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Feb. 25, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND– Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) has been selected to the 2011Capital One Academic All-American team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, February 24. Hollinger is now a three-time Academic All-American, having earned the honor for both basketball and track & field last year.


Hollinger, a macromolecular science and engineering major with a 3.96 grade point average, earns second-team College Division honors for the second straight season. She is the only player from the University Athletic Association to receive the distinction.

She has been one of the top players in the UAA this season, leading the league at 16.9 points per game and 44 blocked shots. Hollinger, who also averages a team-high 5.9 rebounds, has shot .533 from the field and .830 from the foul line. Earlier this month, she became just the 10th woman in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark and she currently ranks seventh all-time at CWRU with 1,079 for her career.

Also a two-time UAA All-Academic selection, Hollinger is an All-American high jumper on the Spartan track & field team. In addition, she is a nominee for the Jostens Award, given to outstanding student-athletes in NCAA Division III basketball for excellence in the classroom, on the playing court and in the community.

Since the program’s inception, a total of 71 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American. In 2009-10, a combined seven Spartans received the honor. The amount was tied for fourth-most in the nation for all Divisions. So far in 2010-11, five Spartans have been named Academic All-America.

B-W hosting OAC T&F 

championships this weekend; Mount 

Union eying improvement  from 

second place in 2010

Feb. 25, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

By Lenny Reich

BEREA -- Mount Union's men's indoor track and field team travels to Baldwin-Wallace for the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday in Berea, Ohio.

The meet begins Friday at noon and picks up again Saturday at 10 am.

The Purple Raiders finished second a year ago and have a record 31 OAC Indoor Track & FieldChampionships with the last one of those coming in 2007.

Where They Stand
Several Purple Raiders are ranked among the top times/marks heading into the OAC Championships.

  • Scott Thomas (Sr., Salem/West Branch) is ranked No. 1 in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.41
  • Cory Hoover (Jr., Alliance/Marlington) is ranked No. 1 in the 500 meters (1:05.71).
  • Tim Kelly (Jr., Lakewood/Lakewood) is ranked No. 1 in the 1,000 meters (2:29.71).
  • Ty Griffin (Sr., Massillon/Massillon Perry) is seeded third in the 1 mile (4:24.08).
  • Dan Whisler (Sr., Ashland/Ashland) is seeded fourth in the 1 mile (4:24.30) and eighth in the 3,000 meters (9:02.31).
  • Sean Denard (Jr., Naperville, Ill./North) is ranked No. 2 in the shot put (53-8.5)
  • Sam Ludgood (Fr., Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) is ranked No. 3 in the long jump (44-9.5)
Marlington alum Cory Hoovere(L), Perry (Stark) alum Ty Griffin (R)

Heights' Emily King could be starting third baseman as a freshman for Oberlin softball 
Feb. 25, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – The weather last week had everyone thinking spring time in Ohio and even though the snow has returned, the start of the 2011 softball season is right around the corner.

The biggest question mark for the Yeowomen heading into the season is who is going to step-up and replace arguably the greatest player in program history in the departed Julia Chauvin?

The logical choice is junior shortstop Kristine Kuchta. The two-time All-NCAC selection enters the season with a career batting average of .343 and has started 70 games over the past two years. The Brookfield, Illinois, native is also a nemesis on the bases as she is 26-of-28 in her career in stolen-base attempts. 


However, the question still remains on who is going to be joining Kuchta on the left side of the infield at third base? Head Coach Adrienne Davis will have a few options to turn to. The front-runner to see the majority of time at the hot corner will be first-year Emily King. King comes to Oberlin from nearby Cleveland Heights, Ohio where she was a four-year starter for the Tigers. Junior Megan Widmer will shift over to third when King takes to the mound.

Local Oberlin product Cheryl Lindsly will be on the right side of the infield at second base to make up the other side of the double-play combination with Kuchta.  Widmer should get the bulk of the work over at first base. She will be spelled by Noelle Pavlovic
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CSU's Swimming Eyes Best Finish Ever At League Championship

By Brian McCann

After setting a Cleveland State record for dual meet wins in a season with 15 this year, the Viking women's swimming and diving team will try to make history again this weekend by attempting to win the first conference championship in program history. The Vikings will have the home pool advantage, as this year's Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships will be held at The Busbey Natatorium this week (Feb. 23-26).

 "Our goal has always been to improve," head coach Wally Morton said. "To improve our individual times and to improve our overall team performance. We have done that all season, and if we continue to that this week, we will be satisfied with our results. We do feel good about being able to host the meet and swimming in our own fast waters."

Leading the Vikings in the swimming events will be sophomores Joanna Olsson and Alice Sommerville and junior Carys Behn. Olsson broke the school and conference records in the 400 IM (4:20.09) and also set new school marks in the 500 free (4:53.56) and 200 IM (2:04.86).

Sommerville started the season by breaking the CSU record in the 100 fly (23.39), and, along with Behn and Sommerville, helped break the Horizon League record in the 400 free relay (3:24.51). Behn has the league's top time in the 200 free this season (1:50.59) and has the second best times in the 500 (23.81) and 100 (51.66) freestyles.
Kacey Cummings
Kacey Cummings

Kacey Cummings has been Cleveland State's top diver this season. A four-time conference diver of the week selection this year, the junior owns the best score in the league in the 1-meter dive (281.70) and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships with her top score in the 3-meter (297.23)

Viking tennis teams playing a combined five matches this week

After being out of competitive action for more than 10 days, the Cleveland State men's tennis team resumes its schedule with three matches this week, beginning with a 12:00 p.m. contest at Ohio State on Thursday (Feb. 24). CSU then plays at Duquesne on Friday (Feb. 25) at 6:00 p.m. and at Illinois State on Sunday (Feb. 27) at 10:00 a.m.

"We used the time off to get some rest and work on a few things to improve as a team," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We are starting to play well as a team and learn how to win close points and close out sets and matches. I really like the direction that this team is going."
John Haley
John Haley

The Vikings enter the week with a 4-3 mark after splitting a pair of matches two weeks ago, winning 5-2 at Xavier on Feb. 11 and falling at 12th-ranked Kentucky, 6-4.

Senior John Haley picked up CSU's lone point against Kentucky, winning at No. 4 singles, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, en route to earning Horizon League Player of the Week honors. His 13 singles wins this year are tied with Yannick Goossens for tops on the squad this year.

The women's tennis team continues its stretch of playing 10 of 11 matches away from home when the Vikings play at Toledo on Friday (Feb. 25) at 6:00 p.m. and at Western Michigan at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 26).

"This is one the most difficult part of our schedule because we are playing so many matches on the road against quality teams," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "I feel that we have been playing quality tennis this spring, but have struggled to close out sets and matches by winning key points. But the matches that we are playing now are only going to help us get better and prepare us for the league schedule."

The Vikings slipped to 3-5 this spring with a pair of losses last weekend, falling at Michigan State (5-2) on Saturday (Feb. 19) and losing at Indiana, 7-0, on Sunday (Feb. 20).
Alexandra Bush
Alex Power
Alex Bush (left) and Alex power (right)

Sophomores Nicole Janek and Maria Lazaris won their singles matches against MSU to give the Vikings their points. Janek's win came at No. 5 singles, while Lazaris won at No. 6 singles. In addition, freshmen Alex Bush and Alex Power teamed for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles against the Spartans.

Green High alumna Amanda Rose collects third double-double of the season to move Mount Union into championship game

February 25, 2011 12:02 a.m. 

Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) recorded her third double-double of the season, finishing with 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, to lead Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team past Capital, 79-55, in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on Thursday.


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February 25, 2011 12:02 a.m. 

St. Joe season ended by Strongsville

St. Joseph’s basketball season came to a close Thursday night in the Division I districts in Parma with a 62-45 loss to Strongsville.


Greta Burry scored 12 points and Emma Tilow 10 for the Jaguars.

Lydia Corle scores 20 but Green ousted 

from tourney by unbeaten Firestone

February 25, 2011 12:02 a.m. 

Three girls scored in double figures, but it was still not enough points as Green was eliminated from the district basketball tournament by undefeated Firestone, 61-57, Thursday night.

Lydia Corle scored 20, Morgan Jackson 16, and Logan Pastor 10.

Pastor had 14 and Corle 11 in a 37-33 first-round win over Copley.

Lacy LeDuc

Lacy LeDuc earns game-high scoring 

honors but Shoregals ousted from 

tourney by Blue Devils

Lacy LeDuc scored a game-high 16 points for Avon lake, but the Shoregals’ season ended Thursday with a 38-27 loss to Brunswick.

LeDuc hit a three late in the first half and the Shoregals trailed by only three points at the half of the Medina sectional. 


After best four-year run in school 

history, Walsh Jesuit baseball back in 

national rankings

Feb. 25, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CUYAHOGA  FALLS – Although the Walsh Jesuit baseball teams that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for parts of last season and wound up finishing state runners-up in Division II returns expiernce, the Warriors will still be short on “starting” experience this season.

Of the 12 letter winners retuning for the 2011 edition of the Walsh Jesuit baseball Warriors, three were position-playing starters and one a starting-pitching-rotation member.

Still, Walsh is held in high regard nationally. For the fourth consecutive year and seventh time in the last eight years, the Warriors come into the season with a tiop-20 ranking nationally, checking in at No. 18 in the MaxPreps poll.

Few programs around the state have been able to match the four-year-level of consistency of Walsh 2007-10. In addition to the second-place finish and No. 1 ranking for parts of the season last year, the class that just graduated was part of the best four-year era in school history, also pocketing the 2007 State Poll Championship, the 2008 Ohio State Championship, the 2009 Runners-Up finish.

While polls can sometimes be dismissed as mere theory and opinion with only quasi-factual basis, there was some consensual element in the Warriors’ No. 1 ranking last season.


The 2010 Walsh club achieved the rarity of holding the No. 1 ranking in the nation in four separate polls: MaxPreps, ESPNRise, Collegiate Baseball, and Rivals.com. In addition, the Warriors had as high as the No. 2  raning in the USA Today Super 25 poll.

Many have and will continue to extend their Student/Athletic careers beyond Walsh. Senior southpaw pitcher Tim Faix is headed toward Kent State, while classmates Kolton Snyder and Jake Nogalo are headed toward Slippery Rock.

Faix had a 7-0 record on mound in 2010 with 2.15 ERA as a .junior. More impressive was his ability to keep the ball out of play, firing 37 Ks in only 29-1/3 IP in 2010. Opponents batted only .246 against Faix. He is ranked the 25th best player in Ohio by The Buckeye Scout.com

Nogalo is a Collegiate Baseball / Louisville Slugger 2010 “Player to Watch.” In 2010, Nogalo, had a.500 average with 1 HR and 17 RBIs.

By the time he is done here, Snyder will be a four-year letter-winner, and he is Collegiate Baseball / Louisville Slugger 2010 Player to Watch after sporting a .444 BA as a junior reserve in 2010.

Others in that senior quintet of regulars are left Joe Keller, and infielder Nate Lundy.

Keller is being recruited by multiple schools and is a possible Division I prospect. His older brother is currently playing at Division I Ohio University. He threw only the 6th no-hitter in the history of Walsh Jesuit HS as a sophomore in 2009

Keller had a 2-1 record on mound in 2009 with 2.78 ERA. He also averaged better than a strikeout per inning, whiffing 24 in only 22-1/3 IP in 2009. Opponents batted a microscopic .151 against him. He is also Collegiate Baseball / Louisville Slugger 2010 Player to Watch

Lundy is being recruited by multiple Division II and Division III schools after posting a .667 BA as a sophomore reserve in 2009. As do many of his Jesuit brothers, Lundy achieves high marks in the classroom as a Student/Athlete.

The junior class president, Lundy is also a valedictorian candidate. He was also the sophomore class president in 2009 and a member of National Honor Society

Also a Collegiate Baseball / Louisville Slugger 2010 Player to Watch, Lundy was an Honorable Mention All CRBC in 2010 with the following  numbers: .447 BA in 2010 with 1 HR and 24 RBI

Perhaps the top prospect in this tribe of Warriors is sophomore sensation Cassidy Brown, the Walsh catcher who is already getting showered with national-caliber baseball scholarship offers.

Brown is getting recruited nationally by multitude top 25 NCAA Division I schools. Aleasdy with some Division I offers, Brown is one of the top C recruits in the nation for the Class of 2013

He was named the Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010.

Also a Collegiate Baseball / Louisville Slugger 2010 Player to Watch, Brown had a .359 BA with 1 HR and 21 RBI as a freshman starter in 2010 while catching three potential future draft-pick players

,“We are very excited about the talent level of our youth, and look forward very much to an enthusiastic spring of enjoyable baseball.,“ said Walsh coach Chris KaczmarAmong the junior class is yet another left handed pitcher in Mike Marsinek, who is being recruited by multiple Division I schools. By the time he is done next spring, he will be a four-year letter-winner and three-year starter. He has a 3-1 record on mound in 2010 with 1.80 ERA.

Marsinek also puts down at least one batter on strikes each inning, notching 30 Ks in only 23-1/3 IP in 2010; opponents batted only .163 against him.

He was an Honorable Mention All CRBC in 2010

Others expected to contribute in huge ways are Daniel Keller (OF, senior, probable starter, twin of Joe),  Graeme Frye  (CF/C, junior, possible Division I prospect), Drew Miletti (2B, junior, possible Division I prospect), Anthony Nemer (SS, junior, possible Division I prospect), and Mark Mittiga (RHP, sophomore, Division I prospect).

Walsh Jesuit baseball was nationally ranked for three consecutive years from 2004 through 2006, peaking during those years at a high of No. 6 nationally in 2006 as the Warriors collected their third state title. While Walsh Jesuit was the Ohio State Poll Champion for the first time in school history in 2007, they were absent from the national rankings. WJ Baseball was back on the national scene in 2008 as they won their fourth state championship and returned to the national rankings.

Viking Baseball Group Continues Season With 

Three-Game Trip To Greensboro

Feb. 25, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

After recording 34 hits, setting an individual steal record and tying a team stolen base record, the Viking baseball squad will try to keep the offense going this weekend with a trip to Greensboro, N.C. to play North Carolina-Greensboro in a weekend series. Cleveland State will open with a 3:00 p.m. game today (Feb. 25), and will continue with games on Saturday (Feb. 26) at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday (Feb. 27) at 12:00 noon.

CSU opened its 2011 campaign in Farmville, Va. with a three game series at Longwood last weekend. The Vikings (1-2) picked up their first win of the season on Saturday (Feb. 19), posting 17 hits and 20 RBI in a 22-10 victory over the Lancers. Cleveland State tied a school record for stolen bases in a game (eight), with junior Zach Thompson breaking the CSU single game stolen base record of three by taking four bases on the day.
Alex Johnson
Ignatius alum Alex Johnson

"Offensively, we did some good things," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We've got some speed and we've got some people who can hit, and we saw a little bit of that against Longwood. What I'm going to be looking for this week is a little more consistency. We need guys who can take advantage of opportunities and put together some hits to keep innings going. We're still working on a final starting lineup, and I think that will get a little clearer after this weekend."

The Vikings dropped their other two games against the Lancers, falling 8-3 on Friday (Feb. 18) and 9-4 on Sunday (Feb. 20).

Tyler Wynn, Alex Johnson and Chuck Gasti led the Viking batting last weekend, with each recording five hits. Gasti led the team with six RBI while Johnson and Wynn each had four. Freshman Mike Norkus had a strong debut, hitting a homerun and double while serving as the designated hitter.

Collinwood native, Mount Union Student/Athlete Cecil Shorts III heads to 

NFL combine

All-American Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) will participate in the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine scheduled for February 24 - March 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The very best college football players have been invited to participate in front of top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams that will be on hand to evaluate players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft

nce and give back in the form of coaches or contributing advisors and consultants.

Kenyon facing Denison tonight in NCAC tourney; 

Woodridge's Morgan Korinek key in quarterfinal win 

over Witt; Chagrin's Powers also chips in with some 


Feb. 25, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

Kenyon is playing undefeated Denison tonight in the semifinals of the NCAA basketball tournament after beating Wittenberg, 70-59, in the quarters Tuesday.

Korinek (L) and Watson (R)

 In that win for the Ladies, Woodridge alumna Morgan Korinek  scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five steals.

Kat Powers

Also for Kenyon, Chagrin Falls alumna Kat Powers had foru points, two steals, four assists and three rebounds.

 Hudson alumna Sarah Watson had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Witt.

Lake Erie Men's Basketball: Hot Start and Late Heroics Earn Storm a Win on Senior Night

February 25, 2011 12:02 a.m. 

By Jason Tirotta

Watch a short highligh clip of tonight's men's game at www.youtube.com/watch?=-Sw92E0v0Ac


PAINESVILLE -- Freshman guard Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) stepped to the line for Lake Erie College (7-8, 3-15 GLIAC) in a tied game with five seconds left and the game tied and after missing the first try, Thomas connected on the second. It was enough as Tiffin University 's (7-18, 5-13 GLIAC) last second runner was off the mark, securing the 68-67 for the Storm.


It was senior night for Lake Erie and its top senior, guard Ethan Bradshaw ( Cincinnati , Ohio /Harmony Prep) did not disappoint. Bradshaw drained 26 points which moved him into third on the all-time career scoring list with 1,220 points. Tiffin was led by guard Brian Scott with a game-high 27 points off the bench.


The victory completed the season sweep for the Storm as they won by a nearly identical 68-66 margin in Tiffin on Jan. 15.

Midpark Alum Jimmy Kerrigan


Lake Erie's three seniors – Bradshaw, center Jimmy Kerrigan ( Strongsville , Ohio /Midpark) and guard Jeremy Bilancione (New Port Richey, Fla./River Ridge) – got the start and the emotional lift sparked the Storm early.


Bedford/Tri-C Product Brandon Smith

The Green and White raced out to the game's first 10 points, with six from Bradshaw and two from Kerrigan.  Lake Erie pushed that lead to 21-9 at 13:02 with a layup from junior guard Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College).  Tiffin closed that gap to three but the Storm pushed its first half lead back out to double-digits and a breakaway dunk from Smith at 00:02 sent Lake Erie to the half with a 40-29 advantage.


The Storm started the second half strong as well, as they pushed the lead out to a game-high 17 points when a Bilancione fast break layup made the score 48-31 at 15:21.  Tiffin quickly dissolved that advantage and it was erased completely at 4:42 when a Rafael Cuellar layup knotted the score at 60-60. 


The Dragons took their only lead of the game at 62-61 with 3:24 to play but it lasted just 20 seconds as a Bradshaw layup put Lake Erie back on top.  The score remained that way at 1:31 when sophomore Garrick Sims ( Barberton , Ohio / Barberton ) converted a monster dunk and was fouled.  Sims could not convert the free throw try and a Cuellar layup brought the Dragons within one at 65-64 with 1:09 to play.  Thomas calmly knocked down a 18-foot jumper with 36 seconds to play but a three-pointer by Tiffin guard Joe Graessle tied the score at 67-67 at 19 seconds. 


After Thomas' free throw, guard Karl Finley drove the length of the floor and saw his open runner clang off the iron as Lake Erie snapped a nine-game homelosing streak.

Patience Carroll has another double-figure night but 

Griffins' season ends

February 25, 2011 12:02 a.m. 

Patience Carroll scored 11 points, but little production came from elsewhere as Buchtel’s season came to an end with a 71-17 loss to Walsh Jesuit in the Uniontown Sectionals.

Buchtel closes out at 8-11.

Second-seeded Aurora gets CVCA next

McKenzie Hedrick scored seven points in Springfield’s season-ending loss to CVCA, 47-26.

CVCA plays second-seeded Aurora later tomorrow in the first round of the districts.