A Page -- Feb. 18, 2012


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


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Kenston:                                 0          5          1          0          6         

Orange:                                  0          1          2          0          3                     


Kenston:                      Goals: Ben Kinney (2), Nick Levine (2), Zach Kinney, Patrick Lyons        

 Assists: Zach Kinney (3), Patrick Lyons (2), Nick Levine, Ryan Jeffers, Jim Althans

Orange:                      Goals:  Brian Joseph, Cyrus Apanius, Roman Petrosyan


Assists: Adam Rukin, Jacob Yelsky, Michael Orlando 


Kenston:         Ryan Malik -   (17) Saves, (20) Shots

Orange:          Peter Shapiro - (8) Saves, (13) Shots

                        Greg Russell – (6) Saves, (7) Shots

Mount Union swimmers in first place

AKRON, Ohio—The Mount Union women's swimming and diving team set four school records on its way to claiming first place after the first day of the OAC Championships. The Purple Raiders possess a 31-point lead over second place Ohio Northern.

Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross) had a busy day, as she had a part in three of those records. Gabel tied a school record in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.02) and set a conference record in the 50-yard freestyle (:24.08) at the morning prelims.

The day was only beginning for Gabel, who returned to make more history during the night's finals. In the 50-yard freestyle, she broke her own OAC record that she had set just hours earlier with a time of :23.97, earning an NCAA 'B' Cut, which could allow her to qualify for the NCAA Championships.


Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional), and Carly Brown (Strongsville/Strongsville) joined Gabel to take first place and set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.65.

Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) set a school record on her to way to a second place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:11.95. Teammate Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) had set the previous record (:24.08) in the morning prelims and finished fourth in the finals with a time of 2:14.49.

Kolesar joined Gabel in winning an individual event, repeating her first place performance from a year ago in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:11.66.

Seeking its first OAC title since 1999, Mount Union's 234 points leads defending champion Ohio Northern (203 points) by 31 after the first day of action. John Carroll (173), Baldwin-Wallace (92), Wilmington (74), and 

Defiance (69) round out the standings.

The three-day event will continue Friday morning and then wrap-up on Saturday at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium.

Lake Erie hosts Michigan Tech

NCAA Division II - Men's Basketball
Lake Erie College (9-14, 4-12 GLIAC) vs Michigan Tech University (12-11, 10-6 GLIAC)
When: Saturday February 18
Tip Off: 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center – Painesville, Ohio
Video & Audio Broadcast: www.lakeeriestorm.com
Up Next for LEC:  February 23 at Tiffin, 8:00 p.m.

LAKE ERIE HOSTS TAKING BREAST CANCER BY STORM WEEKEND: Lake Erie College (9-14, 4-12 GLIAC) faces GLIAC North foe Michigan Tech University today to conclude its annual basketball “Taking Breast Cancer by Storm” event. As part of the GLIAC Pink Wave initiative, all proceeds from pink gear sales and donations this afternoon will go to support the WBCA Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

LAST TIME OUT: Redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) electrified the home crowd with another career performance off the bench and Lake Erie pulled away late from Northern Michigan for a 74-62 win Thursday night (Feb. 16). Dudley led four players in double figures with a career-high-tying 24 points, hitting a season-best four three-pointers.  Sophomore Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) scored 13 points while classmates Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington Lincoln) and Tom Parker (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) each added 10 for the Storm.

HOME COOKING FOR DUDLEY: Sixth man Jamil Dudley has fed off the home crowd here at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center and it has really showed in the Storm’s last two home games as he has been their leading scorer with 24 points in each.  Dudley’s top four scoring performances this season have all come at home.

SERIES NOTES: Last season was the first meeting between Michigan Tech and Lake Erie with the Huskies narrowly coming out on top, 71-68, in Houghton, Mich. on Feb. 19.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has been solid all season posting team-highs of 12.2 ppg. and 6.1 rpg.  However, over the last four games he has been even better averaging 16.5 ppg. and 7.3 rpg.

OPPOSITION POSITION:  Michigan Tech (12-11, 10-6 GLIAC) is fighting for GLIAC playoff position, entering the game sixth overall in the conference.

A LOOK AHEAD: The Storm close out their season next week traveling to Tiffin University Thursday (Feb. 23) before returning home for the finale on senior day Saturday (Feb. 25) vs. Ashland.

Mount's tourney fate at stake today

The Mount Union men's basketball team plats at Heidelberg its final regular season Saturday afternoon at 3 pm in what will be a play-in game environment. The Purple Raiders defeated The 'Berg in their prior meeting this season and both teams are battling to claim one of the final two spots in next week's Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Purple Raiders (10-14, 6-11) have won two games in a row and control their own destiny and are in the OAC Tournament with a win after defeating Baldwin-Wallace Wednesday night to move a game ahead of Heidelberg, Muskingum, and Otterbein in the standings. A loss would complicate matters as at least Heidelberg would be tied with the Raiders for seventh place. Wins by Muskingum and Otterbein would create a complex scenario in which Muskingum and Heidelberg would claim the final two spots via tiebreakers.

If the Raiders reach the OAC Tournament, they will be on the road no matter what. Who they will play is up in the air. If they are the No. 7 seed, they will head to Ada to take on Ohio Northern. If they are the No. 8 seed, they will either head to Berea to take on Baldwin-Wallace or make the trip across the state to Wilmington. Due to the new format of the OAC Tournament in which the top two seeds receive a double-bye, the Raiders would play on the road again Tuesday night.

Defense has been the key to success for the Raiders, who allow opponents to score a conference-low 65.3 points per game and are second in field goal percentage defense as opponents shoot 42.5-percent shooting from the field. The 'Berg scored just 49 points when they visited Alliance earlier this season.

The offense has been fueled by the three-point shot as the Raiders are second in in the conference makes per game and are just four away from tying the school record for most in a season (189). Senior Jimmy Wood(Wintersville/Indian Creek) leads the conference with 57 three-pointers while freshmen Nate Jacubec(Struthers/Struthers) and Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) are also among the top ten with 41 and 39 three-pointers, respectively.

Wood is the conference's leading scoring at 17.5 points per game and has been the Raiders' go-to option at the end of games throughout the season. Despite only scoring nine points in the win over Baldwin-Wallace on Wednesday, Wood made a big three-pointer late in the game to cut the Raider deficit to a single point.

Jacubec poured in a career-high 24 points Wednesday night and went on personal 8-0 to give the Raiders their first lead of the game midway through the second half. The conference's top free throw shooter (.821), Jacubec made of 10 of his 11 attempts and his three-pointer with a minute remaining put the dagger in the Yellow Jackets.

Griffin averages 9.1 points per game and has given the Raiders a boost since being inserted into the starting lineup 12 games ago. Sophomore T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) has averaged 10 points over the past three games.

Heidelberg (7-17, 5-12) scores 69.4 points per game, but allows opponents to score a league-worst 76.3 points per game. 

They are also last in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.297) and turnovers per game (17.3).

The 'Berg snapped its six-game skid with a 73-62 win over Otterbein Wednesday night and a win would greatly improve its chances of continuing its season in the OAC Tournament next week.

Guard Dane Givner leads the way for Heidelberg with team-best averages of 13.4 points and 3.1 assists. Forwards Victor Fortkamp (6-8) and Nate Davis (6-5) form one of the conference's top interior duos. Davis is the conference's top shot-blocker (1.92) and ranks third in rebounding (8.8) while scoring 11.6 points per game. Fortkamp is averaging 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 54.0-percent from the field.

Former Iggy star Oliver Luck to speak at 

Touchdown Club Awards dinner

BEREA, OHIO --  The 2011-12 Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities, Inc. 64th Annual Awards Banquet is on Saturday, March 3 at the Baldwin-Wallace College Strosacker College Union in Berea. They keynote speaker is former St. Ignatius High School, West Virginia University and Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck, the current Director of Athletics at WVU.  The social will begin at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and the program at 7 pm. A total of 51 award winners will be honored, including four from the Cleveland MUNY Football League all the way to Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns and former Browns All-Pro Defensive Tackle Jerry Sherk.

Tickets for the event are $40. To order tickets, please either call CTCC Past President Lou Carouse at 216-526-4963 or order on-line athttp://www.clevelandtouchdownclub.org/awbanquet.php.

Below is a list of the award winners:

2011-2012 Cleveland Award Winners

Doug Dieken Humanitarian Award –   Joe Haden, Defensive Back
CTCC Cleveland Browns Alumni Award – Jerry Sherk, Defensive Tackle, 1970-81

MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:  High School, College and Pro
Joe Fogg Memorial Award  - Andrew Luck (Quarterback, Stanford)
Life Membership Award – Oliver Luck (St. Ignatius/ West Virginia)/ Cliff Walton (Hawken)
Billy Reynolds Community Service Award – Tom Ganley (The Galey Automotive Group)
Bobby Brown's Officials Award –  Gary Huspaka/ Monty Mlkar/ Bob Walton/ John St. John
Northeast Ohio College Coach Service Award – Larry Kehres (the University of Mount Union)
Lou Groza Most Valuable Scholastics Player Award – Mitch Trubisky (Quarterback, Mentor)
Chuck Heaton Hometown College Award – Anthony Wright (Safety, Air Force/ Maple Heights)
Dr. Lee and Eloise Tressel Award – Jeff Rotsky (Head Coach, Cleveland Heights)
The Dick Zunt & Bill Nichols Memorial Award --  Kyle Dodson (Offensive Tackle, Cleveland Heights)
The Pat O’Brien High School Student Service Award --  Anthony Bagliano (Placekicker, Eastlake North)
CTCC President’s Achievement Award --  Alex Ferrera (Defensive Back, the University of Mount Union/ Walsh Jesuit)
Blake Calcei (Quarterback, Aurora)

CTCC Offensive Player of Year --  Jack Snowball (Running Back, Wadsworth)
CTCC Defensive Player of the Year --  Mike Svetina (Safety, St. Ignatius)
President’s High School Special Teams Player Award – Ross Martin (Placekicker, Walsh Jesuit)/ Tim Shenk (Placekicker, St. Ignatius)

Cleveland St. Ignatius (Division I) --  Chuck Kyle, Head Coach
Kirtland High School (Division V) – Tiger LaVerde, Head Coach
Norwayne High School (Division VI) – Joe Harbour , Head Coach

Cuyahoga County
Offensive Player of the Year – Kyle Kalis (Offensive Tackle, St. Edward)
Defensive Player of the Year – Devin Bogard (Defensive Tackle, Glenville)
Coach of the Year – Chuck Kyle (St. Ignatius)
Summit & Portage County
Offensive Player of the Year – D.J. Jones (Running Back, Ravenna)
Defensive Player of the Year – Anthony Melchior (Multi, Aurora)/ Greg McMullen (Defensive End, Archbishop Hoban)
Coach of the Year – Bob Michalik (Aurora)
Medina County
Offensive Player of the Year – Nick Tavanello (Offensive Tackle, Wadsworth)
Defensive Player of the Year  - Robby Buchwald (Running Back, Cloverleaf)
Coach of the Year – Jim Dennison (Wadsworth)
Lake & Geauga -
Offensive Player of the Year – Kareem Hunt (Running Back, Willoughby South)
Defensive Player of the Year – Christian Hauber (Linebacker, Kirtland)/ Tom Strobel (Defensive End, Mentor)
Coach of the Year – Tiger LaVerde (Kirtland)
Lorain County
Offensive Player of the Year – Justin O’Rourke (Quarterback, Avon)
Defensive Player of the Year – Zach Hofecker (Linebacker, Firelands)
Coach of the Year – Mike Elder (Avon)

Bob Gain Cup – ­The University of Mount Union

Ryan Dugan, Safety, Baldwin Wallace College/ ­Mentor High School
Dale English, Defensive Tackle, Case Western Reserve University/ ­Parma Heights Holy Name High School
Jon Hull, Linebacker, Hiram College/ Buford, Georgia Mill Creek High School
Devin Martin, Offensive Tackle, John Carroll University / Pittsburgh, Pa. Central Catholic High School
Brandon James, Wide Receiver, Lake Erie College/ Mentor High School
Antonio Tate, Offensive Tackle, The University of Mount Union/ Villa Angela – St. Joseph High School
Bo Grunder, Safety, Notre Dame College/ Massillon Washington High School
Jake Hochendoner, Defensive End, Oberlin College/ ­Poland Seminary High School

Christopher Gales, Maple Heights Lions (Termite: Ages 6-8)/ Sean Jackson Jr., Sims Raiders (Midget: Ages 9-11)
Robert Seats III, George Monroe All-Stars Redskins (Pee Wee: Ages 12-13)
Steve Weaver Jr., CMHA/ Lonnie Burten (Bantamweight: Ages 14-15)

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday morning in Columbus for its regularly scheduled February meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org in the coming weeks.


-          The Board was presented with the list of 2010-11 Ohio and Section 2 (Mideast states) coaches of the year, which were nominated by each coaches association to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for recognition. Six of Ohio’s 23 coaches of the year also received Section 2 honors from the NFHS. A separate press release announcing the state and Section 2 award winners is posted at OHSAA.org.

-          The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association/OHSAA Football Tournament Committee reviewed its recent meeting, which resulted in several proposals to present to the Board of Directors. First, that the Board not adopt any expansion of the current tournament format. (Of note, an OHSAA-appointed Division I Committee has been studying possible changes to the football tournament format stemming from enrollment disparities between the smallest and largest Division I schools.) Second, that the Board give the OHSFCA/OHSAA Tournament Committee until July 1 to develop a reclassification concept (in football only) that could move a team up a division(s) if the majority of its regular-season schedule is against schools in higher divisions. And third, that beginning in 2013, Harbin computer points only be earned by defeating schools that are members of the OHSAA or one of the other 50 state associations under the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

-          The Board approved the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee’s selection of Chris Spielman as the OHSAA 2012 Ethics and Integrity Award winner. Mr. Spielman will be honored at the OHSAA’s annual scholar-athlete banquet in June.

-          Twelve member schools were recently penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or regulations. The list of infractions and penalties will be included in the complete set of meeting minutes posted at OHSAA.org, but media members may request the list sooner from Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Information Services.

-          The Board approved several additional referendum items that will be voted on by member school principals in May during the annual referendum voting process. The new items will be posted on the OHSAA website.

-          The Board reviewed the financial reports from the fall tournaments, with the exception of football and field hockey, which will presented in April. In cross country, because there are no gate receipts from the four regional tournaments and expenses were higher at the state tournament due to construction of the new course at National Trail, the resulting net loss was higher than in recent years. Despite a crowd of 11,367 at the state cross country finals, which marked the second-highest attendance in the 83-year history of the tournament, the overall net loss from the regional and state tournaments was $49,708. The golf state tournaments resulted in a net loss of $9,645, while the girls tennis state tournament resulted in a $5,388 loss. The soccer regional and state tournaments, which included a record crowd of 12,059 at the finals, turned a combined profit of $117,251. The volleyball regional and state tournaments combined to produce a profit of $78,640. Of note, approximately 80-percent of the OHSAA’s operating budget comes from ticket receipts at regional and state tournaments.

-          The Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association made a proposal that all fall sports be permitted to begin practice annually on August 1 (unless August 1 is a Sunday, in which case practice would begin August 2). Currently, fall sports except football may begin practice on the first Monday of August, which is August 6 in 2012, thus resulting in nearly a full week of lost practice time prior to the first contest.

Cleveland State looking for a sweep against Milwaukee
Game 26
Milwaukee (7-17, 3-10) at Cleveland State (9-16, 4-10)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Site: Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Milwaukee leads, 21-20
Last Meeting: Cleveland State 68, Milwaukee 58 (1/19/12)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more


Cleveland State will close out its brief two-game homestand this Saturday (Feb. 18), hosting the Milwaukee Panthers at 1:30 p.m. The Vikings are coming off a 90-59 loss to Green Bay, while the Panthers enter the contest following a 76-71 victory at Youngstown State. CSU is 4-10 in Horizon League play this year, tied for seventh in the standings, while Milwaukee is 3-10 and tied for ninth place.


Saturday's contest will be the 42nd meeting between the two teams, with the Panthers holding a slight edge in the overall series, 21-20. Cleveland State has been the dominate team over the past five seasons though, as the Vikings hold a 7-3 record during that time.


Give the Vikings the season sweep of the Panthers…Even the overall series against Milwaukee at 21-21…Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 116th career victory, giving her the most wins in program history.


After Saturday's contest fans will be able to bid on the pink jerseys that the Vikings have been sporting for the past two contests. Proceeds from the online auction will go towards Play 4 Kay and breast cancer awareness. Please visit CSUVikings.com for more information.


Shalonda Winton added to her career point total on Thursday, recording 13 points, her 21st double-digit scoring game of the season. In league games only, Winton leads the HL averaging 20.9 points per contest, and has posted double-figures in all 14 league games so far this season.


For the first time in her collegiate career Cori Coleman tallied 20 or more points, posting 21 against Green Bay on Thursday. Coleman led the Viking offense against the Phoenix, shooting 53-percent from the floor (7-13), notching the eighth double-digit scoring game of her career.


Sophomore Haley Schmitt also tied her career-high against Green Bay, notching six points and five rebounds. Schmitt, who played a career-high 23 minutes on Thursday, was 3-for-4 from the field while also notching a steal against the Phoenix.


Honesty King, who ranks 13th in the league with 1.4 three-pointers made per contest, has recorded at least one three-pointer in the past five contests. This season, King has made 28 shots from behind the arc, including a season-high of four at Ole Miss (Dec. 21).


So far this season five Vikings have posted 100 points or more, including Shalonda Winton who leads the team with 424. The other four Vikings include seniors Takima Keane (192) and Destinee Blue (172), junior Honesty King (173) and freshman Cori Coleman (182). CSU has had five or more 100-point scorers over the past eight seasons, including eight during the 2007-08, 2006-07 and 2005-06 seasons. 


With her 182 points, Cori Coleman is just the second newcomer to post 100 or more points during their freshman season over the past four years. During head coach Kate Peterson Abiad's tenure, 10 freshmen have scored at least 100 points during their first year, inlcuding Kailey Klein who led the team with 318 points as a freshman during the 2006-07 season.


As a team, Cleveland State ranks third in the league in blocked shots, averaging 3.0 per contest. On the season, the Vikings have recorded 76 blocks, including a season-high 10 against Ohio (Dec. 5). CSU's 10 blocks is the second highest single game total by a league team this year, while it also marks the fourth best single game total in program history.


Shalonda Winton continues to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in league contests only, as she is averaging 20.9 points and 10.4 boards per league contest. Winton has been the Vikings top scorer during 12 of the 14 league contests this year, while she has also been the top rebounder during all but one game.


Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and is now tied for the lead on the all-time wins list at CSU. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 115. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.


The Vikings will take their final regular season road trip next week, as they travel to Detroit and Wright State. CSU will first face the Titans at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 23) before taking on the Raiders at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 25).





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


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Kent Roosevelt:                     2          1          2          0          5         

NDCL:                                   0          2          2          0          4                     


Kent Roosevelt:          Goals: Tom Fisher (2), Kyle Manning, Tyler Gallagher, Bob Danner


 Assists: Mitch Fisher, Tom Fisher (2), Dontae Montemayer, Gabe Smith, Gordie Fisher



NDCL:                       Goals:  Charles Pearce (2), Nick Pannilto, Sean Murphy


Assists: Mitchell Passalacqua (2), Eric Passalacqua, Travis Wilson 


Kent Roosevelt:         Nate Grootegoed (26) Saves, (30) Shots

NDCL:                       Matt Douglas (22) Saves, (27) Shots

Mount Union to have White Out Day today