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Emily Oliver

Baldwin-Wallace College
 senior, Sandy

Valley alumna Emily Oliver is The OAC 

Track Student/Athlete of the Week

Feb. 23, 2011 12:01 a.m

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior pentathlete Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/ Sandy Valley) is this week’s (February 14-21, 2011)Ohio Athletic Conference Track Athlete Athlete of the Week for her efforts last weekend at the Ohio Wesleyan University Pentathlon.

Oliver, a chemistry major who carries a better than 3.4 grade point average, had an excellent day at OWU. She placed first of eight competitors in the five-event pentathlon, set a school-record and provisionally qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division III NationalIndoor Track & Field Championship Meet on March 11-12 at Capital University in Columbus.  Oliver’s 3,317 points also currently ranks third in Division III.

Oliver finished first in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.77 seconds to earn 822 points, placed first in the high jump with a jump of five-feet and one and one-quarter inches for 689 points, placed second in the shot put with a throw of 33’3” for 538 points, placed tied for second in the long jump with a leap of 16’3.75”  for 551 points and placed second in the 800-meter run in 2:28.09 for 717 points.

YeoSwimmers Earn Academic Recognition; Oberlin Swim Team Named Scholar All Americans
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Chicago – Earlier this week the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) named both the Oberlin College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams to its Scholar All-American list. 

The Yeomen, who had the highest GPA in the country regardless of division the past two semesters, were once again towards the top of the list. The finished the fall with a mark of 3.40, which only four other schools in Division III were able to top. 

The Yeowomen also continued their streak of being honored by the CSCAA as they checked in at 3.25.

“Of course it is great to be on this list year in and year out,” Head Coach Mark Fino said. “It continues to speak to the type of quality student-athletes were recruit here at Oberlin and is a true representation of our outstanding student body as a whole.”

To be named as a Scholar All-American team, your team must post a minimum GPA of 3.0. 


Feb. 23, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – For the second straight year, Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball senior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday, February 22


Duerr, a biology (pre-med) major with a 3.93 grade point average, will conclude his Spartan career this Saturday as one of the more productive post players in school history. This season, the six-foot, eight-inch Duerr is averaging 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds with a team-high 26 blocked shots.

In 84 career games and 70 starts, Duerr has totaled 578 points on a 51.6 shooting percentage with 428 rebounds and 112 blocked shots.

Since the program’s inception, a total of 70 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American. In 2009-10, a combined seven Spartans received the honor. The amount was tied for fourth-most in the nation for all Divisions. So far in 2010-11, four Spartans have been named Academic All-America.

Brunswick's Katie Crider scores season-

high 18 points to lead Purple Raiders in 

OAC quarterfinals

Feb. 23, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) scored a season-high 18 points, leading Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team to a 70-52 victory over Otterbein in Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal action on Tuesday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.


Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) added 14 points and six assists while Taylor Hartung (Canton/Massillon Perry) chipped in 11 points. Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) grabbed seven rebounds.

The top-seeded Purple Raiders (23-3) will host their next OAC Tournament game when five-seed Capital (16-9) visits for a 7:30 p.m. matchup tomorrow. The Crusaders defeated 

.Wilmington, 81-75, in their Tuesday quarterfinal

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John Carroll’s Women Upset No. 2 Seeded Baldwin-Wallace, 74-60,  in OAC Tourney First Round

By Jeff Miller
BEREA, OHIO –  Senior  guard Lee Jennings scored 31 points as the John Carroll women’s basketball team defeated cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace, 74-60, tonight (Wednesday, February 22, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game.
Jennings vs. Otterbein
Lee Jennings
The number seven seeded Blue Streaks advance to the semifinals to take on third seeded Ohio Northern University in Ada on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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Hiram College Men’s Basketball Falls to Ohio Wesleyan University in NCAC Tournament

February 23, 2011---12:01 a.m.

By Jeff Hoedt

DELAWARE, OHIO  –  The fifth-seeded Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by fourth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan University, 100-85, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 22) in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at Branch Rickey Arena in Delaware. 

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John Carroll takes Mount Union in OAC men's basketball tourney

February 23, 2011---12:01 a.m.

By Lenny Reich

UNIVERSITY HTS., Ohio -- No. 7 seed Mount Union rallied from a 15-point deficit and took the lead with less three minutes to play but No. 2 seed John Carroll held on for a 75-68 win in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Tuesday.

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Westlake's Ann Ryan scores nine points and yanks nine rebounds in Allegheny's NCAC tourney win over Hiram

February 22, 2011

MEADVILLE, PA.  –  Sixth-seeded Hiram College women’s basketball team suffered an 86-72 loss against third-seeded Allegheny College despite a career-high 28 points by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 22) in Meadville, Pa.  [Game Stats]


Westlake High alumna Ann Ryan had nine points and nine rebounds for the Gators. With the loss, the Terriers end their season with a 12-14 overall record.

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Missed Opportunities Cost Yeowomen in Quarterfinals
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Delaware, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team had their chances to knockoff the No. 2 seeded Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops, but they could not make the most of their opportunities in a 67-60 defeat. 

The Yeowomen had many promising looks at the hoop throughout the night, but shot just 33.3 percent (19-of-57) from the floor, which included a 7-of-29 (24.1 %) effort from downtown.

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Kent hosting  OU and Akron native Tenishia 

Benson; Flashes still have shot at piece of divisional 

crown; Wadsworth's Cassie Schrock, coming off 19-

point game, visits Toledo with mates

Feb. 23, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Ohio at Kent State, 7 pm
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Ohio enters Wednesday's competition 7-19 and 3-10 in MAC play. Junior Tenishia Benson leads Ohio with 13.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while also ranking nationally in free-throw percentage (.754). The Bobcats rank 90th in the country with 9.6 steals per game. 
Tenishia Benson

Kent State picked up a key home win Feb. 19, as senior Taisja Jones poured in a game-high 26 points, aided by a career-best 5-of-5 shooting from three-point range in Kent State's 72-52 win over Buffalo at the M.A.C. Center. Joining Jones indouble figures was classmate Jamilah Humes, who had 15 points to go with game-bests of nine assists and six steals. Senior Ellie Shields added 10 points for the Flashes. Jones just missed a double-double of her own with nine rebounds.
Cassie Schrock

Eastern Michigan at Toledo, 7 pm
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Eastern Michigan enters tonight's division contest on the heels of a 62-35 victory vs. Northern Illinois on Saturday. All-MAC candidate Cassie Schrock paced the Eagles with 19 points against the Huskies, while Sydney Huntley (12 pts.) and Tavelyn James (11 pts.) also finished in double digits. EMU features an attack with three players averaging double figures led by James' 16.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.9 spg. Eastern Michigan is 9-3 away from home this season. UT currently holds a two-game cushion over East Division leader Bowling Green for the best overall mark in the conference, as well as a three-game lead over Central Michigan and EMU in the West Division. Toledo was able to maintain its margin over the aforementioned squads thanks to a 67-49 victory at Ball State on Saturday. The triumph was UT's first in Muncie since 2004. Senior Melissa Goodall and junior Naama Shafir shared team honors with 15 points to extend Toledo's win streak to a season-high eight games, tied for the 10th-longest stretch in school history. For the season, Shafir paces Toledo in scoring and assists, averaging 14.2 ppg and 5.2 apg. Goodall is close behind tallying 13.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.3 bpg.

Miami at Buffalo, 7 pm
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The RedHawks return to the road looking to return to the win column as they make the long trip to Buffalo for a games against the Bulls on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Only 18 players in school history have reached the 1,000-point mark. Sophomore point guardCourtney Osborn (Fishers, Ind.) is only 31 points away from becoming the 19th. She would be the first to reach that mark as a sophomore and only the eighth to reach it before her senior year. The RedHawks are led by Osborn, who is averaging 17.5 points per game. Maggie Boyer added 12.2 points per contest and sophomore Kristen Olowinski is averaging a double-double with 11.3 points and a team-high 11.1 rebounds per contest. As a team, Miami (OH) is allowing over 75 points per game. Buffalo is 13-13 overall and 6-7 in the MAC. The Bulls have lost their last three games, including a 72-52 decision at Kent State on Saturday. The key to Buffalo's attack is senior forward and MAC Player-of-the-Year candidate Kourtney Brown. She averages 21.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. Junior guard Brittany Hedderson also averages in double figures with 11.6 points per game. Buffalo is the strongest rebounding team in the MAC, outboarding its opponents by an average of 5.3 caroms per game.

Ball State at Central Michigan, 7 pm
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Ball State enters the Central Michigan contest with a 9-17 overall record and 4-9 mark in the Mid-American Conference. Senior forward Emily Maggert leads the squad, averaging 15.0 points per game, while senior guard Ty'Ronda Benning adds 13.0 points per contest. Benning led the Cardinals in scoring Saturday against Toledo with 16 points. Central Michigan enters the game with a 17-8 overall record and a 9-4 MAC mark. CMU is currently 5-1 in its last six contests. The Chippewas recently defeated Western Michigan Saturday by a score of 91-75. Seniors Kaihla Szunko and Shonda Long lead the team with 16.2 ppg. followed by Brandie Baker (13.2), and Niki Diguilio (11.5). Shonda Long became just the 19th player in Mid-American Conference history to connect on 200-plus career three-pointers with six against the Bulls on Jan. 26. She currently sits at No. 16 on the list with 212 made threes.


Getting snubbed for No. 2 seed gets St. 

Edward's dander up; dodges Strongsville 

lucky lightening bolt; rolls to 6-0

blanking in rare all-Red-North sectional 


Feb. 23, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN—Strongsville will have to wait at least another year for lightning to strike thrice in the same place St. Edward fended off a tough Mustang defensive stand for two periods and then rolled to a 6-0 win, in the sectional semifinals of the State High School Hockey Tournaments Tuesday night here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.

Prior to finally moving up to the Red North this season, Strongsville has had a history of upsetting some of the more powerful St. Edward teams here in February, knocking the mighty Eagles out early once in Baron Cup and once in the State Tournaments over the past five years.

Watch a few short videos from Tuesday’s St. Ed-Strongsville  game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


It was strange how the No. 2 (Strongsville) and No. 3 seed (St. Ed) wound up meeting in a sectional semifinal, essentially a first-round game. One would assume that Strongsville, realizing its post-season history against St. Ed, might have jumped at a chance to get the Eagles in an early round again.


However, it was the other way around in how this unusual meeting of two Red North teams meeting prior to the districts. After making it to the Baron Cup finals and finishing in the top three in the Red North during the regular season, the Eagles had apparently earned one of the top two seeds, but that was not so, as the overabundance of public school votes did the usual teachers’ union/gang bang on St. Ed and “stuffed” Strongsville into the No. 2 seed.

That gave the Eagles some incentive to not only make a statement, but pour it on in doing so.

St. Edward’s special teams came through strong in the first period, when Strongsville had three golden opportunities to take the lead and came up empty handed as the first 15 minutes of skating resulted in a 0-0 tie.

Strongsville had three power plays, including a two-man advantage for 42 seconds in the first period, but came up with zilch.


Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete, defenseman Alex D’Angelo, conducted by Norm Weber after the tonight’s Eagles-Mustangs’ game, by clicking and downloadin


Just 1:19 into the game, St. Ed was called for roughing and Strongsville went on the offensive, but  Eagle goaltender Jon LaCoste came up with what little the Mustangs had to fire his way.

Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Jon LaCoste, conducted by Norm Weber after the tonight’s Eagles-Mustangs’ game, by clicking and downloading:



Then they went into a two-man “ad” at 2:36, but the Eagles killed it and the back end of the two “5-4” deals.

St. Ed was whistled for interference at 10:24, but again was able to kill the man-down ordeal.

Then the Eagles nearly got a goal at 13:00 with a huge scrum in front of the crease of Stangs’ tender Justin Jakubik, who was able to bury the puck.


Another scrum ensued at 13:07, this time drawing the first penalty on Strongsville, a roughing sin-bin sender.

St. Ed had a couple shots at the net, but could get nothing as the power play carried over to the second period.

After St. Edward obtained nothing off that smidgen of power-play time left in the second period, both teams skated at even strength for a few minutes and then both had power-play chances of a minute or so, the Mustangs getting called for roughing at 4:43 and the Eagles for cross checking at 5:36.


Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Justin Hoyt, conducted by Norm Weber after the tonight’s Eagles-Mustangs’ game, by clicking and downloading


The Eagles broke the scoreless deadlock at 11:41 when Justin Hoyt fired a shot from the right point that found its way past Jakubik’s left rib and into the net. 

Danny O’Sullivan and Chris Day assisted on the only goal of the first two periods and the Eagles skated off into the second intermission with a 1-0 lead.

The third period was all St. Ed. After Strongsville (17-10-2) was called for slashing, Mick Bartholomew scored the first power-play goal of the evening, this one coming at 2:45 with an assist from Hoyt.


Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Mick Bartholomew, conducted by Norm Weber after the tonight’s Eagles-Mustangs’ game, by clicking and downloading


O’Sullivan then joined his line mates and scored his goal at 3:47 with an assist from defenseman Alex D’Angelo.

C.J. Hoy (not to be confused with Justin Hoyt) then got into the goal-scoring act, ringing the bell at 7:56 with an unassisted tally.

Connor King tossed in some alliteration for the fifth Eagle goal with Matty Geib assisting at 8:17.

Then after a rash of late penalties on the Mustangs, D’Angelo scored the power-play goal with assists from Graham Harwood and Josh Greenaker.

LaCoste came up with 20 saves to get his second consecutive shutout. The Eagles outshot the Stangs by better than 2-1 as Jakubik had 40 saves. 

St Ed (23-13-2) will play Rocky River in the sectional championship Saturday afternoon.

Rocky River's Kealy McNally scores 15, but Notre Dame comes up just short in one of Coach Deasy's last games

Rocky River’s Kealy McNally scored a game-high 15 points, but it was not quite enough as Notre Dame’s basketball team fell to Roberts Wesleyan Tuesday night in league tournament play.


 This comes one night after Falcons Coach Dick Deasy announced his retirement