A Page -- Feb. 21, 2012


            KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued today at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Kent Roosevelt beat Chagrin Falls

                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Chagrin Falls:                        2          0          1          0          3         

Kent Roosevelt:                     1          1          4          0          6                     


Chagrin Falls:             Goals: John Bourisseau (2), Kevin Turk

Assists: John Bourisseau, Sam Bender, Mitch Berry

Kent Roosevelt:         Goals: Bob Danner (2), Dontae Montemayor, Jake Schmauch, Tom Fisher, Scott Raines 

Assists: Tyler Gallagher (2), Gabe Smith (2), Cam Bindus, Scott Rainey, Tom Fishe 


Chagrin Falls:            Don Jackson - (24) Saves, (30) Shots                       

Kent Roosevelt:         Nate Grootegoed - (23) Saves, (26) Shots




            KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued tonight at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Kenston beat Mentor


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Mentor:                                  2          0          0          -           2         

Kenston:                                 1          2          2          -           5                     


Mentor:                       Goals: Ryan Posipanka, Brandon Tackett        

Assists: Anthony Blank, Walt Nebelski

Kenston:                     Goals: Nick Levine (3), Zach Kinney, Alex Petre

Assists: Nick Levine, Zach Kinney 


Mentor:                      Tommy Kozlovich - (24) Saves, (29) Shots         

Kenston:                    Ryan Malik – (30) Saves, (32) Shots\

Spartans Post Perfect Saturday with Wins versus Taylor and No. 16 DePauw

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team picked up a pair of dual match wins on Saturday, February 18 versus Taylor University (Ind.) and DePauw University at the DePauw Indoor Tennis and Track Center. The Spartans swept Taylor by a 9-0 tally before defeating the 16th-ranked Tigers, 6-3 to improve to 4-4 overall on the young season.

Case picked up all six singles points dropping just one set to Taylor. Freshman Bas Van Lent<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/van%20lent%20bas%20vkrv> (Wexford, Pa./Pine-Richland) started things off at first singles with a victory versus Jon Wegener by a score of 6-7, 7-6, 10-5. At No. 2 singles, junior Richard Brunsting<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/brunsting%20richard%20odi2> (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) bested Weston Young in straight sets by a 6-2, 6-2 tally.

Brunsting's classmate Nicolas Howe<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/howe%20nicolas%20q4su> (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) was a winner at third singles against Wes Nitzsche, 6-1, 6-1. In the fourth slot, junior Alex Solove<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/solove%20alex%208e9n> (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) defeated Luke Tilden 6-1, 6-1 and at fifth singles, sophomore Derek Reinbold<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/reinbold%20derek%20ivna> (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor) took down Jon Erny 6-4, 6-2. Sophomore Ben McClarren<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/mcclarren%20ben%2013vl> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) was victorious at sixth singles, 6-3, 6-2 versus Andrew Gnagy.

The Spartans also picked up all three doubles points. Carr and Brunsting took an 8-6 decision versus Wegnerer and Young. Howe and Gerber also scored a win at second doubles, 8-2 versus Tilden and Gnagy, while senior Rohan Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/patel%20rohan%20hyx1> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and freshman Will Drougas<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/drougas%20will%201loa> (Roanoke, Va./Salem) rounded out the win with an 8-3 decision versus Kenny Cassidy and Michael Reynolds.

In the evening matchup against the nationally-ranked Tigers, the duo of Gerber and sophomore John Healey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/healey%20john%20d4pz> (Columbia, Md./Atholton) started the match off with an 8-6 victory versus the No. 7 nationally-ranked doubles tandem of Ben Kopecky and Sam Miles. Carr and Brunsting picked up a point at No. 2 with an 8-4 decision versus Reid Garlock and David Moss, while the tandem of Howe and Drougas made it a clean sweep during doubles with a tight 9-8 (8-6) win.

In singles play, Drougas battled to a three-set victory versus Miles by a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 tally, while the deciding point of the match for the Spartans came from sophomore Eric Klawitter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/klawitter%20eric%20g9jk> (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) at No. 4. DePauw's Noah Swiler won the first set (6-3), but Klawitter responded taking the final two sets 6-1, 6-4. Not done yet, Case's sixth point was garnered by Patel in a 6-3, 6-4 decision versus Chris Bertolini.

The Spartans are back in action on Friday, February 24 when they host Allegheny College (Pa.) in their first home match of the spring. The match will take place at the Cleveland Skating Club with a start time of 6:30 p.m.

Mount, Ohio Northern to meet in first round of OAC playoffs

The Mount Union men's basketball team seeks its first victory in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament since 2005 when the No. 7 seed Purple Raiders travel to No. 6 seed Ohio Northern for a first round Monday at 7:30 pm in Ada, Ohio. This is the first year of the renovated conference tournament that rewards regular play by giving the top two seeds a double-bye to the semfinals. With a win, the Purple Raiders would travel to No. 3 seed Marietta Tuesday night for a quarterfinal game.

The Purple Raiders (11-14, 7-11 OAC) hope the third time is the charm as they look to extend their third three-game winning streak of the season to four for the first time this year. Monday night's game is a short turnaround for the Raiders, who needed overtime to complete a double-digit comeback at Heidelberg on Saturday. Senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) played like a man not ready for his collegiate career to conclude, leading the way with a career-high 39 points in the 91-89 victory.


First-year head coach Mike Fuline will try to carry that momentum into the conference tournament against a foe they have defeated twice already this season, including just a week ago in Alliance by a score of 67-57. The Raiders outscored the Polar Bears 138-123 during their two earlier meetings, including a 17-point advantage in the first half of those games.

Mount Union had one of the conference's top defenses during the regular season, holding opponents to a conference-best 65.3 points per game. The Raiders are second in the conference in field goal percentage defense (.425) and turnovers forced (14.9). Stellar defense has allowed the Raiders to win games, as they are the OAC's ninth-best scoring team at just 65.4 points per game.

Wood, one of only two seniors on the squad, is enters the postseason as the top scorer in the conference at 18.4 points per game. The versatile forward leads the team in rebounding at 5.4 rebounds per game and is one of three Raiders who have made at least 40 three-pointers (62).

Freshmen guards Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) continued their steady play down the stretch, combining for 24 points in the win over Heidelberg on Saturday. Jacubec is second in the team in scoring at 11.8 points per game, followed by Griffin's 9.2 points per game.

Junior point guard Justen Little (Galion/Galion) delivered a career-high 15 points in Saturdays' win and is second in the OAC in assists at 3.4 per game while leading the conference with a four-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio.

Ohio Northern (12-13, 8-10 OAC) enters as losers of two of their last three games, including a 73-65 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Saturday. The Polar Bears are looking to win an OAC Tournament for the first time since 2009 after losing in the first round each of the past two years. They score 67.9 points per game while allowing opponents to score 67.8 points per game on the season.

Senior center Scott Schnelle, who is the conference's tallest player at 6-9, averages 13.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game on the season to lead the way for the Polar Bears. Sophomore guard Branden Rushton gets 13.7 points per game to be the team's top scorer. Guards Jared Horstman, Taylor Kohlman, and Jordan Martin along with forward Dominique Royal and center Adam Bair all average at least five points per game for the Polar Bears.

The Series

This will be the 85th meeting all-time between Mount Union and Ohio Northern. The Polar Bears hold a decisive 54-30 advantage overall in the series and have won four of five meetings in the OAC Tournament all-time. However, the Raiders have been victorious in five of the past seven meetings, including a regular season sweep this year.


            KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued today at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Hudson beat Brush.

                                            1          2          3          OT       F

Hudson:                                  7          7          -           -           14       

Brush:                                                0          0          -           -           0                     


Hudson:                       Goals: Luke McLean (2), Steve Jones (2), Jake Collins, Luke Mussay, Dillion Picone, Tyler Stockwell, John Calabro, Kevin Slane, Tom Maley, Brendan Nenni, Brady Edwards, Cole Mackay

Assists: Luke Mussay (5), Connor Ganley (2), Bo Lori (2), Jake Collins (2), Tyler Stockwell, Chris Warfield, Dillion Picone, Cole Mackay, John Calabro, Mikey Gaffney, Steve Jones,


Hudson:                      Grayson Kotseos - (4) Saves, (4) Shots               

Brush:                       Gabe Colwell – (25) Saves, (39) Shots

Iacono and Hollinger Key Seniors’ Day Victory for Spartan Women

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Junior guard Evy Iacono<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iacono%20evy%20lmlk> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and senior forward Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%20927u> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) scored 22 and 17 points, respectively, as the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team picked up a 77-60 Seniors' Day victory versus Emory University (Ga.) on Sunday at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans improve to 14-10 overall and 7-6 in the University Athletic Association heading into the final game of the season next Saturday, February 25 at Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) at 3:00 p.m. Emory drops to 17-8 and 8-6 in the Association.

Case, who will finish a fourth winning campaign in five seasons under Head Coach Jennifer Reimer, has already posted it highest win total under the head coach.

Prior to the game, CWRU honored its three women's basketball student-athletes – Hollinger and forwards Chelsea Peck<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/peck%20chelsea%20dkys> (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) and Sarah Milligan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/milligan%20sarah%208d40> (Canton, Ohio/Canton McKinley).

Hollinger's 17 points were accompanied by eight rebounds and four assists. Junior point guard Erica Iafelice<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iafelice%20erica%20psuy> (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) also reached double-figures with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.

The Spartans led most of the way in the first half with advantages of 13-8 at the 13:46 mark and 24-18 at 9:34. Emory then chipped away over the duration of the period and grabbed a 38-37 lead as Misha Jackson hit the final bucket of the period with 30 seconds remaining.

In the second half, the two sides traded buckets before the Eagles jumped ahead by three when Melissa Koike nailed a triple to make the score 50-47 with 14:36 left to play. The Spartans regained the advantage two possessions later when Iacono drilled a three-pointer at 13:13, but Emory would again move ahead 55-53 with an O'dez Oraedu layup with 11:12 left to play.

From there, it was all Spartans as the hosts reeled off a 15-0 run that culminated in a Hollinger layup with 5:07 remaining. Emory's next points didn't come until the 4:38 mark – a scoreless span of 6:34. Case's lead reached a high of 19, at 76-57, when Iafelice hit two free throws with 1:26 left on the clock.

For the game, the Spartans held a 13-2 lead in second-chance points and an 18-5 advantage in bench scoring.

Spartan Men Fall to No. 18 Emory in Home Finale

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Junior forward Austin Fowler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/fowler%20austin%207uzw> (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) scored 22 points, but the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team dropped its 2011-12 home finale to No. 18 nationally-ranked Emory University (Ga.) by a score of 105-71 in University Athletic Association play on Sunday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans (10-14, 2-11 UAA) will wrap up the season next Saturday, February 25 at rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) at 5:00 p.m. Emory improves to 19-5 and 8-5 in the UAA.

Prior to the game, forward Tom Summers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/summer%20tom%206z6i> (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) was presented with the game ball from his 1,000th career point. The senior captain finished his final home game as a Spartan with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Emory led from start to finish, scoring the first 11 with Austin Claunch capping the run on a layup with 17:11 remaining in the first half. The Eagle lead quickly ballooned to 19, at 25-6, when Jake Davis hit a three-pointer at 13:17. The Spartans briefly trimmed the deficit to 11, at 29-18, when Summers hit a layup at 10:30, but Emory regained control and used the remainder of the period to build a 22-point advantage (55-33).

In the second half, Emory's lead never dipped below 22 as the visitors cruised past the 100-point plateau for the third time this season.

For the game, Emory held a 22-0 advantage in fast-break points and a 24-4 edge in point off of turnovers. Alex Greven and Jake Davis paced the Eagle attack with 26 and 21 points, respectively, while Claunch totaled 19 points and nine assists. 

Wood named Player of Week in OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week the conference announced Monday.

Wood had 48 points, 11 rebounds, and zero turnovers last week to lead the Purple Raiders to a pair of wins, clinching the No. 7 seed in this week's OAC Tournament.

He scored just nine points in a 62-57 win over Baldwin-Wallace last Wednesday, but came up with a big steal and followed by a three-pointer late in the Raiders' comeback victory.

Facing possibly the last game of his collegiate career, Wood scored a career-high 39 points on Saturday as Mount Union rallied from a double-digit deficit to pick up a 91-87 overtime win against Heidelberg. He scored 24 points after halftime and connected on five three-pointers.

On the season, Wood leads the OAC in scoring at 18.4 points per game and three-pointers with 61. He enters tonight's first round OAC Tournament game at Ohio Northern ninth on Mount Union's all-time scoring list with 1,280 career points. 

The Raiders are set for a 7:30 pm tip-off tonight at Ohio Northern in the opening round of the 2012 OAC Tournament. With a win, the Raiders would travel to Marietta Tuesday night for a quarterfinals matchup with the Pioneers at 7:30 pm.




Kent St. at Buffalo, 7:00 PM

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The Kent State women’s basketball team plays its final regular season road game of 2011-12 as it travels to Buffalo, N.Y., to take on the Bulls Tuesday (Feb. 21). Opening tip for the contest between the two Mid-American Conference East Division foes is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Alumni Arena. The Golden Flashes (5-18, 4-9 MAC) look to put an end to a six-game losing skid and look to sweep the season series over the Bulls (7-20, 2-11 MAC). Kent State is 5-18 on the season and 4-9 in the MAC following a 51-45 loss at Ohio on Saturday afternoon.  The Golden Flashes have lost six straight games after a three-game winning streak in late January.  They are led by Trisha Krewson, who is averaging 11.4 points per game.  Diamon Beckford, who has missed  the last two games due to injury, is averaging 10.7 points and a team-high 5.7 rebounds per contest.  Kent State has just 10 players on their roster, including eight players who are in their first season for the Golden Flashes. The Bulls continue their three-game homestand tonight when they host Kent State at Alumni Arena.  UB is still looking for its first victory this season over a member of the MAC East.  The Bulls and Golden Flashes played a hard fought battle back in January with Kent State winning, 85-73. Senior Brittany Hedderson became just the fourth different player in school history to score over 500 points in a season, joining Kourtney Brown, Tiffany Bell and Brenna Doty.  Hedderson currently has 529 points this year, which is fourth all-time.  Brown has the top three totals, including a school-record 708 points, which was set a year ago.  Hedderson is on pace to move into second place in single-season scoring. Against the top two teams in the MAC East, UB has forced 20 turnovers in each of its last two games.  The Bulls had 16 points of 20 Bowling Green turnovers on Wednesday and then 17 points off 20 Miami (OH) turnovers on Saturday.  Over the last three games, UB has recorded less turnovers than its opponents.


Toledo at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 PM

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Toledo controls its own destiny as the Midnight Blue & Gold heads into the homestretch of its Mid-American Conference schedule with a tough road contest at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 21. UT currently stands at 18-7 overall and 11-2 in the conference, tied with the Eagles (19-7, 11-2 MAC) for first place in the MAC West Division and will be looking to stay on track for its third consecutive division title. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. The Rockets are riding a season-high 10-game win streak, following Saturday's 76-50 triumph vs. Western Michigan. Senior Courtney Ingersoll scored 18 points and sophomore Andola Dortch added 17 as Toledo clinched a top-four finish in the MAC and a bye through the first two rounds of the MAC Tournament. Toledo shot 22-of-48 (45.8 percent) for the game, including a blistering 15-of-26 (57.7 percent) in the first half. The 2011 WNIT champs also forced 23 WMU turnovers, 15 in the first half. For the year, the Rockets are fueled offensively by the trio of Dortch, Ingersoll and junior Yolanda Richardson, who are averaging 13.7, 11.7 and 9.9 ppg, respectively. The Eagles enter the game with a mark of 19-7 (11-2 MAC). The Eagles need just one more victory in 2011-12 to pick up their sixth 20-win season in the past nine campaigns. Prior to the 2003-04 year, Eastern Michigan had never won more than 18 games in a single season.The 2011-12 campaign marks the eighth time in the last nine years that EMU has posted at least 10 victories in Mid-American Conference play. Prior to the 2001-02 season, EMU had never won more than nine games in league action.The latest NCAA Statistical Rankings came out Feb. 20 and the Eagles are seventh in the nation (out of 336 eligible teams) in steals per game at 12.9. They are 15th in rebounding margin (+8.7), 13th in turnover margin at +5.85 and 23rd in scoring margin (+13.1). Individually, Tavelyn James is second in the nation in scoring with an average of 24.7 points per game and 25th in free throw percentage per game at 85.9. Desyree Thomas is 10th in the nation with an average of 3.4 steals per game, while Olivia Fouty is 93rd in the nation in rebounds with an average of 8.5 per game.