A Page -- Feb. 2, 2010

Alana Marcinko (Special)

Gilmour alumna Alana Marcinko 

making a quick impact in goal in 

Eastern Colleges Athletic 

Conference; playing major part 

in turnaround at Union

Feb. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 Gilmour alumna Alana Marcinko has made an immediate impact as a freshman goaltender for Division I Union College’s hockey team, which has been turning the corner as a program.

Just two weeks ago, Marcinko, who was an assistant captain for the Lancers’ girls’ prep team last year, received her first major college honor by getting named the Eastern Colleges Athletic Conference Hockey Goaltender of the Week.

ECAC Hockey


Her responsibility in goal contributed to a major victory for the Dutchwomen. She stopped 47 shots in a 3-0 shutout over Brown, which marked Union’s first league win since 2004.


Only a few months into her rookie season, Marcinko has already etched herself into the Dutchwomen record books as the only tender to post three shutouts in one season during the Division I era of the Union program.


She is also making her mark around the New England circles as the fourth best goaltender in the league (made up of Ivy League schools and a handful of others such as Union) in terms of saves percentage with a .923 saves percentage.


Already she is near the top of the list for career shutouts at Union.


In 22 games, Marcinko has saved 652 shots on goal, and has a goals against average of .2.85.


Against Quinnipiac in Schenectady Saturday, Marcinko had a shutout going for two periods plus and wound up with 30 saves but a third period rally led to Union’s going down in defeat.

The Viking Report. . .

A Look At What Is Happening In 

Cleveland State Athletics

Feb. 2, 2010

By Brian McCann

All Nine Teams Are Back In Action...
Basketball, Wrestling & Swimming Each Are At Home
The first week of February will see nine teams in action for the Vikings this weekend with the women's basketball, wrestling and men's and women's swimming teams competing at home.

The men's basketball team, which begins the week in fourth place and just a half-game out of second, will play a pair of contests in Chicago.  CSU will face UIC on Thursday, Feb. 4 beginning at 8:00 p.m. in a game that will be shown locally on SportsTime Ohio.  The Vikings will close the brief trip at Loyola on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4:00 p.m.

The women's basketball team will be home for two games, hosting UIC on Thursday (Feb. 4) at 7:00 p.m. and Loyola on Saturday (Feb. 6) at 3:00 p.m.  Both contests will be played in the Wolstein Center.

The men's and women's swimming teams will be at home for the final time this season when the Vikings host UIC and Youngstown State (women only) for the annual Senior Day event on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The wrestling team will continue its Eastern Wrestling League schedule when the Vikings host Edinboro on Saturday (Feb. 6) at 5:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym.

The men's and women's tennis teams will both head to New York for a pair of duals this week.  Both teams will play at Niagara on Saturday (Feb. 6) at 6:00 p.m. before heading to Olean, NY to meet St. Bonaventure on Sunday (Feb. 7), the men playing at 10:00 a.m. followed by the women's contest at 2:00 p.m.

The men's and women's fencing teams will both be in South Bend, IN to take part in the Notre Dame Duals on Saturday (Feb. 6) beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Men's Basketball To Visit The Windy City For Two
Vikings Need Sweep To Continue To Challenge For Horizon League Tourney Bye

With wins in each of their last three games, the Viking basketball team takes to the road this week, making their annual trip to Chicago for a pair of games.  CSU will face UIC on Thursday, Feb. 4 beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST in a contest shown locally on SportsTime Ohio.  The Vikings will then close the road swing by playing at Loyola on Saturday (Feb. 6) at 4:00 p.m.

The Vikings (10-12, 6-4) begin the week in fourth place in the Horizon League standings, a half-game out of second place behind Detroit and Wright State, both of whom are 7-4.  A sweep of the games this week could move the Vikings into second place as both Detroit and Wright State will play at both Butler and Valparaiso this week.  With CSU playing four of its remaining six league games at home after this week, the home court advantage could play a large role down the stretch.

"This is the biggest road trip of the season for us," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "We can either put ourselves right into the thick of things for second place by winning two games or put us into a position where we will have to fight down the stretch to host a first round tournament game."

The Vikings received balanced play from its four-guard starting lineup last week as the quartet combined to score 62 points in a 77-69 CSU win over Youngstown State.  D'Aundray Brown had a career night, scoring 11 points and setting career highs for rebounds (12) and steals (6) for his second career double-double (and second in four games.)  The win allowed the Vikings to sweep the season series against the Penguins and take a 37-36 all-time lead in the series.
D'Aundray Brown

Women's Basketball To Host UIC & Loyola
Klein Needs Just 27 Points To Break School Scoring Mark

Cleveland State returns home for two games this week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest against UIC on Thursday (Feb. 4) in the Wolstein Center before hosting Loyola at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 6). The contest versus Loyola will be National Women and Girls in Sports Day in which CSU women's teams will put on free sports clinics and sign autographs. It is also Take a Kid to the Game Day in which all youth eighth grade and under receive free admission.

"This is a big weekend for us as we begin the second round of league play and we need to go out and protect our home court," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We didn't have a very successful road trip last week and we need to get back to playing fundamental, team basketball."

The Vikings begin the week with a 10-10 overall record and in fifth place in the Horizon League at 5-4 after dropping a pair of road games last week. CSU fell at Wright State (60-58) on Thursday (Jan. 28) and at Detroit (62-54) on Saturday (Jan. 30). CSU trailed by nine midway through the second half against WSU, but Angel Roque hit a three-pointer with 11.8 seconds left to tie the game at 58-58, only to watch the Raiders hit a shot at the buzzer to clinch the win.

Senior Kailey Klein continues to lead the league in scoring at 15.6 points per game and is just 27 points shy of breaking the all-time scoring mark at CSU (1,851 points).
Kailey Klein
Kailey Klein

CSU is one game out of third place behind Butler and UIC who are 6-3 and two games behind first place Green Bay and Detroit, both 7-2.

Wrestling Returns Home To Host Edinboro

The Vikings will return to Woodling Gym for the first of two home meets during the month of February when they host EWL foe Edinboro on Saturday, February 6 at 5:00 p.m. CSU is coming off of road losses at Lock Haven, 33-6 and at Bloomsburg, 38-7.

"We continue to get better every time we get on the mat and it will be good for us to return home and compete against an EWL team at home again," head coach Ben Stehura said. "We just need to keep our confidence up and keep working on things in practice and look forward to the next meet."

Marcus Effner led the Vikings through the weekend, posting victories in both meets. Effner recorded a 7-4 decision at Lock Haven and a 4-2 decision at Bloomsburg, with both victories coming at 174 pounds. Rob Michaels and Mike Mencini were also victorious on the weekend in the 165 and 141 pound weight classes respectively. Michaels won, 10-5, at Lock Haven and Mencini picked up a 14-3 victory at Bloomsburg.
Marcus Effner
Garfield Heights alum Marcus Effner

The Vikings are 0-3 in the EWL and 2-13 overall this season, with Michaels (13) and Effner (11) leading the team in wins.

Men's Swimming Hosts UIC On Senior Day

The Vikings will host their final meet of the season on Saturday (Feb. 6) when they host defending Horizon League champions, UIC at 1:00 p.m. The meet will also be senior day for three Vikings, Jakub Dobies, Stephen Grove and Todd Winchell.
Todd Winchell
Todd Winchell

Dobies was a double winner for CSU this past weekend at Oakland, winning the 100 free (46.64) and the 100 breast (56.89). Freshman Berry Thompson was also victorious in the meet, beating out the competition in the 50 free in 21.32. Mike Marsico, Keith Everhart, Deni Gasparin and Justin Hill teamed up for the 200 free relay, winning with a time of 1:25.18.
Berry Thompson
Orange High alum Berry Thompson

"We have a tough meet ahead of us with the defending Horizon League champions, UIC coming to town, but with the way we have been training I think we are ready for them," head coach Wally Morton said. "The team's energy is starting to pick up since we are not in heavy training anymore and I think that is really starting to show in everyone's swims."
Keith Everhart
Elyria Catholic grad Keith Everhart 

The Vikings fell at Oakland, 122.5-95.5, dropping their second straight dual meet for the first time this season. The team has a record of 13-4, and is still one win shy of tying the school record for most wins in a season, which is 14.
Michael Marsico
Elyria High Alum Mike Marsico

Women's Swimming To Face UIC & Youngstown State

The women's swimming and diving team will host its final meet of the season this Saturday (Feb. 6) when UIC and Youngstown State come to town for a 1:00 p.m. meet that will also serve as senior day for Brittany McCann, the lone Viking senior.
Brittany McCann
Medina native Brittany McCann

After falling at Oakland, 140-82, the Vikings have a record of 12-5 going into their final dual meet. The team has already set the record for most victories in a season, topping the previous best of 10 wins in a season.

"Everyone is really starting to step up for us when we need them to, and the team is starting to pick up their energy after our hard training that we have been doing," head coach Wally Morton said. "We have some work to do before the league championships but I think we will be ready when the time comes around."

The freshmen class led the Vikings at Oakland with Joanna Olsson and Alice Sommerville combining for three individual victories, Olsson in the 200 free (1:53.98) and the 500 free (5:06.92) and Sommerville in the 100 breast (1:06.48). The 200 free relay team of Carys Behn, Emily Splain, Whitney Hickey and Jamie Puls took home first place honors with a time of 1:40.13.

Fencing To Take Part In Notre Dame Duals

After competing at the Northwestern Duals, the Vikings will stay on the road to participate in the Notre Dame Duals in South Bend, Indiana. The duals will take place on Saturday (Feb. 6) and Sunday (Feb. 7) with competition going on throughout both days.

The women's team had their best showings at the Northwestern Duals against Lawrence, Detroit, California Tech., Fairleigh Dickinson, Wayne State and UC San Diego earning three points against each school. The men had their best performance against the California Institute of Technology, winning the match-up 14-13. Their closest matches came against Johns Hopkins, 19-8, Northwestern 18-9 and Detroit 16-9.

"With each competition this season we are definitely improving and everyone is getting better individually each time they compete," head coach Andy Tulleners said. "We will work on keeping up the hard work going into the Notre Dame Duals and see what we can accomplish there."

The Notre Dame Duals will be the last competition for CSU before the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships that will also take place in South Bend, Ind. during the first weekend of March.

Women's Tennis Heads To New York For Two

The women's tennis team (0-4) continues its early season road slate when the Vikings head to New York for two matches this weekend, beginning with a 6:00 p.m. contest at Niagara on Saturday (Feb. 6). CSU then heads to St. Bonaventure for a 2:00 p.m. match on Sunday (Feb. 7). The matches will be the fifth and sixth of eight straight road contests to open the season.

"We were the underdogs in each of our first four matches, but I thought we did a nice job of battling each time out," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "Those are the types of matches that will make us a better team in the future, especially once we get into the league schedule. We still have a lot of work to do as a team, but I think we are moving in the right direction."

The Vikings were in action just once last week, falling at Purdue (7-0) on Saturday, Jan. 30. Catrine Bjerrehus and Charlotte Gibbons put up a tough battle at No. 1 doubles before falling 8-4.
Catrine Bjerrehus
Catrine Bjerrehus

Freshman Maria Lazaris continues to lead the team in wins with five, while Bjerrehus, Sanda Bjelan and Nicole Janek each have four.

Men's Tennis Travels To Niagara & St. Bonaventure

The Cleveland State men's tennis team heads to the State of New York for two matches this weekend, starting with a 6:00 p.m. contest at Niagara on Saturday (Feb. 6) and concluding with a 10:00 a.m. match at St. Bonaventure on Sunday (Feb. 7).

"We are still not where we need to be as a team, but I feel like we are making good progress," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "It was frustrating to lose such a tough match to Xavier last week, but I thought we did a good job of bouncing back to win our next two matches. The two matches this weekend are very important and we need to go out and play our games."

CSU moved to 3-1 this season by winning two of three matches at home over the weekend. The Vikings fell to Xavier, 5-2, on Saturday (Jan. 30), but bounced back with wins over Duquesne (5-2) and Robert Morris (7-0) on Sunday (Jan. 31).
lead photo
Ryan Hamning, the Player of the Week in the Horizon League

Senior Ryan Hamning went 4-1 in his matches, including three wins in singles play by straight sets. Sophomore Yannick Goossens was 4-0 for the week and has now won six straight matches overall.

Viking High Fives

Rob Fox:  The junior won his 60th career singles match in Sunday's win over Robert Morris.

Janelle Adams:  The women's basketball sophomore tied her career-high with 12 points in just 16 minutes of action against Detroit.

Marcus Effner:  Senior wrestler won back-to-back matches this weekend at Lock Haven and Bloomsburg.

Caroline Hamp, Taylor 

Sustersic, Mike Haupt,

Luke Fenik are double

individual winners as Elyria 

Catholic tankers sweep Avon

Feb. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 OBERLIN – Elyria Catholic’s swim teams swept Avon tonight, the girls winning 125-55 and the boys winning 118-46.

 Taking firsts for the EC girls were freshman Shelby Snow in the 200-yard freestyle, Caroline Hamp in the 200 IM and 100 free, Taylor Sustersic in the 50 free and 100 back, Mackenzie Tweardy in the diving, Jenna O’Dell in the fly, Kelly O’Dell in the breast, Sarah Peters in the 500 free.

Nabbing firsts for the Panther boys were Luke Fenik in the IM and back, Mike Haupt in the 50 free and 100 fly, Ian Poper in the 100 free, and Ben Sleva in the 500 free.

 Avon’s winners were Tudor Chesaru in the breast and Elliot Runge in the 200 free.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Loses to Allegheny (Pa.) College

February 2, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

MEADVILLE, PA.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Allegheny College, 68-53, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 2) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at the David V. Wise Center in Meadville, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 3-16 overall and 2-8 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 8-11 overall and 5-5 NCAC.

Allegheny never trailed in the game and took control right from the start by scoring the game’s first nine points to take an early 9-0 lead.  The Gators later led by as many as 16 points, 23-7, near the midway point of the opening period.  Hiram battled back to cut the lead to five points, 34-29, at the 1:38 mark thanks to a layup by senior forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby Hills/South).  Following an ensuing Allegheny layup to extend the lead to seven points, neither team would score in the final 1:15 of the half as the Gators took a 36-29 advantage into the locker rooms.

South alumna Alex Dellas

Allegheny took over in the second half, outscoring Hiram, 15-4, in the first 6:04 to lead 51-33 and never looked back.  The Gators recorded their largest lead of the game of 20 points on several occassions, including a 68-48 margin with 1:50 left to play en route to the 68-53 final.

Allegheny was led in scoring by Jill Gregory with a game-high 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting (70.0 percent).  Brittany Bell was the other Gator in double figures with 13 points.

Hiram had three players score in double figures, led by junior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) with 12 points who had a perfect shooting night finishing three-of-three from the floor, one-of-one from three-point range and five-of-five from the free-throw line.  Freshman guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) was second with 11 points followed by senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) with 10 points.

Midpark alumna Amy Geisman

Hiram will play back-to-back home games beginning with a NCAC matchup against Wittenberg University on Friday, Feb. 5 at Price Gymnasium.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

#28 Mount Union Beats 

Wilmington 31-9 in OAC 

Dual; Solon alumnus Richie

Clark increases win total

to 25 on season

Feb. 2, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(WILMINGTON, OH)--Mount Union's wrestling team, ranked No. 28 in the nation, scored a 31-9 victory over Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup tonight in Wilmington, OH.

Mount Union moves to 9-3 overall and at 4-1 in the OAC can clinch a share of the conference's regular season title with a win over Ohio Northern (15-10, 5-0 OAC) next Tuesday at The MAAC in Alliance.

Wilmington falls to 1-10 overall and 1-4 in the OAC.

The Purple Raiders claimed victories in six of the eight contested matches highlighted by an 8-1 win by senior Richie Clark (Solon/Solon) at 149 pounds.  Clark now has a team-high 25 wins on the season.


Richie Clark

Mount Union returns home to host Notre Dame (OH) College, the No. 1 ranked team in the NAIA, Friday at 7 pm at The MAAC.

#28 Mount Union College at Wilmington College
Match Score: Mount Union 31, Wilmington 9

Wilmington 1-10-0, 1-4-0 OAC; Mount Union 9-3-0, 4-1-0 OAC

125 Donny Herrington (WC) Medical Forfeit Riki Reynolds (MTU)
133 T.J. Arnone (MTU) 5-3 Chris Heiss (WC)
141 Josh Malave (MTU) 9-1 Tim Brown (WC)
149 Richie Clark (MTU) 8-1 Luke Armand (WC)
157 Kody Severino (MTU) 6-0 Mark Sedziol (WC)
165 John Piechuta (MTU) 10-6 Thomas Bohrer (WC)
174 Eric Shiflett (MTU) 10-5 Brendan Leal (WC)
184 Corey Hagan (MTU) Forfeit
197 Bill Schindel (MTU) Forfeit
285 Adam Salyers (WC) 4-3 Derrick Hesson (MTU)


Bay's Lindsey Lowrie impacting 

Mercer with threes, free throws 

in first year after redshirt

Feb. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


After redshirting last year as a freshman, Bay High alumna Lindsey Lowrie is playing a key role in Mercer College’s basketball team this season, playing in all 21 games as a both a starter and top-line reserve as an eligibility-wise freshman.


Lowrie is averaging over 15 minutes per game and is the top free throw shooter among the Bear regulars, connecting on over 80 percent of her charity tosses.

Always with the sharp eye from long range for the Rockets, Lowrie is also second on the team in three-point shots made with 30.

Sitting out the year led to Lowrie’s burning to make an immediate impact and that she did, nailing four three pointers and scoring 16 points in the Bears’ second game of the season and Lowrie’s college debut against Oklahoma.


A few games later, Lowrie’s three gave the Bears their first lead in a back-and-forth battle with Furman that Mercer wound up winning.

She scored a career high 16 points in a 98-69 win over Belmont.

Lowrie is not the first generation in her family to play college basketball. Her dad, Bobby, a Bay Village resident, played college hoops at Tennessee, Cleveland State and Baldwin-Wallace after a fine career at Cathedral Latin.

B-W’s Patrick and Phipps 

Named OAC Co-Field Athletes 

of the Week

Feb. 2, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Two Baldwin-Wallace College throwers, senior Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) and junior Kevin Phipps<(Reynoldsburg/Watkins Memorial), have been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Co-Indoor Field Athletes of the Week. The duo combined to set two OAC Relay Meet records on Saturday (January 30, 2010).


Patrick and Phipps won the OAC shot put relay with a meet-record distance of 101 feet, 4.25 inches. Patrick placed first at 51’3” and Phipps was second at 50’1.25”.  The pair also won the weight throw with a record distance of 108’7”. Phipps was first at 55’11.75” and Patrick was second at 52’7.50”.


Each earned indoor All-OAC honors last season and have provisionally qualified for this year’s Division III Indoor Track & FieldNational Championship meet – Phipps in the weight throw and Patrick in the shot put. Both earned All-America honors at last year’s outdoor National Championship meet.

Each earned indoor All-OAC honors last season and have provisionally qualified for this year’s Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet – Phipps in the weight throw and Patrick in the shot put. Both earned All-America honors at last year’s outdoor National Championship meet.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action this Friday, February 5 at the Oberlin College Meet at 5:30 p.m. in Oberlin. B-W also hosts the third of its four indoor meets this season, the Greater Cleveland College Championships, on Friday, February 12.

Shoregal alumna Christine Chiricosta Named MAC Scholar-Athlete of Week

Bowling Green tennis junior captures weekly 

conference honor

CLEVELAND, Ohio (BGSU Athletic Communications)

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Christine Chiricosta
Christine Chiricosta has been named MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
Bowling Green State University junior Christine Chiricosta has been named the Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week.  The announcement was made by the conference office Friday morning (Jan. 22).

Chiricosta, a native of Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake H.S.), earns the honor after going a perfect 4-0 last weekend, as the Falcons began the spring portion of the 2009-10 season.  In her first year at the top singles flight, Chiricosta picked up wins over Sarah Miller of Louisville and Alexandra Rydberg of Morehead State.  Both wins came in straight sets, with Chiricosta losing a total of only two games in the latter match (6-1, 6-1).

In doubles play, Chiricosta teamed with freshman Maddy Eccleston for a pair of 8-3 victories at the top flight.  The Falcons posted a 6-1 win over MSU after dropping a 5-2 decision to UL, with both matches played at Louisville's Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.

On the season, Chiricosta has an overall record of 16-5, including a team-best 9-2 singles record and a 7-3 doubles mark.  She picked up her 50th career win(s) in both singles and doubles over the weekend.

Relatively early in her junior season, Chiricosta has a stellar career record of 101-36.  She has a 51-16 singles ledger and a 50-20 doubles mark.  Chiricosta enters this weekend's action ranked 23rd in school history in combined wins.  She is 18th on the singles wins list and is deadlocked for 21st on the doubles chart.

In the classroom, Chiricosta has a cumulative grade point average of 3.96 as an adolescent/young adult/secondary education major.  Last spring, she was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team, becoming the first student-athlete in BGSU women's tennis history to earn such an honor.  On the court, she has been named to the All-MAC Second Team in each of her first two seasons.

The MAC Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Week honor is presented to one male and one female student-athlete each week.  To qualify for nomination, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must have performed well during the prior week's competition.  The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

The Falcons of head coach Penny Dean, currently 1-1 on the young dual-match season, travel to Cincinnati for a pair of matches this weekend.  Chiricosta, Dean and the Falcons will take on UC in Saturday (Jan. 23) action before meeting Xavier on Sunday (Jan. 24).  The home portion of the season begins next weekend, with a Jan. 30 match vs. IPFW at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
BGSU Invitational Sept 19-20 2009
Christine Chiricosta (left) and doubles mate Maddy Eccleston

Academic All American 

Chiricosta closing in on 

100-win mark for her college 

tennis career at Bee Gee

Feb. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Avon Lake’s Christine Chiricosta followed her week of winning the MAC Student/Athlete of the Week Honor by upping her season record to 6-0 (3-0 in each singles and doubles) with wins in both in a 5-2 Bowling Green victory over Cincinnati and is closing in on 100 victories for her college career.

The ESPN Academic All American then lost for the first time in the next match, but has won her last four.

Against Cincy, Chiricosta and new doubles teammate Maddy Eccleston teamed up for an 8-5 win. In singles, Chiricosta lost only four games in a straight sets victory.

Chiricosta and Eccleston lost for the first time two days later. She also lost in singles for the first time, falling in split sets after winning the first set in first singles.


Then she bounced back with a singles victory over Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne’s Amy Recht, 7-5, 6-4, and then teamed with Eccleston to move her record to 8-2 for the spring portion of the schedule.


Eccleston and Chiricosta upped their spring record to 5-1 and overall school year mark to 9-3 with an 8-1 win over Youngstown State. Chiricosta downed YSU's Margarita Sadovnikova by identical 6-3 scores at the top singles flight. Playing against international players has been Chiricosta’s Achilles heel, but with experience has gotten better at it evidenced by the win at YSU.


The junior Education and English major ended the fall season with 85 wins combined in singles and doubles at BG and now only needs five more to reach the century mark. The Falcons will have the weekend off before facing Detroit at the Perrysburg Center the second weekend in February.

American Hockey Coaches Association

Trinity alum Kyle Konczos,

Lake Catholic's Justin Vance 

clubbing the pucks on 

defense for Bee Gee

Feb. 2, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Bowling Green’s Club hockey team has won its last three games to improve its record to 12-6 with Trinity alumnus Kyle Konczos and Lake Catholic grad Justin Vance factoring in significantly in the winning season for the Club Falcons.

Kyle  Konczos


Bee Gee, which plays in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (schools that have a varsity program in Division I must enter the companion club teams in Division II or III of the ACHA) posted wins over Kentucky,


Konczos had an assist in the 6-3 win over Kentucky two games after he racked up 14 minutes in penalties in the 3-2 win over Adrian.


The Falcons play Pitt Friday and Slippery Rock Saturday.


Konczos is among the top five scorers on the Falcons and the second leading scoring defenseman with 10 points after compiling 13 last year and 22 two years ago.

Konczos in action


Vance, a defenseman, has two assists.

Justin Vance

 Also Strongsville High alumnus Jerry Ashford is on the Falcons but has seen limited time.

Jerry Ashford

One point separates St. 

Ignatius and Toledo

St. Francis in state hockey


Feb. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


A tight race has formed for the race to win the poll state championship in high school hockey, which was won last year by University School, the only school ever to win the poll state title, actual on ice state title, Red North and Baron Cup all in the same year.


The Preppers will need quite a rally to achieve that feat this year since Toledo St. Francis and St. Ignatius are neck and neck with the Knights holding a slight edge in the seventh poll that came out tonight. St. Frank has been No. 1 now in three of the seven polls and Iggy No. 1 in the other four.


The Wildcats narrowed the gap with wins over Walsh Jesuit and St. Ed over the weekend. St. Frank leads with 67 points and four first place votes, while Iggy is second with 66 points and three first-place votes. US is a distant third with 51 points.


Walsh jumped up into a tie for sixth with St. Edward, both with 29 points. The Eagles and Warriors will meet tomorrow night in Kent.


Padua is eighth with 18 will Gilmour and Lake Catholic are tied for ninth.


Strongsville, which will move up to the Red North next year, and North Olmsted were also among the scattering of teams to receive votes and the only Cleveland are public schools anywhere to speak of in the mix.


Dublin Coffman still leads the southern school poll.



1.    Toledo St. Francis                           67 (4)

2.    Cleveland St. Ignatius                      66 (3)

3.    Hunting Valley University School      51

4.    Sylvania Northview                           45

5.    Toledo St. Johns                             41

6.-T  Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit          29

6.-T  Lakewood St. Edward                     29

8.    Parma Padua                                  18

9.-T Gates Mills Gilmour Academy          15

9.-T Mentor Lake Catholic                       15


Others receiving votes: North OlmsteadStrongsvilleDublin CoffmanFindlay and Olentangy Liberty





1.    Dublin Coffman                    160 (8)

2.    Olentangy Liberty                132 (7)

3.    Cincinnati Sycamore           129 (1)

4.    Dublin Jerome                     121 (1)

5.    Cincinnati Moeller                104

6.    Beavercreek                        69

7.    Springboro                          67

8.    Centerville                           49

9.    Columbus St, Charles          29

10.  Upper Arlington                   25


Others receiving votes: Gahanna Lincoln, Oxford Talawanda, Olentangy Orange. Worthington Kilbourne, Olentangy, Troy and Cincinnati St. Xavier

Yellow Jacket 

Wrestlers Fall 

at Ohio Northern

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team lost to Ohio Athletic Conference rival Ohio Northern University, 31-13, tonight (Tuesday, February 2, 2010) at the ONU Sports Center in Ada.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 4-13 overall and 0-5 in the OAC and next compete at the 24th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament on Saturday, February 6 in the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse at 10:00 a.m. With the win, Ohio Northern improves to 15-10 overall and 5-0 in the OAC.

For the Yellow Jackets, junior 133-pounder Phil Payne (Orange Village/ Orange) and senior 141-pounder Eric Schubert (Oberlin) each won by decision, 14-7 and 9-2, respectively. Junior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) won by major decision, 20-7, and sophomore heavyweight Ryan Jones (Uniontown/ Lake) followed with a 5-2 decision. Stoll (14-3) and Jones (14-7) share the team lead in wins heading into the weekend.

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Aurora native Billy Painter

Following this weekend's Summa Tournament, B-W is back in action next Tuesday, Feb. 9 when it hosts OAC and Cleveland cross town rival John Carroll University. This is Yellow Jackets final regular season meet before the OAC Tournament which will be held on Saturday Feb. 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m.

FINAL SCORE:   Ohio Northern – 31, Baldwin-Wallace, 13

125 lbs: Jeffery Penny (ONU) pinned Tyler Erwin (B-W), 1:18

133 lbs: Phil Payne (B-W) dec. Jeremy Jones (ONU), 14-7

141 lbs: Eric Schubert (B-W) dec. Garret Freeman (ONU), 9-2

149 lbs: Michael Letcher (ONU) pinned Grant Steward (B-W), 1:55

157 lbs: Luke Miller (ONU) maj. dec. Korey Leonhard (B-W), 12-0

165 lbs: William Painter (ONU) tech fall Mike Hosta (B-W), 16-0 (5:46)

174 lbs: Kyle Kwiat (ONU) pinned Andrew Scavuzzo (B-W), 3:41

184 lbs: Matthew Alexander (ONU) maj. dec. Cody Quick (B-W), 17-4

197 lbs: Tristan Stoll (B-W) maj. dec. Andrew Swick (ONU), 20-7

285 lbs: Ryan Jones (B-W) dec. Justin Southwick (ONU), 5-2

Oberlin Falls at Ohio Wesleyan;John Marshall Alum Syrea Thomas cans four from downtown
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2/2/2010 10:44:55 PM

By Mike Mancini

Delaware, Ohio – In its first of a stretch with three games in five nights, the Oberlin College women’s basketball team fell to Ohio Wesleyan University 78-65 tonight in Delaware, Ohio. 

First-year Allison Anderson keynoted the Oberlin offense with 18 points to go along with eight assists. Junior Syrea Thomas contributed 14 points as she was 4-of-6 from long range, while rookie Kelly Warlich chipped in with 11 points in the loss. Senior Emily Chu Finkel had a career night cleaning up the glass as she ripped down 16 rebounds in the contest. 

Oberlin (4-16, 3-8 NCAC) was able to hang tight for a large part of the first half as it trailed by just four, 24-20, with 8:42 remaining in the frame, but the Bishops would extend their cushion to 40-28 at the break. 

Ohio Wesleyan (14-6, 9-2 NCAC) used an 8-0 spurt to start the second session - grabbing a 20-point lead and never looking back. 

The Yeowomen shot 41.8-percent (23-of-55) from the floor, while the Bishops checked in at 44.3-percent (31-of-70). 

Oberlin will try to bounce back when it plays host to Kenyon College on Friday night. Tip-time is set for 7:30 p.m.