A Page -- Feb. 7, 2010

Kent State soccer coach Rob 

Marinaro finds academic and athletic 

talent in Hoban's Jessacca Gironda, 

Strongsville's Shelby Simmons and 

Cloverleaf's Megan Jackson

Feb. 7, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




KENT – Kent’s women’s head soccer coach Rob Marinaro knows that there is a strong talent pool among the high school ranks around Cleveland, but also realizes that he cannot limit himself to only here, which is why he singed three locals and two out-of-staters, including an international type, during this week’s national signing day.


Strongsville’s Shelby Simmons, Cloverleaf’s Megan Jackson and Hoban’s Jessacca Giranda were the three local girls who will become Golden Flashes in the fall.


Marinaro also signed one girl from Erie, Pa and one from his native home town of Toronto, Canada. Flashes assistant coach Patrick Sweeney is also a native Canadian (Vancouver, BC), so the Flash staff has been known to go across the border north to find players as well.


“Simmons, Jackson and Giranda are certainly pivotal to what we want to add to our program,” Marinaro said. “We look up in Canada to broaden our pool. Toronto is only five hours away and even though it is out of country, it is close to home, which makes it a good niche for us. They get the close-to-home feeling too.”

Rob Marinaro Bio



More importantly, the three locals as well as out of towners fit into Marinaro’s academic profile. The Flashers were recognized nationally on an academic scale for having a 3.52 combined cumulative GPA.


Fifteen of the student/athletes on the Kent team this year were from the Cleveland area, including three from Strongsville High, led by All-MAC Athletic and All-MAC Academic selection Jackie Barath. Other former Mustangs playing for Kent are Sara Henderson and Kelly Sherwood. Also Laurel School alumna Hannah Newhouse is a Strongsville native.


“We have such a talented pool in northeast Ohio that we could just stay home and pick from them,” Marinaro said. “The problem is that sometimes we are too close to home for some of those kids. It is almost out of necessity that we go outside of northeast Ohio. It is a wonderful talent pool and have had a lot of luck with players from this area.”


Generally, their athletic talent and academic track records made Simmons, Jackson and Giranda naturals for Kent, but there were also specifics that made them attractive and valuable to the program.

Shelby Simmons


“All three do not fit in the same mold because they are all different in their own ways,” Marinaro said. “All three increase our athleticism. All three will increase our overall team speed. They are three wonderful ladies who do well academically, so they are the total package. These three are great examples of the talent pool we are brining in and have in the past. We look for them to step in and increase the quality of play we already have at Kent.”


Six seniors on the Kent team will be graduating, including Barath, so some playing roles will be opening up for incoming freshmen.



“There is definitely opportunity for them to step in and help right away,” Marinaro said. “We recruited them to come in and play and we hope they can come in and do that right from the start. Of the six who graduated there were definitely a lot of minutes so there are roles to be filled. We keep increasing and the starters want to get better, but if they want to win a spot, all three are capable of doing it.”


All three come from successful high school programs, but all obviously play club soccer as well. Playing for Strongsville, which has long-time club coaches and advocates Jon Felton and Tobey Cook in their boys’ and girls’ programs, Simmons has had the luxury of having played in a “club” situation 12 months out of the year instead of nine. Over 40 girls from Strongsville are currently playing college soccer at Divisions I, II or III, NAIA or JUCO.

Long-time area club coach and Kent assistant Pat Sweeney


“Jon has built a powerhouse at Strongsville and these kids have all come out of high level club programs,” said Marinaro. “They are on high school teams with players in the national pool and on regional teams. They train at a high level every day. That is only going t help them get better. We know they are getting good training year round. Being up north, they have to battle the weather but yet they are training almost year round.”

League champ North Ridgeville High 

boys win North Shore Conference 

bowling tournament; Wildcats take 


Feb. 7, 2010

The North Shore Bowling Conference Tournament was held at Brunswick Zone this morning.  The tournament format was 3 games and 6 bakers.  Here are the results for the Boys.
North Ridgeville - First Place
Total Pins: 4354
North Ridgeville Individual scores are as follows:
Joe Sas               233-211-265 (709)
Adam Kotas         226-202-145 (573)
Brandon Becka    224-247-160 (631)
Mike O'Sullivan    155              (155)
Collin Oliva          277-235-224 (736)
Ricky Cayet              261-151 (412)
Keystone  -  Second Place
Total Pins:  4035
Buckeye  -  Third Place
Total Pins: 4027
Wellington  -  Fourth Place
Total Pins:  4007
Other teams that competed were as follows:
Amherst            3998
Admiral King      3990
Black River        3979
Southview          3716
Midpark             3695
Open Door         3674
Firelands           3640
Elyria Catholic   3636
Vermilion           3275
Elyria                3164

The Pioneers Outlast the Berg

By Nathan LaRiccia

Marietta, Ohio – February 7, 2010 –The Heidelberg University men’s basketball team drops a tough battle to Marietta College with a score of 77-72. Heidelberg falls to 12-9 overall, 8-6 in OAC on the year, while Marietta moves to 9-12, 5-9 in the conference.
Heidelberg came out of the gates strong in the first half taking a 11-2 lead, when senior Jim Smalley 
(Middelburg Heights, Ohio / Midpark) found senior Josh Calver (Shelby, Ohio / Shelby)
 for a three-pointer.

Midpark's Smalley
Marietta battled back and tied it 17-17, with 11 minutes left in before intermission.
Both team fought hard as they would go into halftime knotted up at 42-42.
Constant lead changes would continue in the second half. 

The Berg would have a 64-60 lead with seven minutes remaining when senior Travis Kinn (Alvada, Ohio / New Riegel) split a pair of free-throws.

With four minutes remaining, the Pioneers would go up 66-64 and would never lose the lead for the rest of game.
For Heidelberg, Calver led three in double figures with a career-high 27 points to go along with six rebounds.  Calver also shot 4-7 behind the three-point arc.  Following Calver was freshman Dane Givner (
Pittsburgh, Pa. / Harvest Preparatory) and Kinn with 13 and 11 points, respectively.  Givner also racked in five boards.

Smalley contributed with eight points, five rebounds, and also dished out a team-high three assists. Freshman Adrian Casey Jr. (Lorain, Ohio / Lorain Admiral King) scored seven points and grabbed four boards.

AK's Casey

Walsh alumnus Tony Dipre, 

Russell Township native Katie 

Stancik lead Gators at Mount 

indoor invite

Feb. 7, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski


WESTLAKE -- ALLEGHENY’S Tony Dipre (Twinsburg, OH/Walsh Jesuit) claimed a solo victory in the mile run, at Mount Union’s Jim Wuske Invitational. For his victory, Dipre finished in 4:17.36. Junior Katie Stancik (South Russell, OH/Chagrin Falls) claimed the 5,000 (19:17.79) for Allegheny women.

Katie Stancik

Copley's Carrie Dyer 

averaging 16 points, 8 

rebounds in last three 

games to lead Witt on

11-game win streak

Feb. 7, 2010


By Sue Penicka


WESTLAKE --- WITTENBERG won three straight and four in the last seven days to extend its win streak to 11 games - the most since the Tigers won 21 straight during the 2003-04 season. Senior wing Carrie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley) averaged 16.3 points per game and 7.7 boards per game in the three games, while shooting 60 percent from the floor. 

Carrie Dyer

Carrie Dyer

She scored 19 points, had nine rebounds and six assists to lead all players in an 83-62 win over Hiram.

NCAC SwimDive Front v2

NCAC Swimming & Diving


begin in Canton Thursday

The 26th annual North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships will be held February 11-13 at C.T. Branin Natatorium, in Canton, Ohio. The 2010 meet, hosted by Allegheny, is held at an off-campus site to accommodate overwhelming spectator response to the top NCAA Division III swimming and diving conference championship.

The Denison men’s and women’s squads are the defending champions. The Denison men are the only team to have beaten the Lords in the NCAC meet when they claimed titles in 1997 and 2009, while the Denison women snapped the Ladies’ 19-year hold on the crown in 2004 and took it again last winter. Kenyon has won 23 of the 25 NCAC crowns contested in both men’s and women’s competition.

Last winter, 26 conference records were set at the NCAC championship meet. Denison came away with a whopping 22 of those new marks. The Big Red men set the standard in 10 events with then senior John Geissinger knocking down seven. The Denison women established 12 conference-best times; current senior Olivia Zaleski (Corry, PA/Corry Area) was involved in seven new records. Ohio Wesleyan’s David Gatz (Delaware, OH/Hayes) set a new mark in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.23); other marks set: Kenyon’s men in the 200 medley relay (1:31.61), Kenyon’s Kellyn Caldwell (Gambier, OH/Mt. Vernon) in the women’s 400 IM (4:27.73), Kenyon’s Alisa Verashchagin (Solon, OH/Solon) in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.46) and Denison’s Hilary Callen in the 500 free (4:53.65).

Championship Meet Quick Facts

Dates:    Thursday, Feb. 11 - Saturday, Feb. 13

The meet will be held at an off-campus site for the 11th straight year. 
The championships, hosted by Allegheny College, return to 

            C.T. Branin Natatorium,                 
            1715 Harrison Ave. NW, 
            Canton, OH 4470
Each morning preliminary swimming session begins at 10 a.m. Spectator doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Each  evening finals swimming session begins at 6:30 p.m. Spectator doors open at 5 p.m.
Diving prelims/finals begin at the conclusion of the morning prelim sessions
(see full schedule of events online - pdf file)

Three-day pass (adults): $45    
Three-day pass (children, students with college ID): $20
Two-day pass (adults): $30    
Two-day pass (children, students with college ID): $15
One-day pass (adults): $15
One-day pass (children, students with college ID): $8
One session - finals (adults): $10    
One-session - finals (children, students with college ID): $5
One session - prelims (adults): $5    
One session - prelims (children, students with college ID): $3

The NCAC Championships will once again be streamed online, through Teamline. Links will be 
available on the NCAC Championship site:
An all-session meet pass is $30, while a single-day pass is $10.    







Strongsville's Caitlyn Ruese scores 

career-high 21 points to charge 

Hiram's overtime win over Earlham

Feb. 7, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 HIRAM -- Strongsville’s Caitlyn Ruese scored a career and game-high 21 points to lead Hiram teammates came up just short in taking a 65-58 overtime win over Earlham in a North Coast Athletic Conference college women’s basketball game.


Caitlyn Ruese

Ruese was six of 10 from the field including two of three from behind the arc and was seven of eight from the line. She also added seven rebounds, a blocked shot and two steals.


Crestwood’s Brittany Mayle added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Terriers. Former Crestwood teammate Jess Cowan had a team-high eight rebounds, game-high six assists and a dozen points.


Women's Basketball – Mount Union Keeps Pace in OAC Race with Win Over Ohio Northern

Feb. 7, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union's women's basketball team put together 11-0 run between the end of the first half and start of the second half as they beat Ohio Northern, 61-51 in anOhio Athletic Conference women's basketball game today at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The win kept the Purple Raiders, 18-3 overall and 11-3 OAC, in third place in the OAC and a game behind first place co-leaders Capital and Baldwin-Wallace (12-2).  Mount Union next plays at Baldwin-Wallace Wednesday (Feb. 10) at 7:30 pm.

Mount Union also swept the season series from the Polar Bears, who are now 13-8 overall and are in fourth place in the OAC at 8-6, three games behind the Raiders.

The Raiders jumped out to an early 10-4 lead in the game's opening five minutes.  Mount Union then went cold making just 2-of-18 shots over the next 12 minutes and the Polar Bears took advantage as they took an eight-point lead, 23-15 with two minutes left in the half.

Mount Union then got hot as they scored eight straight points capped by a Chanel Simpson (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) runner at the halftime buzzer to tie the game at 23 at the break.


Twinsburg alumna Chanel Simpson

Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tusky Valley) nailed a three-pointer to start the second half to complete the 11-0 surge and give Mount Union back the lead.  The Raiders kept the lead the rest of the way as they forced 12 Ohio Northern turnovers in the second half to seal the victory.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) had 11 points and Pohovey poured in 10 to lead Mount Union.


Westlake grad Rosa LaMattina

Kara Dysert had a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds for Ohio Northern.

Men’s Basketball - Olmsted Falls alum Dave Pellerite Powers Mount Union to Win at Ohio Northern

Feb. 7, 2010

By Lenny Reich

 (ADA, Ohio)--Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds to power Mount Union to a 67-63 Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball win at Ohio Northern today in Ada.


Former Bulldog Dave Pellerite

Wes Knavel (Zanesville/West Muskingum) also came off the bench and had 12 points for a Mount Union squad that has now won three of its last four games to stand at 9-12 overall and 7-7 in the OAC.

Kyle Meyer nailed 10-of-13 shots to lead four players in double figures for Ohio Northern (11-10, 9-5 OAC).

Ohio Northern led 19-9 in the game's first 10 minutes then stretched that lead to 29-19 with 6:19 left in half.  Mount Union then out paced the Polar Bears, 15-8 to close to within three, 37-34 at the half.

The Raiders then scored six of the first eight points in the second half to take a 40-39 lead with 15:35 remaining.   There were then seven lead changes over the next eight minutes before Mount Union scored seven straight points capped by a Pellerite layup to take a 58-52 lead with four minutes to go.

Ohio Northern would rally to tie the game but Mount Union converted 7-of-8 free throws over the final 32 seconds to put the game away.

Mount Union hosts Baldwin-Wallace in an OAC matchup Wednesday at 7:30 pm at The MAAC in Alliance.

Spartans get nipped by gals from 

the Big Apple 

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND, OH (February 7, 2010) - Case Western Reserve University senior guard Ashleigh Tondo (McDonald, OH) doubled-doubled for the third consecutive game, but it wasn't enough as the Spartans lost a hard fought University Athletic Association (UAA) battle at home to New York University by a score of 52-50.  Tondo finished with a game-high 15 points and team-high 11 rebounds. 

Photo: Women's Basketball


Case Western Reserve (11-9, 2-7 UAA) was without starting guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH), who is averaging 11.9 points per game this season, today due to personal reasons.  Case Western Reserve will wear pink uniforms Friday night when they host theUniversity of Rochester at 6:00 p.m. as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Pink Zone initiative. 

NYU (13-7, 5-4 UAA) scored the first five points of the game before freshman guard Marissa Miles (McDonald, PA), who started her first collegiate game, finished off a 6-1 run with a three-pointer that tied the game 6-6 at 15:50.  Another Miles long ball at 13:05 put the Spartans up five, 11-6, as she finished with 10 first half points. There would be seven first half lead changes after that until the Violets went up for good at 3:28, ending the half with a 27-21 advantage.

The lead flip flopped again in the second half as it would change six times.  After a 50-50 tie at 5:26, Case Western Reserve would miss its last 10 shots, including six after NYU senior guard Hailey Kimball put the Violets up 52-50 with a layup at 3:12.  The Spartans had an open jumper with five seconds remaining to tie it, but missed long. 

Swimming and Diving – Mount Union Teams Edged Out By Westminster in Regular Season Finale

Feb. 7, 2010

By Doug Bowers

(ALLIANCE,OH) - Mount Union Men's and Women's swimming and diving teams swam strong but fell short against Westminster (PA) today at Hammond Natatorium in Alliance. The men's team fell 161-128 while the women lost 163-135

Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) led the women's team with two wins in both the 100-yard and 200-yard Backstroke (2:16.13). Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley) also won the 200-Yard Butterfly (2:21.02) for the Raiders.


Taylor Harrison

The women's diving swept Westminster, with Mary Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) taking the win with a score of  228.25. Men's diver Tom Pellet (Newark/Newark Catholic) also scored a win for the Raiders with a score of 190.65 

On the men's side junior Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) won the 200 Freestyle (1:48.36) while freshman Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) won the 1650 Freestyle (17:16.73). The men's 400-Yard Freestyle relay team closed the meet with their best time of the year (3:16.54) and a win. 

Mount Union next competes Feb. 18-20 at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at the University of Akron.

Mentor alumna Pam Quigney scores 

37 points in two games during the 

week for Battling Bishops

Feb. 7, 2010

By Sue Penicka

WESTLAKE -- OHIO WESLEYAN junior guard Pam Quigney (Mentor, OH/Mentor) hit a pair of treys during an 8-0 burst to open the second half of a 78-65 win over Oberlin and finished with a team-high 18 points. Quigney then posted 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds

[ Pam Quigney ]

Quigney (14)

in a 76-69 win over Denison. The game against the Big Red was postponed one day due to a power outage in Granville.

OWU also postponed its game against Wooster last week; that contest will be played Monday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Lakewood's Dee Salukombo, WRA 

alumnus Russ Holden lead 

Denison at Colmubus Invitational

Feb. 7, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- DENISON sophomore Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) and juniors Alphonse Harris (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and Russell

Holden (Chagrin Falls, OH/Western Reserve Academy) all notched victories as the Denison men’s team took fourth at the Greater

The 'Wood High alum Dee Salukombo

Columbus Invitational hosted by Capital. Salukombo took first in the mile run with a time of 4:25.56, and Harris posted a time of 9:31.27

in the 3,000-meter run. Holden recorded a time of 16:33.62 in the 5,000-meter run.

WRA grad Russ Holden

Olmsted Falls alumnus Kyle

Farris charges Battling Bishop 

championship at Columbus Invite

Feb. 7, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

 WESTLAKE -- OHIO WESLEYAN Senior Kyle Faris (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) and freshman Silas Jolliff (Cardington, OH/Cardington-Lincoln) won two events apiece, and the trio of junior Sean Patrick (Delaware, OH/Hayes), freshman Jake Eldridge (London, OH/London), and freshman Stephen Haynes (Crestview, FL/Niceville) helped the Battling Bishops sweep both relay events as Ohio Wesleyan won the team title at the Greater Columbus Championship hosted by Capital.

[ Kyle Faris ]


OWU won the meet with 205 points to 113 for runner-up Capital. Faris won the shot put with a throw of 47-2 1/2 and took the weight throw with a heave of 47-1 ¾.

Amherst's Jane Lehman,








second place

The Bishop women 

finished second of four at the meet. Freshman Emily Amburgey (Germantown, OH/Preble Shawnee), junior Kat Zimmerly (Edinboro, 

PA/General McLane), senior Sharon Rymut (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), and freshman Jane Lehman 

(Amherst, OH/Steele) each won individual events.


[ Sharon Rymut ]


Amburgey won the high jump by clearing 5-2 1/4 and added a fourth-place finish in 

the long jump and a fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, 

Zimmerly won the mile run (5:15.76), Rymut won the weight throw with an effort of 44-4 

and Lehman won the 5000-meter run (19:28.06).