A Page -- Feb. 26, 2012

Cleveland State earns No. 2 seed with rout of Wright State in game dedicated to prostate cancer awareness research

Vikes fixin’ to forge another five-game winning streak

If very, very recent history repeats itself, Cleveland State’s men’s basketball team will have its next fifth victory in a row in the first round of the NCAA tournament in two weeks.

Cleveland State clinched the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League basketball tournament with Saturday’s 77-55 win over Wright State. With the No. 2 seed, the Vikings will get a bye in the first two round of the tournament and go right to Saturday’s semifinal in Valparaiso. Also, if Valparaiso loses the other game as the No. 1 seed and Cleveland State wins against its opponent, then the championship game would be here in Cleveland on March 6.

So far this season, Cleveland State has had three five-game winning streaks and one five-game losing streak. In order to make it an even five, or odd five or whatever, the Vikings (22-8), now on a fresh two-game winning streak would need to now win two games to get into the NCAA tourney.

As the final minutes of the game were winding down, the student section for the Vikings was chanting “two more games,” the exact number they need to win to get to the NCAA tourney and have them riding a four-game streak as the NCAA were to start for them. 

Coach Gary Waters made no bones about it. He expects to have his team back here in 10 days after one of the five teams that are bunched in the middle of the pack were to upset Valpo.

Watch POST-game interview with Coach Waters after the Wright State game by clicking and downloading:


Waters, along with the other coaches on both teams, were sporting dapper bow ties to heighten awareness of prostate cancer, which his killed American men at an alarming rate over the years.

Wright State would not go down easy on this one. The Raiders hung around the entire first half, trailing, 30-27, and a good portion of the second half until the Vikings inserted the dagger later by hitting some cute layups featuring Stronsgville product Tim Kamczyc.

Coach Waters said what burned the Vikings in the recent five-game losing streak was the shoddy lay up shooting. In each game the Vikes missed at least five easy bunnies, which if made, could have made the difference between winning and losing.

Kamczyc was at the front end of two of the back-door plays that enabled the Vikings to hit an open man running across the baseline like a jailbird and then emerging wide open for the easy lay in and two points.

Then the junior was on the back end, making three wide open layups with crisp passes from his teammates. Kamczyc, without argument the best percentage shooter on the team, wound up going four for four from the field of 1 of 2 from the line. He ranks among the leaders in free throw shooting leaders in the league for league games only.

Voodoo Viking

Also what worked well on this day was Voodoo Viking, a small Viking doll Cleveland State Promotions and Marketing Director Tom Tontimonia had made up after the five-game losing streak to get the Vikes back in their winning ways.

Other things that worked were the Vikings not allowing one area of their game to affect other areas of their game. For instance the free throw shooting in the first half was atrocious as the Vikings missed eight of 1-0 charity tosses.

For the game, Canton Central Catholic product Anton Grady missed three front ends of a one-and-one, including two in the first half, and for the game wound up making only 2 of 9 free throws, but he made up for it by shooting 75 percent from the field in the first half and 70 percent for the game, finishing with 12 points and on the other end and eye-opening four blocked shots.

Watch POST-game interview CSU Student/Athlete Aaron Pogue after the Wright State game by clicking and downloading:


Aaron Pogue also snapped out of his free throw shooting slump of late and actually made both shots on one trip down and was 2 of 2 from the field including a jumper. As a team, the Vikings did much better in the second half from the line, making nine of 13.

Watch POST-game interview CSU Student/Athlete Trey Harmon after the Wright State game by clicking and downloading:


The guard play was strong in this one. Jeremy Montgomery had game-high five assists and 17 points while Try Harmon earned game-high honors with 20 points and had three assists and three steals.

Watch POST-game interview CSU Student/Athlete Jeremy Montgomery after the Wright State game by clicking and downloading:


The Vikings had 13 steals as Charlie Lee also had three.

Leading the way for Wright State was Julius Mays with 15 points. He was also the hottest shooter, making 6 of 7 from the field and 3 of 3 from behind the arc.

Listen to POST-game interviews CSU Student/Athletes Aaron Pogue, Jeremy Montgomery, Trey Harmon and Coach Waters after the Wright State game by clicking and downloading:














 Lancers advance to this week’s district semis


            KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued tonight at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Gilmour beat Solon

                                                1          2          3          F

Gilmour:                                1          5          3          9

Solon:                                     0          0          0          0   


Nick Aleva                


Gilmour: Goals: John Tobbe (3), Mason Schmidt (2), Nick Aleva, Ryan Curtin, Jordan Robinson, Alex Aleva

Assists: Calvin Blieck (3), Alex Rupp (2), John Tobbe (2), Benny Clark (2), Nick Panzo, Nick Aleva, Zach Ritter, Mason Schmidt, Ryan Curtin

Gilmour:  Oliver Flesher, shots (8), saves (8); Matt Ray, shots (12), saves (12)


Solon:   Kyle Peterson, shots (28), saves (21); Frank Nagy, shots (6), saves (4)

Pakan’s Debut Highlights Spartans' Season-Opening Sweep of JCU

BECKLEY, W. Va. – Junior centerfielder Paul Pakan (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) totaled six hits, four runs batted-in and five runs scored in his program debut as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team opened the 2012 campaign with a doubleheader sweep of local-rival John Carroll University on Friday afternoon at Linda K. Epling Stadium.

The Spartans outslugged the Blue Streaks 18-6 in the opener and edged out the victory in the nightcap, 6-5.

Drougas’ Win at No. 1 Highlights No. 19 Spartans’ Sweep of Allegheny

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – Highlighted by a marathon victory at No. 1 singles by freshman Will Drougas<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/drougas%20will%201loa> (Roanoke, Va./Salem), the No. 19 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team swept Allegheny College (Pa.), 9-0, on Friday night at the Cleveland Skating Club.

The Spartans (5-4) stay perfect in home dual matches at 3-0 without dropping a point. Allegheny is swept for the first time this season and falls to 5-2 overall.

Mount Union fifth after day one

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- No. 24 ranked Mount Union sits in fifth place after the first day of the Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Otterbein University in Westerville.

The Purple Raiders scored 19.5 points which left them five points behind fourth place Baldwin-Wallace.

Meet host Otterbein leads after day one with 38 points, Ohio Northern is in second with 36 points while Capital is in third with 25.

Mount Union men second after day one of OAC's

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Mount Union is in second place after the first day of the OAC Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at Otterbein University in Westerville.

After five events, the Purple Raiders have 32 points which leaves two points behind first place Baldwin-Wallace.

Case Reserve men close out season

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s basketball teams wrap up the 2011-12 campaign with a University Athletic Association doubleheader at rival Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday afternoon at Skibo Gymnasium.

The Spartan women (14-10, 7-6 UAA) tip-off versus the Tartans at 3:00 p.m. looking to end the season with a third-straight victory. The team will post its fourth winning season in five years under Head Coach Jennifer Reimer and has already surpassed its highest win total during that span. A win would also guarantee the Spartans a tie for fourth place in the UAA.

Mount's men's tennis keeps winning

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's tennis team opened the spring portion of its schedule by defeating Westminster (Pa.), 8-1, at Peterson Fieldhouse on Friday. The Purple Raiders have won three straight matches dating back to a pair of victories in the fall.

The Purple Raiders (3-1) swept singles competition and took two of three doubles points in their victory over the Titans.

Nate Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) won the No. 1 singles match over Nathan Huber, 6-4, 6-2, while younger brother Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) defeated Drew Trifelos, 6-2, 6-1, at second singles. The duo also teamed to earn an 8-3 win in first singles over Huber and Brad Thomas.

B-W Men First and Women Fourth After Day One of OAC Indoor Track and Field Championships

WESTERVILLE, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s indoor track and field team is in first place and the women are fourth after the first day of competition at the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships inside the Clements Recreation Center on the campus of Otterbein University.  The OAC today, (Friday, February 24, 2012) crowned eight individual and two relay champions.  In addition, the top three relay teams and individuals in each event earn All-OAC honors for the 2012 season.

B-W Wrestling Team Ends Season By Placing Sixth at OAC 


TIFFIN, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team ended its season by placing sixth at the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, today (Saturday, February 25, 2012) in the Seiberling Gymnasium on the campus of Heidelberg University.

The Yellow Jackets were led by junior 197-pounder Joe Georgian (Eastlake/Villa Angela St. Joseph), freshman 149-pounder Sam McIntosh (South Euclid/Brush) and sophomore 133-pounder Andrew Taylor (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne) as all three placed fourth.  Georgian went 2-2 on the day while McIntosh and Taylor each posted records of 1-2.

Georgian won his opening match by a 6-5 decision over Luke Weber of Muskingum but then fell in the semifinals by a major decision score of 15-3 to Andrew Lovins of Heidelberg. He then advanced to the consolation championship with a medical forfeit win over Chris Hahn of Mount Union.   In the consolation final,  

Georgian fell by a 5-1 decision to Jim Nemunaitis of John Carroll.  He ends the season with a record of 10-10.

McIntosh received a bye into the semifinals but then was pinned by Kevin Shadrach of Mount Union.  He advanced to the consolation championship with 2-0 decision victory over Kenny Poland of Muskingum. 

Storm LAX tops Colorado Mesa

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team (1-0) opened the head coaching career of first-year leader Jillian Howley on a positive note with a 12-6 win over Colorado Mesa University (0-3) in a neutral site contest in St. Louis, Mo. 

The Storm was led by the tandem of junior Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewilt) and sophomore Annie Mendoza (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic) with four goals each.  Junior Julia Kudla(Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) added a pair of goals and sophomore Ashriel West (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt) and freshman Hana Abu-Kwiek (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) each scored in the season-opener. 

Colorado Mesa, a first-year program, led the battle of shots, 28-21, but Lake Erie made its count. 

Abu-Kwiek scored the opening goal of the game just 50 seconds into the contest and Mendoza put the Storm ahead 2-0 with her first of three first half goals.  Colorado Mesa never led but tied the score twice, including at 4-4 with 7:54 to play in the half.  A big sequence came in the last three minutes of the half as Kudla and Howe each scored to give the Storm a 6-4 edge at the break.

Lake Erie men's LAX stuns ranked Pfeiffer

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's lacrosse program opened its third season with a bang as it picked up its first win over a ranked opponent in team history with an 11-8 upset victory over No. 10 Pfeiffer University on the road in Misenheimer, N.C.

The victory avenges a 18-1 Storm defeat at the hands of the Falcons to open the 2011 campaign. 

The Lake Erie attack was led by sophomore Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) with five goals.  Junior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary) had three scores, sophomore MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay) a pair and junior Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) added a goal.  Becker helped direct the Storm attack along with sophomore Reagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney) as each had four assists

Spartan Women End Season with 57-43 Victory at Rival CMU

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Junior guard Evy Iacono<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iacono%20evy%20lmlk> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and senior forward Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%20927u> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, as the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team wrapped up the 2011-12 campaign with a 57-43 victory versus University Athletic Association rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on Saturday at Skibo Gymnasium.

The Spartans finish the season at 15-10 overall and in a fourth-place tie in the UAA at 8-6. Case also posts its fourth winning season in five years under Head Coach Jennifer Reimer along with the highest single-season win total during that span.

Iacono, the reigning UAA Player of the Week, averaged 22 points over the final three games of the season. Hollinger wraps up her illustrious career as the second-ranked scorer in school history with 1,421 points.

February 21-25, 2012 - Campus Sites

2012 PAC Championship Game - Crestview Hills, Ky. - #1 THOMAS MORE 77, #2 Saint Vincent 66
The top-seeded Saints captured their sixth consecutive PAC championship, while earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Thomas More took a 42-35 lead into the locker room that kept the Bearcats down by only seven. With 12:31 left in the second half, Saint Vincent would get into foul trouble and Thomas More took advantage with a 12-0 run taking the lead by 17. Saint Vincent would pull within 11, but that would be the closest they would get, as Thomas More took the 77-66 win. Four Saints reached double figures, led by Sophomore G Devin Beasley (Burlington, KY/Conner H.S.) with a game high 30 points. Beasley also had 12 rebounds and seven assists. Junior G Allison Long (Hebron, KY/Conner H.S.) added 14 points and seven rebounds, while junior F/C Katie Kees (Cincinnati, OH/Mother of Mercy H.S.) contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. For Saint Vincent, senior G Emily Fenton (Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe H.S.), senior F Brittany Sedlock (Northern Cambria, PA/Northern Cambria H.S.) and junior F Devin McGrath (Robinson Twp., PA/Our Lady of Sacred Heart H.S.) all had 16 points. Sedlock also had a game high 14 rebounds, while McGrath added 13 boards in the loss.

Seniors lead charge in Senior Day win by Storm over Ashland

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College senior guard Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College) matched his career-high with 16 points and senior forward Matt Grendel (Independence, Ohio/Independence) scored a season-high 12 points as the Storm upset GLIAC-playoff bound Ashland University, 84-76, at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic and Wellness Center in Painesville, Ohio.

The win closes Lake Erie's season at 10-16 overall and 5-14 in GLIAC play.  The Eagles fell to 15-11 overall and 10-9 in the GLIAC. 

Before the game the Storm honored their two seniors – Smith and Grendel - playing their final games in a Lake Erie Uniform. 

Watch video of the senior day ceremony below.

Smith shared top scoring honors for Lake Erie with sophomore center Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) who had 16 points and a game-high seven rebounds.  The Storm had five in double figures as Smith, Grendel and Austin were joined by sophomore guard Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) with 14 points and a career-high six rebounds and sophomore guard Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) with 13 points off the bench.  Ashland was led by junior Evan Yates with game-highs of 23 points and 13 rebounds. 

Storm’s Senior Day Upset Bid Of No. 5 Ashland Falls Short, 62-53

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The game was still in doubt until the final minute but Lake Erie College’s upset bid of fifth-ranked Ashland University fell short, 62-53, at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville, Ohio.

The loss was the Storm’s fourth straight as they close the regular season 16-10 overall and 10-9 in GLIAC play.  The Eagles (25-1, 19-0 GLIAC) win was their 25th straight and secured a perfect regular season in conference play.  Lake Erie enters the GLIAC tournament as the fifth-seed as it will travel to the fourth-seeded Tiffin University Wednesday for a rematch of a 62-55 Dragons home win Thursday night. 

It was senior day for the Storm as they honored eight seniors Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth), Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls), Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls), Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls), Liz Stephens (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton), Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Brittany Zele (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva). 


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B-W Men’s Tennis Team Defeats Ohio Wesleyan, 8-1, at 

Oberlin to Improve to 7-0; Playing Oberlin Right Now

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated North Coast Athletic Conference competitor Ohio Wesl;eyan University, 81, today (Saturday, February 25, 2012) at the Hunsinger Tennis Complex. B-W is currently playing host Oberlin College in its second match of the day.

With its victory, B-W improved to 7-0 this season and 5-0 during the winter portion of its schedule. With its loss, OWU is now 2-5 overall.

In singles play, senior number one player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won by the score of 6-0 and 6-3, junior No.2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) won by the scores of 6-4 and 6-3 , junior No.3 player Kyle Patterson (Wooster/ Triway) won by the scores of 6-1 and 6-2, freshman No.4 player Alexandre Bourdieaux (France) won by identical scores of 6-2 and 6-2, junior No.5 player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) won by the scores of 6-1 and 6-0, and junior No.6 player Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) won a pro-set score of 8-0.

In doubles action, the No.1 duo of Trzeciak and Bourdieaux won by an 8-1 score and the No.2 tandem of Horvath and Beaton won by an 8-5 tally.

Following its match against Oberli, the Yellow Jackets are idle until opening play on their annual Spring Break Trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina from March 3-10. B-W opens action against St. John Fisher (N.Y.) University on March 4 at 6:30 p.m.x