A Page -- Feb. 3, 2010

Strongsville High School Lady Mustangs
Simmons signs to Kent, 

Meier to Pitt, Mir-Salimi 

to Duquesne, Scheutzo to 

Clarion for Strongsville 

soccer team

Feb. 3, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




STRONGSVILLE – With a school that has over 40 young ladies playing various levels of college soccer, it was only fitting that today on national letter of intent signing day, four Mustangs would be signing letters of intent.


Coach Jon Felton today sent off another class of top-level soccer girls into the college ranks when  Shelby Simmons inked the papers to play for Rob Marinaro and Patrick Sweeney at Kent, Alyssa Meier signed to play at Pitt, Nicole Mir-Salimi to Duquesne, and Kristen Scheutzow to Clarion State.

Signees  (l to r) Simmons, Meier, Mir-Salimi, Scheutzow   


The three signing to the Pennsylvania schools will have the luxury of taking short breaks to watch one another on nights they don’t have games.


“I like the idea that I could go to Duquesne and Clarion if I want to; it’s kind of neat that we all picked out schools in or near Pittsburgh at the same time,” Meier said. “I was looking at academics first and Pitt had what I was looking for; the great coaches there for soccer sealed it for me.”



Meier is the first from the Strongsville girls program to play at Pitt.


“It is interesting that no one from Strongsville has gone there before because it is a good school and not that far away,” Meier said. “I love the nursing program I will be going into and I love the coaches there. They told me that they would work with me and my major and they are in constant contact with me.”


Pitt is also building a new soccer stadium that will be a part of a complex that will also include baseball of softball facilities.


“That was a big part of it because the field they are using now is about 15 minutes from the school,” Meier said.

Kent is only an hour from Pittsburgh as well.


“I like Kent because there are two Strongsville girls there already plus a number of others from around the Cleveland area,” said Simmons. “My major is undecided, but I am thinking about education and Kent has a good academic program for education and one in general otherwise.”



Duquesne has a nice pipeline to Cleveland with former Mustang Paige Langhals in its fold as well as a half dozen others from area high schools.


“A good number of the players on the team are girls I’ve either played with or against and that helped me choose Duquesne,” said Mir-Salimi. “Paige told me about it and that helped me decide, but the main reason is the academics. I want to go into nursing and I really like their nursing program.


“I’ve always been a hard worker in school. For them to offer such a great medical program and for the coach to tell me I am a great player, I found it easy to pick Duquesne. I know they have a great team and I can’t wait to make it better. I love playing soccer, but it was the school part of it that drove me there. Soccer has helped me make good decisions in my life.”


Mir-Salimi added that she has been the best of friends with Meier since 1997 and that even if they can’t make each others’ matches, they will still be only a short drive away for fellowship.


While Kent, Pitt and Duquesne are Division I schools, Clarion is Division II, but there is a reason Scheutzow chose it over Division I options, which were also available to her.


“I want to study psychology and really wanted something with a good liberal arts foundation,” she said. “I wanted a smaller place were I could get to know more members of the student body and learn about people, which will aid me in my major.”



A Division II school like Clarion gives her the best of both worlds, it being between the big-campus Division I and the non-scholarship strong liberal arts Division III tract.


“I did not want to play Division I because I did not want that much intensity,” she said.


Scheutzo caught the eye of the Clarion coaches while at a showcase in Chicago and they have been pursuing her ever since until now when she finally signed.

St. Edward alumnus Collin 

Palmer named High School 

Athlete of the Year by 

Greater Cleveland Sports 


Feb. 3, 2010

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – St. Edward alumnus Collin Palmer has been named the High School Athlete of the Year at the Greater Cleveland SportsAwards tonight here at the Renaissance Inn.

“Last year topped off my career and it was a great feeling then winning my fourth title, but winning this is awesome,” said Palmer. “There were a lot of great high school athletes around and I am grateful to be selected ahead of them.”

Palmer pulled off a rarity in winning four state championships for the Eagles, whose program was specially honored during the evening for winning 11 national championships and 25 state titles all since the 1970s.

red shirt freshman at Ohio State, Palmer wrestled in two open events while recovering from injury, taking second at Cleveland State and first at Ashland.

He will have four years of eligibility left starting next winter for the Buckeyes.

Athlete of the Year at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards tonight here at the Renaissance Inn.

“Last year topped off my career and it was a great feeling then winning my fourth title, but winning this is awesome,” said Palmer. “There were a lot of great high school athletes around and I am grateful to be selected ahead of them.”

Palmer pulled off a rarity in winning four state championships for the Eagles, whose program was specially honored during the evening for winning 11 national championships and 25 state titles all since the 1970s.

A red shirt freshman at Ohio State, Palmer wrestled in two open events while recovering from injury, taking second at Cleveland State and first at Ashland.

He will have four years of eligibility left starting next winter for the Buckeyes.

B-W Women Beat Heidelberg, 61-

39, in Tiffin for 11th Straight 

Victory and Remain in First Place in 

the OAC

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) and sophomore forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace) each scored 12 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 61-39, tonight (Wednesday, February 3, 2010) in the Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin for its 11th straight victory and remains in first place in the OAC. 

The Yellow Jackets are now 16-4 overall, 12-1 in the OAC and have not lost since December 21, and have beaten Heidelberg 16 straight times dating back to January 20, 2004. With its loss, Heidelberg falls to 4-16 overall and 3-10 in the conference. The Student Princes did not have a double-figure scorer.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 10-0 lead at the 13:37 mark when sophomore forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary Central Catholic) made a jump shot. The Student Princes then outscored B-W 7-2 to close to within 12-7 with 11:03 left when senior forward Jenny Miller made a layup. B-W regained its 10-point advantage at 17-7 with 9:08 left in the first stanza when junior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) made a three-pointer. The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to a high of 16 points at 28-12 with 1:18 let when freshman guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ Colonel Crawford) made a jumper. B-W also led at the intermission, 30-14.

Vermilion's Ali Stack

In the second half, B-W gained a 20-point lead at 34-14 with 18:55 left when Coulter made a layup. The largest Yellow Jacket lead of the game was 31 points at 59-28 with 5:25 left when Brough mae two foul shots.

B-W is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 6 when the Yellow Jackets host second place Capital University in the Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea at 3:00 p.m. The Yellow Jackets remain at home on Wednesday, Feb. 10 when third place Mount Union College visits Berea and the Ursprung Gym for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Media and fans can listen LIVE to all Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s basketball games on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet at www.wbwc.com.

The upcoming Saturday, February 13 B-W men’s basketball game versus Muskingum University is designated as Al Sirat Grotto Day with partial gate proceeds going to benefit children affilicted with cerebral palsy. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

In addition, the February 20, 2010 men’s game versus Otterbein College will be taped by S&S Video Productions and telecast on SportsTime Ohio. The Feb. 20 game also is the Second Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. For more information on that game, please call Meg Carney in the B-W Athletic Department at 440-826-2140 or visit the “Take a Kid to the Game” web site at www.bw.edu/athletics/takeakid10. The women hosted a similar event on January 16.

Medina's Paul Glass sinks 

shot at buzzer to lead B-W 

guys to hoops win

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Senior forward Paul Glass (Medina/ Senior) hit a put-back layup with one second remaining in overtime as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 77-75, tonight (Wednesday, February 3, 2010) at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 12-8 overall and 7-6 in the OAC. With the loss, the Student Princes drop to 12-8 overall and 8-5 in the OAC.

In addition to Glass, who scored nine for the game, B-W was led by junior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) with a game-high 17 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) also contributed 11 points and five boards. Heidelberg was led by Dan Givner with 13 points.


In the first half, Heidelberg hit its first five shots to open on a 10-0 run ending in a Givner jumper at the 16:57 mark. B-W cut its deficit to 10-6 with a layup from sophomore guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) at 14:09, but the Student Princes answered with a 17-9 run and led 27-15 when Zach Golec connected on a jumper at 8:35. The Jackets were able to end the half on a 5-0 run and trimmed their deficit to 10, at 40-30.

In the second half, it was B-W that got off to the hot start with a 14-4 run ending in a Meeder layup that tied the score at 44 with 14:15 left in the game. Senior forward Kyle Brown (Strongsville) keyed the opening of the run with six straight points. The Yellow Jackets later took their first lead of 51-49 on a long jumper from freshman forward Ed Housholder (North Jackson/ Tallmadge) at 11:18.

Heidelberg briefly regained the lead at 56-55 but B-W responded with an 8-2 run to lead 63-58 when sophomore guard Scott Voiers (Westlake/ Lutheran West) scored on a layup at 5:03. The Student Princes chipped away in the final minutes and moved back ahead 68-66 on a Travis Kinn layup with 18 seconds remaining. Undaunted, B-W took its next possession down the floor and tied the score on a layup by Ameen with just 10 seconds left on the clock. Heidelberg held for the final shot of regulation but it was no good and the game went to overtime.

In the extra period, the Student Princes scored the first three and led 71-68 when Kinn connected on a jumper with 3:52 left to play. The Yellow Jackets came back to tie the score at 75 apiece on another Ameen layup with 54 seconds remaining. After a defensive stand, B-W held for the final shot, which was missed but rebounded and put in by Glass with just one tick left on the clock.

The Yellow Jackets return to action this Saturday, February 3 at OAC-foe Capital University. Tip-off from the Capital Center in Bexley is set for 3:00 p.m.
Media and fans can listen LIVE to all Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s basketball games on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet at www.wbwc.com<http://www.wbwc.com/>.

The upcoming Saturday, February 13 game versus Muskingum University is designated as Al Sirat Grotto Day with partial gate proceeds going to the Monarch’s Scholarship fund. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

In addition, the upcoming February 20, 2010 game versus Otterbein College will be taped by S&S Video Productions and telecast onSportsTime Ohio. The Feb. 20 game also is the Second Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. For more information on that game, please call Meg Carney in the B-W Athletic Department at 440-826-2140 or visit the “Take a Kid to the Game” web site atwww.bw.edu/athletics/takeakid10.

Women's Basketball – Mount Union Roars Back To Silence Blue Streaks, 83-80, behind 17 points from North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt

Feb. 3, 2010

By Ryan Fishleigh

(ALLIANCE, OH)-- Mount Union's women's basketball team mounted a second half comeback to overcome a 15-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to beat John Carroll 83-80 today in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Led by sophomore Kori Weidt's (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) 17 points, the Purple Raiders move to 17-3 on the season and 10-3 in the OAC.


Kori Wiedt

Sophomore Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) earned her third double-double of the season by notching 10 points and 12 rebounds.  Senior Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tuskcarawas Valley) had 13 points and junior Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) had 11 points to round out the double figure scoring for the Raiders.

Lee Jennings scored a game-high 30 points for the Blue Streaks, who leaped out on an 8-0 lead in game's first four minutes and stretched that lead to 10 on a Jennings free throw to put the score at 22-12.

Kori Wiedt

Mount Union would chip away at that margin throughout the remainder of the first half, eventually closing it down to three points on a Forquer layup with four seconds left to leave the score 44-41 heading into halftime.

Beginning the second half, John Carroll went on a 17-7 run capped off by a Jennings layup at the 10:57 mark to put the score at 63-48.  From this point, Mount Union would put together its comeback as the Raiders went on a 23-7 surge capped off by three-straight three-pointers by  Wiedt to give the Raiders their first lead of the game, 71-70 at the 4:33 mark.

Six lead changes and four ties highlighted next three minutes before Mount Union iced the game going 7-of-8 from the line in the final minute.

Mount Union will remain at home and host Ohio Northern Saturday at 3 pm at the MAAC in Alliance.











Strongsville's Colby 

Alexander selects world 

famous Oregon running 

program in Eugene to 

further his cross

country career and 


Feb. 3, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




STRONGSVILLE – Strongsville High senior Colby Alexander knows well enough the history of distance running that the University of Oregon in Eugene can claim that most other colleges cannot.


That along with how high the Ducks have been ranked nationally in cross country made it easy for Alexander to decide to sign a national letter of intent today to run cross country and the distance races in track for Oregon.


“Because it has been the number one running program and finished no lower than third the past few years, I knew I wanted to run for the University of Oregon,” Alexander said. “I liked the coaches and the school and academic program it had to offer. I also couldn’t go wrong with the history the school has for running.”


Oregon of course is the alma mater of the late Steve Prefontaine, one of the greatest American runners of all time.


Alexander realizes that there are a lot of cool courses for cross country runners in Ohio and the Midwest, but that this region pales in caparison to the Pacific Northwest, a stretch of land that stretches from the Sequoias in Northern California all the way up through Seattle to Vancouver B.C., with endless stretches of hills, mountains, forests, creeks, lakes, rivers, parks, sounds, oceans, terrains, woods, grounds conducive for the best training.


“I am looking forward to that; that area offers the best in terms of types of courses I like running on,” Alexander said.


Prefontaine finished a modest 53rd his first year of running in high school, but with a rigorous training program through the Oregon terrain, he had won every race he was in by his senior year  and then in four years at Oregon won every race he was in but two.

Matlock and Griesinger 

make it official: 

Strongsville soccer 

standouts sign to U 

Mass and Bee Gee, 


Feb. 3, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




STRONGSVILLE – Mike Matlock and Matt Griesinger signed their letters of intent to play college soccer at the University of Massachusetts and Bowling Green this afternoon here at the high school.


It is no secret that there is a deep history in higher education in New England in general and Massachusetts in particular (dating as far back as prior to the birth of this 234-year nation) and that coupled with the soccer helped steer Matlock to the colonial area of the country.

Matlock (left), coach Cook and Griesinger

“The first thing I was looking at was the academics,” said Matlock. “I had other options including schools that are better known for their soccer than U Mass, but I wanted to the total package. U Mass had the academics I was looking for and the soccer program looked great as well.”



Griesinger likes the idea of being close to home and knowing he and his Falcon mates will have at least two matches a year less than an hour away (Kent and Akron) from Strongsville, enabling friends, family and former teammates to attend.


“I know a lot of the guys on Akron’s team and am looking forward to the challenge of playing against them,” said Griesinger. “We have good coaching and BG has had a strong program so there is no reason that I cannot be part of a movement that can help bring Bowling Green to get to the level where Akron is now.”


The Zips were ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season until falling in the national championship match. They got that good partly from playing stiff competition against MAC schools like Bee Gee.


Matlock and Griesinger are two more in the long list of more than a hundreds student/athletes Mustang coach Tobey Cook has sent to the college ranks over the past two decades.



College OT Brett 

Scarl, a North Olmsted 

native, Named as a 

National Football 

Foundation Scholar-


Feb. 3, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior offensive tackle Brett Scarl (North Olmstead) has been named as a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. Scarl will be honored at the annual NFF dinner on April 26, 2010 to be held at LaCentre in Westlake, Ohio.

"We are pleased that Brett will be honored by the National Football Foundation," said eighth-year Head Coach John Snell. "He is a fine student, excellent football player, a great team leader and will be an outstanding representative of the College for many years to come.  The honor is very well-deserved."

Scarl, a six-foot and four-inch tackle, will graduate this spring with a degree in accounting and finance. He holds a 3.2 grade point average, plans to attend graduate school next fall and plans to be a Certified Public Accountant.

Scarl had a solid career as a collegian. He was awarded the B-W Dick Van Almen Outstanding Lineman award (2009-10), named as a second-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference player (2008-2009) and honorable mention All-OAC (2009-2010), earned three varsity letters and served as a team captain as a senior.  Scarl also was selected to play in the inauguralwww.ohiocollegefootball.com All-Star Game that will take place on April 17, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.

As a freshman in 2006-2007, Scarl played on the junior varsity as an offensive tackle.  As a sophomore in 2007-2008, he saw significant time at offensive tackle on the varsity team, started a few games at left tackle and earned his first varsity letter.  As a junior in 2008-2009, Scarl played in his third season of football and earned his second letter.  He was the starting left tackle for an offense that ranked second in the OAC in yardage (378.6 ypg.) and third in scoring (25.6 ppg.). As a senior in 2009-2010, Scarl played in his fourth season of football. He started all 10 games at left tackle for an offense that ranked third in the OAC at 200.5 rushing yards per game.

NCAC swimming championships 

to be held locally next week 

in Canton; Solon's Alisa 

Verashchagin, Lakewood's Neil 

Anderson to be among top 


Feb. 3, 2010

The Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference will host its college championships next week. Here are the details:

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Saturday, Feb. 13

The meet will be held at an off-campus site for the 11th straight year. 
The championships, hosted by Allegheny College, return to C.T. Branin Natatorium, 1715 Harrison Ave. NW, Canton, OH 4470    

Three-day pass (adults): $45            Three-day pass (children, students with college ID): $20
Two-day pass (adults): $30            Two-day pass (children, students with college ID): $15
One-day pass (adults): $15            One-day pass (children, students with college ID): $8
One session pass - finals (adults): $10         One-session pass - finals (children, students with college ID): $5
One session pass - prelims (adults): $5        One session pass - prelims (children, students with college ID): $3

The NCAC Championships will once again be streamed online, through Teamline. Links are available on the NCAC Championship site (http://www.northcoast.org/mw/swimchampionships.html) An all-session meet pass is $30, while a single-day pass is $10.    

For additional information:
NCAC Office - 440-871-8100
Allegheny Sports Information - 814-332-5952
Branin Natatorium - 330-438-2738

The North Coast Athletic Conference has sponsored a Swimming and Diving Championship each year since 1985. Kenyon has captured 23 men's and 23 women's events, yet Denison is the defending champion as the Big Red took both the men's and women's 2009 titles. Denison also claimed the 1997 men’s title and the 2004 women's title. The NCAC features some of most talented swimmers and divers in the country today. Led by Kenyon and Denison, NCAC swimmers have assaulted college swimming's record books.


* Last winter, 25 conference records were set at the NCAC championship meet. Denison came away with a whopping 21 of those new marks. The Big Red men set the standard in 10 events with then senior John Geissinger knocking down seven. The Denison women established 11 conference-best times; current senior Olivia Zaleski (Corry, PA/Corry Area) was involved in seven new records. Ohio Wesleyan's David Gatz (Delaware, OH/Hayes) set a new mark in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.23); other marks set: Kenyon's men in the 200 medley relay (1:31.61), Kenyon's Kellyn Caldwell (Gambier, OH/Mt. Vernon) in the women's 400 IM (4:27.73) and Kenyon's Alisa Verashchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.46). (men's records: http://bit.ly/9bf48E) (women's records:http://bit.ly/9bf48E)

Solon alumna Alisa Verashchagin 

* The Kenyon men have had 12 swimmers combine to win 14 North Coast Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year awards. Carlos Vega and Josh Mitchell of Kenyon and Aaron Cole of Denison are the only two-time winners of the men's award. There have been six repeat NCAC Divers of the Year. Dension has claimed that honor four of the past five years. (list: http://bit.ly/aCMKWG)

* Six swimmers have been repeat winners of the North Coast Athletic Conference Woman's Swimmer of the Year award. Denison senior Olivia Zaleski has won the honor the past two seasons and should she repeat, would become the first three-time winner. Six divers have been repeat winners of the NCAC Women's Diver of the Year award. An Allegheny diver has been honored eight times, including the league's only four-time winner, Kelly Anderson (2001-2004). (list: http://bit.ly/cfA0dH)

* NCAC swimmers represent 40 states and 12 countries. The countries represented are Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore and the United States. 

* The NCAC 's domination of Division III swimming continued last year as the Kenyon Lords claimed their 30th consecutive national championship. No other men's or women's teams in NCAA history -- any sport, any division -- have won as many consecutive titles.

* The Ladies are also a national power, every bit as dominating a force as the Lords. Although they have not been winning quite as long--the women won "only" 23 Division III titles, the first from 1984 through 2000, 2002-2004 and 2007-2009 -- they have often won by even more commanding margins.

* Kenyon swimming was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) program Only A Game on Dec. 12, 2009. Head coach Jim Steen and Denison head coach Gregg Parini were among those interviewed in the seven-minute piece. (http://bit.ly/cKikWf)

Ohio Wesleyan senior David Gatz was a semifinalist to become a 2009 Rhodes Scholar. (http://bit.ly/ckz2gA) Last summer, Gatz and teammate Usman Javaid (Lahore, Pakistan/Aitchison) had planned to relay-swim the English Channel to raise money for the Pakistani relief efforts of Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization. Ultimately, the venture did not happen due to difficulties obtaining visas. (http://bit.ly/axp39d)

* Wooster has a set of triplets as a key part of their lineup. Sophomores Rebecca, Melissa and Priscilla Haug (Lexington, KY) are all pre-med students who have posted two school records and four top 10 finishes at last winter's North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. (http://bit.ly/cGkILE)

Neil Anderson

Neil Anderson

* Wittenberg's swim teams participated in an Hour of Power cancer research fundraiser on Nov. 9, 2009. The event was organized by Tiger seniors Neil Anderson (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) and Amy Prugh (Indianapolis, IN/North Central). (http://bit.ly/1sWEFz)

* C.T. Branin Natatorium, named for McKinley High School's longtime successful swim coach, was built and donated to the Canton Board of Education and City Recreation Department by the Timken Foundation of Canton. The building was dedicated June 2, 1974.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Holds Off Denison University

February 3, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

GRANVILLE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Denison University, 72-61, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville.

With the win, the Terriers improve to 10-1o overall and 7-4 in the NCAC.  The Big Red fall t0 4-16 overall and 4-7 NCAC.

Hiram never trailed in the game and with the score tied at 10-10 in the first half, the Terriers ended the period on a 21-5 scoring run that was capped by one-of-two free-throws by sophomore guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) and resulted in a commanding 31-15 lead at halftime.

The scoring run carried over into the second half as the Terriers recorded their first 20-point margin, 35-15, with 16:53 left to play thanks to a jumper by junior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel).  Hiram posted its largest lead of the game of 27 points, 54-27, at the 7:42 mark thanks to a jumper by junior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel).  Denison would make a run at the Terrier lead in the later half of the period, narrowing the deficit to single digits, 71-62, with 11 seconds remaining.  But the rally ended there and the Terriers went on to the 71-62 final.

Hiram recorded one of its best shooting nights of the season, finishing the game with an impressive 50.9 percentage (29-of-57) from the floor.  Denison shot 44.8 percent (26-of-58) from the field.

The Big Red was led by Dimonde Hale with a game-high 24 points on 12-of-19 shooting (63.2 percent) and grabbed nine rebounds.  Josh Leuchtag rounded out the high scorers for Dension with 11 points.  In addition, Larry Farmer pulled down a game-high 10 boards.

Hiram also had two players score in double figures led by junior All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 16 points on six-of-12 shooting (50.0 percent).  Campbell was second with 15 points.

Hiram will travel to Springfield for a NCAC matchup against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Feb. 6.  The Terriers have won the last three meetings against the Tigers and will look to sweep the season series for the second straight year.  Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m

Men's Basketball - Mount

Union Falls at John Carroll

Feb. 3, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH)--First place John Carroll opened the game on a 25-5 run and never looked back as they beat Mount Union 96-67 in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball matchup today in University Heights.

Rudy Kirbus had 18 points to lead five players in double figures for John Carroll as the Blue Streaks are now 14-5 overall at 10-3 in the OAC.

Mount Union falls to 8-12 overall and 6-7 in the OAC as Wes Knavel (Zanesville/West Muskingum) scored 12 points while Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) and LaRon Marshall (Cleveland/Collinwood) each tallied 10 points.


Collinwood alum LaRon Marshall

Mount Union stays on the road playing Saturday at 3 pm at Ohio Northern in an OAC matchup in Ada.

Oberlin Upends Kenyon on the Road
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By Mike Mancini

Gambier, Ohio – For the second season in a row the Oberlin College men’s basketball team traveled to Gambier, Ohio to upend Kenyon College as it defeated the host Lords 66-55 tonight. 

The win looms large in the fate of Oberlin’s NCAC Tournament hopes as the Yeomen and Lords are now currently tied for the eighth and final spot in the dance with a conference record of 2-9. The victory also improves the Yeomen’s record to 6-14 overall – marking the most wins the program has had since the 2001-2002 season when they went 9-16. 

Keynoting the Yeomen triumph was NCAC Freshman of the Year candidateAndrew Fox as he recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Josh Merritt also turned in a great effort with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Rookie Johnathan Nelson was an efficient 5-of-6 from the floor to finish with 10 points. 

“This was a good win for us as we really played our style of game tonight,” Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco said. “I felt we really dictated the game on both ends of the floor as our zone defense kept them in check all night and our offense was in rhythm throughout the game.” 

Oberlin’s defense flustered the Lords in the first half as they made just 2-of-12 3-pointers and shot 34.6-percent (9-of-26) in the session to allow the Yeomen to go into the locker room with a 31-26 lead. 

In the second half, Oberlin extended its cushion to 10, 47-37, with 11:36 remaining as Merritt knocked down a triple-hit right in front of the Yeomen bench on the near side. Three minutes later, Oberlin’s lead would shrink to just four, 49-45, but a 3-pointer by Pat Bernhard and a layup by Fox would give the Yeomen a 11-point advantage at 56-45 with 5:53 left to play. 

The final nail in the coffin came in fine fashion as Merritt drove the lane and dished a behind-the-back pass to James Tompsett who finished the play with an emphatic one-handed throw-down to make it a 62-48 game at the 3:05 mark. 

The Yeomen shot an impressive 52-percent (26-of-50) – including a season-high 75-percent (6-of-8) from beyond the arc. 

Oberlin controlled the glass with a 34-27 edge and also out-scored Kenyon 34-20 in the paint. Furthermore, the Yeomen capitalized on nearly every miscue by the Lords as they turned 12 turnovers into 21 points. 

The Yeomen will look to extend their winning streak to three in a row when they travel to Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon for a 3 p.m. tilt.