A Page -- Feb. 5, 2010

Alex Petizian carrying on 

Gilmour goalie tradition at St. 


Feb. 5, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Gilmour alumnus Alex Petizian has been one of the key components of the St. Lawrence Division I varsity hockey program the past three seasons and started off fine this season before going down with an injury three weeks ago and missing the last 12 games.

In eight games earlier this season, Petizian gave up 24 goals and posted three victories. He has a saves percentage of .883.

In a 3-3 tie with Sacred Heart, Petizian gave up three goals in 65 minutes, saving 15 shots in the first period, seven in the second, 11 in the third and one in overtime.

He was credited with a the win in goal in a 5-2 win over Princeton in Novermber, playing the whole game, giving up two goals and saving 32 shots.

Also in November, Petizian earned the win in a tight 3-2 battle with Harvard, facing 44 shots and saving 42.

In another tight battle in December, Petizian was in goal for a 4-3 win over Clarkson, getting support from his defense in having to see only 24 shots and saving 21.

The Saints were using two other goaltenders last month.

Petizian had his best year last year as a junior when he started 31 games and went 17-9-5 with a 2.18 goals against average, third best in school history. Two of his losses were of the 1-0 variety. He played a dozen games as a sophomore, posting a .500 record.

After playing at Gilmour, Petizian went to Northwood Prep for one season since GA no longer has PGs before moving on to his college career at St. Lawrence.

In first year in Red North, Walsh 

clinches Baron Cup berth with 5-

3 win over St. Ed

Feb. 5, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




KENT – In its first year in the Red North Division, Walsh Jesuit clinched a spot in the Baron Cup I with last night’s 5-3 win over St. Edward here at the University’s rink.


The Warriors, 5-4 in Red North play, will get the No. 3 seed behind divisional champ and No. 2 state ranked St. Ignatius and last year’s Baron Cup and state champ University School, the no. 2 seed.


Going into tonight’s play, Iggy has locked up the No. 1 seed with only Padua left to play tomorrow in Brooklyn. US, playing Eds .tonight (see story on US 2-1 win over St. Ed below in the right module) in Serpentini Arena, is 6-3 and has the No. 2 seed locked.


“The only we can’t get the No. 3 seed is if Padua beats us and St. Ignatius,” said Walsh coach Billy Switaj. “We are ahead of them in goal differential but if they win both games they should pass us. Still, we’ll go in as the No. 4 seed just as happily is going in as the No. 3 seed.”


Goal differential is the second tie breaker after head to head competition for Baron Cup seeding and qualification purposes.


Padua and St. Ed are slugging it out for the fourth and final spot in the tourney and both are in must win situations the next 32 hours. Padua at 2-4-2 has the best chance of getting the fourth spot. The Bruins host Walsh at Iceland tonight, but even without a win could do it tomorrow afternoon with an upset over the Wildcats, a team it tied earlier in the season. The Cats were also one of the teams the Bruins beat out for the Gilmour New Year’s tourney title, so Doug Hauser’s troops are surely capable.


With last night’s loss, St. Edward will have to sneak in through the back door in order to avoid missing the Baron Cup for the first time during this century. A win over the Preppers on home ice tonight alone will not do it for the 2-6-1 Eagles. Padua would have to lose both games.


Should Eds win tonight and Padua lose one and tie one game in the next 32 hours, both teams would wind up with seven points and then the directors would have to defer to the tie breakers. St. Ed would probably get it since it is 1-0-1 against the Bruins in Red North play.


Lake Catholic (3-7) is done with its Red North season and could get in only if Padua loses twice, St. Ed loses and somehow back-door-man it in on a two or three-way tie breaker. The Cougars did split with both the Eagles and Bruins this season in Red North play.


Last night, St. Ed took an early 2-0 lead but four consecutive Walsh goals brought down the curtains for the Eagles. Mainstay Ross Kivett scored at 1:09 of the first on assists by Alex Kaserman and Danny O’Sullivan.


The Eagles made it 2-0 at 7:43 of the opening period on an Andrew Novack goal that was assisted by Kivett.


Walsh got on the board in the final minute of the period on a Vince Gaglione goal that was assisted by Nate Myeroff and George Wright. Two second period goals by Vince Levassuer tied it and then gave the Warriors the lead for good. Wright scored in the 14th minute to give Walsh a 4-2 lead after two.


The Eagles pulled to within one at 4:08 of the third on Kivett’s second goal of the evening. Wright scored again in the waning seconds.


Also getting assists for Walsh were Dan Filice, Gaglione, and Scott Young. Clay Jewell assisted on Kivett’s second goal.


Joe Brodar saved 20 shots to get the win in goal. Seth Tettaton saved 17 shots for Eds.

B-W, Capital move its men's and women's basketball games tomorrow to two hours later due to weather 

Feb. 5, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

Tomorrow's, Saturday, February 6, 2010, Baldwin-Wallace College versus Capital University men's basketball game at Capital and in Columbus that was originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m. has been re-scheduled for 5:00 p.m. due to pending inclement weather.

Earlier today, tomorrow's, Saturday, February 6, 2010, Baldwin-Wallace College versus Capital University women's basketball game at B-W and in Berea that was originally scheduled for 3:00 p.m. has been re-scheduled for 5:00 p.m. due to pending inclement weather.

Men's Swimming Tops Scholar All-American List; Women Also Garner Honors
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By Mike Mancini

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) named the Oberlin College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams to its list of Scholar All-American teams for the 2009 fall semester.

The Yeomen turned in the highest GPA in the country regardless of division at 3.60. The Yeowomen also had the 18th highest team GPA in Division III with a mark of 3.42. 

“This award really shows how hard our teams work in the classroom in addition to the great effort they give in the pool each and everyday,” Head Mark Fino said. 

The Yeoswimmers are eagerly waiting to display their talents in the water at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Meet February 11-13

Twenty teams involved in wild 

chases over next 35 hours for 

Baron Cup berths; North 

Olmsted, Bartley boys have 

best three-way going; 

Lakewood, CVCA might have 

to get out the heavy rifles

trFeb. 5, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




KENT  -- Going into the final 35 hours of the regular season, only one out of eight divisions in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League has been settled as to who will make the Baron Cup Tournaments with some wild chases going on tonight, tomorrow and Sunday to decide who will get all the other berths.


In the Baron Cup I, St. Ignatius, University School, Walsh Jesuit, Strongsville and Elyria Catholic have already secured berths. St. Ed, Padua and Lakewood are battling it out for one other spot, while Hudson, Shaker and North Olmsted are battling for the other two spots.


Padua has the inside track for the No. 4 seed, but the No. 7 and 8 seeds will come down to the last day, but North Olmsted at 6-3 has the inside track at one of the spots. Hudson and Shaker are 5-4. Shaker hosts 1-8 Avon Lake in a late night Thornton Park affair, while Hudson has 3-6 Mentor tomorrow. The Eagles can control their own destiny and assure the No. 7 and possible No. 6 seed with a win over Elyria Catholic tomorrow.


However if the Explorers, Eagles and Red Raiders end up in a three-way tie at 6-4, then the tie breakers would settle it. Head to head competition is out the window since all three split two game series’ with one another this year.


Second tie breaker for a three-way tie is best goal differential against tied teams. The Explorers and Eagles were 8-8 against each other while the Eagles and Raiders were 7-7 in their two games. Between the two Bartley boys, the Matt (at Hudson) has a one-point advantage over his dad (Mike at Shaker), 5-4. Thus, North Olmsted has a 0 in GD against the two teams combined, while Hudson has a plus one and Shaker a minus one, leaving the Eagles and Explorers the two teams to make it with a three-team 6-4 setup.


The third tie breaker would be lowest “goals against” against tied teams. Hudson and Shaker would be tied with a 12, while North Olmsted would have a 15.


The fourth tie breaker would be most goals in games played against tied teams. North Olmsted leads with a 15, while Hudson has a 12 and Shaker 11.


Should North Olmsted beat EC and Hudson and Shaker tie at 6-4 the second tie breaker after head to head would be goal differential in all league games. With one game left, Hudson has a plus 10 and Shaker a plus six. For the record and seeding purposes, North Olmsted has a plus 14.


A change has taken place in the Blue Division this year with four from the Blue North, three from the Blue South and only one from the Blue Central making it. Lakewood and CVCA are tied a 10-1 in the Blue Central and split their league games.


CVCA has a plus 74 and Lakewood a plus 70 in goal differential. CVCA plays 5-6 Twinsburg tomorrow at 12:45 and Lakewood plays 1-9 West G. at 6. The Rangers need to score often to make up the four-goal differential, but how often will not be determined until the Tigers and Royals are done playing.


“We hope Twinsburg can at least give CVCA a good game so that we can go out there and just score what we need to,” said Lakewood coach Josh Dress. “You hate to see it come down to this, but we might have to score a lot of goals. I don’t know about the mercy ruling (10 goals after two periods) and what the league allows for a situation like this. It would be no fun to tell my guys to go out and score 19 goals because it really is degrading to the other team, but that is the way the tie breaker is set up.”


Another option for the future would be for the league to buy ice time at Brooklyn on the Sunday before the Monday the Baron Cup begins and reserve it for possible playoff games for tiebreakers and if the time is not needed, it could be used by teams not making up the tournament for a non-league game using up their last date.

“If we could do that, I’m sure we could get enough fans to game like that to cover the cost of the ice time and officials,” Dress said.


League commissioner Tim Carras deemed this the year of “parity” with all these races going down to the last hour.


“We set it up so it could be this way, so that the competition would be as strong as it is,” Carras said. “Because of affordability, we really can’t add extra games, but if I would hope that a coach on a team that could get 10-goal ruled would use that as motivation to give his team something to play for (the spoiler) in an otherwise banged-up season for them.”


Kenston, Chagrin, Solon (all three from last year’s Blue North) have clinched in the White East as have River and Holy Name in the White West. Amherst and Brecksville are playing tonight for the sixth and final spot although Olmsted Falls could sneak in through the back.


Blue teams that have clinched are Mayfield, Heights, Kent, Nordonia and Orange. Besides the No. 8 seed Lakewood and CVCA are playing for, Bay, Midview, Garfield and NDCL are playing for the other two spots. Bay has the inside edge with 10 points and two games to go. Midview has nine, Garfield eight and NDCL six.

Wrestling – Mount Union Frozen By top-ranked Notre Dame (OH), 45-3

By Lenny Reich


Andy Jenkins moved his record to 20-12 on the season with a win at 184 pounds.

(ALLIANCE, OH)--While the weather outside was frightful, it was not very delightful inside as the Mount Union wrestling team suffered a 45-3 loss to Notre Dame (OH) College Friday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Mount Union, ranked No. 28 in the nation in NCAA Division III, saw its dual meet win streak end at four matches and is now 9-4 on the season.

Notre Dame, the NAIA's No. 1 ranked team, moves 9-1 on the season and that lone loss coming toOhio State.

Brian Dean

Norton Alum Brian Dean

Notre Dame won eight of the nine contested matches and scored pins in four of those matches.

Adam Koballa

Chanel alum Adam Koballa

Mount Union avoided the shutout with a 3-2 win by Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodbridge) at 184 pounds.

Thomas Straughn

Perry alum Tom Straughn

The Purple Raiders are back on the mat next Tuesday, Feb. 9 when they host Ohio Northern in the regular season and home finale at 7:30 pm at The MAAC.  A Mount Union win gives them a share of theOhio Athletic Conference regular season championship.

Kevin Hardy

Solon's Kevin Hardy

Notre Dame (OH) 45, Mount Union 3

125-Dante Rini (NDC), win by forfeit

133-Brian Dean (NDC) major dec. T.J. Arnone, 10-1

141-Adam Koballa (NDC) dec. Josh Malave, 4-0

149-Ashtin Primus (NDC) major dec. Richie Clark, 8-0

157-Thomas Straughn (NDC) major dec. Kody Severino, 12-3

165-Kevin Hardy (NDC) pin Eric Shiflett, 1:25

174-Cody Butzer (NDC) pin Darin Lyles, 1:52

184-Andy Jenkins (MTU) dec. Alex Denman, 3-2

197-Derek Foore (NDC) pin Bill Schindel, 4:15

285-Orlando Scales (NDC) pin Matt Kangas, :41

Notre Dame (9-1), Mount Union (9-4)

Derek Foore

Wadsworth's Foore

Spartans hand Judges, 63-

61, verdict

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND, OH (February 5, 2010) - Prior to tonight's game, No. 19 Brandeis University had beaten Case Western Reserve Universityin 12 straight meetings. Junior guard Bryan Erce's (Berwyn, IL) game-high 17 points and five assists helped snap that string as the Spartans upset the Judges, 63-61, in University Athletic Association (UAA) action tonight in Cleveland.

The last time Case Western Reserve (10-9, 2-6 UAA) had defeated the Judges was January 30, 2004.  The Spartans host New York University on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Avon Lake native Reid Anderson

Brandeis (14-4, 5-3 UAA) was up 7-2 at 17:25, but junior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH) hit a three-pointer at 15:05 that finished off an 8-2 run and put Case Western Reserve up one, 10-9.  Another long ball, this one from the hands of junior guard Colin Mulholland (Jacksonville, FL), gave the Spartans their biggest lead of the half, 21-14, at 8:14.  The Judges came back and grabbed the lead at 5:36 and 4:11, but Case Western Reserve outscored them 10-3 in the remaining minutes to lead 35-29 at the half. 

Colin Mullholland 

Junior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA) gave the Spartans their biggest advantage, 48-36, with a layup at 12:20 in the secnd half. Duerr finished the game with 13 points and six rebounds. Case Western Reserve held a comfortable lead until 3:33 when sophomore forward Vytas Kriskus hit a layup that brought Brandeis within three, 56-53. The Judges would get within one four times in the remaining minutes, but after trailing by two, 63-61 with three seconds left, they missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Second-Half Surge Propels Kenyon Past Oberlin; John Marshall alumna Syrea Thomas paces Yeomen with 16
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team played toe-to-toe with Kenyon College for 20 minutes, but the visiting Ladies used a big second-half push to get by the Yeowomen 73-53 on Friday night at Philips Gym. 

Oberlin’s offense, which at times was as cold as the weather outside, was led by junior Syrea Thomas with 16 points. Rookie point guard Allison Andersonadded 10 points to go along with team-highs in assists (6) and rebounds (7).

The Yeowomen (4-17, 3-9 NCAC) trailed 14-7 earlier on, but rallied back to tie the game at 14 all with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Moments later,Megan Leary’s line drive triple-hit from the far corner would give Oberlin its first lead of the game, 19-18, at the 6:57 mark. The two teams would stay tight for the rest of the frame as the Ladies had a slight 29-28 advantage at the break. 

Oberlin started the second half with a 7-0 spurt that featured a 3-ball by Thomas and jumpers in the paint by Emily Chu Finkel and Anderson to put the Yeowomen out front 35-29, but Ladies would come roaring back in a hurry with a 16-0 run of their own to take a 45-35 lead with 12:22 left to play. Unfortunately, Oberlin would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way. 

Oberlin had a chilly shooting night – connecting on just 28.6-percent of its shots, while on the flipside the Ladies (14-7, 7-5 NCAC) shot a blistering 50.9-percent (28-of-55). The Yeowomen were also hindered by a 42-29 disadvantage on the glass, which helped lead to 13 second chance points for Kenyon. 

The Yeowomen will have to put this one behind them very quickly as they go right back to work tomorrow night at the College of Wooster. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

B-W Track & Field Teams 

Compete at Oberlin 

Invitational; Throwers 

Compete at Findlay Open

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed at the 2010 Oberlin CollegeInvitational this evening (Friday, February 5) at the John W. Heisman Fieldhouse in Oberlin. The Yellow Jacket throwers also competed separately at the University of Findlay Open in Tiffin.

For the men at Findlay, senior reigning Ohio Athletic Conference Co-Field Athlete of the Week Greg Patrick (Collins/ Western Reserve) improved his national provisional qualifying mark in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, one inch -- good for third-place overall.
North Olmsted Alum Steve Price

At Oberlin, the B-W men had three individual champions. Senior Steve Price (North Olmsted) won the long jump with a distance of 20'8". Junior Zach Poole (Mentor) was first in the high jump at 5'10" and freshman Jeremy Harris (Beachwood) won the pole vault in 13'5.5".
Mentor's Zach Poole

Also, senior Kareem Ibrahim (North Olmsted) was second in the triple jump at 39'11.50" and third in the long jump at 19'7.75". Sophomore Matt Hill (Painesville/ Harvey) was third in the triple jump at 37'6.75" and junior Drew Matak (Salem/ Senior) was third in the 55-meter dash at 6.68 seconds.

The 4x200-meter relay team of Hill, junior Kevin Stoll (Norwalk/ Western Reserve), sophomore Stewart Pozzuto (Washington, Pa./ Trinity) and sophomore Dan Sloat (Medina/ Senior) placed second in 1:36.86.

For the women at Oberlin, four Yellow Jackets won individual events. Senior D'Arcy Hlavin (Berea) won both the one-mile run (5:12.25) and the 800-meter run (2:25.54). Freshman Brittany Sterling (Lima/ Senior) was first in the 55-meter dash (7.67) and the 200-meter dash (27.98).

Kim Chin

Also, junior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) was second in the mile at 5:15.27 and third in the 3,000-meter run at 10:49.92. Sophomore Kara Kasper (Amherst/ Steele) placed third in the 55-meter hurdles (9.19), freshman Kayla Lemon was third in the 200-meter dash (28.31), and sophomore Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield/ Medina Buckeye) was third in the 800-meter run (2:27.98).
Jule Kotesovec

In addition, the 4x200-meter relay team of freshmen Jessica Ballard (Cardington/ Buckeye Valley), Lauren Nanni (Parma/ Padua Franciscan), Lemon and Sterling placed third in 1:55.31.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action next Friday, February 12 for the annual B-W Mid-February Meet at 5:00 p.m. on the Harrison Dillard Track inside the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse in Berea. Also on Saturday, February 13, B-W's throwers compete at the Kent State University Open Meet at 11:00 a.m. and the Jacket decathletes and pentathletes compete at Ohio Wesleyan University.






Colgate has hockey pipeline to 

Cleveland, Gilmour, St. Ed with 

Longs, Nasca, Volpe

Feb. 5, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Colgate University has quite a pipeline to Cleveland when it comes to ice hockey with three members of the men’s team coming from the Cleveland area and with Wednesday’s signing of Gilmour’s Taylor Volpe to the women’s team.

Volpe will join the Colgate hockey family with Cleveland connections that includes Cleveland Heights residents Christian Long and Charles Long and Chagrin Falls native Mark Nasca.

Taylor Volpe

Charles Long played his high school hockey at both Gilmour and St. Edward while younger brother Christian played at St. Ed. Nasca played for Gilmour as well.

“Schools like Colgate like to get Gilmour kids not just because of the hockey, but also because of our academics,” said John Malloy, the director of coaching and Varsity A boys coach at Gilmour. “With four teams here, we can offer anything a junior program might be able to offer but also the academic component as well. Someone with talent can leave Cleveland and wherever he might be from and play AAA or Juniors here or elsewhere. He or she might have a host family that can keep him or her with the studies, but, remember, they are also playing with 19 and 20 year old kids, who might not be involved in some type of school situation. At Gilmour, we always have someone or program to keep their academics up to snuff while they are playing hockey.


“We might have a hockey player in our program who an Ivy League school or a Colgate, or St. Lawrence might be interested in, but those types of schools have the highest of academic standards. Someone from Gilmour might not always have the highest GPAs when being looked at by these types of schools, but hockey coaches will go to the admissions directors and tell them that Gilmour students have had a track record of performing well at their schools regardless of what they come in with and in many cases that has helped.”

In addition to Colgate, Gilmour has alumni and alumnae at places like Brown, West Point, Cornell, Clarkson and Union.

Charles Long, who earned distinction as the first goalie ever in high school hockey history to post shutouts in both the state semifinal and state championship games when he did it for St. Ed five years ago against University School, has been one of the two goalies for Colgate this season.

Charles Long

Charles Long

Long has started 11 of the 13 games he’s played in, posting a 5-5-2 record , allowing 40 goals and saving 325 shots.

 The Red Raiders have done better with Long in goal. The highest point of the season so far for Colgate was in late October and early November when it won five games in a row. Long was in goal all five games including one-goal wins over Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth.


In a 5-3 win over Brown, he had a shutout going for more than two periods before letting up three goals in the third.


Long gave up only one goal against the Crimson, saved 41 shots in the overtime victory over the Bulldogs and saved 32 shots while letting up only two goals against Dartmouth.

Christian Long

 Christian Long

In 21 games, Christian Long has scored three goals and connected on two other goals with assists. He’s taken 16 shots so his .188 shot percentage is one of the best on the team.

He scored the second goal in a 5-3 win over Rensselaer Tech.

Mark Nasca

Mark Nasca

Vikings travel to "Home of 

the Blues" for battle with 

Loyola tomorrow

Feb. 5, 2010

By Brian McCann

-- Game 24
Cleveland State (11-12, 7-4) at Loyola (13-9, 4-8)
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m. CST
Site: Joseph J. Gentile Center (5,200), Chicago, Illinois
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None. Video Stream available online via the Horizon League Network.
Series: Loyola Leads, 22-13
Last Meeting: @CSU 62, Loyola 57, 1/7/10

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State closes out its annual trip to Chicago when the Vikings play at Loyola on Saturday, Feb. 6 beginning at 3:00 p.m. CST in the Joseph J. Gentile Center on the Loyola campus.  The Vikings (11-12, 7-4) ran their league win streak to four on Thursday night when they never trailed in a 74-63 win at UIC.  CSU enters the weekend in third place in the Horizon League standings, a half-game behind second place Wright State (8-4) and a half-game ahead of both Green Bay and Detroit, who are each 7-5.  Loyola (13-9, 4-8) snapped a four-game losing streak on Thursday night when the Ramblers edged Youngstown State, 92-85 in overtime.  Loyola is in eighth place in the league standings, a game-and-a-half out of seventh.  The Ramblers hold a 22-13 lead in the all-time series, but CSU has won four of the last five games, including three straight.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.9 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (8.3, 6.1), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.9, 2.0 apg) and Trevon Harmon (11.0, 2.1) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.0, 1.0 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (1.3, 1.2) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (0.8, 0.3) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.3, 2.4 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he, along with  JC transfers Jared Cunningham (6.0, 3.2) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.7, 5.9) at center.

Anthony Wells

Shaker Heights High alum Anthony Wells

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Feb. 1).  As a team, the Vikings are 13th nationally in steals (9.5 spg), 33rd in free throw percentage (.736), 36th in turnover margin (+3.4), 82nd in three-point field goals per game (7.1) and 97th in three-point percentage (.359).  Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks eighth nationally in steals (2.8 spg).

VIKINGS DRAW TOLEDO IN BRACKETBUSTER:  Cleveland State will host Toledo (3-18) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6:00 p.m. as part of the annual BracketBusters.  This will be the third time that CSU will face a team from the Mid-American Conference.  Toledo leads the all-time series, 6-2, but the Vikings took the most recent meeting, a 77-56 decision at the CBE Classic in Miami, Fla. last season.

VIKINGS RUN HOME LEAGUE WIN STREAK TO 13:  The win over Youngstown State last week extended CSU's home winning streak against league opponents to 13 straight, breaking the school record for the longest ever.  After losing on a last second shot to Butler in December, 2008, CSU ran off seven straight wins to close the regular season and then defeated Detroit in the opening round of the league tourney. The Vikings have won all five games this year to break the old record of 12 games, which was originally set from Jan., 1985 to Jan., 1987.

JAMES DUE BACK SOON:  The Vikings may get a little good news from the training room in the near future as junior guard Lance James is close to returning to the hardwood after missing the last 17 games with a broken left foot.  He was averaging 2.0 points in 7.6 minutes in the first seven games until he suffered a Jone fracture that required surgery on Dec. 2.

A TOUGH SCHEDULE:  The 2-8 record that CSU put up against non-conference Division I teams this year is a little misleading. After all, not only were four of the teams ranked in the top 15 at the time CSU played them (Kentucky No. 5, West Virginia No. 6, Ohio State No. 12 & Kansas State No. 12), but the 10 opponents have combined to post a 93-37 (.715) record in non-conference games with one game left to play (not counting any BracketBusters matchups). The College Basketball RPI ranks CSU's non-conference schedule the third-toughest in the nation, trailing only California (1) and Long Beach State (2).

FINISHING THE FIRST HALF STRONG:  The win over Youngstown State on Saturday (Jan. 30) allowed the Vikings to start the second half of the Horizon League schedule on a positive note.  After opening the year with a pair of road losses, CSU bounced back to win six if its next eight games to move into fourth place (6-4), a half-game behind Detroit (7-4) and Wright State (7-4).  The Vikings, who were just 4-5 in the first half of the league slate a year ago, will play five of their nine games at home in the second half of the league schedule.

. . . A SCHEDULE REVERSAL AHEAD:  The schedule ahead either gets easier or harder for the Vikings, depending on your outlook.  The four first half losses came on the road against Butler (9-0), Detroit (7-4), Wright State (7-4) and Valparaiso (6-5).  The only team either tied with or ahead of CSU in the standings that the Vikings played at home was Green Bay (7-3), who CSU beat on Jan. 22.  CSU will play all four teams it lost to at home in the second half of the schedule.

COLE KEEPS STARTING STREAK GOING:  When Norris Cole takes to the court against UIC on Thursday, he will be starting his 60th consecutive game at CSU, ranking him 10th in school history.  Cole became the 14th player in Viking history to start 50 straight games when he started the Dec. 22 game at Ohio State.  One of three players to start a school-record 37 games last year, Cole is the only player to go from playing in every game as a reserve in one season (34 games as a freshman in 2007-08) to starting every game the next in school history.  Cole has played in all 92 games in his career (13th in school history).

Norris Cole

Norris Cole

MONTGOMERY NAMED ATHLETE OF THE MONTH:  December was a good month for Jeremy Montgomery as the sophomore was selected as the CSU Male Athlete of the Month.  In seven games last month, the sophomore from Chicago, Ill. averaged 14.0 points, shooting .508 (32-63) from the field, .439 (18-39) from three-point and .889 (24-27) from the line. He scored in double figures in six of the seven games, including back-to-back games of 25 points at Ohio State and 20 points at Kansas State.

Jeremy Montgomery


. . . AND HAS BEEN EVEN BETTER OF LATE:  Over his last 12 games, four of which have come against ranked opponents, Montgomery is averaging 16.9 points while shooting .504 from the field (65-129) and .470 from three-point (39-83).  He has four 20-point games during the stretch, all of which have come on the road.  He scored 25 points at Ohio State (Dec. 22), 20 at Kansas State (Dec. 29), 22 at Butler (Jan. 14) and 20 at Valpo (Jan. 26).

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?  Junior forward D'Aundray Brown has returned to the floor this season, showing no ill effects from the two injuries that sidelined him for 13 games last season, including the final five games of the postseason.  In the 23 games since coming back, Brown is averaging 8.3 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.  He leads the team and ranks seventh in the league in rebounding and is fifth in minutes played (32.8).  More importantly, he keys the Vikings' pressure defense, leading the league with 62 steals.

US eliminates St. Ed from 

Baron Cup chance; Padua ties 

Walsh; Preppers to play EC, 

Bruins to play Strongsville 

in first round of tourney

Feb. 5, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD -- University School, the No. 2 seed in the Baron Cup, eliminated St. Edward from any chance at berth in next week’s tournament with a Red North Division, 2-1, win tonight  in Serpentini Arena here.


The fourth and final spot from the Red North as well as the No. 4 seed goes to Padua as result of the St. Ed loss Lake Catholic. It marks the first time since 1999 that a St. Edward team has not made the Baron Cup and the second time it has not made it during the Whidden/Whidden era dating back to the mid 1980s.


The Eagles finish league play 2-7-1 and in last place in the Red North, marking the first time ever a St. Ed has ever finished last in any division, dating all the way back to the beginning of the program in the 1970s.


“We just cannot score goals,” said St. Ed coach Robbie Whidden. “All year we have never been able to get it together on the power play. For some reason, we cannot seem t get any good shots if any any at all in the power play.”


The Eagles will now go into the Gilmour tournament next weekend along with Lake and a handful of out of town and out of state teams.


“That might even be better for us,” Whidden said. “In the Baron Cup, the most games we can get are three. At Gilmour we will get at least three and maybe four. We can try some different combinations and lineups at that tourney to get ready for the state tourney.”


Both US goals came off slap shots from the blue line. At 6:28 of the first period, defenseman Travis Lang, who just returned from knee surgery, slapped a shot from above the circle and was redirected into the net by Andrew Preiser. Joe Grisko also assisted.


“It is good to have Lang back,” US coach Bill Beard said. “This is only his second game back for us. We were not even sure if he was going to make it back or not. It is good to be seven deep on defense. It is good to just be 12 and four (four lines and two pairs), but with him back there it strengthens our defense.”


The Preppers (7-3 in the Red North) made it 2-0 at 1:58 of the second period when captain Andy Gerow, another defenseman, took a pass from Matt Whipper, saw a sreen and fired from the blue line, whizzing the puck past Jason Wisniewski.


“We have to take those kinds of shots against St. Ed,” Beard said. “Historically, Ed’s forces you to go to the point. We are not going to push it. We knew what we had to do, we got the puck out and we got two goals that way.”


St. Ed had the only power play in the first period, but could not even get a shot off in it. At other times, the Eagles put the rubber on all-state goalie Jamie Regan, but he turned them away at each turn.


“He made three great saves on which there was nothing we could do to score,” Whidden said. “Our goalie made some good saves, but when the other goalie keeps denying goals, it is hard to notice that.”


With the No. 2 seed locked up and the opponent in the BC I already determined (No. 7 seed Elyria Catholic), Beard could have sat Regan for rest and to avid the risk of injury.


“We thought about that as well as resting some other guys, but we have not played in a week and our first Cup game is not until Thursday so 13 days off would be a long time,” Beard said. “We told them that this is still St. Ed. Any time you can beat St. Ed in this place, you can add that to your list of good accomplishments for the season.”


St. Ed did well on the penalty kill. The Eagles were in the short-hand ordeal for six of the last six and a half minutes of the second period and six of the first seven minutes of the third period (including a 3-on-5 for a full two minutes) and killed all of it. To cap it off, they scored a shorthand goal at 6:03 with Riley Egan getting the goal and Alex D’Angelo and Wisniewski getting the assists.


Padua wound up tying Walsh tonight, 2-2, to move to 2-4-3 in the league. Had Padua lost tonight and tomorrow to St. Ignatius it still would have gotten in over Lake Catholic which finished 3-7 because of goal differential. The Bruins will play No. 5 seed Strongsville in the first round Wednesday.

Copley alumna Carrie Dyer (10)