A Page -- Feb. 6, 2011

Preschool Sports completes first full year 

of servicing Student/Athletes ages 3-6 

with first basketball session of classes; 

young S/As learn athletic concepts while 

minds are still fresh

Feb. 6, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE – Preschool Sports in Avon Lake will complete its first full year of service this week and the unique concept of providing fundamental skills instruction to Student/Athletes ages 3-6 appears to be flourishing. 

Collins is full of spirit as a he takes long shots at the basket with the toddler S/As
clustering around him

Preschool sports was founded by Craig Collins, a former Westlake High quarterback who continued his Student/Athletic studies and practicum at the University of Akron, and is operating out of the United Church of Christ building and grounds here. (See other features on this organization on previous A Pages here: (https://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/a-page----july-28-2010, or https://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/a-page----oct-13-2010, or https://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/a-page----oct-10-2010).

By offering athletic education and instruction to pre-school students instead of having them wait until they are enrolled in elementary school, Collins has been able to extend the potential life of a Student/Athlete to a full-rounded 20 years (3-23, providing he eventually takes five years to use up his four years of college eligibility).

Again, Collins is able to bring all three facets of the complete Student/Athlete (academics, sports and church/community/family) into the same circle as the church also has a regular preschool classroom during the week.

The first session of Preschool Sports basketball will end this Saturday and then in two weeks the second session of winter basketball will begin for the organization. Then in between basketball and baseball, Collins will have another session of Preschool Sports indoor soccer in April since it gets mucky around here that time of year, making it difficult to get outdoor sports into full force.

Preschool Sports Student/Coach Lindsey Brown

Listen to Preschool Sports Student/Coach Lindsey Brown explain the difference in all the sports she has helped Collins with over the past year by clicking link below:


“We’ve been at it for a full year now and it is going well so far,” Collins said. “Since we have been able to service so many sports and they are in-season when we do them, we could be considered a year-round program.”

There are little breaks in the calendar year for Preschool Sports. After a couple or three sessions of baseball conclude toward late summer, Collins and PS will move right into football and outdoor soccer for the fall.

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“We’ll probably have two sessions of outdoor soccer but one of football,” Collins said. “It is harder to do football in October and November around here because the weather makes it more difficult to do certain things.”

Outdoor soccer will move into a session of indoor soccer in Oct.-Nov, since it is a year-round sport, to be followed by basketball once again.

During this past summer, while he was still doing Preschool baseball, Collins was approached about initiating a Preschool Sports wrestling program due to Cleveland being one of the hotbeds of high school wrestling in the USA and the dearth of elementary and CYO programs available in the area, but he has put it off at least until next year.

“I have a lot of things going on now, and it would have been difficult to do it right while servicing all the young basketball Student/Athletes right now,” Collins said. “We have great numbers with basketball and Lorain County started a wrestling program for 5 and up.”

The numbers are doing well. Collins had a total of 60 3-6 S/A for the three different classes he has been holding this session (9 a.m., 10 and 11) and expects as many for the Feb.-March group as well. He expects much more during the second session. During last year’s first session he had 145 S/As but started two weeks later this year during the same week recreation basketball began, hindering the numbers for this year’s first session.

Fall is generally the only time Preschool Sports expects to run two sports concurrently for now.

“I coach elementary sports as well,” Collins explained. “Believe it or not, a lot of the ones here in Preschool Sports are ahead of the older athletically since we are instilling the concepts early instead of having them turn off their brains on the weekends. We don’t push them; we want them to have fun and if they do so, the learning about the game will come wit it.”           

This ability to run such programs is also passed forward in terms of Student/Coach opportunities. Two Avon Lake High Student/Coaches, Casey Brown and Lindsey Brown, have been loyally on board with Collins for the past year and are gaining valuable insight in the academic/athletics process while at the same time imparting some of their own knowledge as well to the very young S/As.

Lindsey Brown will be graduating soon and then pursue her degrees in education so the student/teaching opportunities prior to even beginning college also is an example of Preschool Sports providing a head start for older as well as younger students.

Preschool Sports Adult/Coach Margo Massad

Listen to Preschool Sports Adult/Coach Margo Massad discuss the advantages of learning athletics only and by having fun while learning the lessons could last for a lifetime of fun for Student/Athletes

In addition, Collins has had Adult Role Model/Coaches help out as well such as Margo Massad, who was a Student/Athlete at Westlake High and Baldwin-Wallace College and the sister of one of Collins’ former teammates, Wade Massad, an All-American kicker at B-W in the 1980s.

In basketball, the sessions begin with some exercises and stretching, followed by shooting, dribbling and passing skills, then ending with some small scrimmaging to get them familiar with the feelings of game situations.

The S/As come from several different places including Avon Lake, Avon, Bay, Vermilion, North Olmsted Westlake and Parma. PS is open to anyone from anywhere age 3-6 who is willing to travel. Simply because he has a niche (the specific age group as the differentiating factor).

For information on the next basketball session or future PS sessions please call (216) 402-2213 or visit preschoolsports38@yahoo.com

WashU overcomes 23-point Fowler 

effort to down Case Reserve

By Nick Minard

CLEVELAND – Despite a game-high 23 points from sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice), the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team suffered an 80-71 defeat at the hands of Washington University (MO) today, February 6 at Horsburgh Gymnasium. 

The Spartans wore Case Institute of Technology uniforms as part of Throwback Weekend at Case.

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Chardon's Hollinger Reaches 

1,000-Point Mark, but Spartan Women 

Fall to #7 WashU, 69-47

CLEVELAND – Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) scored 11 points and reached the 1,000-point mark for her career, but the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team lost to No. 7 Washington University (MO), 69-47, today, February 6 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

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Mike Abood

Mike Abood's hat trick leads St. Ignatius 

to 10th Red North win of the season

Feb. 6, 2011

Michael Abood’s hat trick was the scoring highlight as St. Ignatius blanked Strongsville today, 6-0.

Liam Geither, Miles McQuinn and Will Smith also scored goals.


With the win, the Wildcats finished 10-2 and with their second consecutive Red North Division championship. St. Ed forfeited to US yesterday, so the Preppers will get the No. 2 seed in the Baron Cup that begins this week.


With the loss, Strongsville gets this No. 5 seed with Lake Catholic getting the No. 4. Shaker will be No. 6, Holy Name 7 and either North Olmsted or Hudson eighth.



Rhodes alumnus Ron Kinney scores a 

baker's dozen to aid Walsh University to 

win over Notre Dame; Kinney's Cavaliers 

are ranked  No. 1 in the nation

Feb. 6, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


In an All-Cleveland-Catholic-College men’s basketball battle, Rhodes High alumnus Ron Kinney scored 13 points to help Walsh University to defeat Notre Dame College.

Former Rhodes Ram Ron Kinney

Kinney transferred back to the area after functioning as an S/A at Charleston last year.

His Cavaliers are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NAIA rankings and are now 24-0 overall.

Kinney is averaging 12 points, four and a half rebounds and two assists per game.

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Denard, Thomas lead Mount at Wuske

February 6, 2011 
By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE -- Mount Union junior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North and senior Scott Thomas(Salem/West Branch) had their best marks of the season in winning the shot put and 55 meter dash respectively at the Jim Wuske Open in the Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance.

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Mahoney sprints to NCAAs

February 6, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) posted a provisional mark to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships as she won the 55 meter dash with a time of 7.20 at the Jim Wuske Open in the Peterson Fieldhouse Saturday.

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Storm Sprinter Chris Burrows Sets Two School Records, Provisionally Qualifies in 200, To Lead LEC to 7th Place Finish at DII Team Challenge

Lake Erie Sophomore Chris Burrows set LEC marks in the 60 and 200-meter sprints, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the latter, and the Storm men placed seventh of 18 teams at the Division II Team Challenge Saturday (Feb. 5) at Findlay.

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomore Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) set a pair of school records and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Indoor National Championships in the 200-meter dash to lead the Lake Erie College men’s track and field team to a seventh place finish at the Division II Team Challenge Saturday (Feb. 5) at the University of Findlay.

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Oberlin Hosts Final Home Meet Before Conferences
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 – On Friday evening the Oberlin College track and field teams hosted its final home meet of the winter before eventually returning home to host NCAC Indoor Championships in early March.

On Friday the Yeowomen placed second in the four-team field. Edinboro won the event with 185 points, while Oberlin finished 127 points. On the men’s side, Oberlin went against just Edinboro and won 195-161.
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Muskingum Men Defeat Baldwin-

Wallace, 67-66, in New Concord

By Kevin Ruple

NEW CONCORD, OHIO – Muskingum sophomore forward Seth Howard scored 20 points as the Muskingum University men’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 67-66, today (Saturday, February 5, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the John Glenn Gymnasium.

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Brunswick High alum Kyle Payne (24)

Mentor's Ken Janosko wins the 5,000 

meters at Wuske Invite for B-W

ALLIANCE, OHIO –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed against Division I, II and III schools at The University of Mount Union Jim Wuske Invitational today (Saturday, February 5, 2011) in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance, Ohio.  In addition, the B-W throwers competed at the University of Findlay Open Meet in Findlay, Ohio.


The men were led by sophomore Ken Janosko (Mentor) who won the men's 5000 -meter run in a time of 15:32.63. There also were a pair of second place finishers in sophomore Josh Miller (Willard) and junior Dan Sloat (Medina/ Senior)Miller finished  second in the high jump clearing a height of 6’0.75” and Sloat placed second in the 500-meter dash in a time of 1:08.09.

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Stow's Kolesar, Mitchell swim to firsts for Mount

February 6, 2011 

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Mount Union women's swimming and diving team fell to Westminster (Pa.), 187.5-103.5, in its final regular season dual meet on Saturday.

Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Shelbey Mitchell (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) swam individual wins for the Purple Raiders.

Kolesar (left) and Mitchell

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Hiram College Men’s Basketball Can’t Hang On to Defeat Ohio Wesleyan University

February 6, 2011

By Jeff Hoedt

DELAWARE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University, 54-52, today (Saturday, Feb. 5) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Delaware.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 10-11 overall and 4-8 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 13-8 overall and 9-3 NCAC.

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Carlozzi swims to two firsts

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) swam for two individual victories, but the Mount Union men's swimming and diving team dropped a 155-117 result to Westminster (Pa.) in its final regular season dual meet.

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Hiram defeated by Ohio Wesleyan; Brunswick's Kelsey Durichko breaks Terriers season assist record; Mentor's Pam Quigney scores 19 for Bishops

February 6, 2011

DELAWARE, OHIO  –  Ice-cold shooting in the first half resulted in a loss for the Hiram College women’s basketball team, 78-52, against Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Feb. 5) in Delaware.  Despite the loss, junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) tallied five assists setting a Hiram single-season record.


Durichko’s five assists today brings her season total to 117 surpassing the previous Hiram single-season mark of 115 which was set by Julie Paolano during the 1995-96 season.

[ Pam Quigney ]

Mentor's Pam Quigney 

Mentor High alumna Pam Quigney scored 19 points for the Battling Bishops.

CSU's men's team to travel to Detroit 

Merci tomorrow

Feb. 6, 2011

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State takes to the road to conclude a stretch that has seen the Vikings play three games in five days against the best teams in the Horizon League when CSU travels to Detroit to take on the Titans on Monday, Feb. 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall on the Detroit campus.

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Hannah Long and Colleen Huberty combine for 18 

points, but Patriots fall short of Falls

Juniors Hannah Long and Colleen Huberty scored 10 and 8 points respectively, but Valley Forge’s basketball team still came up short against Cuyahoga Falls, 55-39.

The Patriots fell to 5-11 overall and 1-6 in the Northeastern Ohio Conference.

Walker drops in 14 points, but Greenmen get upset by Explorers

Brandon Walker scored 14 points and Joe Mims 11, but the rest of the Aurora shooters were cold and the Greenmen were upset by Hudson, 49-41.

It was the Greenmen’s fifth loss against nine wins and only the fourth win of the season for the Explorers.

Heights drops 75-43 verdict on Lawyers

In a non-league game, Cleveland Heights was a, 75-43, winner over John Marshall in boys’ basketball.

Yaramis Caminero had nine points and Deonte Flowers eight points for the Lawyers.

Ledgemont set back by Grand Valley

Jim Marsic scored 16 points, but Ledgemont dipped below .500 via a 72-60 setback to Grand Valley.

With the loss, Ledgemont fell to 8-9.

Freshman Jess Janota has another big 

night for Lancers; scores 19 to lead 

Gilmour to 16th win of the season

Feb. 7, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Freshman Jess Janota scored 19 points to propel Gilmour’s basketball team to its 16th win of the season, 66-31, over Streetsboro.

The Lancers, 16-1, also got 10 points out of junior post Abbey Deckard and a baker’s dozen from junior guard Rachel Staton.

Matt Grider adds two more goals to his 

team-leading total as Gilmour racks up 

win No. 27

Matt Grider scored two goals to lead Gilmour to its 27th hockey win of the campaign, 3-0, over Dublin Coffman.

Sean Curtin scored the third goal for the Lancers. Grider is now only one goal away from the 30-goal mark for the season.

The Lancers improved to 27-8-2 while Coffman dropped to 18-15-1.