A Page -- Feb. 21, 2010


Weekly picks of Cleveland area 

high school hockey games

Norm Weber

Senior Writer, Greater Cleveland High School Hockey Writers Association

Finally, Avon and Westlake to get 

high school hockey teams

Feb 21, 2010

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After years/decades of being home to many hockey people in these two communities, Avon and Westlake will finally be getting club ice hockey teams for its high schools.


Avon was able to get a group together and play a half dozen games this year and Westlake did something similar as both will be in the mix next year and be eligible to compete in the state tournament at the end of the year, if all the necessary requirements are in place.


Typically, a school needs to have a club team for two seasons before it can be considered for varsity status but can compete in the post season with all the varsity teams as a club team. In order for it to become varsity eventually, all the players must attend that school. At club status, teams can borrow players from other schools.


Whether or not Westlake or Avon elects to attain varsity status and try to earn an invitation to the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League is still a mystery.


Whenever queried, Avon AD Erich Frombach and Westlake AD Dennis Bartlett either deny that hockey is in the cards or elect not to return phone calls concerning it.


Either way, it is OK. As long as hockey is growing at the high school level, particularly in “hockey communities” like these two, it is good for the sport. When considering all the great Westlakers and Avon-ites who have played for St. Edward, St. Ignatius, Holy Name and EC over the past 30 years, it still is a mystery why it has taken this long. Perhaps a fear of hurting their basketball enrollments has brought on blockades from dissidents.


They can remain club if they would like. There is a state club championship. North Royalton has remained club for five years, while Medina and Jackson have remained in that status longer. Brunswick has also been club now for two years.  For some, club works better. Club hockey certainly has grown into a huge success at the college level.


Also, there is some talk that Lake Erie Crushers’ owner Steve Edelson might be interested in building  an ice arena next to the Freight. His baseball organization is much like a hockey team complete with highly educated and articulate student/athletes blanketing the on field and front office personnel including East Coast prepping. A Major Juniors team is sure to follow.


It would make sense. The Chicago commodities trader did in one year what no Clevelander has been able to do for some time – create 350 jobs for the area from scratch and build a championship team in one year.


The IceLand USA people from Strongsville  along with Luchowski Sports Consulting of North Ridgeville made great efforts six years ago to help Avon Lake get two sheets of ice, but it was miserly turned down to avoid a fraction of a percent income tax increase.


Thank goodness for proven track records. The existing high school hockey programs in Bay and Avon Lake would certainly appreciate it along with the new ones in Westlake and Avon.


Originally, no one from the Blue Division was going to move up or down a division for next season, but after an email blast, Blue Central champion Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy agreed to move up and Cleveland Heights will move down.


This will be good overall for the Blue Division. Seven years ago, Bruce Jentner, who was the CVCA coach at the time and whose daughter played college hockey at Cornell, expressed that CVCA should be able to build a hockey power the same way the other privates who have a larger drawing area than the publics have been able to do. In just two years CVCA went from not being able to win a game and getting 10-goal ruled incessantly to championship status.


On the flip, long gone are the Red North caliber John Malloy years at Heights and the movement of hockey to the outer ring is decimating programs like Heights.


Amherst is 7-0 against Red teams this year. The Comets are not quite so perfect against White teams, so take Brecksville Wednesday. In other sectional championships this week, the favorites are St. Ignatius over Holy Name, North Olmsted over Padua, Rocky River over St. Ed, US over Mentor, Shaker over Lake Catholic, Walsh over Kenston, and Gilmour over Hudson.

Storm Men's 4x400 Relay Team 

Reaches NCAA Provisional 

Qualification with Record Run

at Kent State 

Burrows (Trowtwood), Covington (Akron), Harley 

(Rochester, N.Y.) and Snyder (Salesville

become LEC's first qualifiers

Feb. 21, 2010

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – For the first time in its brief history, the Lake Erie College track and field program has a provisional national qualifier.  Four of them to be exact, as the men’s 4x400-relay team reached the NCAA Division II provisional mark late Saturday (Feb. 20) at the Kent State University Tune-Up meet.

The quartet of freshmen Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison)Donta Covington (Akron, Ohio/North)Quinton Harley (Rochester, N.Y./Edison Tech) and Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) placed third overall in the event with a school-record time of 3:17.58. 

Their time when converted for track size is 3:17.98, ahead of the NCAA provisional qualification time of 3:18.5.

The group’s previous best time was 3:18.92 last weekend at the Grand Valley State University Big Meet.

Ohio Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament


Men’s Tournament

Quarterfinals: Wednesday, February 24 (all game times are 7:30p.m.)

#8 Marietta (6-12) at #1 John Carroll (15-3)

#7 Mount Union (9-9) at #2 Wilmington (13-5)

#6 Baldwin-Wallace (9-9) at #3 Capital (10-8)

#5 Heidelberg (8-10) at #4 Ohio Northern (10-8)

Semifinals: Friday February 26 at highest remaining seed

Winner of #6 at #3 vs. Winner of #7 at #3 - TBA

Winner of #5 at #4 vs. vs. #8 at #1-TBA

Finals: Saturday, February 27 at site of semifinals


Women’s Tournament

Quarterfinals: Tuesday, February 23 (all game times are 7:30p.m.)

#8 Heidelberg (6-12) at #1 Capital (15-3)

#7 Otterbein (8-10) at #2 Mount Union (14-4)

#6 John Carroll (8-10) at #3 Baldwin-Wallace (14-4)

#5 Ohio Northern (10-8) at #4 Wilmington (11-7)

Semifinals: Friday February 26 at highest remaining seed

Winner of #6 at #3 vs. Winner of #7 at #3 - TBA

Winner of #5 at #4 vs. #8 at #1-TBA

Finals: Saturday, February 27 at site of semifinal

Oberlin falls at Kenyon; John 

Marshall alumna Syrea Thomas 

shares game-high scoring honors 

for Yeowomen; Cuyahoga Falls 

native Morgan Korinek shares 

team-high honors for Ladies Falls at Kenyon

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Box Score

Gambier, Ohio –
 Cold first-half shooting hindered the Oberlin College women’s basketball team as it dropped its regular season finale at Kenyon College 62-48 on Saturday afternoon. 

The Yeowomen outscored the Ladies 33-27 in the second session, but it the first half they made just 5-of-24 (20.8%) shots and trailed 35-15 at the break. 

Oberlin (5-20, 4-12 NCAC) had a diverse scoring attack as Allison Andersonand Syrea Thomas each scored 12 points on the day – all which came in the second half. Freshman Kelly Warlich registered her fourth double-double of the season with 11 points while tying a career-high with 12 rebounds. Senior Kayla Brandt also added nine points in the setback. 

Kenyon (16-9. 9-7 NCAC) shot 41.8-percent (23-of-56), while Oberlin checked in at 31.5-percent (17-of-54). 

The Ladies, who had 16 different players check into the game, had a 24-10 edge in points in the paint and scored 21 points off of 20 Oberlin miscues. 
West Geauga alumna Laura Goehrke had six points and three rebounds

The Yeowomen clinched the No. 7 in the NCAC Tournament and will travel to the No. 2 seed Ohio Weselyan University Battling Bishops on Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.
Morgan Korinek had 11 points for Kenyon.

Walsh Jesuit Alumna Kaitlin 

Krister named  NCAC women's 

basketball player of the week

Feb. 21, 2010


By Sue Penicka


WESTLAKE – Walsh Jesuit alumna Kaitlin Krister has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference women’s basketball Player of the Week, the league officer here announced today.

Player of the Week - Kaitlin Krister, Wooster

Games Played: 2
Points: 29 (14.5 points per game)
Rebounds: 20 (10.0 rebounds per game)
Assists: 11 (5.5 rebounds per game)
Steals: 2 (1.0 teal per game)
Blocks: 10 (5.0 blocks per game)

Kaitlin Krister

Kaitlin Krister

Wooster senior post Kaitlin Krister (Kent, OH/Walsh Jesuit) helped Wooster to a 1-1 week and a fifth-place finish in the NCAC by tallying 29 points, 20 rebounds, 11 assists, and 10 blocked shots (two steals). She recorded a balanced stat line of 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and six blocks during Friday’s 81-61 loss at Ohio Wesleyan, and less than 24 hours later, came back with an 18-point, 12-rebound, five-assist, four-block effort in a 72-69 victory at Earlham.

Kaitlin Krister


HIRAM claimed the last spot in the NCAC tournament, despite falling twice in the final week. Senior forward Ashley Drum (Parma, OH/Valley Forge) finished the week with 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Terriers fell to Allegheny, 69-55, and Denison, 85-35.

Forge alumna Ashley Drum

KENYON went 1-1 in the final week. Sophomore Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) shot 10-of-14 for 21 points  as the Ladies fell to Ohio Wesleyan, 72-55 and topped Oberlin 62-48. Kenyon finishes the regular season in fourth place.

Morgan Korinek


OHIO WESLEYAN won three times In a busy final week with yet another postponed game to end the regular season strong. Junior guard Pam Quigney (Mentor, OH/Mentor) scored 21 points and six rebounds in a 72-55 defeat of Kenyon. The win gave the Battling Bishops their first season-series sweep of the Ladies since 2003-04. Quigney finished an 81-61 defeat of Wooster, a game that had been postponed twice due to heavy snow, with 11 points. She finished the week with a 24-point output in a 100-62 defeat of Allegheny. In the three games, she totaled 56 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 20-of-36 shooting from the floor. She was 11-for-17 from long range. Junior post Kayla Gordon (St. Louis, MO/Mehlville) laid-in her 1000th career point early in the second half against the Gators, making her the 11th Ohio Wesleyan women’s basketball player to reach that figure

 [ Pam Quigney ]

Mentor's Pam Quigney

WITTENBERG defeated Earlham, 71-57, during the last week of the regular season. Senior Carrie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley) set a career-high in scoring for the second straight game, this time with 26 points. She shot 12-of-15 (.800), a mark which ties the third-best single-game field goal total in program history (best is 14), and puts her in the top 10 for single-game field goal percentage with at least 10 attempts. She also chipped in five assists, seven rebounds and three steals. The win capped the Tigers’ first NCAC title since the 2005-06 season .

Carrie Dyer

Copley alumna Carrie Dyer


WOOSTER went 1-1 in the final week, falling to Ohio Wesleyan Friday night, 81-61, in a game that had been postponed twice due to heavy snowfall across the region. The Fighting Scots came back the next day to defeat Earlham, 72-69, in their regular season finale. Senior post Kaitlin Krister (Kent, OH/Walsh Jesuit) finished the two games with 29 points, 20 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 blocked shots.

JFK alum Chris Roberts


In men’s action, HIRAM went 1-1 and finished with a 9-7 conference mark, good for a fifth-place tie in the final standings. Junior guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland, OH/Kennedy) totaled 38 points and 15 rebounds. He and junior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron, OH/Buchtel) put in 17 points each in a 82-63 win over Denison in their regular season finale. Roberts also pulled down a team-best seven boards.











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Kenston advances to sectional final

Feb. 21, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – In a sectional semifinal game this morning here in the college’s ice rink, Kenston advanced to Friday’s sectional final against Walsh with a 3-1 win over Cleveland Heights.


The Blue North co-champion Tigers gave the White East champion Bombers quite a battle before the upper tier team would emerge and advance as the dust settled.


Nick Levine scored the winning goal for Kenston at 6:18 of the third period with an assist from Greg Revak.


As they had the entire morning, Heights had two more chances later in the period to tie it with power plays that began at nine minutes and at 12:09, but Kenston killed, finishing the day 4 of 4 on the penalty kill.


“We were expecting a tight game and talked to our guys about that,” said Kenston coach Jim Revak. “We played them in a tournament a couple months ago so we knew what they would do – put a lot of guys around the net and hope for a couple good bounces, which what they did. Their goalie (Liam Robinson) has kept them in games the past couple years now.”

Liam Robinson

 Liam Robinson

Heights struck gold first when Chris Zirm scored a goal at 6:56 of the second period with Jordan Shoger assisting. That lead had a life of 10 seconds, as Kenston tied it at 7:06 on a Kyle Weninger goal that was assisted by Greg Revak and Mickey Isakoff.

Chris Zirm

Chris Zirm


“Our guys came out with a lot of confidence,” said Heights coach Ed Babcox. “We were able to play with them as closely as we expected. We knew their system and knew what we had to do to win it.”


The Tigers botched a great scoring chance in the second period when getting into a 5-on-3 power play after the Bombers were whistled for hooking and tripping penalties nine seconds apart of each other.


As it turned out, the only thing opportunistic in that whole two minute and nine second skate was the Kenston penalty kill unit and Kenston goalie Doug Revak. They extinguished every thing Heights tried in the interval.


“That was the difference maker,” Babcox said. “We needed to get one in during that stretch and didn’t. We still are happy with the way we played and that we were able to stay even with them for two and a half periods.”


The first period was evenly matched although Kenston had an 11-4 advantage in shots on goal despite none of them going into the net, leaving it scoreless after the first 15.


Kenston had one power play in the first period on an interference penalty on the Bombers, but the Tiger specialty team killed that without any damage done.


Despite the two power plays that bled together in the second period for Heights, Kenston continued its offensive dominance, holding a 29-11 advantage in shots on goal after two.


After Babcox pulled Robinson in the last minute, Levine scored an open-net goal for the game’s final score. For the game, the Bombers had better than a 2-1 advantage in shots, 45-18.


Jake Collins's overtime goal, hat

trick propel Hudson into Saturday's

sectional hockey championship game

Feb. 21, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – Jake Collins’s goal at 2:17 of overtime gave Hudson a 4-3 win over Chagrin Falls this afternoon in the second game of today’s sectional semifinal triple header here in the college’s ice rink.


The Explorers advanced to the sectional final next Saturday here against Gilmour.


Co-runners up in the Red East, Hudson had a two-week layover after getting inched out of a spot in the Baron Cup, narrowly missing getting in on a three-way tie breaker it would have won and a two-way tie breaker after coach Matt Bartley’s father’s team Shaker Heights bumped them out on the last day with a  10-goal effort.


“It is usually not good to have that long of a break between games, but we were able to scrimmage my dad’s (Mike) team after they got knocked out of the Baron Cup,” Bartley said. “We had some game continuity going coming in, but we did look a little rusty at first. Once we got it going though, we played pretty well. All our games with Chagrin are close so this is something they have gotten used to by now.”


 It tied the series, 2-2, between the two schools this year. Each had won a 3-2 game earlier.


“We blew some of our own chances with some odd rushes, but then worked for the shot when we had to toward the end there,” Bartley said.


Collins’ game-winning goal gave him a hat trick for the afternoon.


Hudson took a 1-0 lead at 5:24 of the first period on a goal by Evan Habitzel that was assisted by Collins and Tyler Ganley.


Chagrin, the White East runners up, had a scoring chance in the first with a power play at 6:04 after an interference penalty on the Explorers, but Hudson’s penalty kill went to work to avoid having anything serious happen to the score.


The shots were fairly even in the first period with the Explorers holding an 8-5 advantage.


The Explorers made it a 2-0 game at 5:29 of the second period when Collins scored with assists from Habitzel and Chris Hartle, but then shot themselves in the foot with an un-exploratory double penalty for slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct, thereby putting the Tigers into a 5-on-3 PP for two minutes.


Chagrin used almost all of it, scoring the power-play tally with 12 seconds left in them at 7:22.  Matt O’Hearn scored it with assists from Al Mitchell and Mack Myers. They did nothing with the remaining 12 seconds on the second penalty nor for the rest of the period as it stood 2-1 Hudson after 30.


The tides shifted early and quickly in the third period as Chagrin grabbed a 3-2 lead on a Steve Epprecht goal at 1:39 and a short-handed lamplighter by Kevin Hamori at 2:49. The Tigers then juiced up to kill the rest of the Hudson power play to carry the lead into the second half of the second period.


Hamori assisted on Epprecht’s goal while Jack Campbell and Matt Markley assisted on Hamori’s.


However, there was still a lot of time left for Hudson to tie it, which it did on a Collins goal at 11:58 with an assist from Habitzel, setting up the overtime situation.


Gilmour advances to play Hudson 

in sectionals

Feb. 21, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT -- No. 2 seed Gilmour advanced to the sectional hockey finals Saturday against Hudson with a 7-0 win tonight over Solon in the third game of today’s high school hockey sectional semifinal tripleheader in the Kent State University Ice Arena.


After a high sticking penalty on Solon, Gilmour took a 1-0 lead at 2:37 of the first period on a power-play goal by Matt Grider that was assisted by Brad Baker.


The Lancers doubled up the score at 8:10 of the opening frame on a Brian Anton goal that was assisted by Billy Davis.

“Our guys were a little nervous coming out at the start, and I like that, the fact that they did not take this team lightly,” said Gilmour coach John Malloy. “Hopefully this helps us down the road when it is not going to be as easy to score seven goals like that.”


Davis’ goal at 12:04 made it 3-0. Assists came from Anton and Chris Deming.



 Solon Comets


 An Anton power-play goal at 14:04 made it a 4-0 game, where it stood after the first 15.


Solon took up some charge in the early part of the second period, keeping the puck out its own net and had a golden opportunity when Gilmour was called for slashing and roughing simultaneously at 5:28.


Gilmour shifted back the command by going on the penalty kills and escaping the 5-on-3 skate unscathed.


Then on a power play off its own after a Solon slash, Zach Buehner took a slap from the blue line that was redirected into the net by Chris Deming at 8:07 to make it 5-0. Eddie Asher also assisted.

“We’ve been emphasizing all year to work the puck to the point,” Malloy said. “I told them after the first period what a good job they were doing with that in this game.”

It remained 5-0 after two periods, but the Lancers carried 3:17 of power-play minutes into the third when Solon was called for holding and unnecessary roughness simultaneously, which were two penalties that had to be served in succession as opposed to concurrently.


Patiently, Gilmour set it up, finally getting the power-play goal from Gordon Wells at 2:09 of the third with help from Anton and Grider.


Sean Curtin fired a slap shot from the blue line for Gilmour’s seventh goal. Jordan Robinson set him up for the rifle-range score.


Oliver Flesher came into goal at the five-minute mark of the third to share the shutout with Graham Boduszek.


Freshman Kyle Peterson saved 40 shots in goal for Solon. The Comets killed two later third-period power plays of Gilmour.



“If we don’t come out and prepare well for a team with a good goalie like this, we are going to have problems,” said Malloy. “It made us fight a little harder. Luckily we shored up and got some goals early on him or we could have been in for a long night.”

Painesville's Hahn-Lawson 

notches NCAA provisional 

qualifying time; Lakewood 

alumnus Neil Anderson lowers 

his qualifying mark

Feb. 21, 2010


By Sue Penicka


WESTLAKE -- In NCAC swimming this week at the Kenyon Invitational, KENYON sophomore Bettina Hahn-Lawson (Painesville, OH/Riverside) won the women’s 500 free in 5:02.94, which was a provisional qualifying time.



WITTENBERG seniors Neil Anderson (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) and Taylor Smith (Mansfield, OH/Senior) each bettered their NCAA “B” cut times at the Kenyon Invitational. Anderson lowered his mark in the men’s 200 fly to 1:53.73, while Smith lowered his in the men’s 100 backstroke to 52.24. 

Neil Anderson

Lakewood's Neil Anderson