A Page -- Feb. 29, 2012


Mike Abood’s hat trick plus leads St. Ignatius to 39-0 and to district final

St. Ignatius’ hockey team is one win away from advancing to the state’s frozen four after polishing off Rocky River, 7-3, in the district semifinals Tuesday.

The Wildcats (39-0) jumped out to a 4-1 first-period lead and never looked back. They’ll play the winner of tonight’s Shaker Heights-St. Edward game.

Three different Student/Athletes scored goals for the Cats in the first period.

Michael Abood got it started at 2:06 o9f the first period with an assist from Harry Smith.

Abood then scored his 33rd goal of the year at 5:08 of the first, making it 2-0.


That was short-lived as Eric Sperli got River on the board in the sixth minute with assists from Tyler Harkins and Max Lurie.

Then that lasted about 30 seconds and Paddy Spellacy scored to make it 3-1. Taylor Wolf assisted.



Paul Zickes took an assist from Spellacy to score the fourth goal.

Sperli scored his second and third goals of the game in the second period to attain the hat trick. Lurie assisted in the first one and Harkins assisted on the second.

For Iggy, Spellacy answered with an assist from Abood on the fist River goal in the period and then Abood scored his third goal with an assist from Liam Geither and Spellacy to answer the second and th hat trick.



Abood scored his fourth goal in the third with an assist from Colt Riemenschneider.          

The 39 straight wins ties a school record held by Ignatius football for most consecutive wins by teams in any sport.

Shaker, which just moved over to Brooklyn from the Kent District this year, is looking for the big upsets this week.

Only one time since 1984 have the Cleveland districts not sent St. Edward, Padua or St. Ignatius (or two of the three) to the state’s Frozen Four, which was 1999 when University School and Shaker made it out of the two Brooklyn districts.

Two Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Basketball 

Players Selected All-OAC

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball sophomores Kyle Payne (Brunswick) and Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) have been selected (Monday, February 27, 2012) as second-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference student-athletes.

Payne, the 2010-11 OAC Freshman-of-the-Year, earned his second All-OAC honor after being tabbed honorable mention as a freshman. This season, he led the team in scoring with 14.2 points-per-game and was second in rebounding with 5.3 rpg.  Payne shot 49 percent from the field on 127-of-259 attempts and recorded 20 assists,  four blocked shots and 11 steals.  He recorded a season and career-high tying 25 points in an 89-81 win against Alma (Mich.) College on December 30, 2011 and grabbed a season and career-best 11 rebounds in a 68-63 road victory at Muskingum University on December 17.

Krakowiak (L), Payne (R)

In two seasons and 50 games played with 50 starts, Payne is averaging 14.7 ppg. and 5.1 rpg. He has 737 points, 255 rebounds, 37 assists, 33 three-pointers, 27 steals and 13 blocks. He also has been selected as the OAC Player-of-the-Week on two occasions.

Krakowiak earned his first All-OAC honor after finishing second on the team with 14.0 ppg. and 45 three-pointers.  He  led the team in free throw percentage with 89.2% on 58-of-70 attempts and recorded 70 rebounds, 38 assists, 10 blocks and 23 steals.  The 6’4” sharpshooter scored a season and career-high 31 points in an 80-74 win against Heidelberg University on January 25, 2012 and grabbed a season and career-best seven rebounds in the victory against Alma. He was subsequently tabbed as the OAC Player of the Week.

In two seasons, Krakowiak is averaging 11.8 ppg. He has 591 points, 125 rebounds, 79 three-pointers, 70 assists, 14 blocks and 39 steals. As a freshman, he set a B-W school-record by shooting 94.5% from the foul line for the season by canning 52-of-55 attempts. For his career, Krakowiak is shooting 88% on 110-of-125 attempts.

“Kyle and Kevin each had an outstanding sophomore season and were reasons we had a much-improved season,” said fourth-year Head Coach Duane Sheldon.  “They are two of our foundations for future success. We are looking forward to both returning next year and being large factors in our quest to win an OAC title and to return to the NCAA Division III Tournament.”

Payne and Krakowiak helped the Yellow Jackets to have a solid season and compile a 16-10 overall and 11-7 OAC record, including wins against the top three seeded teams in this year’s OAC Tournament.

Lancers, Preppers to be broadcast live Friday

Friday night’s district hockey championship game between Gilmour and University School will be broadcast live on live.gilmour.org beginning at 7:30. The winner advances to the state’s Frozen Four in Columbus next week.












Chardon's Erin Hollinger Named Jostens Trophy Finalist for Second-Straight Year

SALEM, Va. – Just days after playing in her final contest on the hardwood for the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team, senior forward and two-sport standout Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%20927u> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) has been named for the second-straight year as one of just 10 women's finalists from around the nation for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, announced the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia on Tuesday, February 27.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This 2012 class marks the 15th year the award has been presented.

In her final season donning a Spartan basketball uniform, Hollinger averaged 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds to go along with 1.5 blocks per game this season. She ranked among the leaders in the University Athletic Association sitting third in both scoring and blocked shots per contest. Earlier this season, she became just the second woman in CWRU basketball history to eclipse the 1,400-point plateau concluding her career with 1,421. She also posted career marks of 542 rebounds along with 173 blocks in 100 games played.

Hollinger, recently named for the fourth time to the Capital One Academic All-America® team with three in basketball and one in track & field, will graduate as one of the most accomplished student-athletes in CWRU history.

A macromolecular science and engineering major excelling in the classroom with a 3.94 grade point average, she was named a second-team D3Hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region honoree and a first-team All-University Athletic Association pick a season ago. Overall in her career on the hardwood, she is a three-time All-UAA and Academic All-UAA selection with eight conference Athlete of the Week nods

Jostens will announce award winners on March 8 and will present the award on March 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Men's NCAA Division III Championship that is also being hosted in Salem from March 16-17.

Tyler Dalton, Conner Judson lamp light twice as US advances to district final against Gilmour in hockey playoffs in Kent

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


                                                1          2          3          OT       F

University School:                 1          1          3          -           5         

Hudson:                                  1          0          1          -           2                     


University School:      Goals: Tyler Dalton (2), Conner Judson (2), Kevin DeGulis



Assists: Clarke Jones (2), Evan Krueger, Tyler Dalton, Kevin DeGulis, Conner Judson, Andrew Musser, Mac McCann

Hudson:                      Goals: Luke Mussay, Connor Ganley


Assists: Jake Collins 


University School:     Sam Althans – (17) Saves, (19) Shots                       

Hudson:                      Grayson Kotseos – (38) Saves, (43) Shots

Two Hiram College Basketball Players Earn All-NCAC Honors



CLEVELAND, OHIO – Hiram College men’s basketball player and senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) and Terrier women’s basketball player and senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) have both been named to the 2012 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams that were released today (Monday, Feb. 27).


Watkins capped a career year with his first All-NCAC selection and was a first-team pick. He becomes just the second Terrier men’s player to earn first-team accolades since joining the NCAC. This season, the Terriers finished the season with a 14-12 overall record and made their ninth conference tournament appearance.

Watkins (L), Shields (R)


Individually, Watkins led the team and was second in the NCAC in scoring average at 20.1 points per game. His 20.1 ppg. scoring average puts him in a tie for eighth all-time in program history in a single-season and his 522 points this year ranks fifth best in a single-season. He shot a team-best 56.0 percent (223-of-398) from the floor and had the fourth-best shooting percentage in the NCAC. In addition, Watkins led the team in free-throws made (75), free-throws attempted (107), blocked shots (20) and steals (30). He averaged a career-high 7.5 rebounds per game, which ranked second on the team and was also amongst the league leaders, and had a single-season high 58 assists.


For his career, Watkins played in 94 games primarily as a bench player before becoming a starter this past season. He ends his career with 848 points while shooting an impressive 55.9 percent from the floor in four seasons. His shooting percentage is the third-best all-time in program history. Watkins also recorded 411 career rebounds (4.4 rpg.) to go along with 79 assists, 70 steals and 38 blocked shots.


Shields also ends her playing career with her first All-NCAC award with a second-team selection. As a team, Hiram was the sixth seed in the 2012 NCAC Tournament with a 9-17 overall record and 5-11 in the NCAC.


Shields played in all 26 games this season and started 25. She led the team in scoring with 333 points and averaged 12.8 points per game. She shot 36.4 percent (125-of-343) from the floor, including 30.8 percent (33-of-107) from three-point range and 58.8 percent (50-of-85) from the free-throw line. Shields also led the team in rebounding at 5.7 boards per game and blocked shots with 20. Her 20 blocks were ninth most in the NCAC this season. In addition, Shields was amongst the team leaders in assists (34) and steals (26).


For her career, Shields is tied for the all-time lead in games played with 103. She finishes with 973 points putting her tied for seventh all-time on the Hiram scoring list. She posted a 33.2 lifetime shooting percentage (371-of-1119) with her total attempts ranking sixth-most in program history and her made field goals are eighth best. Shields also shot 302 all-time three-pointers which are tied for third most in program history, while making 85 of those attempts which is the third highest all-time. In addition, she ranks in the Hiram all-time list in career blocks with 71 putting her in a tie for fifth. Shields recorded 399 rebounds in four years (3.9 rpg) to go along with 92 assists and 84 steals.