A Page -- Feb. 5, 2012

With a short bench, Valpo ends five-game losing streak and extends CSU’s skid to five contests

Valparaiso’s women’s basketball team found the formula to winning basketball games in an otherwise not so great year. Now only if Cleveland State could dabble in some of that concoction it could salvage for all intents and purposes a shot season.

The Crusaders brought eight players to the Wolstein Center Saturday and ended their five-game losing streak with a 66-48 win over the Vikings, running the hosts’ losing streak to five games. CSU just ended a four-game homestand 0-4 and now must go on the road in hopes of getting back on the winning track.

Valpo came into the game in last place in the Horizon League and with only five overall wins on the season. The Crusaders’ only road win up to this point came at Ball State when they suited up seven players, had one go down in the game with a torn ACL and one foul out, finishing the game with five players and still shuffling well enough for a win over the Cards.

This time against the Vikings it was not quite as bad for Valpo, but the Crusaders did have two starting Student/Athletes in foul trouble (four fouls) midway through the second half and would not let the late press by the hosts play as a wear-down or wear-out factor.

The difference in this one came at the foul line, shooting from the field, rebounding and offensive rebounding.

At one point in the game, Valpo had taken 18 foul shots and CSU only one. At another point the Crusaders were shooting 40 percent and the Vikings only 20 percent from the field.

Also, at another point of the game, Valpo was outrebouding the Vikings by nearly 2-1.

One bright spot for Cleveland State was Shay Winton, who scored a game-high 28 points, including 20 in the second half.

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Winton, who leads the Horizon in both scoring and rebounding for league games only, registered a triple double (more than 10 missed field goals, at least 10 made field goals and more than 10 points), including 7 of 8 at the foul line.

For the game, the Vikings were outrebounded, 50-32, and shot 28 percent from the field while Valpo shot 38 percent. The Crusaders were 24 of 30 from the foul line and Cleveland 13 of 20.

Valpo was able to get the second shot inside the paint more often, having a sizable edge on offensive rebounds, 17-11.

Winton was also strong on the defensive end with three steals and two blocked shots. She also had seven rebounds.

Offensively, CSU had problems with the Valpo zone, unable to get the ball down low or to a slasher while the guests took mainly high percentage shots and were able to build a double-digit lead in the first half that they would never relinquish.

Valpo started the season with 14 players but has been decimated by injuries.

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No. 14 Spartan Men Defeat NCAA DII Notre Dame to Finish Dual Meet Slate at 11-1

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – The No. 14 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's swimming & diving team finished the dual meet portion of its 2011-12 schedule with a 124-40 victory versus NCAA Division II Notre Dame College (Ohio) on Friday evening at Mellon Pool. The Spartans (11-1) now prepare for the University Athletic Association Championship which is less than two weeks away.

The Spartans picked up wins in eight individual events and two relays en route to the 84-point victory.

Sophomore Heath Hudgins (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) was a double-winner with first-place times in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.44) and 100 free (49.42 seconds).

Case's 400-yard medley relay won the first men's event of the night with a time of 3:38.43 from the quartet of freshman Alex Haufler (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key), sophomore Nick Clyde (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor), freshman Elliott Kerbel(Skokie, Ill./Niles West) and Hudgins.

In the final event of the evening, the Spartans took first in the 400 free relay with sophomore Gus Bailey (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City), Haufler, sophomore Scott McHenry (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) and Kerbel touching the wall in 3:16.91.

Next for Case is the 2012 UAA Championship Meet held from Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 15-18, at the friendly confines of Veale Natatorium in Cleveland. Diving events run each day at William H. Johnson Natatorium on the campus of John Carroll University in University Heights with 1:00 p.m. prelims and 3:00 p.m. finals. Swimming events run from Thursday through Saturday at Veale with 10:00 a.m. prelims and 6:00 p.m. finals.

Oberlin rolls past Wooster

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team turned in a dominating performance as they downed the visiting Scots of Wooster, 58-40, on Friday night at Philips Gym.

Allison Gannon turned in her second straight double-double performance with 16 points and 11 rebounds. She also added a team-high three blocks. Freshman sensation Christina Marquette continued to impress with 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high six steals. Lillian Jahan added 10 points and three steals, while sophomore classmate Malisa Hoak continued to display her distribution skills with a game-high seven assists to go along with seven points and three takeaways.

Carpenter Scores 13 Points as B-W Defeats 

Muskingum, 58-55, in New Concord

NEW CONCORD, OHIO  –  Junior wing Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) scored 13 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated the Muskingum University, 58-55, today (Saturday, February 4 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in New Concord.  The Yellow Jackets have won five games in a row.

With its victory, B-W improves to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in the OAC and swept the season series from the Fighting Muskies. With its loss, Muskingum dropped to 8-13 overall and 3-11 in the OAC and have now dropped two straight.

In addition to Carpenter for the Yellow Jackets, junior point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) had nine points, seven assists and three steals.  Junior center Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace) and sophomore forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) shared team rebounding honors with six each. The Fighting Muskies were led in scoring by senior forward Hannah Nelson with 23 points, senior guard Carissa Bosch had 13 and senior center Amanda Dobbins had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Low Scoring Second Half Gives Hiram College Women’s Basketball Loss Against Wittenberg University


SPRINGFIELD, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was outscored, 42-20, in the second half which allowed Wittenberg University to come away with a 66-41 victory tonight (Friday, Feb. 3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Springfield.  [Game Stats]


Following tonight’s game, the Terriers are now 7-13 overall and 4-8 in the NCAC.  The Tigers improve to 10-9 overall and 6-5 NCAC.

Hiram’s highest point scorer was senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with eight points on three-of-eight shooting (37.5 percent).  She also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

B-W Track Throwers Compete at Findlay and Multi-Event 

Athletes at Akron

BEREA, OHIO  –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track throwers competed last night (Friday, February 3, 2012) at theUniversity of Findlay while a pair of multi-event athletes competed at the University of Akron. Today (Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012), sophomore Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) will end his action in the seven-event heptathlon at Akron and the remainder of the teams are in action at The College of Wooster Invitational at 12:00 noon in the brand new Scot Center in Wooster.

At Findlay, men’s juniors Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit), Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) and Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./ Deleone Catholic) were joined by juniors Christina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) and Leslie Pernell (Springfield/ Central Catholic) and sophomore Alex Shaw (Pittsburgh, Pa./ Bishop Canevin).  At Akron, Eddy was joined by freshman Nicole Christner (Minerva).

Cuyahoga Heights' Brandon Eddy finishes fifth

AKRON, OHIO -- Sophomore Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) finished fifth overall in the heptathlon at the University of Akron Combined Events Meet, today (February 6, 2012). He was first of three Division III and Ohio Athletic Conference athletes competing in the event.

Eddy’s score of 5,065 is currently the top mark in the heptathlon in Division III. He currently is 51 points ahead of Richard Roethel of Christopher Newport (Va.) University, who enter the weekend with the top score of 5,014. Eddy is also 1,542 points in front of Michael Cohara of Case Western Reserve University for third place with 4,523.

Vikings play at UIC today

GAME 24 
Cleveland State (19-4, 9-2 HL) at UIC (7-15, 3-9 HL)
Date: Sunday February 5, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: UIC Pavilion (8,000) - Chicago, Ill.
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Video streaming available on Horizon League Network
Series: CSU leads, 38-32
Last Mt'g: @CSU 73, UIC 56 (1/5/12)
Tickets: Available at Site

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State concludes its three-game road trip and two-game swing through Chicago when the Vikings play at UIC on Sunday (Feb. 5) at 2:00 p.m. EST. The Vikings enter the contest at 19-4 overall and in first place in the Horizon League at 9-2, and will be going after the ninth 20-win season in school history and fourth in the last five years. CSU is coming off a 65-47 win at Loyola on Friday (Feb. 3) night. UIC is 7-15 overall and 3-9 in the league after defeating Youngstown State, 72-68, on Thursday night. Sunday's game will be the 71st meeting between CSU and UIC, making the Flames the second most-often played opponent in school history (trailing only Youngstown State at 77 games). CSU has won the last nine meetings to claim a 38-32 series lead.

VIKINGS DRAW DREXEL FOR BRACKETBUSTERS: Cleveland State will host Drexel on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 11:00 a.m. on ESPNU as part of the 2012 Sears BracketBusters X. The 13 match-ups that will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks were announced on Jan. 30. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams in men's basketball. Drexel is 17-5 overall and tied for second place in the Colonial Athletic Association at 9-2, one game behind George Mason. The Dragons, who are 87th in the latest RPI, opened the season just 2-4, but have won 15 of their last 16 games, including nine straight. It will be the second straight season that CSU will play a team from the CAA in the Bracket Busters, falling at Old Dominion, 74-63, last year, despite a Bracket Buster record 35 points from Norris Cole.

Rogers' triple double sparks Storm win

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – With 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks, Lake Erie College senior Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) recorded her first career triple-double and every one of the contributions was needed to help the Storm overcome a 19-point second half deficit in a 60-59 win over Ohio Dominican University at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville, Ohio. 

Rogers triple-double was just the fifth in Lake Erie women's basketball history and second to include blocks.   The last triple-double of any kind for the Storm was in February of 1997.   

The victory moved Lake Erie 15-5 overall and 9-4 in GLIAC play and into fourth place in the conference.  Ohio Dominican fell to 6-15 overall, 2-13 GLIAC. 

Rogers, who broke her previous career-high of eight blocks, was not alone in helping Lake Erie charge back into the game.  Senior guard Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and senior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) shared top scoring honors with 16 points apiece.  All 16 of Caiola's points came in the scored half while Wagers added nine boards, falling one shy of her sixth double-double.   Ohio Dominican was led by forward Katelyn Stuckey with 13 points.   

Oberlin track finishes up at Findlay Open

Findlay, Ohio- The Oberlin College track and field teams finished their week with another trip to Findlay, Ohio for an open meet on Friday night.

The women were led by freshman Tiffany Henry who broke her own school record in the weight toss. Her best throw was 41-05.75.Molly Martorella won the 800 meter race with a time of 2:20.22, finishing ahead of numerous division one athletes. Sophia Brancaziofinished fourth overall in the 200 meter race, with a final time of 27.67.


 Payne Scores 14 Points as B-W Defeats Muskingum, 64-44, in Berea

BEREA, OHIO  –  Sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 14 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Muskingum University, 64-44, today (Saturday, February 4 2012) in an OAC game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. With its win, B-W swept the season series from the Muskies

With its victory, B-W improves to 13-8 overall and 8-6  in the OAC and has won six of its last eight games. With its loss, Muskingum dropped to 8-13 overall and 5-9 in the OAC and ended a two-game winning streak.

In addition to Payne for B-W, sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland/ Senior) came off the bench to make four three-pointers and score 12 points, sophomore center Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) had 11 and sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) had 10.  Muskingum was led by senior forwards Kyle Clinedinst and Josh Brindley with 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Dudley's And Austin’s Efforts Help Storm Defeat ODU In 

Convincing Fashion

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) had a breakout performance with a game- and career-high 24 points and sophomore center Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) added his second career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to help lead Lake Erie College to a 75-54 victory over Ohio Dominican University in GLIAC action at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

The Storm moved to 8-12 overall and 3-10 in GLIAC play with the win, snapping a seven-game losing streak.  ODU is now 3-18, 0-15 GLIAC, having dropped 10 straight.  Lake Erie snapped the season series against the Panthers after defeating them in Columbus, Ohio, 71-57, on Jan. 7.

Mount Union sets school record with 15th straight win

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- No. 10 ranked Mount Union set a school record by winning its 15th straight game with a 65-41 win over Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The win also was the Purple Raiders 21st straight home court win, pushed their record to 20-1 overall and kept them in first place in the OAC at 13-1.

Mount Union's previous consecutive win record of 14 games happened twice during the 1997-98 season when the Raiders finished 29-3 and third in the nation.  Current head coach Suzy Venet was the leading scorer and point guard on that team.

The current Mount Union point guard led the way today as junior Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) had a game-high 13 points with six assists and five steals.

Senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) tallied 12 points as 12 different Raiders cracked the scoring column.

Raiders unable to keep up with Quakers

WILMINGTON, Ohio—The Mount Union men's basketball team suffered another road defeat, this time to Wilmington, 75-61, Saturday afternoon.

The Purple Raiders (8-13, 4-10) trailed 13-5 in the opening minutes and were never able to fully recover. Wilmington was able to extend its lead to 35-22 going into halftime. The Quakers led by as many as 26 points in the second before the Raiders trimmed the deficit to its final margin of 14 points.

Junior guard Keith Williams (Louisville, Ky./Brown) was one of the bright spots for the Raiders. Williams scored a career-high 15 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in just 20 minutes of action off the bench. Senior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) contributed 14 points as the only other Raider in double-figures.

Mount Union tankers drop season finale

ALLIANCE, Ohio-- Two wins by junior Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) was not enough as the men's swimming and diving team fell to Westminster (Pa.), 142-116.

Brocious was the only Purple Raider to score multiple wins on the day as he was able to touch first in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:19.64 and in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:01.97.

Other Raiders winning individual events were freshman Brian Ruhe (Versailles/Versailles) in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.68) and junior Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) in the 50-yard free (:54.52)

Raider gals drop dual meet

ALLIANCE, Ohio-- Sophomore Courtney Gabel's (Fremont/Fremont Ross) two wins weren't enough to defeat the Westminster (Pa.) Titans, as the women's swimming and diving team lost 145-117.

Gabel was the only Purple Raider on the day to score multiple wins. She was able to touch first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of :24.43, and in the 100-yard free with a time of :54.52.

The only other Raider winning an individual event was senior Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), who finished first in the 1,650 free with a time of 18:57.62

Baldwin-Wallace Wrestling Team Finishes 18th At 26th John 

Summa Memorial Tournament

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team finishes 18th of 26 teams today (Saturday, February 4, 2012) at the 26th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament inside the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse.

The Yellow Jackets scored 20 points as a team and were led by junior 197-pounder Joe Georgian (Eastlake/Villa Angela St. Joseph) as he placed fifth defeating Dave Sickler of Rochester Institute of Technology, 5-3. Georgian recorded a record of 3-2 on the day and he improved his overall record to 6-4 on the season. Also placing for B-W was freshman 149-pounder finished Sam McIntosh (South Euclid/Brush) as he finished in sixth place. McIntosh had to medically forfeit his finals match.

In addition to Georgian and McIntosh, senior 125-pounder Jeremy Dombrady (Copley) posted a 2-3 record on the day and was one win away from placing at least sixth.  Freshman 285-pounder Pete Meadows (Medina/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) recorded his first colligate pin before being knocked out of the tournament in his third match. His pin came in a time of 0:23 seconds over Christian Conoway of Thiel.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Beaten By Nationally-Ranked DePauw (Ind.) University

February 4, 2012


GREENCASTLE, IND.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by No. 5 nationally-ranked DePauw (Ind.) University, 85-43, today (Saturday, Feb. 4) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Greencastle, Ind.  [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers drop to 7-14 overall and 4-9 in the NCAC.  The Tigers improve to 20-1 overall and 13-0 NCAC.


DePauw never ended up trailing in the game, but Hiram stayed with its opponent in the early minutes of the opening half, trailing by no more than five points in the first 5:39.  Shortly after, the Tigers gained some breathing room outscoring the Terriers, 12-6, to pad the lead to 11 points, 23-12, with 6:34 remaining in the first period.  DePauw went on to increase its lead to as many as 18 points, 37-19, and would take a sizeable advantage into the locker rooms with a halftime score of 39-22.


In the second half, DePauw continued to pull away as the Tigers shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33) from the field in the final 20 minutes as Hiram shot just 30.0 percent (six-of-20).  DePauw quickly exceeded the 20-point margin in the early minutes and went on to cruise to the 85-43 win.


For the game, DePauw shot 52.5 percent (32-of-61) from the field and held Hiram to 31.1 percent shooting overall (14-of-45).  Individually, the Tigers were led by Katie Aldrich with a game-high 20 points on eight-of-10 shooting (80.0 percent).  Ali Ross was second in scoring at 18 points and Savannah Trees added 10 points. 


The leading scorer for Hiram was junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with nine points on three-of-eight shooting (37.5 percent). 

Hiram College Men's Basketball Rally Falls Shy of Denison University


HIRAM, OHIO  -- The Hiram College men's basketball team couldn't quite rally from a 16-point second half deficit as the Terriers fell to Denison University, 81-74, this afternoon (Saturday, Feb. 4) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Granville.  [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers are now 12-9 overall and 5-7 in the NCAC.  The Big Red improve to 9-12 overall and 6-6 NCAC.


Both teams played at a back-and-forth pace in the first 10 minutes of the opening half with a total of nine lead changes.  Just past the midway point of the period, Denison went on a 9-0 scoring run that gave the Big Red an eight-point edge, 27-19, at the 7:06 mark.  Denison never trailed in the half again, but Hiram battled back to within four points late in the half, 32-28, on a three-pointer by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands), one of his four triples on the day, with 3:56 left before halftime.  The Big Red answered again with an ensuing 6-0 run to go up by 10 points, 38-28, on its way to an eight-point lead at the break, 42-34.


Denison extended the lead back to double-figures to begin the second half and led by as many as 16 points, 58-42, with 13:14 left to play.  Hiram then began to chip away at the deficit outscoring the Big Red, 19-8, to get to within five points, 66-61, thanks to a layup by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 6:29 mark.  The Terriers later got as close as three points on two occassions, including a 72-69 deficit with 2:54 remaining following a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munore Falls).  Denison responded with an ensuing 6-0 run to build the lead back to a more comfortable nine points, 78-69, with 2:15 to go.  Hiram again got to within striking distance, narrowing the gap to four points, 78-74, with just under a minute remaining.  But a triple by the Big Red on their next possession would seal the victory for Denison by the final of 81-74.


Denison shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the field and was led by Dimonde Hale with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent) and also grabbed a team-tying high eight rebounds.  Larry Farmer was second in scoring with 14 points.  Three other Big Red players scored in double-figures with Alex Longi, Jim Leffew and Mike Garabedian all scoring 10 points.


Hiram shot 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from the field, including 10-of-10 at the free-throw line.  The Terriers were led by Wiegand who scored 21 points on eight-of-15 shooting (53.3 percent), including four-of-eight (50.0 percent) from three-point range.  He also pulled down nine boards and had four assists.  Watkins was second in scoring with 16 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds.  Junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) scored 14 points in addition to dishing out a game-high seven assists.  Rounding out the high scorers was Stefanov with 12 points.


Hiram will play its next three games at home at Price Gymnasium beginning with a NCAC matchup against Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women's team.  The women will also take on the Gators at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.