefan Rood, Nicholas Gaeta, Alexander Beale, Andrew Conkey, Verde, Mitchell Ford, Wolfe, and Ryan Kristoff.

Solon makes it an early night by eliminating West G.  

from the sectionals in 30 minutes of play; Adam 

Weisfeld gets hat trick, Ryan Wolsky 5 assists

Feb. 18, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – Keeping pace with the theme of the night in skating to laughers, Solon matched Mayfield’s offensive explosion and did it one better by dropping West Geauga from the State Hockey Tournaments via tonight’s 11-0 sectional quarterfinal win.


The Comets ended in just two periods by scoring six goals in the first period and five in the second.

Adam Weisfeld had a hat trick while Spencer Wien and Sam Camiener posted two-goal games each.


Jason Morez, Willie Keane, Cody Jeziorski, and Dan Roberts also buried goals.

Ryan Wolsky had five assists and Karl Pierce had two assists.

John Hannah, Camiener, Weisfeld, Morez, Jake Pierce, Keane, Sam Littmann, Mitch Meides, and Nate Lapin also had assists.

St. Thomas More high school team to be honored at 

CSU game by Catholic Charities 

St. Thomas More’s high school varsity boys’ basketball team, coached by Rob Previts and Dave Rich, has been awarded the CYO Sportsmanship Award vy Catholic Charities.

The high school team is comprised most only of those who were Student/Athletes at STM when they were younger, but now are either playing another sport are not playing a winter sport at the various high schools they are now in as S/As.

The award is to be given out on February 26 at the Cleveland State University men’s basketball game.  Some of them were on the St, Edward football team that just won the state championship.

Mount Union men's hoops team to host 

Heidelberg in regular-season finale

February 18, 2011--12:01 A.M. 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's men's basketball team hosts Heidelberg in the regular season finale Saturday at 4 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance

The Raiders' Dave Pellerite from Olmsted Falls

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Hoops on the road, baseball opens, softball in tourney play 

By Brian McCann

With the winter athletic season winding down and the various championship events right around the corner, the Vikings will hit the road this week as all 14 events scheduled will be played away from home.

The men's basketball team (22-5, 11-4) is playing a pair of contests, having traveled to Wright State on Wednesday (Feb. 16) for a 7:00 p.m. contest that will help determine the top seeds in the upcoming Horizon League Championship.  CSU will then step out of conference play to travel to Norfolk, VA to face Old Dominion on Sunday (Feb. 20) at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN2 in a Sears BracketBusters contest.

After sweeping a pair of league games last week, the women's basketball team will make their final regular season road trip of the year when CSU plays at Wright State tonight (Feb. 17) at 7:00 p.m.  The Vikings then move on to Detroit for a 2:00 p.m. meeting with the Titans on Saturday (Feb. 19).

The baseball team will open its 2011 season with a three-game series at Longwood College in Farmville,Va.  The Vikings will play on Friday (Feb. 18) at 3:00 p.m. and at 1:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 19-20).
Tess Sito struck out 11 in the season-opening win over UT-Arlington
Viking hurler Tess Sito from Elyria

The softball team will be in Clarksville, Tenn. for its second tournament of the year, playing Ball State, Missouri-Kansas City, Belmont and host Austin Peay at the Austin Peay Spring Classic.  The two-day tourney runs Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 19-20).

The wrestling team will close its Eastern Wrestling League schedule on Saturday (Feb. 19) with a 7:00 p.m. match at West Virginia.

The women's tennis team will continue its spring slate, playing a 12:00 noon dual at Michigan State on Saturday (Feb. 19) before heading to Bloomington, Ind. to face Indiana in dual on Sunday (Feb. 20) beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The men's and women's swimming teams are both off this week as they prepare for the 2011 Horizon League Championship, which will be held in Busbey Natatorium from Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 23-26.

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Miller-Farrell Named to OCSA Academic ALL Ohio Second-Team

By Mike Mancini

Cedarville, Ohio - Oberlin College junior soccer player Oliver Miller-Farrell was named the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) Second-Team, the organization announced on Wednesday. 

Miller-Farrell, who also earned North Coast Athletic Conference Second-Team honors, scored five times and dished out five assists while starting all 17 games for the Yeomen.

The New York, New York, native tied for the team-lead in points (15) and took over 90-percent of the corner kicks for the Yeomen for this season. He also took a team-leading 58 total shots, 23 of them where on goal (.397).

Miller-Farrell and the rest of the Yeomen will begin preparations for the 2011 season in the coming months during their non-traditional spring season.c

Strong Defense Leads Storm To GLIAC Victory Over NMU

Feb. 18, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Kyle Akins

Tenacious first half defense propelled Lake Erie College (6-17, 2-14 GLIAC) to a 66-50 win over GLIAC North foe Northern Michigan University (7-16, 2-14 GLIAC) at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, Mich.

The Storm allowed just 17 first half points, the cagers best half of defense this season as Northern Michigan went just five-of-22 (22.7%) from the field in the first half.

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Case Western Reserve Continues Competition at 2011 UAA Championships

Feb. 18, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Nick Minerd

WEBSTER, NY – Through 12 events and two days at the 2011 University Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships, the Case Western Reserve University men’s swimming & diving squad holds control of third position behind Emory University (GA) and Carnegie Mellon University (PA) with a team score of 307.

On the women’s side, the Spartans sit in sixth-place with 220 points after the completion of 11 events.

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Wojciechowski Tallies Career-high 22, Chagrin's Jen Caiola Becomes 

LEC Career 3-Point Leader, but Storm Falls on Road


Feb. 18, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE – Host Northern Michigan University shot an impressive 63 percentin the opening half, including eight three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, and cruised to a 107-75 victory over the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team at the Berry Events Center Thursday night (Feb. 10) in Marquette, Mich.

Sophomore guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) scored a game and career-high 22 points, going seven-of-10 from the floor, including four-of-five from beyond the arc, in a losing effort.


Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was the only other Storm in double figures with 14 points. She hit a pair of three’s in the game, raising her career total to 158 and becoming the school’s career leader in that category.

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