A Page -- Feb. 23, 2010

Strongsville High alumnus, 

Baldwin-Wallace Senior Kyle 

Brown Named OAC Men’s 

Basketball Player of the Week

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College senior forward Kyle Brown<(Strongsville) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his performance during the final two games of the regular season.

Brown averaged 23.0 points and 4.5 rebounds-per-game with 10 three-pointers during games versus Ohio Northern University andOtterbein College last week.

Versus ONU, Brown matched a career-high with 32 points and tied a school-record with eight three-pointers in a key 79-74 Yellow Jacket victory. Versus Otterbein on Seniors’ Day in Berea, he scored 14 points.

For the season, Brown leads B-W in scoring at 13.0 ppg. with 61 triples. In 70 career games, he has 960 points, 302 rebounds and 167 three-pointers.

The Yellow Jackets, 14-11 overall and 9-9 in the OAC, enter this week’s OAC Tournament as the number-six seed and will play at rival and #3-seeded Capital University on Wednesday, February 24. Tip-off from the Capital Center is set for 7:30 p.m.

Media and fans can listen LIVE to all Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s basketball games on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet at www.wbwc.com<http://www.wbwc.com/>.

B-W’s Emily Oliver and Kim Chinn 

Named OAC Co-Track Athletes of 

the Week

Feb. 23, 2010

By  Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College juniors Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) and Kim Chinn<(Zanesville/West Muskingum) have been named as the Ohio Athletic Conference Co-Women’s Track Athletes of the Week for their respective performances this weekend.

Emily Oliver

Oliver broke a school record and hit an NCAA provisional qualifying mark while competing at the Ohio Wesleyan University pentathlonon Saturday, February 20. She scored 3,247 points to break the old school record of 3,062 points set by Kristen Paulsen in 2006. Oliver’s score also ranks fourth in the nation in Division III and gives her a provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field National Championship meet in mid-March.

Chinn won the 1,000-meter run and placed second in the 5,000-meter run at the annual Greater Cleveland College Championship meet on Friday (Feb. 19) in Berea. Her 1,000 time of 3:05.03 was a team-best this season and her 5,000 time of 18:41.00 was a personal season-best.
Kim Chinn

Oliver, Chinn and the rest of the Yellow Jackets are back in action this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27, at the OAC Championship Meet hosted by Marietta College at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center in Marietta. Action begins at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Visit the OAC Championship Website for more details.

Viking Student/Athletes busy 

during transition time

February 23, 2010                                

By Brian McCann

The Viking Report. . .
A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

Winter Schedule Winds Down As Spring Season Continues. . .
Eight Sports In Action As Men's Golf Opens 2010 Spring Season

As the winter season winds down, with men's and women's swimming & diving and wrestling preparing for their respective league championships and men's and women's basketball hosting their final week of regular season games, the spring season picks up as men's golf participates in its first spring invitational during another busy week of competition for Cleveland State.

The men's basketball team will host its final two regular season games this week in pivotal Horizon League contests. The Vikings will face Detroit on Thursday (Feb. 25) at 7:30 p.m. and Wright State on Saturday (Feb. 27) at 2:00 p.m., with CSU's league tournament ranking depending on the outcomes of both games.

The women's basketball team will close their regular season home slate when they host Detroit on Thursday evening (Feb. 25) at 5:00 p.m. and Wright State on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 27) at 4:30 p.m.

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will travel to Chicago, Ill. to take part in the Horizon League Championships, which are being hosted by UIC. Action will begin on Wednesday (Feb. 24) and continue through Saturday (Feb. 27) at Flames Natatorium.

The women's tennis team will continue its homestand at River Oaks Racquet Club by hosting Bowling Green, Toledo and Oakland this weekend. They will face Bowling Green on Friday evening (Feb. 26) at 7:00 p.m. and Toledo (10:00 a.m.) and Oakland (2:00 p.m.) on Sunday, February 28.

The baseball team will stay on the road for its second three-game series of the season, traveling to Cookeville, Tenn. to face Tennessee Tech this weekend. The first game is slated for Friday afternoon (Feb. 26) at 4:00 p.m. EST, with Saturday's (Feb. 27) game set for 3:00 p.m. and Sunday's (Feb. 28) game set with a 2:00 p.m. start.

The softball team will take part in the UNCG Invitational this weekend, playing three games in Greensboro, N.C. They will face Sacred Heart in the opening game on Friday (Feb. 26) at 11:00 a.m. and then take on Niagara at 1:00 p.m. that afternoon. They will face UNC-Greensboro in their final game on Saturday (Feb. 27) at 1:00 p.m.

The men's golf team will open the 2010 spring season when they travel to Hilton Head, S.C. to take part in the 54-hole Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 22-23).

Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season With Two Games At Home
CSU Can Finish Anywhere From Second To Eighth In League Standings
The men's basketball remains at home this week to close the regular season with a pair of games that will determine CSU's seed in in next week's Horizon League Championship.  The Vikings host Detroit on Thursday (Feb. 25) at 7:30 p.m. and then close the regular season against Wright State on Saturuday (Feb. 27) at 2:00 p.m.  Both games are true doubleheaders with the CSU women's team hosting Detroit on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and Wright State on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

CSU enters the week in fifth place in the league standings with a 9-7 record.  The Vikings can finish as high as second or drop as low as eighth depending on this week's performance though the highest seed it can achieve for the tournament is fourth.  Most importantly, CSU needs at least one win or a loss by Detroit to assure itself of a first round tournament home game on Tuesday, March 2.
Gary Waters
Gary Waters

"These are two important games for us," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "The importance isn't because they affect the outcome in the league race, but they will determine whether we get to play at home in the first round while also supplying us with some momentum going into the tourney.  You want to be playing your best basketball when the tournament starts and that wasn't the case last week,  We can be a much better team."

The Vikings dropped league games at Green Bay (74-57) and Milwaukee (69-59) before returning home to rout Toledo, 87-63, in the annual BracketBusters contest.  Junior Norris Cole scored 49 points in the three games to move into 14th place on the CSU career scoring list with 1,136 points.  In addition, junior D'Aundray Brown made five steals to raise his season total to 75, good for ninth in the nation and eighth in CSU history.

Women's Basketball Hosts Detroit and Wright State in Regular Season Home Finales

Four Seniors to Be Honored Prior to Saturday's Game Against WSU

Cleveland State returns home for the first time in three weeks when the Vikings close their regular season home slate with two games this week, beginning with a 5:00 p.m. contest against league-leading Detroit on Thursday (Feb. 25). The Vikings will also host Wright State on Saturday (Feb. 27) at 4:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio.
Kailey Klein

In addition, Saturday's game will be Senior Day with Stephaine Crosley, Kailey Klein, Angel Roque and Jessica Roque being honored in a pregame ceremony as the quartet will be playing the final regular season home game in their careers.
Stephaine Crosley

"This is a big weekend for us if we want to climb up in the standings and get into a position to host a quarterfinal game," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We have to go out and protect our home court and to do that, we need to come out and play with a lot of emotion and intensity."

Angel Roque
Angel Roque

Jessica Roque
Jessica Roque

The Vikings improved to 13-12 overall and remained in fifth place in the Horizon League (8-6) following a 68-38 win at Youngstown State on Saturday (Feb. 20). The Vikings are just one-half game behind UIC (9-6) for fourth place in the league and own the tie-breaker with the Flames having won both games against UIC this season.
CSU received a balanced scoring attack on Saturday as Angel Roque was the lone player in double figures with 11 points. Trailing by one point 12 minutes in, the Vikings used a 21-4 spurt to close the first half and assume control of the contest.

Women's Swimming And Diving Participates In League Championship

After setting a CSU record with 14 dual meet victories this season, the Vikings will try to extend their record-setting season at the Horizon League Championships being hosted by UIC this coming week. The championships will begin on Wednesday (Feb. 24) and continue through Saturday (Feb. 27).
Carys Behn
Carys Behn

The quartet of Kacey Cummings, Joanna Olsson, Alice Sommerville and Carys Behn combined for nine individual victories as the Vikings topped UIC (126-113) and Youngstown State (166-77) in their final dual meet of the season. Five-time school record holder, Olsson, won three events, while Sommerville, Behn and Cummings were victorious in two events each.
Joanna Olsson

"This team has had great success this season, and I think it will continue during the championships as long as everyone stays focused on what they have to do," head coach Wally Morton said. "Everyone has stepped up this year giving us depth in all events allowing us to score multiple swimmers in each race, which will be a great help this coming week."
Kacey Cummings

Olsson leads the Vikings with 26 individual victories this season, while Alice Sommerville (17), Carys Behn (14) and Kacey Cummings (12) have all recorded double digit wins.
Men's Swimming And Diving Competes For League Crown
Following a record-tying 14-4 record during the regular season, the Vikings will try to cap off the year with a Horizon League Championship this week in Chicago, Ill. The championship, which is being hosted by UIC, will begin on Wednesday (Feb. 24) with action continuing through Saturday (Feb. 27).

"Everyone on the team is well prepared and ready to swim and compete for the league championship this week," head coach Wally Morton said. "Swimming in UIC's pool will be difficult for us, but I think that this group is very capable of putting together great swims and dives that will help propel us into the title race."

The last time CSU was in the pool, the Vikings recorded a 129.5-113.5 victory over UIC with Mark deSwardt posting the first record to be set by the men's team this season in the 200 fly (1:49.12). deSwardt also won the 1,000 free (9:24.18) and the 500 free (4:31.87), while Pierre De Waal won the 200 free (1:42.97), Keith Everhart won the 50 free (21.02) and Josh Gonzalez place first in the 1-meter board (255.55).
Keith Everhart
Elyria Catholic alum Keith Everhart

Four Vikings return to the championships to defend their 2009 titles, including deSwardt (500 free, 1,000 free, 1,650 free), Stephen Grove (100 fly), Jakub Dobies (100 breast) and Deni Gasparin (200 breast). CSU is also the defending champion in the 200 free and 200 medley relays.

Wrestling Preps For League Championship
The Vikings have two weeks to prepare for the EWL Championships, which will take place on West Virginia's campus on Sunday, March 8 beginning at 8:00 a.m. CSU is coming off an 11 point effort against West Virginia on Senior Night, falling short in a 34-11 decision.
Mike Mencini, Dan Castillo and Corey Carlo recorded victories for the Vikings in the middle of the line up, with Mencini posting a 21-5 tech. fall at 141 pounds. Castillo won a 5-4 decision at 149 pounds and Carlo followed up with a 7-3 decision in the 157 pound weight class.

"We have made so much progress from the beginning of the season until now, and we will only get better as time goes on," head coach Ben Stehura said. "Going into the championships we need to stay focused and just work with our strengths so that we can get as many points as possible."

Rob Michaels leads the team with 14 victories this season while Marcus Effner is close behind with 12 wins. Mencini marked his fourth career victory, while Carlo notched his eighth victory of the season and Castillo his fourth.

Women's Tennis Continues Homestand With Three Matches This Weekend
The Cleveland State women's tennis team continues its six-match homestand when the Vikings host three matches at River Oaks Racquet Club this weekend. The Vikings will entertain Bowling Green at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 26) and then host Toledo (10:00 a.m.) and Oakland (2:00 p.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 28.

"It was great to finally play some home matches last weekend," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "I thought we did a nice job of battling strong against a very good Akron team and I was very pleased with how we came back against Robert Morris to really dominate that match. We are continuing to make progress every time we take the court and the results are starting to show."
Maria Lazaris

The Vikings remained at .500 (5-5) for the season by splitting their first two home contests of the season on Saturday (Feb. 20). Following a 7-0 setback to Akron in the afternoon, CSU rebounded to sweep Robert Morris, 7-0, later in the evening.
CSU did not lose a match against the Colonials, losing just three games in the three doubles matches and only four games during singles play.
Maria Lazaris picked up her team-leading 10th victory of the season with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles. Sanda Bjelan (No. 4) and Charlotte Gibbons (No. 5) also picked up 6-0, 6-0 wins against the Colonials.
Softball Heads To UNC-Greensboro
Vikings Are 2-3 After Strong Showing At Troy Cox Invitational
After spending last week in the southwest, the Viking softball team will head east this week to play at least three games this weekend in Greensboro, N.C.  CSU will face Sacred Heart (11:00 a.m.) and Niagara (1:00 p.m.) on Friday (Feb. 26) and host UNC-Greensboro on Saturday (Feb. 27) at 1:00 p.m.
The Vikings went 2-3 at the Troy Cox Invitational last week at New Mexico State.  After an 8-0 loss to Bradley on Friday (Feb. 19), CSU bounced back to defeat Weber State, 11-7, on Friday and St. Mary's, (8-6) on Saturday.  CSU ended play on Sunday with tough losses to host New Mexico State, 9-3, and No. 22 Tennessee, 12-8.
"This was a great tournament for us," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "We got better and better every time we stepped on the field and our problems are all things that we can work out.  Most importantly, we really hit the ball all week and that is a great sign because we have so many young players in the lineup."
The freshmen were the hitting stars of the opening week.  Tess Sito led the offensive charge last week, hitting .556 (10-18) with six runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI.  Gabby Gillilan hit ,364 (4-11) with three RBIs while Dara Toman batted .353 (6-17) with three doubles, a triple, three runs scored and five RBI.

Baseball Takes On Tennessee Tech
Vikings Travel To Cookeville, Tenn. For Their Second Series Of The Season
After getting the 2010 season off to a rough start the Vikings will try to come back against Tennessee Tech next weekend in their second three-game series of the season. CSU will face the Golden Eagles beginning with a 4:00 p.m. contest on Friday (Feb. 26) and then close out the series with 3:00 p.m. game on Saturday (Feb. 27) and a 2:00 p.m. game on Sunday (Feb. 27).

The Vikings enter the weekend with an 0-3 record, including a pair of one-run losses to UNC-Greensboro. CSU lost the first game of the series, 8-4 (Feb. 19) and fell in the final two games 7-6 (Feb. 20) and 10-9 (Feb. 21), after the Spartans rallied to come from behind in both weekend games.
"It's been good to get on the field and finally compete, but we definitely have things to work on before next weekend including closing games that we have a lead in," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We have been able to put together great innings offensively, but we still need to work on our pitching at the end of games. Tennessee Tech will be a good opponent for us and hopefully we can come away with some victories."
Kyle Shaffer
Akron native Kyle Shaffer

Ryan Franks, Kyle Shaffer and Bob Suitca led the Vikings through the UNCG series, Franks going three-for-eight at the plate, scoring three runs with five RBI, Shaffer posting a four-for-12 record with three runs and four RBI and Suitca hitting four-for-12 with three runs and two RBI. Franks, Suitca and Josh Lowe belted homers for the Vikings during the first weekend of action, with Franks' coming on Saturday (2/20) and Suitca and Lowe posting theirs on Sunday (2/21).
Junior Coty Bates paced the Vikings on the mound last weekend, striking out seven Spartans and allowing just three hits through seven innings of work.

Men's Golf Opens Spring Season at Francis Marion Invitational
The Viking men's golf team begins the 2010 spring season when CSU travels to Hilton Head, S.C. to take part in the 54-hole Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Invitational on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 22-23) at the par-72, 6,850-yard Wexford Plantation G.C.
The 17-team field will play 36 holes on Monday and conclude the tournament with 18 holes on Tuesday.

CSU, which has won the last two Horizon League titles, will be short-handed this spring as senior Patrick Elber will most likely miss the entire season with a wrist injury, while junior Kent Monas is out due to personal reasons.

"We are not at full strength as a team, but that won't be an excuse for us this spring," head coach Steve Weir said. "We have been working hard and I expect us to go out and compete hard each and every tournament. With some of our upperclassmen out, that will give a chance for some of the younger guys to compete and they have to take advantage of that."

Men's Tennis Off Until Spring Break Trip to Florida
The men's tennis team (8-2) will be out of action for the next three weeks, returning to play four matches in Florida over Spring Break from March 14-17. CSU will play at Florida Atlantic, Stetson and Embry Riddle, while also facing Indiana on a neutral court.

"Our trip to Florida is going to be a tough one as we will face some very good competition," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We will use the next few weeks to get healthy and work on some things to help us improve. One area we need to get better at is getting our three doubles teams playing on a high level at the same time because that doubles point is going to be the difference in some matches down the stretch."

CSU split a pair of matches last weekend in Milwaukee, picking up a 6-1 win against Villanova on Saturday, Feb. 20, before falling at Marquette, 5-2, on Sunday (Feb. 21).
The Vikings won all three doubles contests against Villanova and took the first five singles matches, all in straight sets. After losing the doubles point to Marquette, CSU won the first two singles matches to take a 2-1 lead, but could not close out the match as the Golden Eagles won the final four singles contests.
Ryan Hamning

Phil Orno earned a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles, defeating Dusan Medan who entered the match ranked 88th in the nation. Ryan Hamning picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles, fighting off 23 break points in the process.

Viking High Fives
Dan Castillo: Was the lone senior wrestler to win his match on senior night at 149 pounds, recording a 5-4 decision over West Virginia.
Maria Lazaris: The women's tennis freshman earned her team-leading 10th win of the season with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Robert Morris.
Phil Orno: The men's tennis senior defeated Marquette's Desdan Medan, the 88th ranked player in the nation, 6-0, 6-2, on Sunday.

Charlie Woods:  After spending most of the year on the bench, the Viking redshirt freshman has made the most of his opportunities lately, averaging 5.6 points over his last five games, including a career-high 15 points vs. Toledo in a game he went five-for-five from three-point.
Jessica Burt:  After missing the 2009 season with a knee injury, the Viking junior outfielder returned last weekend, hitting .250 (5-20) with four runs scored and a pair of doubles.


“March 2nd Informational Meeting at All Pro Freight Stadium”


Feb. 23, 2010\

By Nicolle Meyer

Avon— Love baseball? Ever wondered what the life of a professional player is like? The Lake Erie Crushers are looking for local families who are willing to open their homes and their families to house a player for the 2010 season.


More than 35 players, some returning from last season, as well as some new faces, will be arriving in Avon at the beginning of May and will need a place to stay for the season. Host families are an important part of professional baseball and offer a unique and memorable experience for the families and players.


“Host families see a side of professional baseball that most fans never have a chance to experience,” explains General Manager Ryan Gates. “Families have the opportunity to live and understand the daily grind and lifestyle of an elite athlete, seeing both the highs and lows that come with playing ball at this level. Many families and their players build memories and bonds that last not just a season but a lifetime.”


The team looks for families that have an extra bedroom or living space for a player. Although meals are not required, access to the pantry when the player is home is always appreciated. Due to the team’s travel schedule, distance to the ballpark is also taken into consideration when placing players. In addition to the living arrangements and distance, the team also tries to match players and families based on similar interests and personalities.


In exchange for opening their homes, host families receive two tickets vouchers per game, a parking pass, recognition at the ballpark and an invitation to special host family events.  


The Crushers will host an informational meeting for new families on Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the club house at All Pro Freight Stadium. Past host families and current player Drew Saylor will be in attendance to share their own experiences and to answer any questions. Families interested in attending should contact Nicolle Meyer at 440-934-3636 ornmeyer@lakeeriecrushers.com.


The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.

Padua ends 51-day tailspin without a 

win; Midview gets moral victory by 

going three periods; North Olmsted 

next in sectional finals for Bruins

Feb. 23, 2010



By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





BROOKLYN – Midview’s hockey team surprised just about everyone in the house tonight by coming out and playing Padua fairly evenly the first period before eventually going down in defeat, 10-0, and getting eliminated from the sectional playoffs, in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.


The Middies, residents of the Blue South Division, were able to hang with the Bruins from the elite Red North Division, trailing only 1-0 after one period and being down in shots by a mere six, 14-8.


Typically when a high Red and mid to low Blue meet in the first round, the games are already over by the end of the first period with merely the formality of completing the second period left to do to satisfy the requirements for a mercy-rule ending.


Already in the Kent and Brooklyn district tourneys, we have seen more than a handful of 10-0 games, a 19-0 finish, a 17-0 finish and a 16-0 finish.


This one was hardly the typical Blue-Red, first-round game that most had been anticipating. In all fairness, Padua has been sputtering lately. The Bruins have not won a game since Jan 3 after starting the season by winning 16 of their first 20 games, but Doug Hauser generally has the Bruins ready by tourney time.


Corey Sidenwand scored the only first period goal. Dan Metz and Dom Accairri assisted on the goal coming at 5:54.


Midview had two power plays in the first on interference and tripping penalties on the Bruins, but could not capitalize. The Middies played penalty-less hockey in the first period.


Padua added six goals in the second and three in the third. Dr. Fred Fromm, the head official, allowed the two teams to play the final 22 seconds of the third period, even though he could have ended it there.


“Our goal was to get it to go all three periods,” said Midview coach Paul McKito. “Any time a Blue Division plays a Red North team, it is expected that it will be a mercy-ruling ending. We see this as a moral victory.”


It was quite a turnaround for Midview, which was bounced, 14-0 in two periods, one year ago here in the first round by the eventual district champion St. Edward.


“The biggest thing we battle in situations like this is depth; skaters on a team with a short bench don’t have the physical stamina to keep up with a Red North team that is always going to be able to skate four lines,” said McKito.


Padua at least goes into Saturday’s game for a sectional championship against North Olmsted knowing that the elusive win monkey is off its back, the Bruins finally ending a 51-day winless drought tonight.


“We’ll see if we have overcome that when it comes to Saturday,” said Hauser, who is soon nearing the end of his third decade in the head job at Padua. “We just can’t get over the idea of not being able to put the puck in the net. It is all psychological. When they are constantly focused on how tough it is to score, it takes their focus off other aspects of the game. Once they get behind, they start losing the confidence to come back to tie or win.”


Mike Palisils scored two goals, as did Matt Hartman. Dave Nowack had a playmaker. Blake Sunagel posted 57 saves in goal for Midview. Josh Goebel saved 17 to get the shutout.

Berg Ends Season at Quarterfinals