A Page -- Feb. 24, 2011

Photo by David Liam Kyle

Pat Costanzo changing the "mindset" of 

Brooklyn football: Hurricane 

Student/Athletes Mike Stewart, Scott 

Palus head to John Carroll, Travis

Agnew to Ohio Dominican, Justin Gray 

to Bluffton

Feb. 24, 2011--12:01   a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN -- Historically for Brooklyn High Student/Athletes, extending a high school S/A career into a college Student/Athletic experience has been rare even though there is substantial evidence that the collegiate experience brings about mind-changing events, which could lead to even greater things.

Along with that goes the changing of mindsets as well.

Pat Costanzo Sr., the head coach of Brooklyn High School football, placed acquiring college Student/Athletic opportunities for his players at the top of his priority list when he took over two years ago. He wanted to change the way in which S/As in school thought about their careers beyond their prep days.

Since he got married at a young age, Costanzo (the letter at the end of his name an o not an a, just for the Seinfeld fans) never had the opportunity to go to college and play any of the sports he loves, and there are many evidenced by the variety of youth sports he’s coached over the past two decades – from St. Thomas More football to OBALL in the Old Brooklyn baseball sandlots.

Such has been the norm, however, in Brooklyn, whose school board as of a few years ago was made up mainly of individuals without college degrees. That aside, there are other reasons, Brooklyn S/As did not extend their careers beyond high school. Yes, there are exceptions such as the Keough brothers who wrestled at John Carroll, Dana Dempsey with a fine basketball career at Case Reserve, Jessica Latimer also as a Division II basketball standout at B-W, and Nick Latimer as a golfer at Kent.

However, those are the exception, not the rule. A few years ago Billy Sutton set a slew of passing and total offense records as a quarterback at Brooklyn, but never played a single down of college football, not even at a two-year school in places like California or Oklahoma, where such a game exists.

Then there was Ish Qasem, a hockey goalie, who played on a team with a total of seven players and who set a state record with over 100 saves in a game, but not even any college club hockey opportunities were available.  Admittedly, college hockey is a tough one to pull off for anyone south of the Canadian border and outside the perimeters of Minnesota and Massachusetts.

Then there was Corey Neal, who broke all of Dempsey’s records for combined boys and girls’ basketball numbers at the school. All he got was “preferred-walk” on status at Cleveland State and the thrill of getting to simulate the opposing teams’ top scorers in practice for the Vikings.

When Constanzo took over, he followed the pattern of one of Neal’s great accomplishments. Neal, along with Sutton, led the basketball Canes to a victory over arch-rival Lutheran West, snapping a Longhorns’ regular-season winning streak of more than 60 games that stretched over at least parts of four seasons, and did so on the Longhorns’ own court. It was the first Cane victory over a Longhorns team in many moons.

Then in fall of 2009, Constanzo’s first year, the football Canes beat the Longhorns for the first time in 10 years, doing so on the Horns’ own turf.

-Travis Agnew

Now some fruits beyond just beating big rivals in high school are starting to bear as Costanzo will be sending at least three of his current S/As on to college football - Travis Agnew (Ohio Dominican) and Scott Palus (John Carroll), and Justin Gray (Bluffton).

Also, off that 2009 team and 2010 graduating class, Mike Stewart has decided he is going to give it a shot at John Carroll. That’s not all.

“We might get a couple more in the next coming weeks,” Costanzo said. “These young men are working hard trying to change the mind set of the Brooklyn football program.”

Costanzo (far right) with Vinny Funari (left) and Norm Stickney (center)
All three have coached at both Brooklyn and STM

One of the major reasons Brooklyn S/As typically do not go beyond the high school game is because of the small size of the community. It is rare for a Brooklyn S/A to specialize in one sport and train for it year round in order to master the one skill and get the college looks. Not only are those with any talent expected to play three sports during the school year, but some four and five.

Several within this school have been on the soccer and football, or volleyball and soccer, or soccer and golf, or baseball and track during the same sports seasons. Again, the chance that one can concentrate on getting good at that one thing that can be transferred to college – highly specialized even at the D-III level – is slim.

When Costanzo came in as the head man, he already had Norm Stickney, who coached with him at STM, as one of his part-time assistants. Both of them have coached numerous S/As at STM who have gone on to college football and even the pros through the various Catholic high schools in the area. Stickney also played Division III ball at Ohio Northern, which, next to Mount Union, has been one of the two biggest “other” D-III powers in Ohio.

Dave Zastudil

He also brought in as a volunteer advisor, Tom Kaiser, the retired Bay High coach, who sent a number of his players to college football, including Pete Rekstis ( a DB for Jim Tressel at Youngstown State and now the defensive coordinator at Kent and the Ohio Assistant Coach of the Year last season), Ryan Haley (still holds the punting record at John Carroll), Mike Showalter (former Ohio State defensive tackle for John Cooper), Geoff Purdy and Marc Crayton (fullback and lineman, respectively, for Steve Spurrier at Duke), Sean Reali (kicker at Syracuse), Dave Zastudil (punter at OU) and Luke Altieri (a running quarterback at B-W).


“We’re just trying to change the football mindset,” Costanzo said.

 Once that mindset change comes to a full circle, he will see many come back with their college experience and give back in the form of coaches or contributing advisors and consultants.

Kenyon facing Denison tomorrow in NCAC tourney; 

Woodridge's Morgan Korinek key in quarterfinal win 

over Witt; Chagrin's Powers also chips in with some 


Kenyon is playing undefeated Denison tonight in the semifinals of the NCAA basketball tournament after beating Wittenberg, 70-59, in the quarterfinals yesterday.

Korinek (L) and Watson (R)

 In that win for the Ladies, Woodridge alumna Morgan Korinek  scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had five steals.

Kat Powers

Also for Kenyon, Chagrin Falls alumna Kat Powers had foru points, two steals, four assists and three rebounds.

 Hudson alumna Sarah Watson had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Witt.












Case Reserve Swim team ranks among 

top 20 in nation in collective GPA

Spartan Swimming & Diving Student/Athletes Rank 

17th in Scholar All-American Team Lists

Feb. 24, 12:01 A.M.

By Nick Minerd

CHICAGO, IL – After a superlative performance at the University Athletic Association Championships last weekend, the accolades continue to roll in for the Case Western Reserve University Swimming & Diving program. Both the men’s and women’s squads are ranked in the top 20 on the annual College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team lists.

Last weekend at the UAA Championships, the Spartan men and women combined to break 10 school records and post 12 NCAA Provisional qualifying marks at the four-day meet. In addition, first-year head coach Doug Milliken and assistant Emily Wylam were named the UAA Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year.
Case Reserve coaches

While their accomplishments in the pool have been more than noteworthy, the Spartans are also getting it done in the classroom.

According to the CSCAA compiled report for Division III, the men’s team posted the 16th-highest team grade point average (3.27) in the nation, while the women’s squad ranked 19th overall (3.37).

The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming & diving teams that have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The distinction is presented annually to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester, and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).

The CSCAA is the oldest coaches’ organization in America. In addition to Scholar All-American Awards, the CSCAA recognizes All-American Swimmers and Divers at the NCAA National Championships each year.

Oberlin Men's Lacrosse Season Preview
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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2/23/2011 2:31:24 PM
Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team enters a new era in 2011 as first-year Head Coach Topher Grossman takes over the program.


After back-to-back one-win seasons, the Yeomen turned things around in 2010 by finishing 5-8 overall, but the progress is expected to grow even further from there. 

Senior midfielder Rob Bond is the backbone of the team and as team captain his play will go a long way in determining the Yeomen’s success this spring. 

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Mount basketball team to face Capital in OAC semifinals

February 24, 2011 12:01 a.m. 

ALLIANCE -- Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team will host an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal game on Thursday when the Capital Crusaders visit the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off

Brittany Kilgore

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To close "out," Cleveland Sate men's hoops to host 

two teams from Wiscons "in"

Feb. 24, 2011--12:01a.m.

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State returns home to close out the 2010-11 regular season with a chance to secure the Horizon League regular season title, top seed for the upcoming league championship and the right to host the tourney in the Wolstein Center.  The Vikings (23-6, 12-4) will host Milwaukee on Thursday, Feb. 24 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center and then close the regular season by entertaining Green Bay on Saturday (Feb. 26) at 2:00 p.m.

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CSU basketball team to host Youngstown State

Vikings Have Won Four Straight To Close In On Third Place

Feb. 24, 2011--12:01a.m.

Cleveland State winds down its regular season when the Vikings begin a three game home stand to close the regular season with a 4:00 p.m. contest against Youngstown State on Saturday (Feb. 26).

The Vikings have won four straight games, including two on the road last week, to improve to 16-10 overall and 9-6 in the Horizon League, good for fourth place, just one-half game behind third place Wright State (9-5) and two games behind second place Butler (11-4).

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Viking men's swim team could win league title at home

Feb. 24, 2011--12:01a.m.

The CSU men's swimming and diving team will be trying to win their first Horizon League championship since the 2005-06 season when the Vikings host the conference championships at The Busbey Natatorium this week (Feb. 23-26). After going undefeated against conference competition, Cleveland State (12-3-1, 4-0 HL) is entering the championship with confidence.

"We've got probably our deepest team in recent history," head coach Wally Morton said. "We have some outstanding individual swimmers and we feel good about hosting the meet and swimming in our own fast waters. We're just going to focus on coming together as a team this week, and we'll let the points take care of themselves."

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No. 8 ranked Mount Union wrestling team in OAC 

tourney this weekend

Feb. 24

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's wrestling team, ranked No. 8 in the nation, compete this Saturday at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Ohio Northern University in Ada.

The winners of each of the 10 weight classes plus an at-large selection will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships that will be March 11-12 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Follow all the action from the mats with updates on Mount Union's Twitter page @purpleraiders and an official website hat has bracket updates and LIVE VIDEO of the finals.

Mount Union is a perfect 14-0 on the season and won the OAC regular season championship with a 6-0 record.

Projected Mount Union Lineup
125 Riki Reynolds - 21-6, 6-0 OAC
133 Colin Dennis - 19-9, 5-1 OAC
141 Josh Malave - 28-6, 6-0 OAC
149 Kevin Shadrach - 23-9, 6-0 OAC
157 Joe Spooner - 24-13, 5-1 OAC
165 John Piechuta - 13-12, 4-2 OAC
174 Jeremy Hathaway - 15-11, 1-2 OAC
184 Andy Jenkins - 21-11, 4-0 OAC
197 Bill Schindel - 24-1, 5-0 OAC
285 Derick Hesson - 23-7, 6-0 OAC

Mount Union has won 10 OAC Tournament titles (1974, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997) and finished second nine other times including each of the last two seasons.  The OAC began rewarding a regular season title in 2000 and Mount Union won its first this past season (2011).

The Raiders have won a record six-straight titles from 1985-1990.  Heidelberg enters this week's OAC Championships winners of five-straight titles (2006-2010).

Schindel, Reynolds and Malave Nationally Ranked
Mount Union senior Bill Schindel at 197, sophomore Riki Reynolds at 125 and junior Josh Malave at 141 are all nationally ranked entering the OAC Championships. 

Schindel, a two-time All-American, is ranked No. 4 at 197 and is 24-1 this season.  His only loss on the season was in the title match of the Pete Willson/Wheaton Invite against Deron Winn from nationally ranked NCAA D-II Lindenwood (Mo.).  He is a two-time defending OAC Champion at 197.     

Reynolds, who won the 125 pound OAC title and advanced to the NCAA Championships as a true freshman a year ago.  He is ranked No. 4 and is 21-6 on the season.

Malave has a team-best 28 wins on the season (28-6 record) at 141 and placed second at the OAC Championships in 2010.

Three other nationally ranked wrestlers will be in action at the OAC Championships this weekend as Kyle Kwiat of Ohio Northern is ranked No. 1 at 174 while Luke Miller of Ohio Northern and Matt Curley of Heidelberg are ranked No. 6 and No. 8 respectively at 165. 

What to Watch For ...
A host of returning placewinners from last year all return to compete again this year at the OAC Championships.

At 125 both defending champion Riki Reynolds of Mount Union and runner-up Wilmington's Donny Herrington return.  Reynolds, ranked No. 4 in the nation and 6-0 this season, won the regular season matchup between the duo. Also in this class is John Cobos of John Carroll, who was 4-2 in the OAC this season and Ohio Northern's Jerry Pasquale is 4-1 in the conference. 

At 133 defending champ Tom D'Alessandro of Heidelberg is back along with Muskingum's Michael Halko, who placed fourth last year are both back.  Others to watch here are Baldwin-Wallace's Phil Payne, 5-1 in the OAC, with that loss coming to Mount Union's Colin Denis, also 5-1 in the OAC. 

At 141 runner-up Josh Malave of Mount Union comes back.  David Malkus of John Carroll finished third at this weight in 2010 but has competed at 149 this year.  Malave is 6-0 in the OAC this season and J.P. Hoopes is 4-1 with that lone defeat a 3-1 loss to Malave. 

At 149, Andrew Johnson of Heidelberg, 4-2 this season in the OAC, was the runner-up in 2010 while two other placewinners from a year ago have moved up as John Carroll's Connor Suba, third a year ago, is now at 157 and Ohio Northern's Mick Letcher, fourth in 2010, is at 165.  Another to watch here is Kevin Shadrach of Mount Union who is 6-0 in the OAC this season.

Ohio Northern's Luke Miller won the 157 title and was the OAC Wrestler of the Meet a year ago but he has moved on to 165.  John Carroll's Vince Pizzuli was fourth last year at 157 a year ago is only other returning placewinner in the class.  Mount Union's Joe Spooner is 5-1 this season at 157 with his only loss coming to Heidelberg's Jason Barnett, who is 3-1 in the OAC.

With the addition of Miller, the 165 bracket is loaded with returners that include defending champion Matt Curley of Heidelberg along with third place finisher Sean Gill of John Carroll and fourth place finisher Korey Leonard of Baldwin-Wallace.  Miller and Curley both enter OAC Championships ranked No. 6 and No. 8 in the nation respectively.

At 174, defending champion and current No. 1 in the nation Kyle Kwiat is back along with third place finisher Andrew Scavuzzo of Baldwin-Wallace.  Scavuzzo, 6-0 in the OAC this season, and Kwiat did not wrestle against each other this season.  Kwiat took only one loss in the OAC and that was at 184 to Mount Union's Andy Jenkins.

The third and fourth place finishers from a year ago at 184 in Andy Jenkins of Mount Union and Matt Alexander of Ohio Northern are both back.  Also in this weight class is Baldwin-Wallace's Joe Georgian, who went 5-1 and took his only loss in the OAC to Jenkins.

Two-time defending champion Bill Schindel of Mount Union and third place finisher Tristan Stoll of Baldwin-Wallace headline the 197 class.  Schindel, ranked No. 4 in the nation, went 5-0 in OAC matches and handed Stoll his only defeat in the conference, 10-1.

At 285, last year's runner up Derick Hesson of Mount Union and fourth place Justin Southwick of Ohio Northern are both back.  Hesson is undefeated in the conference this year including a 6-0 win over Southwick. 

A reminder if you can't be in Ada, the finals will be featured on an online video webcast.

Training Facility To Be Dedicated to Gorman
The athletic training facility within the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex at Mount Union will be named in honor of director of the athletic training program Dan Gorman.  Gorman was tragically killed in an accident involving the bus bringing the wrestling team back from Ohio Northern on Tuesday, Jan. 11.