A Page -- Feb. 27, 2011

EC plays Ignatius tight for 2 1/2 periods; 

Liam Geither, Miles McQuinn each 

score two goals to help Wildcats to 

sectional title and district berth with 


Feb. 27, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN -- Miles McQuinn and Liam Geither each scored two goals to lead St. Ignatius to a, 7-4, victory over Elyria Catholic Saturday afternoon to win a win a sectional championship and advance to Tuesday’s district semifinals Padua, a 6-0 winner over North Olmsted in a Thursday sectional final this week


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Miles McQuinn from today’s Wildcats-Panthers game, by clicking and downloading


The Wildcats, playing without leading scorer Paddy Spellacy, got quite a scare from the Panthers, who came into the game with 10 fewer wins than losses. The Cats, the No. 1 seed in the district, found themselves with only a one goal lead, 5-4, to start the third period.


The Panthers were able to keep it a one-goal game up through the middle of the final period when they had to start committing penalties and put Iggy into a power play.

Geither scored the power-play goal at 7:47 for his second tally, making it 6-4.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Liam Geither from today’s Wildcats-Panthers game, by clicking and downloading:


Watch short video of one of Geither’s goals today.


McQuinn then scored a short-hand goal at 12:42 for his second. Three of the seven St. Ignatius goals came on special teams.

Mike Abood’s second-period goal that made it 3-0 was also a power-play tally.

Kevin Andrews had a hat trick for EC, including two second-period goals that sliced the Ignatius lead from 5-2 to 5-4.

Pete Bubulsky and Kevin Joseph also scored goals for Ignatius.  Geither and Abood each had a playmaker. McQuinn had two assists. Mitch Haszto had two assists for EC.

Josh Escandon had 47 saves for EC.

Time Tunnel: Harkins, Plagens, 

Garibaldi, Riemenschneider -- great 

Student/Athletic names of days gone by 

resurface on West Side as St. Edward 

gets exciting game from Rocky River 

before claiming sectional hockey 


Feb. 27, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN – Rocky River played St. Edward today in the sectional finals like, well, the way the Rocky River teams of the “olden” days played the “yesteryear” Eagles. St. Ed just barely escaped with a 7-4 sectional title win – thanks to the heroics of Student/Athletes bearing names of the household variety to the West Shore Area, and particularly to these two schools on Detroit Road/Avenue.

Back in the late 1970s, at a time when hockey just became a varsity sport in Ohio high schools, Rocky River was a state power. St. Ed was decent, but still up and coming and “on its way up” more than anything.


At that time, Rocky River had such talented players as Bill Plagens and Mike Garibaldi, while St. Edward had a talented guy named Donnie Harkins, Jr., whose dad, Don, Sr., played football for Woody Hayes at Ohio State. River made it to the Frozen Four in 1979.

Then in the 1980s there were the Riemenschneider brothers, Dirk and Chris, who were football linemen on Southwestern Conference power Westlake and Ohio Athletic Conference power Baldwin-Wallace, a school where they could trace their family roots back to the 1800s and the founding the music conservatory on the Berea campus.

While St. Ed did what it was expected to do, jump out to 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the first seven minutes of the game, it was the next/now generation of these West Side S/A stars of the past that fueled Rocky River’s bounce-back ability and make a game of it all the up until the last two minutes.

With the game just four minutes and a second old, Riley Egan and Gabe Lampron scored goals to give St. Ed a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles were able to get into a power play and ready to pour on more, when Matt Garibaldi picked the puck from a St. Ed defensemen at the River blue line just as the power-play was ticking down, outraced his challenger 2/3 the length of the ice and scored to make it a 2-1 contest.

It was Matt Garibaldi and teammate Eric Sperli who both broke the single-season school record for most goals, which was held for nearly 30 years by Mike Garibaldi, Matt’s dad.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Rocky River Student/Athlete Matt Garibaldi from today’s Pirates-Eagles game, by clicking and downloading


Just over a minute later, the Eagles answered right back with Egan’s second goal of the game, making it 3-1, midway through the first period.

Getting outshot by 2-1 the whole afternoon, River was looking for the quick breaks, the crevices, odd man rushers and quick snap shots. That’s what the Pirates got in first period. Three of their eight shots on goal in the period went in for goals, beating Eagles tender Jon LaCoste, who had already posted two shutouts in the state tournaments so far this February.

Before the first period was to end, River would score two more times and skate into the first intermission tied, 3-3, and earning the momentum.

Robbie Plagens, son of John, did it to his former teammates, making it 3-2 with a goal off an assist from Garibaldi.  Palgens spent his freshman year at St. Ed before transferring over to be on the same team with his friend, Garibaldi.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Rocky River Student/Athlete Robbie Plagens from today’s Pirates-Eagles game, by clicking and downloading


Before the period would end, it would be River making it 3-3 on a goal by Tyler Harkins, son of Donnie Harkins, Jr. and nephew of Todd and Brett Harkins, two of the catalysts who led St. Ed to the first two (1985 and 1986) of its 11 state championships. Harkins, a freshman, beat LaCoste, who last year played for Detroit Compuware, the same club Brett Harkins played for after leaving St. Ed early and prior to his college career at Bowling Green.

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Rocky River Student/Athlete Tyler Harkins from today’s Pirates-Eagles game, by clicking and downloading



The Pirates certainly skated out with the momentum, as Garibaldi lit the lamp again, giving River its first lead, 4-3, at 3:26 of the second period.

The Eagles would tie it and then swing the lead and the momentum back with the late second-period goal.

Justin Hoyt tied it and then after Mick Bartholomew took two shots that LaCoste made quality saves on, Connor King retrieved the puck right in front of the crease and stuffed in the game winner at 12:59 of the second.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Ed Student/Athlete Connor King from today’s Pirates-Eagles, by clicking and downloading


The Eagles were not able to get the passes to the center and between the circles in front of River tender Jake Nicholson in the second half of the first and the final two periods as they were early in the first period. Plugging out the lane was the defense led by the Pirates’ Luke Riemenschneider, son of Dirk. Luke obviously wanted another meeting with his cousin, Colt (Chris’ son) Rieneschneider, a forward for St. Ignatius, which is one game away from the district title game.

If one wanted to go back further in Cleveland hockey history, one could look at St. Edward’s third line, which includes Brett Glover, grandson of Freddie Glover and great nephew of Howie Glover. The Glovers were standouts on the great Cleveland Baron Calder Cup winning teams of the 1950s and 1960s, when Cleveland was considered the “7th NHL City,” when there were only six teams and Cleveland was in the AHL.

On the assist side, Lampron wound up with a playmaker for St. Ed and Max Lurie had two assists for River.


Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Ed Student/Athlete Danny O’Sullivan from today’s Pirates-Eagles, by clicking and downloading


Danny O’Sullivan had assists on two of the first five St. Ed goals and then scored two of his own --  the two insurance tallies in the third. The first came when Lampron had a good lead as a penalty was about to be called on River. Lampron passed back to O’Sullivan who scored with just over two minutes to play. O’Sullivan then added an empty netter.

Nicholson wound up with 44 saves.

Lorain's Chrapczynski Sets an Oberlin  School Record in the Pentathlon

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By Mike Mancini

Gambier – Junior Shawn Chrapczynski set a new school record to highlight the day for Oberlin at the NCAC Indoor Pentathlon.

Chrapczynski, a native of neighboring Lorain, Ohio, totaled 3,105 points on the day and was just two points back of Andrew Diehl of Ohio Wesleyan who won the event with 3,107 total tallies. Nonetheless, Chrapczynski still picked up eight critical team points for the Yeomen which will go a long way in determining their finish at the NCAC Championships next week.

The pentathlon consisted of one athlete competing in the 1,000 meters, 55-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put. Chrapczynski’s best performances came in the long jump, which he won with a mark of 21-01.50, and the 1,000 meters where he paced second in 2:51.12.

“This was a great way to kickoff the conference championships,” Head CoachRay Appenheimer said. “Shawn was just awesome today and he truly displayed his great athletic ability.”

Vlad Bursac also competed for the Yeomen and placed 11th overall with 2,139 points.

The senior tandem of Amanda Miller and Laura Vernon competed for the Yeowomen and totaled three team points. Miller placed seventh overall with 2,527 points while Vernon was one spot back with 2,365 points.

The females competed in the same events as the men with just one exception. They ran the 800 meters instead of the 1,000 meters. Ironically that is where the tandem did the most damage. Vernon took the top spot in the event in 2:24.08, while Miller was right on her tail at 2:24.40. Miller also won the shot put with a toss of 32-06.25.

All four of these athletes will play a big role in the NCAC Championships next weekend at the friendly confines of the John W. Heisman Field House.




Joey Lencewicz' hat trick leads Gilmour 

to sectional title in rout over Kenston; 

Coach Malloy now three wins away from 


Feb. 27, 2011 – 12:01 a.m

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – It took Gilmour just a little more than two periods to eliminate Kenston here Saturday from the State Hockey Tournament with an 11-1 sectional championship victory.

Joey Lencewicz had a hat trick for the Lancers and John Tobbe added two goals.

Joey Lencewicz

Also scoring goals were Matt Grider, Chris Demming, Jim Forsythe, Spencer Antunez, C.J. Valerian and Brad Baker.


Andrew Krall, Demming, Grider and Tobbe each had two assists.


The win was the Lancers’ 33rd this season and 497th of coach John Malloy’s coaching career (Heights, Rocky River, Gilmour combined). The lancers would need to get to the state championship game to get Malloy his 500th win.

Coach Malloy

Then only other two active coaches with 500 or more wins are Shaker’s Mike Bartley (first on the all time list) Padua’s Doug Hauser (third on the all-time list).

Lake Catholic advances to districts with 

win over Hudson

Feb. 27, 2011 – 12:01 a.m

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – The upstart Hudson Explorers were able to hang with Red North Power and Baron Cup runners-up Lake Catholic for two and a half periods Saturday night, but then the Cougars were able to finally put them away late in the third period for a 6-2 sectional high school hockey championship.

Lake Catholic will play Tuesday in the district semifinals against Gilmour.

The Cougars took an early lead on a Luke Turk goal, but then Hudson tied it later in the first period on a Bo Lori goal.


A Chris Vehovec goal gave Lake Catholic a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.

There was only one goal scored in the second period and happened to be put in the net by a guy with two first names, the Cougars’ Andrew Mitch.

Hudson was able to make it a one-goal game again, 3-2, when Tyler Stockwell scored a goal in the third minute of the third period.

The Green and White were to score the game’s final three goals with Anthony Nalipa scoring two of them and Joey Duffy scoring the other one.

Mitch and Brad Rosser each had two assists. Nigel Bennett, Patrick Dunning, John Baucco, Turk, Kevin Bruss, and Cory Brannon also had assists.

Jake Collins, Evan Hablitzel, Connor Ganley, and Steve Jones had the Hudson assists

Columbia Road Connection leads Mount Union to 

OAC championship; North Olmsted's Wiedt, 

Westlake's LaMattina charge title-game win

Feb. 27, 2011  12:01 a.m. 

By Josh Reilly
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team won its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship with a 92-84 victory over John Carroll at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on Saturday.

The tournament's most valuable playerKori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted), scored 20 points while fellow All-Tournament Team member Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) contributed 18 points and seven assists for the Purple Raiders (25-3), who earned the OAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. In order to earn the spot, the Raiders had to weather a 39-point storm by John Carroll's Lee Jennings

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Case Reserve closes home season with a 

win on Senior Night

Feb. 27, 2011  12:01 a.m. 

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – Three scored in double-figures as the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team closed out the 2010-11 season with a 65-40 victory versus Carnegie Mellon University (PA) on Saturday, February 26 at Horsburgh Gymnasium. Prior to the game, CWRU honored its lone women’s hoops senior, Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson).

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In Men's Basketball, Ashland Nips Lake Erie, 64-63

Feb. 27, 2011  12:01 a.m. 

By Kyle Akins

ASHLAND – Justin Garris hit a three-pointer from the corner with five seconds left to give host Ashland University a 64-63 victory over the Lake Erie College men’s basketball team in the regular season finale Saturday (Feb. 26) at Kates Gymnasium.

After sophomore Alex Davis (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) hit a pair of free throws to give the Storm (7-19, 3-16 GLIAC) a 63-61 lead, Ashland’s Davis Harris beat the Lake Erie pressure and found an open Garris for the go-ahead bucket.  Senior Ethan Bradshaw’s (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked by Blake Sauders.

Nordonia alum Alex Davis

The loss was the latest in a season of close calls for the Storm.  Lake Erie lost 10 games this season by six points or less and a total of 14 games by single digits.  Ashland (13-13, 7-12 GLIAC) defeated the Storm earlier this season in Painesville, 68-64.

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Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Tennis Beats Division II Malone, 8-1, To Remain Undefeated at 7-0 Overall

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated NCAA Division II Malone University, 8-1, today (Saturday, February 26, 2011) at the Paramount Tennis Club in Medina.  This evening, the Yellow Jackets also play host to Div. II Lake Erie College at the North Ridge Racquet Club in North Ridgeville. That is the final winter indoor match prior to B-W’s annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina from March 5-13.

Ellet Alum Brad Minrovic

With its win, B-W improves to 7-0 overall and dominated this match by scoring 94 of 119 total points, including 72 of 85 singles points and 22 of 34 doubles points.  With its loss, Malone is now 0-4 overall.

Against Malone, the Yellow Jackets gained a 2-1 advantage in doubles as the number two duo of No.1 singles player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and freshman No. 6 player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won, 8-4, and the No.3 duo of No.3 player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) and junior Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) won, 8-0.

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Ashland tops Lake Erie on hard court

ASHLAND, OHIO – Host Ashland University scored the game’s first seven points and never looked back, sending the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team to a 78-52 defeat in the Storm’s season finale Saturday (Feb. 26) at Kates Gymnasium in Ashland.

Elizabeth Tyler scored 13 of her game-high 24 points as the Eagles (17-9, 12-7 GLIAC) shot 53% from the floor in the first 20 minutes and took a 35-23 lead into halftime.  

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Dukes Wins 100th Career Match and Regional Title, 

Earns Automatic Bid to Nationals

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN – Case Western Reserve University junior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) won the 149-pound title at the 2011NCAA Division III Midwest Regional hosted by Wabash College on Saturday, February 26 at Chadwick Court. Dukes, the defending national champion and top-ranked wrestler in the nation at 149 pounds, will advance to NCAA Championship Tournament in March to defend his crown.

Dukes entered the tournament as the top seed and was given a bye into the second round. In his first bout, he pinned Nick Odom ofTrine University (IN) in 4:24 for his 100th career victory. Dukes then earned a 16-4 major decision versus Luke Lohr of Waynesburg College to advance to the title match. In the championship, Dukes shutout Manchester College’s (IN) Cameryn Brady with an 8-0 major decision.

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Yellow Jacket Wrestlers Finish Fourth at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships in Ada

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team finished fourth of seven teams competing today (Saturday, February 26, 2011) at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, hosted by Ohio Northern University in the ONU Sports Center in Ada.

The Yellow Jackets had 49 total points and were led by senior 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge), senior 133-pounder Phil Payne (Woodmere/ Orange) and junior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) who all advanced to the championship match in their respective weight classes. The University of Mount Union had 95.5 points and won the OAC title. Each of the 10 weight class champions and one “wild card” wrestler earned berths at next weekend’s NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse 

in LaCrosse, Wisconisn.

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Alexis Campbell named Most

Outstanding Sprinter of B-W Meet

By Lenny Reich

BEREA, Ohio -- Mount Union freshman Alexis Campbell (St. Clairsville/St. Clairsville) was named Fred Raizk Most Outstanding Sprint Athlete as she led the Purple Raiders women's indoor track and field team to a third place finish at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Baldwin-Wallace.

Campbell won the conference titles in the 55 meter dash (26.07) and 200 meters (7.37) and was part of a 4x200 meter relay team with fellow freshmen Heather Potts (Louisville/Louisville), Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) and Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) that finished second and earned all-conference honors with a time of 1:46.40.

The top three finishers in every event earned All-OAC honors.

Dominant Second Half Leads Spartan 

Men to 71-54 Win in Season Finale

Avon Lake's/St. Edward's Reid Anderson 


CLEVELAND – Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) scored a game-high 19 points and the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team outscored Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 41-19 in the second half en route to a 71-54 victory in the 2010-11 season finale on Saturday, February 26 at Horsburgh Gymnasium. Prior to tip-off, CWRU honored senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) for reaching 1,000 career points last weekend.

Reid Anderson (L) presented with game ball

With the win, the Spartans finish at 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the University Athletic Association. Carnegie Mellon finishes at 7-17 and 4-10 UAA.