A Page -- Feb. 4, 2011

St. Edward is a state champion on the 

field and in the classroom; 15-0 state 

champ football team sending five 

Student/Athletes to Ivy League schools, 

two to Northwestern

Feb. 4, 2011

By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Among all the local high schools as evidenced by the Division I college football letter of intent signings, St Edward emerged as the one that has done the most notable job in wedding both ends of the Student/Athletic dynamic, evidenced by the five Student/Athletes who inked on with Ivy League schools during this week’s signing period.

The undefeated (15-0) big-school state champs also wll be sending three others to prestigious D-I private schools.

East Coast, academics-thick bound are Don Pavlov and Shane McManamon to Cornell, Rob Coury to Yale, Phil Smith to Brown, and Trent Rivera to Penn.


Colin McManamon will be going to Dayton, while Geoff Mogus and Deonte Gibson will study and play at Northwestern, a relative “Midwest Ivy League School). Brandon Jackson will go to West Virginia, where former St. Ignatius quarterback Oliver Luck is the athletic director.

Colin McManamon

As far as the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference is concerned, the Eagles’ Avery Bailey will be going to Ball State, where former Eagles standout offensive back Frank Edmonds just finished his football career, while Terrell Bates will play locally at Kent State.

Shane McManamon

Shane McManamon had over 80 tackles, including 37 for losses and 20 sacks. He also had 25 quarterback hurries. Pavlov ranked second on the team with 120 tackles.

Coury led the team with seven interceptions and had four bat downs, four quarterback hurries and 80 tackles.

Smith had 86 tackles, five quarterback hurried and four interceptions.

Rivera is a 270-pound offensive lineman on a line that blew open holes for 4,000 team rushing yards and protected the quarterbacks to the point that they threw an average of fewer than a half an interception per game.

Deonte Gibson

This past season, Colin McManamon caught at least one pass in every game but one, snaring in 30 passes on the season for over 500 yards.

Mogus is a 6-5, 290-pound mammoth of a lineman, who was also on the line that just devastated opposing defenses all season long. More of a mammoth on that line was Jackson a hefty 305 pounds.

Gibson had 110 tackles and six interceptions while Bailey had 90 tackles and five picks.

Terrell Bates

Bates ran for nearly 1,500 yards and scored over 100 points on TDs and two-point conversions.

Patience Carroll's 20 points lead Griffins 

past North

Patience Carroll scored 20 points and Ashaunte Dent 17 to lead Buchtel to a 50-33 Akron City Series basketball victory over North.

Buchtel improved to 6-10 while North dropped to 0-15.

Freshman Jess Janota has another hot 

night for Lancers; GA moves to 15-1 

with win over the Pirates

Freshman Jess Janota had her second hot scoring night in a row to lead Gilmour to a 68-55 win over Perry (Lake Co.).

Janota scored a game-high 23 points for the Lancers.  Brittany Layton and Abbey Deckard joined her in double figures with 17 and 10 points, respectively.

The Lancers remain one of the top basketball teams in the area, now at 15-1, while the Pirates, still one of the better ones, fall to 11-5.

LeDuc's 11 not enough as Meteors keep soaring

Lacy LeDuc scored 11 points, but it was not quite enough as Avon Lake’s basketball team dropped a, 77-41, Southwestern Conference contest to Midpark.


The Meteors keep coasting, moving to 14-2 overall with the Shoregals dropping to 6-10 in all affairs.

Nohra scores 16, Huberty 10 in Pats' 

setback to Arcs

Christine Nohra and Colleen Huberty both reached double figures for Valley Forge, but it was not enough to keep up with Brush, which emerged with a 66-49 win over the Patriots.

Nohra had 16 and Huberty 10.

Both teams have been struggling to get to .500, the Arcs now moving to 6-10 and the Pats falling to 5-10.

Mount's Hodkinson named Academic All District

Feb. 4, 2011

By Lenny Reich

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union senior guard Ben Hodkinson(Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV Men's Basketball First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.


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Blue Streaks hosting Duquesne tonight in GA Arena; free skate after game

Feb. 4, 2011

John Carroll’s hockey team is hosting Duquesne tonight in the Gilmour Academy Ice Arena.

The game starts at 8 with shuttles leaving JCU at 725 and 755. There will be a free open skate at the conclusion of the game.

Spartan Women Fall Short of #11/12 

Chicago; Chardon's Hollinger tosses in 

24, Now Six Shy of 1,000; Hoover's 

Iafelice scores nine, grabs seven

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team trimmed a 19-point, second-half deficit all the way down to six, but still fell short of #11/#12 University of Chicago (IL) by a score of 65-55 today, February 4, in Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Hollinger (L) and Iafelice (23) in Mather College throwback uniforms

Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) led the Spartans with a game-high 24 points and is now just six away from 1,000 for her career. In addition, sophomore point guard Erica Iafelice (North Canton, OH/Hoover) totaled nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Halfhill (24)

Canfield's Bryanne Halfhill had a double-double for the Maroons with 13 points and 12 boards.

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Fowler and Hildebrandt Score Career-Highs to Lead Spartan Men to 88-75 Victory versus Chicago

CLEVELAND – Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) and senior forward Alex Hildebrandt (Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) each scored career-highs as the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team defeated University of Chicago (IL), 88-75, on Friday, February 4 at Horsburgh Gymnasium

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Shaq Washington heads to Cincy, Stubbs 

to the 'Guins; Maple Heights' 15-0, D-II 

state championship team sending two 

S/As to Division I college ranks

Feb. 4, 2011

By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MAPLE HEIGHTS – Undefeated Division II state champion Maple Heights will be sending two players to Division I on football scholarship as Student/Athletes.


Both will be in-state, as quarterback Shaq Washington will be studying and playing at Cincinnati and Andre Stubbs will do the same at Youngstown State.


Washington was all over the field in the championship game over Trotwood Madison, getting his hand in all seven touchdowns, running to pay dirt four times and also throwing three TD passes.

It was the first state football championship ever for the school and the first state team title of any kind since the Mike Milkovich wrestling era of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s that produced 10 state team championships in overall, AAA and Division I combined.

Catching two of those three TD passes off Washington’s arm was Stubbs, who snared both passes in the great comeback. The Mustangs were down by one or two touchdowns the whole game before finally making the full comeback for a 45-33 win.

Jesuit Schoolmasters again provide deep 

results in Student/Athletic dual success; 

Walsh, Ignatius sending four to the Ivies 

for more gridiron, academic success

Feb. 4, 2011

By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CUYAHOGA FALLS – The Jesuits, ever the educators, were Student/Athletic winners again on National Signing Week for football S/As this week, as the two local Jesuit schools have moved four grid S/As on to Ivy League schools.

Bobby Grebenc

St. Ignatius is sending Mike Ramos to Princeton and Bobby Grebenc to Brown. 

Adam Redmond

Walsh Jesuit right here is sending Adam Redmond to Harvard and Vinny Pugliese to Columbia.

The Jesuits for known as the Schoolmasters of Europe during the 300 years after the Renaissance, setting up over 1,000 colleges and universities on the continent and subsequently brought the same philosophy of rigorous study Stateside. Through time, evidence has surfaced directly linking athletic success to academic success and vice-versa, the Jesuits having embodied this in practicum repeatedly.

Pugliese (#47)

In addition, the Wildcats are sending Mason Halter to another Jesuit school, Fordham, in New York City. Fordham is best known historically for the “Seven Blocks of Granite,” its tough offensive line that featured perhaps the toughest (physically and mentally) coach of all time, Vince Lombardi.

The Seven Blocks of Granite

Statue of St. Ignatius at Rose Hill

Reed Remington is heading to Lehigh for Walsh. Lehigh is in the Patriot Conference, which is sometimes known as a sister league to the Ivies since the schools are not more than a half grade off from the Ivies academically.

Connor Cook

The Warriors’ Drew Kaser is going to Bryan-College Station to play for Texas A&M, while teammate Connor Cook will go to East Lansing and become Michigan State Spartan.

CSU men hosting Butler tomorrow

Feb. 4, 2011

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State will attempt to maintain its lead over Valparaiso in the Horizon League standings when the Vikings host Butler on Saturday, Feb. 5 beginning at 12:00 noon in the Wolstein Center.  The game has been designated as Black Out Butler Day with Viking fans being asked to wear black clothing to the game. 

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CSU's basketball team finishes Wisconsin swing

Feb. 4, 2011

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State concludes its three game roadtrip and two game swing through Wisconsin when the Vikings play a key contest at Milwaukee on Saturday (Feb. 5) at 11:00 a.m. CST (12:00 p.m. in Cleveland). The Vikings are 12-9 overall and 5-5 in the Horizon League following an 87-63 setback at Green Bay on Thursday (Feb. 3). 

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Brunswick's Katie Crider scored 16 in yesterday's win

First-place Mount to to take on third-place Quakers

February 4, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- The nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will face the Ohio Athletic Conference's hottest team on Saturday when the Wilmington Quakers visit for a 2 p.m. tip-off.

The Purple Raiders (17-3, 10-3), who are ranked 22nd by D3Hoops.com and ESPN/USA Today, moved into a first-place tie in the conference with their 87-71 win over Muskingum yesterday.

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Willoughby's/Case Reserve's Whalen signs 

with Arena League

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League have announced the signing of former Case Western Reserve University quarterback Dan Whalen. The Willoughby, Ohio-native graduated in 2010 as one of the most accomplished players in Spartan program history.


Whalen led the Spartans to 31 consecutive regular season wins, three straight undefeated regular seasons (10-0, 3-0 UAA), three straight University Athletic Association titles and three straight NCAA postseason appearances.

Whalen, who played in 42 collegiate games with 41 starts, ended his career as the Spartans’ all-time leader in pass attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. In his four seasons, he completed 742-of-1,229 passes for 9,720 yards and 87 TDs. He also rushed for 768 yards and 21 TDs.

Whalen was selected as an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-American as a senior in 2009. He also was a two-time finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy (Division III Player of the Year) and a three-time UAA Offensive Player of the Year.

He graduated with an all-time record of 34-8 as a starter.