A Page -- Feb. 27, 2012





            KENT, OHIO—The Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament continued today at the Kent State University Ice Arena and Walsh Jesuit beat Lake Catholic


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Lake Catholic:                       1          0          0          -           1         

Walsh Jesuit:                         0          1          2          -           3                     


Lake Catholic:            Goals: Anthony Nalipa


 Assists: Alex Piazza, Luke Turk

Walsh Jesuit:             Goals:  Dawson DiPietro (2), Todd Lambert

 Assists: Nick Musgrave (3), Ben Romanski (2), Chris Gaul 


Lake Catholic:           Charlie Denner - (19) Saves, (22) Shots

Walsh Jesuit:             Jamie Studer - (17) Saves, (18) Shots                          


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Mount Union girls win OAC championship again

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The No. 6-ranked Mount Union women's basketball team won its third straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship with a convincing 77-60 victory over Ohio Northern at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on Saturday. The Purple Raiders led by more than 20 points for most of the second half on their way to earning the conference's automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.

Senior Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) scored 16 points, including five three-pointers, on her way to 

OAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors for the second straight year.

Fellow senior Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) and junior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) were also named to the All-Tournament Team after finishing with 14 points and four assists apiece. Rose also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds in the win.

Trailing 7-6 five minutes into the game, Mount Union (26-1) used a 15-4 run to take a 10-point lead. Ohio Northern cut the lead to four with 5:24 to play in the half, but the Raiders responded with a 16-4 run for 40-24 halftime lead.

A layup by Rose capped a 14-3 run to open the second half, giving the Raiders their largest lead at 54-27. The Polar Bears outscored the Raiders 33-23 over the final 16 minutes for the final score.

The Raiders have now won 21 straight games overall and 23 straight games at home dating back to the 2009-10 season.

This year's senior class has accumulated 94 wins over their four year at Mount Union. Wiedt had 48 points and nine three-pointers while Rose had 28 points and 10 rebounds during the Raiders' two tournament games. Classmates Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) and Kelly Evans (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) were also factors for the Raiders. In those two games, Schmidt scored 12 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and made several hustle plays while Evans added a pair of three-pointers, three rebounds, and two assists.

Junior Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) displayed her overall floor game with six points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Freshman Aly Daniel (Willard/Willard) contributed six points and three rebounds to lead a productive bench effort.

Ohio Northern (21-6) was led by All-Tournament Team selection Kara Dysert, who finished with eight points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Morgan Dumbaugh made three trifectas and scored a team-best 11 points. Cenzie Yoder and Marissa Clark added eight points apiece for the Polar Bears.

The loss marks the end of Ohio Northern's best season in over 20 years. The 21 wins are the second-most in program history and this was the Polar Bears' first appearance in the OAC Tournament final since 1989.

The All-OAC Tournament Team was rounded out by Capital's Hilary Kuhns and Otterbein's Shea McCoy.

Mount Union, which is ranked 6th by the ESPN/USA Today and D3Hoops.com polls, now awaits word from the NCAA on the date, time, location and opponent of their next game. The bracket is scheduled to be announced on Monday at 2:30 pm.  As the top-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region, the Raiders stand a good chance of hosting the first two rounds that will take place next Friday and Saturday.

Mount Union finishes second at OAC wrestling championship

TIFFIN, Ohio -- Five Mount Union wrestlers won titles as the No. 16 ranked Purple Raiders placed second at the Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships Saturday at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Junior Riki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) won his third-straight conference title at 125 pounds while seniors Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West) at 141, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) and Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285 all won their second straight titles.

Senior Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma), who lost in a close final a year ago, came back to win the title at 149 pounds.

All five earned All-OAC honors and automatic bids to the NCAA Division III National Wresting Championships March 9-10 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

Junior Lambert McElrath (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) also got All-OAC accolades with a second place finish at 174 pounds.

Seniors Joe Spooner (Willoughby/Willoughby South) and John Piechuta (Alliance/Marlington) both placed third at 157 and 165 pounds respectively.

Mount Union finished with 150 points which left them just seven points shy of Ohio Northern, which swept both regular season and tournament titles.


Tyler Stockwell's hat trick pushes Hudson to district hockey

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

                                                1          2          3          OT       F

Hudson:                                  3          3          2          0          8         

Kenston:                                 1          2          0          0          3                     


Hudson:                       Goals: Tyler Stockwell (3), Jake Collins (2), Connor Ganley, Bo Lori, Luke Mussay


Assists: Bo Lori (3), Steve Jones (2), Tyler Stockwell (2), Jake Collins, Kevin Slane

Kenston:                     Goals: Nick Levine, Ben Kinney, Zach Kinney

Assists: Alex Petre, Nick Levine 


Hudson: Grayson Kosteos – Shots (16), Saves (13)

Kenston: Ryan Malik – Shots (32), Saves (24)

Massillon's Dudley wins GLIAC high jump

FINDLAY, OHIO – Sophomore Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) won his second straight conference indoor crown in the high jump and three other Lake Erie College men earned all-league honors Saturday (Feb. 25) at the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Findlay's Malcolm Athletic Center.

Dudley, the 2011 GLIAC indoor and two-time All-American , cleared the bar at 7' 2 ½", better than the runner-up in the event by over four inches.  It improved his already automatic qualifying standard and puts him tied for second nationally heading into the NCAA Division III Championships next month.

Junior All-American Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) entered the day with a share of the lead in the men's heptathlon and engaged in a spirited battle with Saginaw Valley State University's Tyler Grob, last year's champion.  After winning the pole vault portion of the multi-event, Grob had a 75-point lead heading into the final event, the 1,000-meter run.  Snyder won that race in 2:49.15, but Grob finished third at 2:50.38, meaning Snyder could only cut the deficit by 12 points.  Snyder finished with 5,029 points, a school record and the seventh most in DII this season. 

It was the first time he surpassed the 5,000-point mark in the heptathlon.

Freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) also had a runner-up finish, taking second place in the triple jump.  He leapt 47' 3" on his second jump, but was short of his season-best provisional jump of 48'3 1/2".  He also placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 6' 6 ¼", giving him two All-GLIAC honors in his conference meet debut. 

Junior Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) reached provisional qualifying in the pole vault for the second straight year, going over the bar at a season-best 15' 8 ½" and placing fourth.  Klucar was fifth at the 2011 GLIAC Championships.

On the women's side, sophomore Taylor Williams (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) set a school record in the shot put with a heave of 38' 7 ½". 

As a team, the Storm men placed seventh of 10 teams with 35.5 points.  The Lake Erie woman placed 11th.

Mount men take second

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- It came down to the last event, but the Mount Union men's track and field team came up nine points short to finish second at the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Mount Union had 143 points while Ohio Northern claimed its fifth straight championship with 152 points.

The Purple Raiders won three events as senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) claimed the title in the shot put with a season-best throw of 54-5.5, sophomore Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) won the triple jump (47-3.5) and freshman Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) won the 500 meters (1:06.65).

Freshman Dustin Matak (Salem/Salem) was .002 from winning the Raiders another event but finished second in the 60 meters (7.03).

Three Storm wrestlers advance to semis

EDMOND, OKLA. – A trio of grapplers reached the championship bracket semifinals and a total of five members of the Lake Erie College wrestling team are still alive after the first day of the 2012 NCAA Division II Super Regional Two Tournament in Edmund, Okla. 

As a team, the Storm is currently seventh of 11 squads with 35 points.

Sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy), freshman Matt Vandermeer(Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston) and sophomore Josh Linden (Brodview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) have all advanced to the semifinal round without a loss.

Wright State Women Score 100, Hit 15 Threes, in win over Cleveland State

The Wright State women's basketball team tied the school record for threes with 15, 11 in the second half, as the Raiders pulled away for a 100-73 win over Cleveland State Saturday at WSU's Nutter Center.

The Raiders led for most of the first half, but the margin was never greater than eight as the Vikings hung close thanks to 48 percent shooting, including six of 12 from three-point range.  Wright State, meanwhile, shot 40 percent in the first half.

Eight straight points, including back-to-back threes from Kim Demmings, made it 54-42, but the lead did not appear safe as Demmings picked up her fourth foul with 14:21 remaining.

Shalonda Winton hit two foul shots on the Demming fourth foul to cut the deficit to 10, but that turned out to be all the closer Cleveland State would get the rest of the way as consecutive Courtney Boyd threes extended the lead to 64-47.

Wright State closed the game out with a flurry over the final 1:05, scoring 11 points to reach the century mark on three Abby Jump three-pointers and a layup from Kirsten Gliesmann.

The Raiders shot 54 percent from the field in the second half, including a blistering 11 of 16 from behind the arc for 69 percent, to finish at 46 percent overall and 50 percent from three.  WSU also dominated the boards by a 57-34 count and led 32-16 in points in the paint and 25-9 in second-chance points.

The 15 threes tie the school record set on February 2 against UIC and the 100 points is the first time that the Raiders have reached the century mark since winning 105-86 over St. Joseph's (IN) at the P.E. Building on February 4, 1987, WSU's final season in Division II.

After scoring a career-high 24 Thursday against Youngstown State, Boyd bettered that with 27 Saturday, including seven three-pointers.  Demmings added 25 while both of WSU's seniors posted double-doubles in their final regular-season home game (Fox 19 points, 12 rebounds; Sandifer 11 points, 19 rebounds).

Winton led all scorers with 29 for Cleveland State (10-18, 5-12 Horizon) and recorded a double-double as she added 10 rebounds.  Honesty King had 11 and Janelle Adams and Kiersten Green 10 each.

With the win, the Raiders will either be the #2 or #3 seed in the Horizon League Tournament that begins on March 5.  WSU's first tournament action will be a home game on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:00.



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

                                                1          2          3          OT       F

University School:                 2          4          4          -           10       

Kent Roosevelt:                     0          0          0          -           0                     


University School:      Goals: Evan Krueger (3), Jake Weingold (2), Conner Judson, Brad Marshall, Matt Wipper, Andrew Musser, Cameron Poffenberger      

Assists: Matt Wipper (2), Kevin DeGulis (2), Tyler Dalton, Conner Judson, Clarke Jones, Sam Strang, Andrew Musser, Kyle Keane, Luke Turben 



University School:     Sam Althans – (3) Saves, (3) Shots

                                    Andrew Megerian – (1) Save, (1) Shot


Kent Roosevelt:         Nate Grootegoed – (30) Saves, (40) Shots

Field Set for 2012 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship
Seven teams collect 10 or more wins in League play
INDIANAPOLIS -- It came down to the final game of the regular season, but the field is now set for the 2012 Horizon League Men’s
Basketball Championship, with Valparaiso collecting its first regular season conference championship since joining the League.
Valparaiso (21-10, 14-4 Horizon) will host the second round and semifinals on March 2-3, and will host the League championship on March 6,
should the Crusaders win their semifinal.
Cleveland State (22-9, 12-6 Horizon) rebounded from a late five-game losing streak to win its last two games and grab the double bye as the
No. 2 seed. The Vikings last earned the double bye in 2008, reaching the conference championship game.
Detroit (18-13, 11-7 Horizon), Milwaukee (19-12, 11-7 Horizon) and Butler (18-13, 11-7 Horizon) all tied for third, with the Titans emerging on
top of the heap courtesy of a 3-1 record against the Panthers and Bulldogs this season. Splitting both series, Milwaukee is the No. 4 seed,
while the Bulldogs will be the No. 5 seed, their lowest since the 2005 League Tournament.
Both Youngstown State (15-14, 10-8 Horizon) and Green Bay (15-14, 10-8 Horizon) landed on 10 League wins, giving the conference seven
teams with at least 10 League victories for the first time in the conference’s 33-year history. Despite winning its last four League games to get
into the tie, Green Bay will be the No. 7 seed, as the Penguins took the tie-breaker based on their 1-1 record against Detroit.
The duo will meet in the first round of the League Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 28, having split the teams’ meetings in the regular season.
Youngstown State won at the Beeghly Center on Jan. 22, 77-47, before Green Bay gained a measure of revenge on the Penguins at home,
The No. 8 seed, Wright State (13-18, 7-11 Horizon) will head west on I-70 for a meeting with Butler on Tuesday. The Bulldogs swept the
Raiders in the regular season, taking a 63-62 win in the closing seconds to start 2012 before racing out to a double-digit lead and maintaining
it throughout to claim a 64-53 victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Milwaukee will welcome No. 9 seed UIC (8-21, 3-15 Horizon) to the Klotsche Center, in a rematch from one of the year’s most entertaining
conference games. On Dec. 3, UIC missed chances to win at the end of regulation and overtime, falling 73-71 to the Panthers. Milwaukee
knocked down 14 three-pointers in the rematch en route to a 72-61 victory on Feb. 23.
In a battle of Jesuit institutions, Detroit (18-13, 11-7 Horizon) will host Loyola (7-22, 1-17 Horizon) in the 3-10 game on Tuesday. Loyola was
able to dictate tempo in both games agains the Titans this year, but Detroit was able to emerge with double-digit wins in both instances, 65-
54 and 67-52.
The winners of the 3/10 and 6/7 game will meet in a second round game on March 2, ahead of the game featuring the victors in the 4/9 and
5/8 contest. Both will be played at the Athletics-Recreation Center on the Valparaiso campus. The Horizon League Network will have live
coverage, also on ESPN3, with the games tipping at 6 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET.
The second round winners will play in the following day’s semifinal, with Cleveland State playing in the 6 p.m. ET game and Valparaiso
featured in the 8:30 p.m. ET game. Both will be carried on ESPNU.
The Horizon League Championship will be played on Tuesday, March 6, at 9 p.m. ET pm ESPN, in the venue of the highest remaining seed.
In each of the last seven years, the winner of that game has gone on to win at least one NCAA Tournament game, including Butler’s runs to
the national championship in each of the last two years.
2012 Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship:
First Round - Tuesday, Feb. 28 (campus sites)
Game 1: (10) Loyola at (3) Detroit, 7 p.m. ET
Game 2: (7) Green Bay at (6) Youngstown State, 7:05 p.m. ET
Game 3: (9) UIC at (4) Milwaukee, 8 p.m. ET
Game 4: (8) Wright State at (5) Butler, 7 p.m. ET
Second Round - Friday, March 2 (Valparaiso)
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m. ET (Horizon League Network | ESPN3)
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:30 p.m. ET (Horizon League Network | ESPN3)
Semifinals - Saturday, March 3 (Valparaiso)
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. (2) Cleveland State, 6 p.m. ET (ESPNU - tape delayed at 10:30 p.m. ET; live on ESPN3)
Game 8: Game 6 winner at (1) Valparaiso, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
Championship - Tuesday, March 6 (highest remaining seed)
Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner

Mount wins OAC title

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- No. 24 ranked Mount Union won the team title and junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) was named Sprint Athlete of the Meet at 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Otterbein University in Westerville.

For the Purple Raiders it was their second-ever team title and first since the inaugural conference women's championship 1986.

Mount Union tallied 154.5 points which was 37 points better than second place Baldwin-Wallace.

Mahoney earned her special award as she won three individual events in the 60 meter dash (7.81), 200 meters (25.12) and 400 meters (56.73) and also helped the team win the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Her 400 meter time of 56.73 was a new OAC meet record.

Mahoney was joined on the champion 4x200 meter relay team by freshman Taylor Coghlan and sophomoresLisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) and Taylor Ruffing () and on the 4x400 relay team by juniorDaryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) and sophomores Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) and Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak). 

Mazzaferri also set a new OAC meet record in winning the 500 meter dash with a time 1:16.86.

Kring also won the 60 meter hurdles (8.95).

Head coach Kevin Lucas and his staff won OAC Women's Coach of the Year honors. Lucas in his third year as women's coach has led the Raiders to a pair of OAC outdoor titles along with this title.

Other all-confernece performances came from senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer), who placed second in the shot put (42-4.75) and freshman Brooke Benner (), who placed third in the 1 mile (5:22.34).

Storm to open tourney at Michigan Tech

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's basketball team will make its Division II postseason debut on Wednesday night, Feb. 29, at Michigan Technological University in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament. 

Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Student Development Center Gymnasium in Houghton, Mich.

Taylor’s Dazzling Debut Leads Spartan Softball to Season-Opening Split at BSC Invitational

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) threw a pair of complete-game gems as the Case Western Reserve University softball team opened the 2012 season with a 1-1 performance at the BSC Invitational on Saturday at Birmingham Southern College Softball Park.

The Spartans dropped a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to Division I Alabama A&M University in game one before bouncing back to shutout DIII Centre College (Ky.), 4-0, in game two.

Case (1-1) wraps up its opening weekend versus Birmingham-Southern at 11:00 a.m. (CDT) on Sunday, February 26.

Taylor’s collegiate debut resulted in 14 innings with just one earned run on six hits with zero walks and 21 strikeouts. Versus AAMU, the rookie allowed just one run in the second inning when Jasmin Riley led off with a double and later scored on a failed pickoff attempt. Taylor also struck out 10.

The Spartan offense was held in-check by Anisa Britt, who surrendered just three hits while striking out three. Taylor provided the only extra-base hit for the Spartans with a double in the fourth.

Versus Centre, Taylor was again dominant, firing a two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts. The Spartan offense collected seven hits from seven different batters en route to scoring three in the first and one in the fifth.

Sophomore catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) drove in one with a double to left center in the first.

Following tomorrow’s game at BSC, the Spartans are idle until the 2012 National Training Center games on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11 in Clermont, Florida.  

Yeowomen knock off Norse

Greencastle, Ind. - The Oberlin College women's tennis program turned in a solid performance this afternoon defeating Luther College (IA), 5-4, in a nuetral site competition between two of the Central Region's top 20 teams.

Oberlin traveled to DePauw University for today's match against Luther and will challenge DePauw (region's fifth ranked team) Sunday morning.  Today's win over Luther, ranked 10th, marks the first over a top 10 regionally ranked opponent in head coachConstantine Ananiadis's Oberlin coaching tenure.

A season ago it was the Norse who earned the win by the same 5-4 score edging out the Yeowomen in tight matches up and down the line up.  Today the Oberlin squad showed great play throughout winning five lop sided matches and losing three close matches, two in super breakers

In doubles action Oberlin jumped out to a 2-1 lead winning at the No. 2 and 3 spots.  

Ariel Lewis and Carolyn Ball defeated Cassandra Chalhoub and Katy Lindstrom 8-3 in the second slot.  The Yeowomen's second pairing remains undefeated in dual match play and is riding a four match win streak.

In the third position Preeya Shah and Brenna Sheldon were easy winners over Elise Allen and Lola White-Bare dropping just one game for an 8-1 final score.

In the top spot Luther's pairing of Cami Czech and Katherine Howe proved to be too strong for Finley Gates and Grace Porterdropping them to 3-3 on the season at the No. 1 position.

"The girls played well today against the region's 10th ranked team.  It may be hard at first glance of the boxscore to see how well we played but the results are there.  We won pretty convincingly and on a different day we would surely have won a couple of the tiebreakers or closer matches," noted Ananiadis.

The Yeowomen's singles results were surely the most impressive of the day as no Luther hitter took more than two games in a single set.

Lewis, ranked 12th, easily defeated Czech, 20th, 6-0, 6-1 in the top spot for her fifth win in a row.

At the fourth spot, sophomore, Sheldon was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over White-Bear to remain a perfect 3-0 at that position in the line up.

Oberlin's most interesting win came in the sixth position as Ball turned in a solid match against Lindstrom, defeating her Norse opponent 6-2, 6-2 in quite a turnaround from a season ago.  During the 2011 season these two met in the same position on the same weekend, but it was Lindstrom earning the victory with a thrid set win.

At No. 2 Gates was up a set before Allen turned the match winning the second set and then proceeded to take the super breaker.

Oberlin's lone first-year in the line up, Porter, dropped the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-3), and could only manage to a 6-4 scoreline in the second against Chalhoub.

Senior Rebecca Brown came from behind to take the second set 6-4 but couldn't sustain the momentum dropping tight super breaker 10-8.