A Page -- Feb. 26, 2011

Kyle Caiola (L) and Tyler Sparks (R)

Normandy's Kyle Caiola joins Olmsted 

Falls' Tyler Sparks at Findlay this

season; Oilers looking for 23rd win 

today to close regular season; two local 

S/As on 10th-ranked team in nation

Feb. 26, 2011  -- 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


After a two-year run at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he scored over 1,000 points, Normandy High alumnus Kyle Caiola joined Olmsted Falls’ Tyler Sparks at the University of  Findlay, where the two Cleveland Student//Athletes have helped the Oilers to one of their finest seasons ever and a top 10 national ranking.

They will be playing their last regular-season game later today before they head into NCAA-II tourney play with their nationally ranked Oiler teammates next week.

Three years ago Caiola became the all-time leading scorer for the city of Parma – all three public schools (Normandy, Parma, Valley Forge) combined.

He took the scholarship to Lowell, location of one of the five UMass campuses and also the birthplace of the late Beat Novelist Jack Kerouac.

It’s not as if Caiola wasn’t doing well at Lowell, where he earned First Team All East Region and was the Northeast-10 All Tournament MVP. He also averaged 20 points per game and was the league’s freshman of the year two year ago.

 This year Caiola is not one of the top two scorers on the team but is also among the league leaders in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

He’s also one of the top free-throw shooters in the league, connecting on just a tad under 90 percent of his shots.

Sparks is among the team leaders in steals with 23 and is averaging five and a half pints and four and a half rebounds per game for the 10th ranked Oilers who have already secured home court advantage for the league tourney by winning the South Division via a win over Hillsdale earlier this week.

From the field, Sparks is the most accurate shooter on the team, making 55 percent of his shots (44-80). He is also fourth on the team in assists and has not fouled out of any games this season.

In the victory over the ‘Dale Thursday night, Caiola was10-of-10 at the line and scored a game-high 18 points. Sparks had six points, three steals and two rebounds

Caiola was the team-high scorer nien tiems this season and Sparks the leading rebounder seven times for the Oilers, 22-3 overall. They close out the regular campaign later today against Lake Superior State.

Jen Caiola

For Caiola, basketball in a student setting runs in the family across the extended lines. He has a cousin who lives in Russell Township (yes, it is true, some families in the Greater Cleveland area do have members on both the East and West Sides), was an S/A at Chagrin Falls High and for the past few seasons has been one of the top scorers for Lake Erie College’s team.

Jen Caiola, a junior forward for the Storm, is averaging 12 points a game, but is one of the team’s best defensive players, ranking second in blocked shots with 14 and second in steals with 32.

She also leads the team in three-point shots made (40) and free throws made (87).

Cleveland State's basketball team to host 

'Guins later today

Feb. 26, 2011  -- 12:01 a.m

By Greg Murphy

Winners of four straight games, Cleveland State concludes the regular season with a three-game home stand, beginning with a 4:00 p.m. contest against Youngstown State today (Feb. 26). 

The Vikings enter the game at 16-10 overall and in fourth place in the Horizon League at 9-6, just one game behind third place Wright State (10-5) and one-and-a-half games behind second place Butler (11-5). CSU is also just one game clear of fifth-place UIC (8-7).

Shawnita Garland

Shawnita Garland

Youngstown State is 4-22 overall and 2-13 in league play. Today's game will be the 54th all-time meeting between the two schools with the Penguins holding a 31-23 advantage in the series. 

However, the Vikings have won eight straight against YSU, including an 86-68 win in Youngstown earlier this season.

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Snowstorm Friday morning and early afternoon 

delayed start of OAC championships at B-W; 

Purple Raiders vying to improve on fourth-place 

finish from 2010

Feb. 25, 12:01 p.m

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's women's indoor track and field team competes at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.

A snowstorm in Ohio has delayed Friday's start to the meet.  Futher updates will be available on Baldwin-Wallace's website and on Mount Union's twitter account - http://www.twitter.com/purpleraiders.

The Purple Raiders placed fourth a year ago and have one OAC Indoor Track & Field Championship in their history in 1986.

GlenOak alumna Emily Mazzaferri

Mount Union's chances for a second title have been dealt a blow as sophomore Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) suffered an injury last week and will not compete.  Mahoney is a two-time OAC Track Athlete of the Week this season who also posted the best times in the conference in the 55 meter dash, 200 and 400 meters while being part of the top seeded 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams.

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Meet finally gets started as GlenOak alumna 

Mazzaferri runs fastest 500-meter time

Feb. 26, 12:01 a.m

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) placed second and earned all-conference honors in the 3000 meters (10:28.67) to headline the Purple Raiders first day at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.

The Purple Raiders are in fifth place with 15.5 points which leaves them a half point ahead of sixth placeWilmington (15.0).  Baldwin-Wallace leads the meet with 54 points, followed by second place Otterbein with 31.5 with Marietta (26) and Ohio Northern (24) in third and fourth place respectively. 

The top three finishers in every event earn all-conference.

In preliminaries on Friday a group of freshman led the qualifying as freshman Emily Mazzaferri(Canton/GlenOak) ran the fastest time in the 500 meters (1:19.78) 

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Woodridge's Korinek, Chagrin's Powers 

combine for 30 points, 19 rebounds but 

Ladies fall just short to unbeaten Denison 

in NCAC tourney

Feb. 26, 12:01 a.m

Chagrin’s Kat Powers scored 17 points and Woodridge High alumna Morgan Korinek 13 points Friday night, but it was not quote enough as their Kenyon basketball team lost in the semifinals of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament to undefeated Denison, 80-72.
Korinek (L), Powers (R)

Both Powers and Korinek had the steady hand, Powers making 7 of 8 free throw attempts and Korinek 5 of 7.

Korinek had a game-high 16 rebounds as well.


Denison (27-0) was able to get some local contribution with Padua alumna Jessica Grzybowski scoring five points and nabbing five rebounds.

Mike Bartley takes over sole possession 

of first place for all-time wins by a coach 

as Shaker shocks Walsh in sectional 

finals; it will be like old-time Thornton

in district semis with Preppers and 

Raiders hooking up again

Feb. 26, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 KENT -- With Friday night’s 3-0 upset win over Walsh Jesuit, Shaker Heights High School Hockey Coach Mike Bartley took over sole possession of first place for all-time wins by a high school coach in the all-time annals of Ohio high school hockey history.

Coach Bartley

Going into tonight’s sectional championship game, Bartley was tied with Jim Cooper, who retired three years ago as the Northview coach.


It will be just like old times for Bartley and the Red Raiders, who will play University School in the district semis Monday. The Preppers and Raiders were long-time rivals, going back all the way to the days when both schools called Thornton Park home.

Getting a ticket to a Friday night with the special 6 p.m. start at Thornton Park was like striking gold for a number of years. The game had to be discontinued a few years ago when Shaker had to leave the Red North because of the rise of other burgeoning programs like Walsh.

The Red Raiders got two goals from Josh Tallman and one from Aaron Goodman, whose first-period tally turned out to be the game winner.

 Jake Schick, Goodman and Tony Johnson had assists.

Eric Sterin had the shutout and win in goal.ms.

Matt Wipper is back at full strength; US 

forward scores hat trick in full return 

from injury; Preppers win 13th 

consecutive sectional title; Prepper "J-

Connection" scores third-period 

"collective" hat trick to put away game

Feb. 26, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT --- University School, the No. 1 seed in the entire district, won its 13th consecutive sectional championship earlier tonight her in the Kent State University Ice Arena with an 8-0 win over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.

The Preppers will play in Monday’s district semifinals against tonight’s Shaker Heights-Walsh Jesuit winner, the nightcap here at the university that was scheduled to begin at 9 Friday night.

US has made it to at least the district semifinals in each year since current coach Bill Beard took over in 1999.

Matt Wipper, who has missed almost the entire second half of the season, returned to the lineup tonight and made his presence known, registering a hat trick, his first in nearly two months.


Wipper missed almost the whole month of January, saw a few minutes during the Baron Cup and sat our the Preppers’ first sectional game.

Wipper, who is still ranked third on the team in scoring despite all the missed time, scored a powerplay goal in the first period, It turned out to be the only goal of the initial period and stood the rest of the evening the difference, thus making it the game winner, his fifth game winner of the season, putting him one above Ian Robertson for the team lead with five.

Connor Clemens and Travis Lang assisted.

Wipper also scored the seventh and eighth goals of the game, both coming midway through the third period. Robertson, Drew Musser and Andrew Preiser chipped in with the assists on the second and third Wipper goals.

The other five goals came on the collective effort.  Five different Prepper Student/Athletes lit the lamp for the five mid-game tallies.

Actually, Matt Douglas had a decent game in goal the first two periods for the Lions, saving 40 of 42 shots on goal the potent Prepper forwards fired at him in 30 minutes of play.


US led 2-0 after two periods, thanks to a Clemens goal at 12:22. Robertson assisted.

 By the third period, the Preppers had worn down the Lions, taking advantage of it by scoring three times in the first five minutes of the final frame. It was the Prepper J-Connection on those three goals  ---  Joey Ryder, Jared Rubin and Jack Linderman hitting the back of the net.


Musser, a defenseman, then scored his third goal of the season to set up Wipper for his mid-period encore.

Wipper has now scored 22 goals in 22 games played. Only Robertson, the team leader in all three offensive categories, is averaging a goal per game, 33 goals in 33 games.

Wipper is also tied with Robertson for the team lead in power-play goals with six.

Kevin DeGulis, Tyler Dalton, Mitch Powell, and Wipper also had assists.

Douglas wound up with 54 saves. Sam Althans had eight saves to earn his 16th win in goal.

US has now won nine games in a row and has lost only once in its last 12 game and twice in its last 17 games.


Kent State could move into a tie for 

first in East Division with win at Bee 

Gee later today; Falcons could clinch 

with a win 

Feb. 26, 2011  -- 12:01 a.m

By Erin Dugan

Kent State at Bowling Green, Noon (SportsTime Ohio, ESPN Full Court & ESPN3.com)

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Plenty is on the line Saturday afternoon when the Kent State women's basketball team (19-7, 10-4) travels to Bowling Green in the penultimate regular season contest for both squads. 

Kent State trails Bowling Green by one game with two contests remaining; a Kent State victory would move the Flashes into a tie with the Falcons and give Kent State the tie-breaker in head-to-head play, while a Bowling Green win secures the Mid-American Conference-East division crown for the Falcons. Kent State found its groove in the second half Feb. 23 against Ohio, as the Golden Flashes out-scored the Bobcats 43-30 in the second stanza to post a 68-62 home victory. Four players were in double figures for Kent State offensively, led by a 15-point effort by Ellie Shields.

Taisja Jones tallied a double-double with 13 points and a team-season high 16 rebounds. Stephanie Gibson added 13 points, including 10 at the free throw line, while Jamilah Humes tallied 12 points with a team-best six assists. Kent State is second in the MAC and is ranked 50th in the nation in field goal percentage.

The Golden Flashes are shooting 42.7 percent from the field this season, and the team is 8-2 when it shoots better than 45 percent from the floor. The Falcons will enter the Kent State game with an overall record of 23-4, and BGSU is 11-3 in MAC play. Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 18.1 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.2 rebounds per contest. Classmate Tracy Pontius has 11.7 ppg to date, and leads the team with 3.6 assists per outing. 

She had 17 points, tying her season high in MAC games at the time, in the win over Ohio, then exploded for 29 points at Miami. BGSU is shooting 41.1% from the field, 35.6% from three-point land and 80.0% from the free-throw line, leading the nation in the latter category.

Akron at Miami, 2:30 pm
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After suffering a heart-breaking loss, the University of Akron women's basketball team will have to bounce back on the road at Miami on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Zips have been successful away from home, winning their last three, and are looking to regain their momentum as the MAC Tournament nears. 

Sophomore Rachel Tecca - who paced the Zips with a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double - dropped in a baseline hook to give Akron a one-point advantage with eight seconds remaining. The Hoban alumna's 13th double-double of the season ties the program record set by Pam Arnold Davis, who was honored before the game with a banner in the rafters of Rhodes Arena for her accomplishments as a Zip. The Zips are led by sophomore forward Rachel Tecca. She averages 16.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. 

Another key player is senior guard Kara Murphy,a  St. V alumna. She averages 9.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Taylor Ruper provides a third scoring option at 9.9 points per game as well. Miami has dropped its last 10 games since beating Buffalo and the Zips consecutively for their only two league victories early in the season. The Bulls handed them their last defeat on the road by a slim margin when a late comeback fell short, 77-74.

 Two sophomores and a junior lead this Miami team that has no seniors. Sophomore guard Courtney Osborn paces MU with 17.6 ppg, good for third in the league. Classmate Kirsten Olowinski adds a double-double with 11.7 ppg and 11.0 rpg, the second-best rebounding average in the MAC. Junior guard Maggie Boyer also reaches double digits with 12.1 ppg.

Wadsworth's Cassie Schrock only MAC player in top ten in points, boards, helpers

Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan, 3 pm
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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team hits the road for the final time in the regular season Saturday, Feb. 26, for a Mid-American Conference West Division tilt against Central Michigan University. The Eagles enter the game with a mark of 18-10 (9-5 MAC) and are currently projected to be the fifth seed in the upcoming MAC Tournament. 

Cassie Schrock

Senior Cassie Schrock is the only player in the Mid-American Conference to currently rank in the top 10 in the league in each scoring, rebounding and assists. Schrock is second in the MAC at 5.36 assists per game, while seventh in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and 10th in scoring (15.1 ppg).

Solon's Brown could become all-time scoring leader at Buffalo for both men and women

Ohio at Buffalo, 7 pm
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Ohio is 7-20 on the season and 3-11 in the MAC following a 68-62 loss at Kent State on Wednesday night. The Bobcats have lost five straight since a win at Ball State on Feb. 2. Ohio is led by Hoban alumna Tenishia Benson, who is averaging 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, both tops on the squad. Alesia Howard is second on the team in scoring at 8.1 points per game. Senior Kamille Buckner is second amongst active players in the MAC in career blocks.

 The Bulls are coming off of a 77-74 win over Miami on Wednesday night, while Ohio is coming off a setback at Kent State. Senior Kourtney Brown is just 32 points shy of becoming UB's all-time leading scorer amongst men's and women's basketball as she sits just behind Rasaun Young (1993-98). Young finished his career with 1,908 points. Brown currently has 1,876 points. Brown is also just 10 blocks away from the Mid-American Conference record for career blocks.
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Oberlin Women's Lacrosse team to enter new era shortly - under Longley

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2/25/2011 5:01:59 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – Like the men’s team, the Yeowomen lacrosse squad will also enter a new era under young and energetic first-year Head Coach Liz Longley
Liz Longley
New coach hopes to make Yeowomen winners before too "long"

Longley takes over an up-and-coming Oberlin team after having served the last three years as an assistant at Lynchburg College where she helped transform the Hornets to one of the top teams in the region. 

With her first game as a head coach just over a week away, Longley said, “I am very pleased with the positive energy, consistent effort, and dedication the players have demonstrated thus far. Our focus on the little things and attention to detail at practice will translate well to the playing field. I'm excited to see us pull it all together.”

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Massillon's Griffin, Marlington's Hoover, Minerva's Kohler, 

Lakewood's Kelly shine for Mount in Berea

Mount Union's men's indoor track and field team had a pair of all-conference performances and sits in fourth place after day one of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.
Griffin (L), Kelly
The distance medley relay team of senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry), sophomores Cory Hoover(Alliance/Marlington) and Ryan Kohler (Minerva/Minerva) along with junior Tim Kelly 
(Lakewood/Lakewood) finished second and earned All-OAC honors with a time of 10:29.79

Hoover(L) Kohler

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