A Page -- Feb. 2, 2011

Max Balazs

Middle School wrestler Max Balazs is 

this week's Beachwood Student/Athlete 

of the Week

Feb. 2, 2011

By Ryan Peters

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is 8th grade wrestler, Max Balazs. Last Thursday, Max had two victories against conference foes Cuyahoga Heights and Kirtland.

This past weekend, the victories continued as Max placed 1st in the Chagrin Valley Conference Wrestling Championships at 98lbs. where he defeating five opponents along the way. Max had four pins this week and he became Beachwood's first ever Middle School Chagrin Valley Conference Champion. His record for the season is 18-3.

Head Coach, Domenick Iammarino reported, "Max looked excellent at the CVC tournament, winning 5 of 5 matches with 3 pins and beating one wrestler who beat him earlier in the season. 

"Max is our team leader and has picked up his work pace as the year has progressed and the extra work is now paying off.  He is peaking for the tough Twinsburg Tournament this weekend and for the Middle School State tournament next month. Good luck to Max who is an outstanding Student/Athlete." 

Max is also a member of the Middle School football team and baseball teams.

Beachwood Middle School Wrestling Results

1/27 vs. Cuyahoga Heights: Won 42-17 and vs. Kirtland: Won 33-17 


80lbs. Kyle Gross 2 wins
92 lbs. Deland Johnson 2 wins (1 pin)
98lbs. Max Balazs 2 wins (1 pin)
104lbs. Zach Halligan 2 wins (1 pin)
142lb. Adam Moses 2 wins (2 pins)
160lbs. Justin Albaugh 2 wins (1 pin)
110lbs. DocroyThomas 1 win
116lbs. Jireh Bevel 1 win
205lbs. Effriem Hofer 1 win

1/29 @ Chagrin Valley Conference Tournament: 6th Place

80lbs. Kyle Gross 4th Place (2 pins)
92lbs. Deland Johnson 3rd Place (4 wins/1 loss/2 pins)
98lbs. Max Balazs *1st Place (5-0/3 Pins)
98lbs. Jacob Markovich DNP (1 win)
110lbs. Zach Halligan 2nd Place (3 pins)
116lbs. Jireh Bevel DNP (1 win)
142lbs Adam Moses 5th Place (3 pins)
160lbs. Justin Albaugh 3rd Place (1 pin)
205lbs. Efriem Hofer 4th Place (2 pins)
*1st CVC MS Champion in school history


Akron, Kent State both home tonight; 

Wadsworth's Cassie Schrock comes 

home to face Flashes; also 

homecoming for six other local S/As; St. V alumna 

Kara Murphy needs 47 points to 

become Zips' all-time scoring leader

Feb. 2, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Toledo at Akron, 7 pm
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Toledo (15-6, 7-1 MAC) will look to hold onto the best overall record in the Mid-American Conference when it squares off against Akron (9-11, 2-6 MAC) on Wednesday, Feb. 2 on the road. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. in James A. Rhodes Arena. 

Ingersoll (Left) and Dortch (right)

Rockets Courtney Ingersoll from Perry Township, Riley McCormick from the now-defunct Regina High, Andola Dortch from Kenmore High, and Kyle Baumgartner from Hoover High will all get a chance to play within an hour of home tonight in traveling to Summit County.

Baumgartner (L) and McCormick

The Midnight Blue & Gold enters tonight''s action riding a three-game win streak following Saturday's 66-53 triumph over the Golden Flashes.

 Junior Naama Shafir paced UT with 16 points, while senior Melissa Goodall added 11 points and a squad-best seven rebounds. Shafir, this week's MAC West Division Player of the Week for the second time this season, as well as Goodall and senior Jessica Williams continue to lead Toledo offensively, scoring 13.9, 13.1 and 10.3 ppg, respectively. In all, UT has six players averaging 5.0 or more points per game.

Sophomore Rachel Tecca recorded 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting, but Central Michigan (13-7, 5-3 MAC) proved too much for Akron (9-11, 2-6 MAC) Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 74-62 victory at home. Tecca led the Zips with a big second half, scoring 17 of her team-high 21 points in the second stanza alone. Junior Jasmine Mushington added 14 and tied her career-best with seven rebounds.

Tecca (L) and Murphy (R)

Freshman Carly Young also hit double figures, scoring 13 on 4-for-7 from behind the arc. Senior forward Kara Murphy currently stands second on the Zips' all-time scoring list with 1,665 points, just 47 points behind Akron great Cheryl Bowles. She is also just 16 rebounds shy of moving into the top 10 on the career rebounds list.

Eastern Michigan at Kent State, 7 pm
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Eastern Michigan enters the game with a 15-7 (6-2 MAC) record, after escaping with a 72-62 road victory at Miami University, Jan. 29. Three players are averaging double figures for Eastern Michigan, led by Junior guard Tavelyn James' 17.6 ppg clip. Senior guards Cassie Schrock (12.7 ppg) and Sydney Huntley (10.6 ppg) are aiding the cause; Schrock, a Wadsworth High alumna, has made 117 free throws this season, while Huntley leads the team with 63 steals.

This game will give a chance for fans of Schrock, Glenville alumna Raina Spencer, and Brush High product Natachia Watkins play closer to home. 

Raina Spencer Natachia Watkins Cassie Schrock

(L-to-R) Glenville's Spencer, Brush's Watkins and Wadsworth's Schrock

Kent State battled back from a 23-point deficit Jan. 29 against Toledo, but the Golden Flashes ran out of time in a 66-53 loss to the Rockets at Savage Arena in a battle of MAC co-leaders. Senior Taisja Jones led the Flashes with 16 points to tie for the game-high, while Jamilah Humes registered 13 points to go with game-highs of nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. 

Senior Ellie Shields chipped in 10 points off the bench. Senior guard Jamilah Humes recently moved into 13th place in team history in scoring with 1,322 points. Humes currently leads Kent State in assists (4.6) and steals (2.7) per game and is ranked in the top 100 in the nation in both categories.

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By Sue Penicka

WESTLAKE – The 27th annual North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held February 10-12 at C.T. Branin Natatorium, in Canton, Ohio. The 2011 meet, hosted by Denison, is held at an off-campus site to accommodate overwhelming spectator response to the top NCAA Division III swimming and diving conference championship. 

The Denison men’s and women’s squads are the two-time defending champions. The Denison men are the only team to defeat Kenyon at the NCAC meet, claiming titles in 1997, 2009 and 2010. The Denison women snapped the Ladies’ 19-year hold on the crown in 2004 and have gone on to win two more titles in 2009 and 2010. Overall, Kenyon has won 23 of the 26 NCAC titles contested in both men’s and women’s competition. 


KENYON -- Alisa Vereshchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) is the defending champion in the 200 breaststroke and was All-NCAC in the 100 breast, and the 200 IM last winter. 

Senior Jenny Meltz (Andover, MA/Andover) leads OBERLIN in the distance freestyles. She holds the school record in the 1000 and 1650 freestyles. Junior has the Yeowomen’s top times in both breaststroke events, the Kate Melanson (Jupiter, FL/Suncoast Community) is a swimmer to watch. 

Swimmers to watch for HIRAM include senior Kelsey Covell (Parma Hts., OH/Valley Forge) in distance events, and senior Ashlynn Krohn (Wauseon, OH/Wauseon) in the backstroke and IMs. Freshman Jessie Gruden (Sagamore Hills, OH/Western Reserve Academy) is a contender in the sprints.. 


OBERLIN freshman Chris Pickens (Monterey, CA/Monterey) is a swimmer to watch in the freestyle, in everything from the sprints through the mile. Freshman Jordan Attwood (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) is a contender in diving. Junior Nick Lashway (Leeds, MA/Northhampton) and senior Corey Spiro (Solon, OH/Solon) have fared well in past conference meets in the backstroke.
Solon High alum Corey Spiro

HIRAM seniors Travis Subda (Spring, TX/Klein Collins), Colin Kelly (Perrysburg, OH/Perrysburg) and Santiago Mo- rales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa) lead the Terriers into the 2011 NCAC Championship. Subda is the team’s top sprinter.


The North Coast Athletic Conference has sponsored a Swimming and Diving Championship each year since 1985. Kenyon has captured 23 men's and 23 women's events, yet Denison is the two-time defending champion as the Big Red took both the men's and women's 2010 titles. 
NCAA Division III

Denison also claimed both titles in 2009, along with the 1997 men’s title and the 2004 women's title. The NCAC features some of most talented swimmers and divers in the country today. Led by Kenyon and Denison, NCAC swimmers have assaulted college swimming's record books.
The Branin Natatorium
NCAC swimmers represent 37 states and seven countries. The countries represented are Brazil, Egypt, England, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, and the United States.

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Mount's Denard named OAC field Student/Athlete of Week

February 2, 2011 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio --  Mount Union junior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) has been namedOhio Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week.

Denard posted a provisional mark to the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships with a throw of 52-11.5 in winning the shot put at last weekend's OAC Relays in Columbus.

He helped lead the Purple Raiders to a second place finish in the event.

John Marshall shut out of double-figure 

scorers by defensive-tough Railroaders; 

Chappell leads Lawyers with nine points

Collinwood improved to 12-3 overall in boys’ basketball with a 54-34 win over John Marshall.


Tamaine Chappell led the Lawyers with nine points.

South High alumna Katie McGregor 

wins USATF honors

Team USA Minnesota's Katie McGregor, a Willoughby native, was named Women's Long Distance Runner of the Year and Antonio Vega was recognized as the Men's Long Distance Runner of the Year at the 2010 USA Track & Field Convention in Virginia Beach. The two received their awards at an Awards Breakfast.

Former South High Rebel Katie McGregor

McGregor and Vega both had an outstanding year of competitive performances during 2010 with each winning the female and male divisions of the USA Running Circuit and setting personal bests on the roads in the process. In addition, McGregor won three national championships - 10 mile, 15k and 25k - to add to the four she had from previous years.

In the marathon, McGregor notched a personal best of 2:31:01 at the ING New York City Marathon to finish second in the USA Women's Marathon Championship.

"I am so proud of this award," said McGregor, who has been a member of Team USA Minnesota since 2001. "The depth of talented American female distance runners just keeps growing and to be recognized out of this group is amazing. It turned out to be a great year overall. I gave my best efforts just like I do every year."

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Mount Union's basketball game postponed to Thu.

February 2, 2011 

Mount Union's men's and women's basketball games against Muskingum scheduled for Wednesday (Feb. 2) have been postponed to Thursday (Feb. 3). 

The men were scheduled to host the Muskies in Alliance, while the women were to play in New Concord.

Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 pm.