A Page -- Feb. 6, 2012

Baron Cup begins play tonight and runs every day all week

BROOKLYN -- Now in its fifth decade, the Baron Cup will begin play tonight with Baron Cup III action from the John M. Coyne Recreation Center here.

Twenty-two teams in three divisions qualified to see who would emerge as the three high school hockey champions for the city of Cleveland and surrounding areas.

In the Baron Cup I (Red Division) the teams are St. Ignatius (33-0 and two wins away from tying the 2010-11 Gilmour team for the most wins ever in a season by an Ohio high school team), University School, St. Edward, Lake Catholic, Walsh Jesuit, Hudson, Shaker Heights and Rocky River.

In the White Division (Baron Cup II) it will be Amherst, Kenston, North Olmsted, Solon, Brecksville-Broadview, and Orange.

For the Baron Cup III (Blue Division), it will come down to Midview, Western Reserve Academy, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Mayfield, Lakewood, CVCA and either Avon Lake or Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin.

The Baron Cups II and III will begin play with a triple header tonight while the Division I tourney gets underway Wednesday. It will be capped off with a semifinal quadruple header Saturday and championship triple header Sunday.

B-W Men Finish First and Women Second at 

Wooster Invitational Track Meet

WOOSTER, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s indoor track and field team placed first and the women finished second today (Saturday, Februart 4, 2012) at The College of Wooster Fighting Scot Invitational Meet in the new Scot Center. This is the third week of indoor competition for the B-W men and women.

The Yellow Jacket men scored 183 points and placed first of five teams and the women scored 161.5 points to place second of five teams.  The B-W men are now 12-2 overall with two meet titles and the women are 14-1 overall with two meet titles.

Holt (L), Johnson (R)

The Yellow Jacket men were led by the 4x200 relay, the team of sophomores Shawn Cordes (Litchfield/ Medina Buckeye), Josiah Holt (Elyria/Grafton Midview) and Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/Cleveland St. Ignatius), and senior Mike Smith (Wintersville / Indian Creek) placed first in a time of 1:31.54 and set the new B-W Indoor Track and Field record in this event.

In addition, Junior Nicholas Jeffers (South Amherst/ Firelands) finished second in the 5,000 meter in a time of 16:54.07. In the triple jump, junior Ben Woods ( Cleveland/ St. Ignatius) placed first on his final jump reaching 11.52 meters.

In the other running events for the men, junior All-Ohio Athletic Conference runner Ken Janosko (Mentor) as he placed first in the 1 mile run with a time of 4:23.73. In the 4x400 meter relay, the of freshman Cody Smith ( Brunswick), Dannie Mack (Massillon/ Washington), and senior Daniel Sloat (Medina) and Smith, placed first in a time of 3:30.75. Senior Zachary Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) in the 5000 meter run  in a time 16:19.73. Cordes finished first in the 200 meter dash in a time of 23.28. Also, Smith, placed first in the long jump with a jump of 6.27 meters.

The B-W women were led by sophomore Nicole Smith (Geneva) who placed first in the 400 meter dash in a final time of 1:01.32.

In addition to Smith, the 4x200 meter relay team of Kaylan Lemon (Canton/Massillon Perry), junior Lauren Nanni (Parma/Padua Franciscan), sophomore Shaquella Greeno (Lima) and junior Brittany Sterling (Lima) finished first in a combined time of 1:46.77.In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Nanni, Greeno, Sterling, and junior Genvieve Masti (Cleveland/ Holy Name) placed first in a time of 4:19.09. Sophomore Brittany Gerhardstein (Mentor) finished second in the triple jump with a final jump of 9.89 meters and also in the long jump with a jump of 4.65 meters.

In other running events, Sterling finished second in the 60 meter dash in a time of 8.27 and also in the 200 meter dash in a time of 27.71.Sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) finished second in the 800 meter dash ina final time of 2:24.72. In the 5,000 meter run, junior Shaina Kovatch (Parma/ Valley Forge) placed second in a time of 18:53.90.

B-W is back in action next Friday, February 10 when the Yellow Jackets host the annual B-W Mid-February Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center Fieldhouse. Field events begin at 5:00 p.m.

Raiders win seven events at Wuske

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's track and field team won seven events at the Jim Wuske Invitational held at the Peterson Fieldhouse on campus in Alliance.

Senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) had a season-best and NCAA provisional mark of 52-5.25 to win the shot put.

Freshman Ravaughn Pope (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) got a win in the 60 meter hurdles (8.56) along with a fourth place finish in the 500 meters (1:11.52) behind freshman teammate Daniel Marhulik (Cortland/Lakeview) who won the event (1:11.01) and sophomore Stephen Baker (Hanoverton/United Local) who placed second (1:11.44).

Freshman Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) won the weight throw (48-8.75) while another freshman Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) took first in the long jump (21-3.5) and third in the high jump (6-2).

The other event wins came from sophomore Derick Schwedt (Brook Park/Berea) in the 400 meters (52.11) and junior Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak) in the 200 meters (22.97).

Pratt (7.08) went third and was part of a trio of Raiders along with freshman Dustin Matak (Salem/Salem) (2nd - 7.06) and sophomore Kadeem Johnson (Brooklyn, N.Y./Hudson Catholic) (3rd - 7.14) that went 2-3-4 in the 60 meters.

Sophomore Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) place thrd in the 200 meters (23.26) while freshman Nick Banks (Bay Village/Bay) posted fourth place finishes in the 1 mile run (4:28.26) and 1000 meters (2:40.68) to round out the day for Mount Union. 

The Raiders next compete at the All-Ohio Championships next Saturday at Otterbein University in Westerville.

Broadview's Linden, Wadsworth's Ball win titles in Berea for 

Lake Erie

BEREA, OHIO – Sophomore Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) and freshman Nate Ball (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) won individual titles and the Lake Erie College wrestling team had four other top-three finishes at the 26th annual John Suma Memorial Tournament Saturday (Feb. 4) at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Lake Erie sent a total of 13 wrestlers to the competition and had two teams entered.  The 10-member squad scored 138.5 points and finished third while the three-man team placed 13th with 32 points.  A total of 27 teams from nine schools competed.

Linden (L), Ball (R)

Linden and Ball each went 3-0 on the day to claim individual championships at 184 and 157 pounds, respectively.  The tournament wins were the first for each in their college careers.  Linden received a bye in the first round then picked up a decision victory and a pin before pulling out an 11-8 decision in the final over Wheeler Brunschmid of SUNY-Brockport.  Ball advanced to the finals with two victories before cruising to a 12-1 major decision to win the weight class.

Three Storm wrestlers posted runner-up finishes.  Sophomore Tom McVicker (South Fork, Pa./Forest Hills/Penn Highlands C.C.) won one by decision and two matches by fall, including the day's fastest pin at 19 seconds over Zack Stouffer of Thiel College in the semifinals, before coming up short in a 7-3 decision in the finals at 133 pounds.  Sophomore Kevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) reached the finals at 141 pounds and freshman Mitchel Porter (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) dropped a close 10-8 decision to Robert Troy of Brockport in the finals at 149 pounds.

Freshman Dylan Zivcic (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) bounced back from a loss in the second round to win four straight matches – all by decision – to take third place at 165 pounds. He led all Lake Erie wrestlers with five victories on the day.

Brockport won the team title followed by Ohio Northern University and Lake Erie. Ohio Northern's Kyle Kwait was named the event's most valuable wrestler.

The Storm's lineup will be in action on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the inaugural Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championships at Ashland University.  Complete coverage can be found at www.gliac.organd www.LakeErieStorm.com.

Yeomen fall to Bishops

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College men’s basketball team fell to the visiting Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday night. The final score of the NCAC matchup was 81-57.
Junior Andrew Fox carried the Yeomen for most of the contest, having a game high 22 points. He also added 12 boards, for his eighth double-double of the year. It also marks his first 20+ point and 10+ rebound game of the season. Fox also had two steals, two blocks and a team high four assists. Geoff Simpson and Miles Gueno were the only other Yeomen in double figures on the night, both scoring 12 points.
Ohio Wesleyan led the entire game, and jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead in the first six minutes of the game. The Yeomen were down by 17 before clawing back into the game. The last 9:07 of the first half, the Yeomen outscored the Battling Bishops by a total of 21-13. They headed into halftime down by a manageable nine points, with the score being 33-42.
The first few minutes of the second half were back and forth, as Oberlin found themselves down nine points once again at the 16:41 mark. However, OWU then went on a 12-1 run over the next five minutes of game time and never looked back. They had their biggest lead of the night of 30 points when they were up 76-46 with 6:08 to go in the game.
The Battling Bishops made their game plan of getting the ball inside very clear from the beginning of the game. They used their size well, and outscored the Yeomen 50-20 in the paint. Oberlin shot 39% from the floor going 23-for-59. They were 5-of-20 from behind the arc. They also were 6-of-10 from the charity stripe.
The Yeomen come down the home stretch of their 2011-12 campaign with only four games left. Their next contest is February 8th, when they travel to Gambier, Ohio to take on Kenyon. The conference matchup is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m.




Olmsted Falls wrestling team finishes 21-1, setting record for most dual wins in school history in a single season

With a pair of wins over the weekend, Olmsted Falls’ wrestling team set a school record with 21 wins, the most ever by a Bulldog team for dual meets.

The plans for this go back 11 months.

When the 2011 season concluded, it was decided by the coaching staff to increase the strength of the schedule. The wrestlers finished up the dual season in dominating fashion, defeating Copley, 62-13, and Mantua Crestwood, 55-9.

Crestwood was the Bulldogs’ only loss last year in an 18-1 season, and came into the match this season at 14-1 with its only loss coming to Lexington. The performance against Crestwood was impressive as the Dogs lost only two matches of the 14 weight classes against at team with 4 state-ranked wrestlers.

"This team has really excelled so far this year, winning 3 Tournament Championships and finishing 21-1,” Coach Bill McGrain said.  “We have knocked out a lot of state ranked teams this year in the duals and tournament, and anxiously await our change to introduce ourselves in the upcoming tournament."


The current seniors finish their Dual Career at 66-6 and have won 11 Tournament Invitationals.

Redemption: Crestwood was the only loss last year, and Copley was our only loss in 2010 during a 14-1 Season.

Chase DuPratt

CHASE DUPRATT already has 100 Career Victories. (104). He is just the second wrestler in school history to reach the 100 career victory mark as a JUNIOR. The other was 2-TIME STATE CHAMPION RYAN SMITH.

Three Middle School Wrestlers has great performances at the Twinsburg Tournament. Noel Caraballo (Champion) Michael Iler (Runner-up/ losing a heartbreaking 1 pointer in the finals), Spencer Linville (3rd)

Next up is the SWC Tournament at North Olmsted: This Saturday 11:00 a.m. Start, 5:00 p.m. Finals.

”Lets all get ready for tournament time, the boys WILL BE READY,” McGrain said.

2003 Graduate and State Place winner (3rd) Rush Williams recently became an ARMY RANGER. Rush is a West Point Graduate. His brother Blaine '05, is also a West Point Graduate and recently became a Black Hawk Helicopter pilot.

"Proud to say, that many of our alumni have EXCELLED," said Coach McGrain.

Mahoney wins two events to lead Raiders

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) won a pair of events to lead the Purple Raiders at the Jim Wuske Indoor Track & Field Invitational at Peterson Fieldhouse Saturday in Alliance.


Mahoney won both the 200 (26.52) and 400 meters (56.88) as Mount Union won seven total events on the day.

Senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) won the shot put (42-0), freshman Taylor Coghlan(Twinsburg/Twinsburg) won the 60 meter dash (8.21), sophomore Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) won the 800 meters (2:20.67) and fellow sophomore Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) won the 60 meter hurdles (8.93).

Right behind Kring in the 60 meter hurdles was sophomore Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) in second (9.68).

Mazzaferri along with freshmen Tabitha Jacofsky (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.), Miranda Stockton(Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) and Hannah Reed (Seven Hills/Normandy) placed second in the 4x400 meter relay (4:17.04).

Freshman Brooke Benner (Orrville/Orrville) placed third in the 1 mile run (5:26.28) and senior Alyssa Flitcraft(Alliance/Marlington) went third in the high jump (4-11.75) and fourth in the long jump (16-1.75) to round out the top performances.

Snyder, jumpers lead way for Storm

GENEVA, OHIO – Junior All-American Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) and freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) strengthened their NCAA national meet aspirations with strong performances for the Lake Erie College track and field teams Saturday (Feb. 4) at the Division II Team Challenge at SPIRE Institute.

The Storm men placed 13th out of 22 teams while the women tied for 17th among 21 of the region's top Division II squads.

Snyder crept closer to the 5,000-point mark in the heptathlon, winning the mult-ievent competition with 4,953 points.  That total is 10 points better than his previous best and school record and was 357 points ahead of the runner-up, Edinboro University's Kyle Maio. Snmyder won the pole vault, 1,000 meters and 60-meter hurdles portions of the heptathlon and finished second in the high jump.  It is also the sixth highest total nationally to date and second best in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

First-year horizontal jumper Postwaite continued the impressive start to his college career, leaping 48' ½" to win the triple jump in school record-breaking fashion.  It also bumped him up from 12th to eighth on the national performance list. 

Both have already qualified provisionally for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships March 9-10 in Mankato, Minn.

Junior Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) had a strong day in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 15' 6 ½" to place third.

On the women's side, freshman jumper Brandy Notrum (Tarentum, Pa./Highlands) also performed well in the triple jump, landing at 35' 3" to place sixth and set a school record. Classmate Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) also took sixth in the high jump, clearing 5' 2 ¼". 

Junior Samantha Smith (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) set a school record in the 400-meters, finishing in 1:01.3 8. In successive weeks she has set Lake Erie marks in the 800-, 600-, and now 400-meter races.

The only other top-10 finish for the Storm on the day was sophomore Taylor Williams (Akron, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) in the weight throw. She placed ninth with a heave of 47' 3 ¾".

Lake Erie is next in action on Friday, Feb. 10, at the annual Baldwin-Wallace College Mid-February Meet in Berea, Ohio.

Spartan Men Drop Offensive Affair with NYU, 98-85, on Throwback Weekend

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team fell to No. 19 nationally-ranked New York University by a score of 98-85 in University Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon at Horsburgh Gymnasium. The Spartans sported Case Institute of Technology Rough Rider uniforms as part of CWRU's seventh annual Throwback Weekend.

The Spartans (9-11, 1-8 UAA) are back in action with their final conference road weekend beginning with an 8:00 p.m. (CDT) game at Washington University-St. Louis on Friday, February 10. The Violets improve to 17-2 overall and 7-2 in the UAA.

Freshman forward Dane McLoughlin (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) led the Spartans with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range and a career-high nine rebounds. Four others scored in double-figures for Case with junior forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice) at 14, sophomore center David Thompson (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) at 12, freshman guard Julien Person (Houston, Texas/Second Baptist) at 11 and junior guard Robert Scott(Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) at 10.

NYU jumped out to an 8-2 lead when Carl Yaffe nailed a three-pointer with 16:22 remaining in the first half. The Spartans cut their deficit to 8-6 when Person hit a jumper at 15:29, but the Violets came right back with five in a row to lead 13-6 as Kyle Stockmal hit two free throws at the 14:55 mark. Later in the period, Case cut it to five, at 20-15, following a triple by freshman point guard Jordan Dean (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside), but NYU created some breathing room with a 9-0 run ending in two Yaffe charity shots at 9:51. Trailing by 14, Case chipped away over the duration of the half and got to within three, at 40-37, as Fowler capped a 22-11 run with a three-point play at 3:36. From there, the Violets scored four in a row and eventually got in to the locker room with a seven-point lead (51-44) as Stockmal hit a triple at the buzzer to counter a Fowler three-pointer for Case just eight seconds earlier.

In the second half, NYU opened on a 21-6 surge and led 72-50 when Stockmal made a layup with 14:53 left to play. The run was extended to 29-11 several minutes later when Max Wein scored a layup to bring the score to 80-55, matching NYU's largest lead of the game. But, much like last weekend's game at NYU, the Spartans refused to go away and came back with a 20-6 run thanks in part to McLoughlin's hot shooting. Thompson scored the bucket that cut the deficit to 11 (86-75) with 5:42 remaining. However, NYU was able to regain control and finished on a 12-10 run to secure the victory.

Both teams shot over 50 percent for the game -- NYU at 53.3% and Case at 51.7% -- and combined for 27 three-pointers.

Yaffe led NYU with a game-high 36 points, while Stockmal totaled 23.

Following next Friday's game at Wash. U., the Spartans travel to the windy city to play the University of Chicago at 12:00 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, Feb. 12.