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

By Nate LaRiccia

Columbus, Ohio – February 23, 2010 – The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team suffered a 68-45 setback to Capital University at the Ohio Athletic Conference Quarterfinals.


Heidelberg finishes the 2009-10 season at 7-19, 6-13 in the OAC, while the Crusaders improve to 19-7 overall, 16-3 in league play, and move on to the second round of the playoffs.


In the first half, the Crusaders came out strong and would have an early 14-2 lead within the first seven minutes of play.


The Berg would continued to battle and would go on a 6-0 run going into halftime with senior Stacey Barker (Grove City, Ohio / Grove City) scoring all six.


Capital would lead 33-20 at intermission.


The Crusaders would continue to shoot at a high percentage in the second half, which would be too much for the Berg to overcome.


Leading for Heidelberg was Barker with 12 points.  Senior Betsy Shrider (Mount Blanchard, Ohio / Riverdale) and junior Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde) scored nine points each.


Senior Stacy Richard (Galloway, Ohio / Central Crossing) contributed with eight points.


Shrider led on the glass with 12 boards, while Miller racked up eight.  Junior Kristen McConkey (New Carlisle, Ohio / Tecumseh) brought down five boards.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeated by Wittenberg University in NCAC Tournament; Forge alumna Ashley Drumm scores 15 for Hiram, Copley alum Carrie Dyer 13 for Witt

February 23, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Wittenberg University, 59-43, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 23) in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield.  

With the loss, the Terriers end their season with a 4-22 overall.  The Tigers improve to 18-7 overall and will advance to the semifinals on Friday (Feb. 26).


Hiram kept the game close in the opening minutes of the first half and had an early one-point lead, 3-2, on a three-pointer by junior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) at the 18:40 mark.  Wittenberg then tallied four straight points to take the lead and never trailed in the game the rest of the way.  The Tigers slowly began to pull away throughout the remainder of the period as a 10-0 scoring run by Wittenberg near the midway point of the half, resulted in their first double-digit lead, 18-7, with 9:17 on the clock.  Hiram battled back to within five points, 21-16, at the 5:25 mark, but Wittenberg would end the half on a 10-2 run to take a 31-18 lead at the break.

Ashley Drumm

In the second half, both teams started out slow as the teams would not record a made basket until the 17:02 mark when Wittenberg connected on a layup that gave the Tigers a 33-18 margin.  The Tigers would go on to lead by as many as 25 points, 57-32, with 3:59 left to play en route to the 59-43 final.

Carrie Dyer

Wittenberg shot 35.8 percent (24-of-67) from the field as Hiram shot 25.8 percent (17-of-66) from the floor, including just two-of-20 (10.0 percent) from three-point range.

The Tigers had two players score in double figures led by Stephanie Boardman with a game-tying high 15 points on five-of-16 shooting (31.3 percent) and a game-high 17 rebounds. 

Carrie Dyer rounded out the high scorers for the Tigers with 13 points.

Hiram had one player score in double figures in senior All-NCAC forward Ashley Drum (Parma/Valley Forge) with 15 points to go along with 11 rebounds.

Tonight's NCAC Quarterfinal results
#1 Wittenberg 59, #8 Hiram 43
#2 Ohio Wesleyan 62, #7 Oberlin 56
#3 Denison 80, #6 Allegheny 58
#4 Kenyon 48, #5 Wooster 47

Semifinals, hosted by top-seeded Wittenberg on Friday, Feb. 26:
Denison vs Ohio Wesleyan at 6:00 p.m.
Kenyon vs Wittenberg at 8:00 p.m.

Championship game hosted by Wittenberg on Saturday, Feb. 27:
7:00 p.m.




Chardon alumna Erin Hollinger and 

Spartans forward Eric Duerr earn 

Academic All America honors for 

Case Reserve

Feb. 23, 2010

By Creg Janzt 

CLEVELAND, OH - As the basketball season comes to a close, Case Western Reserve University sophomore forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH) and junior forward Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA), were recognized today for their outstanding accomplishments off the court.   

Hollinger was named a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in the College Division (NCAA Div. II, III, NAIA and two-year colleges).  The sophomore was the first underclassman in seven seasons to receive an Academic All-America selection in the College Division.  The only other sophomore to receive this honor under the current format (Lindsey Dietz/Minnesota-Duluth/2003) went on to become the Academic All-American of the Year in 2005.


Duerr was also named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American. He was a College Division third-team honoree and one of only four non-seniors to make the College Division list.     

Hollinger has a perfect 4.0 GPA as a macromolecular and polymer science, and engineering major.  She also conducts green polymer research on campus with a grant from ALCOA.  From day one of stepping on the court, Hollinger has starred.  Starting every game in her two-year career, she was a second-team All-UAA selection last season and this season leads the conference in blocks (46) and is second in scoring (14.9 per game).  The forward has been named UAA Player of the Week three times this season (six overall).  Whenbasketball season ends, Hollinger's will not as she will immediately jump into track and field, where she was a UAA Champion and All-American (outdoors) in the high jump last season.


"I'm really happy that I have the opportunity to be honored this way," said Hollinger.  "When you work hard every day, with practices, research and school, it can be easy for your end goals to get lost in the shuffle.  I just try to give a complete effort in everything I do and be happy while doing it."

"Erin's always had her priorities straight as far as school and athletics go," said third-year Head Coach Jennifer Reimer.  "She came here primarily on the basis of academics.  Erin works hard at everything she does and this shows it has paid off both on thebasketball court and in the classroom."

Case Western Reserve is  12-12 overall and will look to secure their third winning season in the past five years when it travels toPittsburgh to take on Carnegie Mellon University at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday.  Hollinger helped lead the Spartans on a nine-gamewinning streak earlier this season, their longest in school history. 

Duerr boasts a 3.96 GPA as a biology (pre-med) major, receiving only one "B" in college.  On the court, Duerr is a two-year starter for the Blue and White, having started all 24 games this season.  Duerr has taken his game to the next level this season with 13double figure scoring performances. The junior is second in the University Athletic Association in blocked shots (42) and eighth in rebounding (6.0 per game) and field goal percentage (.521).   

"It's a great honor to be recognized for all of the hard work I've put into school and athletics over the last few years," said Duerr.  "Finding a balance between school, basketball and everyday life on campus has been a difficult challenge, but Coach McDonnell has done an amazing job demanding a high level of performance and commitment on the court while respecting the fact that academics comes first for student-athletes here at Case."

"Eric's exactly what any coach would want to have in a student-athlete," said men's basketball Head Coach Sean McDonnell, currently in his seventh season with the Spartans.  "He's remarkably accomplished in the classroom and finds time to pursue his goal to become a doctor.  Eric's a great leader on our team, one of our hardest workers in practice and obviously a real good player."

With a 13-11 record, the Spartans basketball team has clinched its first winning season since 1998-99 (17-9) with one game to play. That game is this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. vs. Carnegie Mellon University.  A win would be Case Western Reserve's sixth in conference play, the most since its first season as a full-time member of the UAA in 1999-2000.

B-W Women’s Basketball Senior

Ariel Brough Named ESPN THE 

MAGAZINE Academic All-American

Feb. 23, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball senior student-athlete Ariel Brough(Powell/Olentangy Liberty) has been named a 2010 ESPN THE MAGAZINE third-team Academic All-American.

Brough, a 6’2” center and team captain, maintains an outstanding 3.97 grade point average in political science. She plans to attend graduate school this fall.

Ariel Brough

Prior to her Academic All-America nod, she was a three-time first-team ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV pick, a two-time Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference choice (the 2009-10 team has not yet been selected) and earned All-OAC honors for her play a year ago. She is a Dean’s List student and member of a number of academic honoraries on campus.

On the court, Brough is having her best season, ranking second on the team at 10.7 points per game and leading the squad at 6.7 rebounds per game. She also is second in the OAC with 59 blocked shots.

In 111 career games, Brough has totaled 835 points, 642 rebounds and a school-record 229 blocks. She has been a part of 86 (86-25) wins and an OAC regular season and tournament championship.

Brough and the Yellow Jackets are in action tonight (Tuesday, February 23) in the quarterfinal round of the OAC Tournament. The third-seeded Jackets hosts Cleveland cross-town rival and #6-seed John Carroll University at 7:30 p.m. at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea.

Both Falcons hoops teams head into 

Mideast Conference tourneys this 


Feb. 23, 2010

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID -- Here is the Weekly Report for Notre Dame College athletics.



THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will host the American Mideast Conference Championship Game at 4 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27.  The Falcons will square off against the AMC South Champs, the Walsh Cavaliers.  Walsh is unbeaten against the Falcons (6-0) since 2001.  However, the Falcons went 8-0 at home in conference games this season.  The winner gets an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament, while the loser will get a second crack at making the national tournament via hosting the final game in the AMC Qualifying Tournament (March 2).  … Ticket information for Saturday’s Championship Game will be released Monday evening.

Nick McCartney



LAST WEEK: Notre Dame (19-10, 11-5 AMC) finished the regular season, by splitting a pair of games.  The Falcons clinched the AMC North title, their second, with a victory over Daemen (N.Y.) on Tuesday (Feb. 16).  On Saturday (Feb. 20), NDC lost at No. 1 Walsh. … Sophomore Nick McCartney (Newton Falls, Ohio) paced the Falcons with 38 points in the two games last week, including a 27-point performance in the clincher against Daemen.  Eric Dummermuth (Dover, Ohio) tallied 27 points and 16 rebounds in the two games, and Al Miller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) finished the week with 26 points.

Notre Dame College





THIS WEEK:  The Falcons have made the seven-team AMC Championship Tournament field and will travel to North Canton, Ohio, to take on Walsh at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 23).  NDC is the No. 6 seed in the tournament, Walsh is No. 3.  The winner of the Falcons-Cavaliers game will advance to play on Saturday (Feb. 27).  The Championship Game of the tournament is slated for March 2.

Dick Deasy

Falcon coach Dick Deasy


LAST WEEK:  Notre Dame went 1-1, losing to Daemen at home and then defeating Walsh on the road.  NDC’s loss to Daemen on Tuesday marked the team’s fourth straight loss and seemed to spell the Falcons (15-12, 11-8) missing out on postseason play for a second straight year.  The Falcons then came through with an improbable, 102-97, triple-overtime bracket buster at Walsh, which came into the game with a 21-8 record and having won five of their last six. … Freshman guard Tracy Payne (Danville, Ohio) had a sensational game at Walsh. Payne stuffed the stat sheet with 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. On an afternoon that saw NDC make a program-record 30 free throws (30-for-42), Payne went 12-of-15 at the line.  Her 26 points were a personal season-best and the second-most scored by a Falcon player in 2009-10.





THIS WEEK: NDC will be idle this week in preparation for the 2010 NAIA National Championships, which will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla., March 4-6.


LAST WEEK: Top-ranked (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) Notre Dame will likely be the favorite to win in Oklahoma City after a dominant performance in the NAIA East Region QualifyingTournament on Saturday.  NDC tallied five titles and 173.5 team points in the tournament, nearly 40 more than second-place Lindenwood-Mo. (134.5).  NDC captured the individual regional titles at 141, 149, 157 and 174 pounds, as well the heavyweight division. Derek Foore (Wadsworth, Ohio), 2-0 before forfeiting the championship bout at 197 on Saturday, was named the Wrestler of the Year in the NAIA East Region, and Frank Romano was selected as the region’s Coach of the Year. … The Falcons’ five champions in Tennessee were Adam Koballa (Twinsburg, Ohio) at 141, Jeff Pelton (Bellevue, Ohio) at 149, Thomas Straughn (Massillon, Ohio) at 157, Cody Butzer at 174 and Orlando Scales (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the heavyweight division. Koballa, the No. 2-ranked wrestler at 141, earned his title with a 3-2 win over the NAIA’s No. 1, Michael Davis of Cumberland University (Tenn.). Koballa, last year’s NAIA champ at 141, went 3-0 on the day to run his season record to 27-2. He has won 19 bouts in a row.

Adam Koballa 

Chanel Alum Adam Koballa 


NOTABLE:  The Wrestling Falcons have now won four titles this season.  NDC won the National Catholic Invitational in November, the RIT Tournament in December and the NAIA National Duals in January. Notre Dame also dominated two open tournaments, winning a combined 12 weight-division titles at opens hosted by Ashland (Nov. 14) and Mount Union (Jan. 17).


QUOTABLE: “The guys wrestled well on their feet Saturday,” said Frank Romano.  “We were technically sound, and this event and our performance put us in position to wrestle well in two weeks.”





THIS WEEK: Notre Dame is scheduled to continue its season in the warmer climes of central Florida, when the Falcons travel to Winter Haven, Fla., for 10 games in seven days, from Feb. 28 to March 6.


LAST WEEK:  The Falcons opened their 2010 season with a four-game series at Pikeville, Ky.  The Blue & White made the trip a successful one, outscoring the host Bears, 29-11, and winning three of the four games.  A slew of newcomers paced Notre Dame (3-1) in the trio of wins.  Shortstop Travis Brown (Bellevue, Ohio) hit .583/.688/1.000 (batting/on-base/slugging) in 16 plate appearances.  On the mound, NDC got solid performances from Tyler DeCrapio (Erie, Pa.), Justin Miller (Baltimore, Ohio) and Simon Davis (Grove City, Ohio); the Falcons had a 3.46 ERA over the four games.

Falcon Closeup 2





THIS WEEK: The Falcons are idle this week, but will compete in the NAIA Indoor National Championships March 3-6, in Johnson City, Tenn.


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame competed in the Greater Cleveland Championships and Kent State Tune-up on Friday and Saturday, respectively.  The men and women both finished fifth in a field of six teams at the Greater Cleveland Championships.  Results for the Kent State Tune-ups were not available at press time. …  At the GCC, NDC athletes medaled in 11 events.  For the men, Adam Saintz (Brookpark, Ohio) won the 55-Meter Hurdles with a time of 8.12 seconds and Brandon Brodwolf (Lodi, Ohio) placed first in the High Jump, with a leap of 2.03 Meters (6-08.00).  On the women’s side, Noelle Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) won the Triple Jump with an 11.06-meter (36-03.50) performance, Samantha Murphy (Columbus, Ohio) finished first in the Shot Put with a 12.51-meter (41-00.50) toss, and the team of Ava Woods (Akron, Ohio), Jessica Thomas (Sandusky, Ohio), Tiffany Tucker (Akron, Ohio) and Shawnta Davis (Akron, Ohio) won the 4x200-Meter Relay with a time of 1:46.09. … The Notre Dame Track & Field team sent 14 athletes to the Kent State Tune-up over the weekend, and came away with three program records.  On the men’s side, Demar Sheffey (Euclid, Ohio) ran the 200-Meter Dash in 22.45 seconds to break Charles Wilson-Brown’s previous school record of 22.68.  Nick Glavac (Mentor, Ohio) also set a program record, beating his own record in the Mile Run, with a time of 4:19.99.    For the women, Tiffany Tucker set the Notre Dame record in the 60-Meter High Hurdles with a time of 8.99 seconds, breaking her previous record of 9.00. 

Brandon Brodwolf

Lodi native Brandon Brodwolf





THIS WEEK:  NDC is slated to get its season underway on Saturday, with the Falcons competing in the Smash Hit Tournament hosted by the Savannah College of Art & Design (Ga.).  Notre Dame is scheduled to play eight games in Savannah, from Feb. 27 to March 2, before travelling to Alabama to participate in the University of Mobile Classic (March 3-6). … The Falcons head into the season as the No. 19 team in the nation (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) on the heels of placing fifth at last year’s NAIA National Championship Tournament.





THIS WEEK:  Notre Dame kicks off its season on Saturday, when the team travels to Charlotte, N.C., to face Lees-McCrae in the first of three games on a spring-break trip.





THIS WEEK: The Falcons will square off against Heidelberg on Tuesday in Medina, Ohio, at 1 p.m., and they will take on Otterbein in Medina on Friday (Feb. 26) at noon before heading to Florida for a week-long trip.  The Falcons will play their first game on their trip down south on Sunday (Feb. 28) against St. Leo (Fla.). 


LAST WEEK: The Falcons picked up their first victory of the season, defeating John Carroll, 6-3, on Friday (Feb. 19).  Notre Dame used four singles victories and a pair of wins in doubles play to pick up the win.  Geoff Becktell (Newark, Ohio) highlighted NDC’s effort, as he backed up a 7-5, 7-6 singles win by teaming up with Cory Meek (Madison, Ohio) on an 8-3 win in doubles.





THIS WEEK: The Falcons are idle this week, but will next be competing the sport’s national tournament.  The dates and times of the tournament have not been announced. 


LAST WEEK: This weekend, the Falcons participated in the Backhaul Direct Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Results from the event were not available at press time. 

Men's Basketball – Mount Union Travels Tomorrow to Wilmington for OAC Tournament Quarterfinal; LISTEN LIVE

Feb. 23, 2010

By Lenny Reich

OAC Logo

No. 7 seed Mount Union plays No. 2 seed Wilmington in a quarterfinal game in the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm at the Fred Raizk Arena in Wilmington.  The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online right here.

The Purple Raiders dropped their final two regular season games to find themselves 11-14 overall and in a tie with Heidelberg and Baldwin-Wallace for fifth place in the OAC, but via tiebreakers Mount Union finds themselves on the road at Wilmington. 

Mount Union is one of top defensive teams in the conference ranking third in field goal percentage defense (.452) and second in rebounding defense.  Junior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) leads the team in scoring (13.4), rebounding (7.0) and is second in assists (64).

The Quakers come into the tournament winners of three straight games at 18-7 overall and 13-5 in the OAC.  Wilmington is the OAC’s third highest scoring team at 75.5 points per game and led by sophomore guard Tyler White, who is third in the conference in scoring at 17.8 points per game.

Mount Union holds a 12-8 lead in the all-time series between the schools including a split in the two regular season meetings this season.

On December 5, the Raiders saw a 19-point lead evaporate in the final eight minutes of regulation and fell 87-84 in overtime in Wilmington.  Sophomore forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) scored a game-high 23 and junior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) tallied 22 to lead Mount Union, while the Quakers had four players in double figures led by Tyler White’s 22 points.


Falls alum Dave Pellerite

Wood had a big night again in the second meeting on January 30 in Alliance as he scored a career-high 30 points as Mount Union shot 54.3-percent from the floor in a 75-65 upset of then first place Wilmington.  White again led the Quakers with 21 points.

This marks the first post-season meeting between the teams.

Mount Union is making its 50th OAC Tournament appearance with a 23-48 record (.324) won the 1997 title and was the runner-up in 1971 and 2004.  The Raiders have not won an OAC Tournament game since 2005, but that year No. 7 seed Mount Union went on the road and knocked off No. 2 Capital, 95-75 in Columbus.

Since joining the conference in 2000, Wilmington has a 1-9 record over the previous 10 seasons.  The Quakers have lost four straight OAC Tournament games since 2006 when as the No. 4 seed they knocked off fifth seeded Capital, 73-64 in a quarterfinal in Wilmington.

The winner of this matchup takes on the winner of a quarterfinal between No. 3 seed Capital and No. 6 seed Baldwin-Wallace Friday at the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals.  The other quarterfinal matchups are No. 8 Marietta at No. 1 John Carroll and No. 5 Heidelberg at No. 4 Ohio Northern.

2010 OAC Men’s Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Quarterfinals (at higher seeds)

No. 8 Marietta at No. 1 John Carroll, 7:30 pm
No. 7 Mount Union at No. 2 Wilmington, 7:30 pm
No. 6 Baldwin-Wallace at No. 3 Capital, 7:30 pm
No. 5 Heidelberg at No. 4 Ohio Northern, 7:30 pm

Friday, Feb. 26
Semifinals (at highest remaining seed after quarterfinals)

No. 2/7 winner vs. No. 3/6 winner, 6 or 8 pm
No. 4/5 winner vs. No. 1/8 winner, 6 or 8 pm

North Coast Athletic Conference

NCAC Baseball Special    


Feb. 23, 2010
By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Defending champion Wooster has once again emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by North Coast Athletic Conference baseball coaches in their annual preseason poll.

The Fighting Scots, who were 43-11 overall, 13-3 in the North Coast last season, were chosen to re-claim the conference title in 2010 with 100 points and all 10 first-place votes. Ohio Wesleyan, a 10-time North Coast champion, totalled 87 points to finish second in the balloting. Wabash was picked third (72),  Kenyon (68) was tabbed fourth followed by Denison (63) in fifth. Allegheny (49) and Wittenberg (49) tied for sixth, while Oberlin (24), Earlham (22) and Hiram (16) round out places eight through 10.
Fighting Scot drum major

Wooster is 919-332-6 (.733) during the 28-year tenure of head coach Tim Pettorini. The Scots, ranked second in the Collegiate Baseball preseason Div. III poll, expect to return 10 seniors from a team that fell one game short of a national title. Anchoring the pitching staff is a junior right-hander, Justin McDowell (Willard, OH/Willard), who won a school record-tying 13 games and broke another school mark with 113.2 innings pitched as a sophomore. Senior Matt Groezinger (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) is the Fighting Scots' cleanup hitter, who can hit from both sides of the plate and play multiple positions in the field. Both McDowell and Groezinger were NCAC first team selections in 2009.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny CollegeDenison UniversityEarlham CollegeHiram CollegeKenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash CollegeWittenberg University and the College of Wooster. The NCAC sponsors 22 championship sports, 11 for men and 11 for women.

2010 NCAC Preseason Baseball Poll
First-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points: 
1.    Wooster (10)    100
2.     Ohio Wesleyan 87
 3.    Wabash    72
 4.    Kenyon    68
 5.    Denison 63
 6.     Allegheny 49
     Wittenberg 49
 8.    Oberlin    24
 9.    Earlham 22
10.    Hiram    16

Saturday, Feb. 27
Championship (at semifinals site)
Semifinal winners, 3 pm


HLN to air live coverage of 2010 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships

UIC set to host the annual event


Feb. 23, 2010


By Mike Laninga

The 2010 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships are set for Wednesday, Feb. 24 through Saturday, Feb. 27.  HLN (HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv) will air live final event coverage, featuring an interactive blog, which will provide fans with an opportunity to ask questions and make comments. Nightly recaps and a championships video wrap up will be available on the site as well.


The 2010 event will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Flames Natatorium as six men¹s programs and eight women¹s programs will battle for the annual League trophies.  The UIC men¹s squad looks to defend its 2009 title while the Green Bay women hope to extend their five-year long run as the top Horizon League team.

Horizon League


The men¹s championship should be an exciting four days of intense competition similar to last season where UIC, Wright State, Milwaukee and Cleveland State all finished within 91 points of each other.  The Flames will look for leadership from sophomore Luke Martin as he holds the conference¹s top 200 IM time at 1:53.19.  The Raiders plan to score quality points in the diving events as junior Caleb Nettleton owns the League¹s top three-meter score of 329.32. Jake Kalinowski and Nathan Welchin anchor a well-rounded Panthers squad while Mark deSwardt and Jakub Dobies gear up to pilot the Vikings.


On the women¹s side, Green Bay enters the meet having won seven titles in the past 12 seasons and looks to pick up number eight in 2010.  The Phoenix will once again rely on their relays to score major points as Green Bay swept all five events last year.  2009 runner-up Milwaukee will display many talented individuals, including Kelsey GeorgeKerry Rossow and Danielle Wenger. Wright State and Cleveland State will look to Molley Pipkorn and Joanna Olsson, respectively, to guide their squads.


Bowling Honor Roll

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 2/22/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Steven Clemence, Brooklyn, 2/16, Yorktown Lanes;

Thomas Whitkofski, Strongsville, 2/16, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Craig Barbee, Olmsted Township, 2/17, Buckeye Lanes;

Richard Parschen, Strongsville, 2/17, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Allen Polly, North Olmsted, 2/17, Brookgate Lanes;

Michael PierceMiddleburg Heights, 2/17, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Margaret Bewie, Strongsville, 2/17, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Rick Theberge, Brook Park, 2/19, Red_Circle Lanes;

Raymond Poole, Strongsville, 2/19, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Norm Loescher, Russell, 2/19, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Arthur Cross, Parma, 2/21, Brookgate Lanes;

Leonard Stehuca, North Royalton, 2/22, Brookgate Lanes;

Stanley Prokop, Garfield Heights, 2/22, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    299 Games

Mike Wilson, Garfield Heights, 2/18, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Ed Dobias Jr., North Olmsted, 2/19, Fairview Lanes;

Brandon WhiteCleveland, 2/21, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Matthew Zeszotek, Middleburg Heights, 2/22, Brookgate Lanes;



    298 Games

Rick McNamara, Solon, 2/4, Roseland Lanes;



    800 Series

Jacob Mayher, North Olmsted, 2/17, Cloverleaf Lanes (806);

Richard Parschen, Strongsville, 2/17, Cloverleaf Lanes (813);

Michael WolfeNorth Ridgeville, 2/18, Buckeye Lanes (810);

Jim Segert, Brunswick Hills, 2/18, Cloverleaf Lanes (818);

Vikings look to even it up 


Feb. 23, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State's men's basketball team is hosting Detroit Thursday and is aiming to move to the .500 marl.

Feb.Game 30
Detroit (16-13, 7-9) at Cleveland State (14-15, 9-7)
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Location: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None Live, Streaming available on the internet via Horizon League Network.
Promo: Harvest For Hunger Night Bring five food items and get $15 ticket for $5.
Indoor Tailgate Opens At 4:30 p.m. (Dollar dogs, $2 drafts, cornhole and other games & more)
Series:    Detroit Leads, 33-14
Last Mtg:  @Detroit 69, CSU 62 (12/5/09)
Tickets: $8, $15 & $25

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State is at home this week for the final two games of the 2009-10 regular season, a pair of contests that will go a long way in determining the seeding for next week's Horizon League Championship.  The Vikings will host Detroit on Thursday, Feb. 25 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game is a doubleheader with the CSU women facing Detroit at 5:00 p.m. The Vikings (14-15, 9-7) enter the contest having lost three straight league games to slip into fifth place in the Horizon League standings.  CSU can finish as high as a second place tie and as low as seventh depending on the outcome of the schedule this week, but CSU can do no higher than the No. 3 seed in the championship.  More importantly, the Vikings need at least one win to assure itself of a first round home game on March 2.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.1 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (8.4, 5.8), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.7, 2.0 apg) and Trevon Harmon (11.0, 1.8) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.6, 0.9 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (1.3, 1.1) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (2.0, 0.9) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.7, 2.2 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he, along with  JC transfers Jared Cunningham (5.7, 2.8) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.3, 5.6) at center.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Feb. 22).  As a team, the Vikings are 12th nationally in free throw percentage (.749), 13th in steals (9.0 spg), 16th in turnover margin (+3.9) and 54th in turnovers per game (12.3). Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 11th nationally in steals (2.6 spg).

B-W Women Rally to Beat John 

Carroll, 68-65, in OAC 


By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO --  Junior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) scored a game-high 18 points as the third-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team rallied to defeat cross-town rival and sixth-seeded John Carroll University, 68-65, tonight (Wednesday, February 23, 2010) in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Ursprung Gymnasium.  B-W advances to the OAC final four on Friday in Columbus.

The Yellow Jackets are now 18-8 overall, have beaten JCU six straight times and in 36 of the last 37 meetings to lead the all-time series, 41-19. With its loss, JCU ends its season at 11-14 and on a four-game losing streak.

In addition to Schroeder for B-W, senior center Ariel Brough (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) totaled 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds and freshman guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/Colonel Crawford) scored 10 with four assists. JCU was led by Lee Jennings with 17 points.

The first half began with nine lead changes in the opening 7:56 before John Carroll scored six straight and led 18-14 at the 11:44 mark. The Blue Streak lead grew to a high of eight, at 27-19, when Saide Zander hit a three-pointer at 8:13. The Yellow Jackets rallied with a 14-4 run and led 33-31 when senior center Ariel Brough (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) scored on a layup at 3:25. Sophomore wing Monica Gustin (Bexley) ignited the B-W run with back-to-back three-pointers. Undaunted, JCU closed the half on an 8-0 run and led 39-33 when Jennings completed a three-point play with 10 seconds remaining.

In the second half, JCU opened on a 4-0 run and led by 10 at 43-33 when Caitlin Sureck canned a jumper at 18:03. B-W battled back with a 13-4 run and trailed 47-46 when freshman guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/Colonel Crawford) hit a jumper at 11:13. The Blue Streaks briefly regained control and built their lead back to eight, at 62-54, on a Sureck layup with 5:54 left to play.
The Jackets once again rallied and twice got within one at 63-62 at 4:09 and 65-64 at 2:07 with key baskets from French. Both sides then went scoreless until B-W got a pair of clutch free throws from sophomore forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/St. Mary Central Catholic) that put the Jackets ahead 66-65 with 16 seconds remaining. B-W then held JCU without a score on its next possession and got two more free throws from French to make the score 68-65. The Streaks had one last desperation shot from half court that did not go as B-W survived for the quarterfinal round win.

B-W is back in action on Friday, Feb. 26 when it plays second-seeded Mount Union College, a 59-56 winner against Otterbein College, in one semifinal game at host and top-seeded Capital University in the Capital Center in Columbus at 8:00 p.m. Capital hosts Ohio Northern University in the other semifinal match. The 2010 OAC Women’s Basketball Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3:00 p.m.

Early Deficit Gives Hiram College Men’s Basketball Loss Against Wittenberg University in NCAC Tournament

February 23, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t erase a 17-point first half deficit as the Terriers fell to Wittenberg University, 85-63, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 23) in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield.


With the loss, the Terriers will end their season with a 12-14 overall record.  The Tigers will improve to 20-6 overall and will advance to the semifinals on Friday (Feb. 26).

Wittenberg jumped out early, beginning the game with a 23-6 scoring run in the opening 8:49.  Hiram fought back and pulled to within seven points, 35-28, on a layup by sophomore guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 1:18 mark.  Both teams would exchange baskets, but a three-point play by the Tigers to end the half, put Wittenberg up by 10 points, 40-30, at the break.

Hiram would narrow the gap to single figures again early in the second half, 42-34, with a layup by junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) with 18:23 left to play.  But a 7-0 run by Wittenberg put the Tigers back up by double-digits, 49-34, at the 17:26 mark and maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way.  Wittenberg recorded its largest lead of the game of 23 points on multiple occassions en route to the 85-63 final.

Both teams shot well from the floor with Wittenberg shooting 53.2 percent (33-of-62) and Hiram shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59).

Wittenberg was led by Clayton Black with a game-high 17 points on five-of-nine shooting (55.6 percent) and grabbed a game-tying high eight rebounds.  Josh McKee was second with 14 points, followed by Mark Snyder with 12 points.  Chris Sullivan added 11 points.

Chanel Alum Nick Russo

Hiram was led by junior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) with 12 points on 40.0 percent shooting (four-of-10), including 50.0 percent (four-of-eight) from three-point range.  Watkins was second with 11 points and junior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) rounded out the high-scorers with 10 points.  In addition, junior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) grabbed a game-tying high eight rebounds

Buchtel grad Hassan Muhammad


Quarterfinal results (tonight's games)
#1 Wooster 73, #8 Kenyon 59
#2 Wabash 73, #7 Denison 54
#3 Wittenberg 85, #6 Hiram 63
#5 Ohio Wesleyan 73, #4 Allegheny 59

Semifinals, hosted by top-seeded Wooster on Friday, Feb. 26:
Wittenberg vs. Wabash at 6:00 p.m.
Ohio Wesleyan vs. Wooster at 8:00 p.m.

Championship game hosted by Wooster on Saturday, Feb. 27:
7:00 p.m.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina's Play Down Stretch Key as #25 Mount Union Survives and Advances with 59-56 Win Over Otterbein; Raiders Play B-W Friday at 8pm at Capital

Published On: 2/22/2010 10 pm

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE, OH)-- Freshman point guard Rosa LaMattina's (Westlake/Westlake) 14 points and key defense down the stretch keyed the No. 2 seeded Mount Union'swomen's basketball team's 59-56 victory over No. 7 seed Otterbein Tuesday night's Ohio Athletic Conference Quarterfinal matchup in Alliance.



The Purple Raiders (22-4) will play No. 4 seed Baldwin Wallace, a 68-65 winner over No. 6 seed John Carroll, in a semifinal game Friday at 8 pm at The Capital Center in Columbus.

Junior guard Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tuscarawas Valley) finished with 11 points and sophomore Kori Weidt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) also had 10 points.

Otterbein (11-15) was led by Katy Miller and Karli Volkmer who each had 13 points.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 23-5 lead in the game's opening nine minutes.

Despite being down by 18 points early on, the Raiders answered back with a 21-2 run of their own and took their first lead of the game at the 4:40 mark on a jumper in the paint by Weidt to put the score at 26-25.

A competitive Otterbein squad closed out the first half on an 8-2 run as Volkmer nailed a three pointer with two seconds left as the Cardinals took a 33-28 lead into halftime.

The Raiders would claw their way back in the second half and tie the game at 38 on a Pohovey layup at the 12:28 mark.  The Cardinals answered back on a Kristi Kotterman jumper and take the lead 40-38.

Both teams would tie the score twice before freshman Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) scooped up a missed basket and made a layup to give the Raiders a 51-50 lead at the 3:40 mark.

A LaMattina steal with just under three minutes to play led to a fast break layup that put the score at 53-51.

Otterbein would once more tie score as Kotterman nailed a three pointer to put the score at 54-54 with 1:36 left to play.

Pohovey would sink a driving layup with 56 seconds left to give the Raiders their final lead as they went on to the 59-56 final.