A Page -- Feb. 22, 2011

Dick Deasy

Avon Lake's Dick Deasy to step down as 

Notre Dame basketball coach 

Falcons’ bench boss announces retirement


Feb. 22, 2011 --12:01 a.m.

By Skip Snow

SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame Head Women’s Basketball Coach Dick Deasy has announced his retirement effective at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season.


Deasy, who has been at Notre Dame since 2001, is the program’s longest tenured coach and its winningest.  The Avon Lake, native has been a coach, teacher and administrator at both the collegiate and high-school levels for 50 years.  At NDC, he has guided the Falcons to a 182-119 mark and five 20-win seasons, including the current campaign (22-8) which has earned the team a postseason berth for a seventh time in the last eight years.


“Dick Deasy has been a tremendous asset for the College since he arrived on campus more than 10 years ago,” said Notre Dame Director of Athletics Susan Hlavacek.  “He’s much more than a coach, and I appreciate the example he set for coaches, staff and student-athletes.”




The 1961 Ohio University graduate turned a once languishing women’s basketball program into a model of consistency in recent years.  Notre Dame went 12-68 over the three seasons (1998-01) prior to Deasy’s arrival on College Road. 

 In the 2000-01 campaign, the Falcons went 7-21 overall and 0-18 in American Mideast Conference` play.  Under Deasy, NDC has become a staple at or near the top of the conference standings -- since 2004, the program has a .727 winning percentage overall (149-65) and a .684 mark (78-36) in league games. 

Deasy was tabbed as the AMC North Division Coach of the Year in 2005-06, when he led NDC to its first appearance in the NAIA National Championship Tournament.


“I have enjoyed my time at Notre Dame immensely,” said Deasy.  “It’s a wonderful institution, and I’m so proud of all the young women who worked so hard to build up and maintain our women’s basketball program.”


Deasy is also the winningest coach in the history of Avon Lake High School boys’ basketball.  He has won over 500 games combined at all levels of basketball in his illustrious career.  At Notre Dame he coached in his 300th game last week (Feb. 15).

He began his coaching career at Avon Lake High in the early 1960s, left after a couple years to coach college ball in Wisconsin for a few years and returned to Avon Lake in the 1970s as the athletic director shortly after the late Ohio Hall of Fame football coach Al O'Neill began (1966) building a football dynasty at the school that still lives today.

Then Deasy served in a rare dual role as the AD and boys' basketball coach as both .basketball and the overall athletics program grew as among the best in Northern Ohio, which also stil lives to this day.

 He announced to the team last week that he would be stepping down after this season.


“It’s the right time for me to retire, so I wanted to tell them first,” said Deasy.  “But that being said, what the team doesn’t know is what I get out of coaching them -- I learn from them, and the day-to-day interactions with the team keep me young.”


Deasy’s Falcons open play in the 2011 AMC Championship Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m. vs. Roberts Wesleyan-N.Y.).  Notre Dame earned that home-court date with an upset road win over No. 16 Cedarville (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) on Saturday.

Shawnita Garland named Player of the 

Week in the Horizon League

Feb. 22, 2011

By Greg Murphy

NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After leading Cleveland State to a pair of road wins last week, senior Shawnita Garland was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week. The league office made the announcement on Monday (Feb. 21) afternoon.

Shawnita Garland

It is Garland's first career award and third overall for CSU this season

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Yeomen Baseball Season Preview
Story Reported by Ryan Mouch '11
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Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College baseball team enters its 2011 campaign coming off of a record-breaking season in 2010. In 2010, the team set numerous records including wins in a season (18), team batting average (.314), and hits (339). The team heads into the 2011 season with a battle-tested group of seniors, many of whom have started for the Yeomen since they were freshmen. Led by 2010 Third Team All-Region selections third basemanBen Puterbaugh and relief pitcher Phil Brua, the Yeomen look to have what it takes to make the school’s first appearance in the NCAC playoffs.

With longtime assistant coach Adrian Abrahamowicz taking over the helm, he expects the Yeomen to be ready to compete with the conference’s elite. “This is the first time in my time here as a coach that we have had a large group of talented and experienced seniors who can lead this team both on and off the field.”

Abrahamowicz has also added a deep freshman class to help compliment the 13 returners. “Our freshman are a well-rounded group that can add depth in the field and to our lineup, as well as provide some much needed help on the mound,” Abrahamowicz stated.

The Yeomen will look to have another strong offensive year, while also improving their defense. In 2010, the Yeomen defense hampered their chances for a NCAC playoff berth. In 2011, the Yeomen will look to improve their team fielding percentage to take some of the pressure off their pitching staff. “Last year we did not do a very good job of being consistent on defense and it cost us some games,” Abrahamowicz said. “This year, we are looking for consistency in the field. We do not need the overly spectacular play made, we just need the routine plays to be routine.”

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No. 7 seed Mount Union travels to No. 2 seed John Carroll for a quarterfinal game in the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Tuesday at 7:30 pm in University Heights.

The game will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN AM 1310 and simulcast online right here along with a LIVE STATS game tracker.  John Carroll will also be providing LIVE VIDEO of the game.

The Purple Raiders (10-15, 8-10 OAC) will try to carry the momentum from a solid 74-67 win over Heidelberg Saturday in the regular season finale.  Mount Union built a double digit lead early in the second half when Heidelberg rallied to within a point before the Raiders responded with a 13-2 run to put the game away.

Junior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored a season and game-high 23 points and hauled down eight rebounds, while senior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals for Mount Union.

MAC Basketball Today

Zips Hosting Bee Gee tonight

Feb. 22, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Bowling Green at Akron, 7 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team hits the road for the final time in regular-season play as the Falcons head to Northeast Ohio for a Tuesday (Feb. 22) game vs. the University of Akron. The Falcons will enter the Akron game with an overall record of 22-4, and BGSU is 10-3 in MAC play.

 BG is in first place in the MAC's East Division standings, a game ahead of Kent State. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 18.4 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.1 rebounds per contest. Classmate Tracy Pontius has 12.0 ppg to date, and leads the team with 3.6 assists per outing. She had 17 points, tying her season high in MAC games at the time, in the win over Ohio, then exploded for 29 points at Miami on Saturday. 

The Zips are looking for a fifth-consecutive win as they try to topple the Falcons for only the third time ever in program history. Sophomore forward 

Rachel Tecca leads the team in scoring and rebounding, with 16.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and is shooting 50.4% from the field to pace the Zips in that category as well.

St. V alumna Kara Murphy, Akron's

all-time leading scorer

 Senior forward Kara Murphy and sophomore guard Taylor Ruper have 10.1 and 10.0 ppg, respectively. Murphy, Akron's all-time leading scorer, has 4.5 rebounds on the year, while Ruper has hit a team-leading 65 three-point field goals this winter.


Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, 7 pm
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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team tries for its third win in four games when the Huskies face Western Michigan, Tuesday night at 6 p.m. (CST) in Kalamazoo, Mich. For NIU, a win would be a big step toward hosting a first-round MAC Tournament game, as the Huskies try to hold off Ball State for the eighth seed. The Huskies have won two of their last three games, including a 59-45 victory versus Central Michigan. NIU held the Chippewas to their lowest offensive output of the season. CMU took its frustration out on Western Michigan three days later, putting up 91 on the Broncos in a 16-point victory. Sophomore Kim Davis has come on strong in the last three games, scoring double-figures in each. Since the Feb. 12 win at Buffalo, Davis is averaging 13 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. She had her fifth double-double of the season with an 11-point, 13-board outing at EMU. Western Michigan couldn't keep Central Michigan's pace, falling to the Chippewas, 91-75, Saturday at McGuirk Arena. Ebony Cleary carried the bulk of the load for Western Michigan, tying a career-high with 21 points and recording her sixth double-double of the season (16th career) with 12 rebounds. Miame Giden tied her season high with 17 points. Taylor Manley finished with 14 points and Kemmy Dominique had 12.


Lakewood's Tim Kelly is OAC Runner of the Week

February 22, 2011-12:01  A.M.

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union junior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

This past weekend at the Kent State Open, Kelly was the highest NCAA Division III finisher in the 1,000 meters and fourth overall with a time of 2:29.71.


Mount Union basketball team, ranked

17th nationally and regular-season 

champs, set to take on Otterbein in OAC 

tourney tomorrow

 Feb. 22, 2011 --12:01 a.m.

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- The nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will host a first-round Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday when the Otterbein Cardinals visit the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

Green alumna Amanda Ross

The Purple Raiders (22-3) won the OAC regular season championship and are the top seed in the conference tournament. They have won eight straight contests and 12 of their last 13.

Mount Union is coming off a 2-0 week in which it defeated Baldwin-Wallace, 67-60, and then Heidelberg, 86-57

The Raiders entered last week ranked 17th by ESPN/USA Today and 19th by D3Hoops.com; they await new rankings this week.

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Oberlin Men's Tennis Stopped by Wabash College

Story Reported by Wes Davis

2/21/2011 1:52:57 PM
Results vs. Wabash
Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's tennis team was upended by fellow North Coast Athletic Confernce squad Wabash College in non-conference action Sunday morning, 7-2.
The Yeomen duo of Logan Chun and Eliot Heaton picked up Oberlin's lone win during doubles action. The pair were 8-4 winners over the Little Giants' Ian Leonard and Evan Bayless at No. 3.

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Vernon & Miller Honored by League

Story Reported by Mike Mancini

2/21/2011 11:44:42 AM
Westlake, Ohio – The senior tandem of Laura Vernon and Amanda Millerreceived weekly honors from the NCAC, the league office announced on Sunday afternoon.

Vernon, a native of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, was tabbed as NCAC Field Athlete of the week for her performance at the Baldwin-Wallace College last Friday. She won the pole vault with a school-record effort of 10-11.75

Miller, who hails from Toledo, Ohio, had success as an individual and in the relays. She victorious in the 400 meters with a mark of 60.21 and also ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 meter relay team (1:47.56).

Both Student/Athletes will continue their preparation for the NCAC Championships starting on March 4





ROCHESTER, NY – In their first season at Case Western Reserve University, swimming & diving head coach Doug Milliken and assistant Emily Wylam have been named the University Athletic Association Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year. In addition, the Spartan men and women combined to break 10 school-records and hit 12NCAA B-Cut Qualifying marks at the UAA Championship this past weekend.

The Spartan men placed fourth at the UAA Championships and the women were sixth. The men’s finish was the program’s best since 2006 and was a two-place improvement from last season. The women also improved after placing seventh in 2010.

“Being named coaching staff of the year is a tremendous honor and it is really a reflection of all of the hard-work that our student-athletes and coaches have put in,” saidMilliken. “The other coaches in the UAA recognized that and this is their way of passing recognition along to the entire team. This award is about our total team effort.”

A dozen school-records fell, including nine on the women’s side and three on the men’s.

For the women, freshman Maggie Dillione (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) continued her stellar rookie campaign with CWRU records in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.96) and 100-yard butterfly (57.49). Senior Jacquie Buckler (Brookfield, WI/Brookfield East) also set a pair of marks in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.09) and 200 breaststroke (2:25.15). In addition, junior Stephanie Campbell (Highland Heights, OH/Mayfield) set a new standard in the 100 back (59.25).

In relay events, Campbell, Buckler and Dillione teamed with senior Roxanne Leyshon (Cambridge, OH/Mercersburg Academy) to set the school 400 medley relay record with a time of 3:55.99. In the 200 medley relay, Buckler, Campbell and Leyshon joined senior Ellen Crummy (Butler, PA/Butler) for a mark of 1:50.58.

Overall, the women hit four NCAA B-Cut qualifying marks. Dillione bettered her previous qualifying time in the 100 fly, while freshman Sara Tillie (Fallston, MD/Fallston)hit her own qualifying mark of 4:36.69 in the 400-yard individual medley. The aforementioned 400 medley relay quartet landed a B-Cut, as did the 400 free relay team ofLeyshon, Tillie, Campbell and Dillione with a time of 3:33.68.

For the men, freshman Daniel Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon) added to his successful run this season with records in the one-meter dive (486.50 points) and three-meter dive (441.75). Senior Robby Browning (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) also broke his own school-record in the 100 back with a time of 51.67.

Each of Jacobson’s marks were good for NCAA B-Cuts as was Browning’s time in the 100 back. In addition, freshman Sean Nickley (Springfield, VA/West Springfield) hit a pair of marks in the 100 breaststroke (57.44) and 200 breaststroke (2:05.90). Freshman Nick Clyde (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron) also joined the club with qualifiers in the 400 IM (4:06.19) and 200 breast (2:06.65).

The 200 medley relay team of Browning, Clyde, senior Peter Fino (Sterling Heights, MI/Detroit Jesuit) and freshman Gus Bailey (Grove City, OH/Grove City) also hit a mark with a time of 133:46.
“Seeing all of the records and B-Cuts was exciting,” noted Milliken. “Those marks were a testament to how hard this team has worked and how high we have set our goals and expectations.”\

Nine different Student/Athletes score 

goals as Ignatius moves into sectional 

finals against EC

Feb. 22, 2011

Nine different players scored goals as No. 1 District seed and defending state champ St. Ignatius won a sectional hockey semifinal, 10-0, over Parma Monday night, to advance to sectional championship game Saturday against Elyria.

Abood (L) and Joseph (R)

Paul Zickes scored two goals. Scoring one each were Miles McQuinn, Nick Rimpf, Michael Abood, Mike Avdey, Kevin Joseph, Eamonn Walsh, Taylor Wolf, and Colton Riemenschneider.

Riemenschneider (L) and Avdey (R)


Matt Kovesdy earned the shutout in goal, stopping all 10 shots he faced, in the State High School Hockey Tournaments, which will run throughout this week and next week in Brooklyn and Kent and in two weeks in Columbus.

EC opened up the evening Monday with an 8-1 win over Trinity in another sectional semifinal to advance to the sectional finals against Iggy. The Wildcats (29-6) and Panthers (12-18) will square off at noon on the ice in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center in Brooklyn.