A Page -- Feb. 8, 2010


Mayfield advances to semis of Baron 

Cup III with 11-1 win over CVCA

Feb. 8, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

BROOKLYN -- Blue Central Division champion Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy was able to hang with Blue North titlist Mayfield for about a half a period, but then the Wildcats let the Jets loose, jumping out to a 4-1 first-period lead on the way to an 11-1 win.

 

Tonight’s victory here in the Coyne Recreation Center moved Mayfield (17-7-2) into Saturday’s Baron Cup III semifinal against Orange at 3.

 

“We expected to score a lot,” said Mayfield’s Steve Bogas, in his rookie year as the head coach. “We were worried about a couple of their guys, but we made sure to keep an eye on them so they would not break loose. In time, talent will take over and that’s what happened tonight.”

 

The No. 1 seed in the tourney got the scoring started at 7:14 when on an odd-man rush, DeMazio Rood fed Jake Wolfe how found the door through Royal goaltender Josh Savitt. Dom Horvath also assisted.

 

The Cats took a 2-0 lead at 9:29 on a Tony Krueger goal that was assisted by Ryan Troff.

 

CVCA (15-8-1) would not go that gently into the good night though, slicing the deficit to one with an unassisted lamplighter by Mark Sunde at 11:08.

 

Troff and Horvath scored goals in the final two minutes of the opening frame for a three-goal lead after 15. Wolfe and Krueger picked up assists on the goals.

 

Mayfield up the lead to 7-1 in the second period on goals by Troff, Joe Wilson and Jake Malone. Krueger, Malone, Eric Spaner, Joe Cavotta, and Troff had assists in the period.

 

The Cats added four fourth-period goals to end it on the mercy ruling early.

 

“We knew it would be an uphill battle against them,” said Royals coach Doug Fairchilv, now in his second year as the head coach. “Mayfield is a very good team. We were playing almost all freshmen and sophomores and are excited that they will be back the next couple years.  It was a good season for us all around and nice to be in the tournament here. We could have packed it up long ago.”

 

Fairchilv came down from Saskatchewan to teach at CVCA and after a year of winning only one game in the league, the Royals went 4-8 under Fairchilv last year and 11-1 this year in the Blue Central.

 

“A group at CVCA decided they wanted to give hockey a go and see if we could build something with it,” Fairchilv said. “We believe this is a good start.”

 

Bogus played under Kirk Gunther at Cleveland Heights and later coached the Tigers. If the Cats could get by Orange Saturday, there is a good chance they could meet the Tigers in a battle of Cedar Road.

 

“We’re skating four lines and have five defensemen so we feel we can play with the best,” Bogus said. “We hope we can see Cleveland Heights again, but getting by Orange is not as easy as it looks.”

Seventy-Second Annual 


Student/Athlete Scholarship Drive 

underway at St. Ignatius


Feb. 8, 2010

Tickets are now available and this year for the St. Ignatius Student/Athletic Scholarship Drive.  Interested parties can also purchase them online at the St. Ignatius website (see below) and note which student to credit with the sale instead of filling out the actual tickets. 
 
Tickets are being sold individually for $5 each with the cash prizes being:
 
                             Winner:                    Seller:
3rd prize:                 $5,000                       $500                 
2nd prize:               $10,000                     $1,000
Gr. prize:                $50,000                     $5,000

Each year the proceeds of the scholarship drive provide more than $300,000 for tuition assistance, funds needed now more than ever. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased online at:


http://alumni.ignatius.edu/

 
The drawing is Tuesday, March 9th! 



Notre Dame Weekly Report: Wrestling 

team still ranked No. 1 in the nation

Feb. 8, 2010

By Andy Barch




FOOTBALL

 

2010 RECRUITING CLASS ANNOUNCED:  On Wednesday, Feb. 3, Notre Dame Head Football Coach Adam Howard announced the addition of 54 student-athletes to the NDC football program. Notre Dame’s 2010 commitments include 48 high-school players and six college transfers. The class is comprised of players from five states - in addition to the wellspring of talent culled from the Buckeye State, NDC recruited student-athletes from Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania.

 Adam Howard

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

 

THIS WEEK: NDC will play three games; the Falcons will be on the road for a key American Mideast Conference North Division match-up at Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) on Tuesday (Feb. 9) and then home for games on Thursday (Feb. 11) and Saturday (Feb. 13). 

 

LAST WEEK: Notre Dame (17-8, 9-3 AMC) went 0-2, losing consecutive games for the first time since mid-December.  Despite the losses, NDC still has a one-and-a-half-game lead on Malone in the AMC North Division, with two weeks remaining in league play… Sophomore forward Eric Dummermuth (Dover, Ohio) scored 45 points and garnered 22 rebounds over the Falcons’ back-to-back losses.

 

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

 

THIS WEEK:  The Falcons will be on the road Tuesday and then at home on Thursday and Saturday.  NDC’s Tuesday (Roberts Wesleyan) and Saturday (Northwestern Ohio) tilts will be AMC games. Notre Dame comes into the week in fourth place in the 14-team circuit. The Falcons will be looking to hold their place or improve it, thereby ensuring an AMC postseason game at home. 

Kealy McNally

Rocky River alumna Kealy McNally

 

LAST WEEK:  Notre Dame split a pair of AMC games, winning at Malone on Feb. 2 and then losing at Cedarville on Saturday (Feb. 6).  Junior forward Kealy McNally (Rocky River, Ohio) paced NDC on the week, scoring 30 points and grabbing 14 boards.  Fellow junior Yvette Hunter (Jamestown, N.Y.) scored 25 points over the two road games despite suffering in injury in NDC’s 88-66 loss at Cedarville.  In that game against the Lady Jackets, Hunter logged her 1,000th career point, becoming the ninth player in program history to do so. 

 

NDC ON STO: The women’ and men’s teams will have their home basketball double header on Saturday, Feb. 13, broadcast on SportsTime Ohio (STO). The NDC Men's game against Northwestern Ohio will be aired on tape delay at 10 p.m. on Feb. 13. The Women's game will immediately follow at midnight. … STO will rebroadcast the men’s game on Sunday, Feb. 14 at noon, and the women’s game at 2 p.m. The women’s game will also be rebroadcast on Monday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m.

 

POINTS IN THE PINK:  The Notre Dame Women’s and Men’s basketball teams will be adding pink to their traditional Blue & White on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when the Falcons participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone breast cancer awareness initiative.  The WBCA began the WBCA Pink Zone™, formerly known as "Think Pink", in 2007 as an initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped make the inaugural year a success. Presently, the Cancer Fund has raised 1.7 million since the program began.  In their Feb. 16 AMC doubleheader against Daemen-N.Y. (6, 8 p.m., Murphy Gymnasium), NDC will wear pink accessories, including shoelaces, to show support for the cause. Fans attending the games are encouraged to wear pink for a chance to win prizes. A donation box will also be on hand in an effort to raise money for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

 

 

WRESTLING 

 

THIS WEEK: Notre Dame’s final regular-season match is scheduled for Sunday, when the Wrestling Falcons host West Liberty (W. Va.) in a 1 p.m. dual meet at Murphy Gymnasium. 

 

LAST WEEK: The top-ranked (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) Wrestling Falcons won their eighth straight match with a 45-3 drubbing of Mount Union on Friday. NDC won nine of the 10 bouts against the Purple Raiders, collecting four pins and three major decisions along the way. Derek Foore (Wadsworth, Ohio) pinned ranked Bill Schindel (NCAA Division-III No. 6) to run his season record to 20-0. … Notre Dame (9-1) has now whipped eight straight foes by a combined score of 268-34, and the Falcons have scored a whopping 136 points over their last three matches. In tallying 45 team points at Mount Union, Notre Dame has now topped the 40-point mark in three straight matches and five times this season.

Derek Foore

Wadsworth's Derek Foore

 

A ONE AND A TWO…: Notre Dame remained in their No. 1 spot in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll in the latest publication of the rankings on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Falcons have now spent 11 weeks atop the national circuit’s Top-20. … Defending national champion Adam Koballa (Twinsburg, Ohio) slipped to No. 2 from the No. 1 perch he had occupied since preseason. Cumberland’s Mikey Davis, 12-4 on the season, replaced Koballa at No. 1. With his win at Mount Union Friday night, Koballa is now 26-2 this season. … Derek Foore retained his No. 1 ranking at 197. Overall, NDC had five wrestlers ranked at No. 2 among the 10 weight divisions.

 

 

TRACK & FIELD

 

THIS WEEK: The Falcons will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio, to compete in the All-Ohio Championships. That meet will be contested over Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13. 

 

LAST WEEK: Notre Dame competed at the University of Findlay-hosted Division-II Challenge on Saturday, and the Falcon men and women placed 18th and 14th, respectively. On the men’s side, the NDC effort was highlighted by the 4x400 Meter Relay (Tolliver-Leyland-Gay-Sheffey), which placed sixth with a final time of 3:27.26. The Notre Dame women earned four Top-10s - Shawnta Davis-Akron, Ohio (ninth, 400 Meter Run), Noelle Johnson-Warrensville Heights, Ohio (sixth, Triple Jump), Samantha Murphy-Columbus, Ohio (eighth, Shot Put) and Tiffany Tucker-Akron, Ohio (sixth, 60 Meter High Hurdles).


 

TOP SHEFF: Demar Sheffey (Euclid, Ohio) had productive day in Findlay on Saturday. In addition to anchoring the men’s sixth-place 4x400 relay effort, the junior speedster also ran a personal-best 22.70-second time in the 200.

 

A DOSE OF THE DEUCE: Notre Dame competed in a field of mostly D-II programs on Saturday. NDC Athletic teams are competing as Year-One Candidates in the NCAA-II application process in 2009-10.

 

 

SWIMMING & DIVING

 

GEARING UP: Notre Dame (Men 4-10, Women 9-5) was idle last week.  The Falcons are preparing for their final two events of the season - the Appalachian Swimming & Diving Conference Championships (Huntington, W. Va., Feb. 19-20) and the NAIA National Championships (St. Charles, Mo., March 3-6).

 

DANDY DOZEN: To date, 12 NDC swimmers (three men, nine women) have qualified for the NAIA national meet.  Those 12 athletes have qualified for a total of 31 events.  Greg Pristov (Madison, Ohio) headlines the NDC men’s squad; he has posted national-qualifying times in six events.  Emily Whittington (Pickerington, Ohio) has qualified in five events on the women’s side.

 

 

BOWLING

 

THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will be idle until Feb. 20.

 

LAST WEEK: On Saturday, NDC competed at the fourth American Heartland Conference (AHIBC) event of the 2009-10 season.  Results were unavailable at press time.

 

 

SOFTBALL

 

RANKED AND READY:  NDC Softball has been tabbed as the No. 19 program in the nation, according to the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released on Tuesday (Feb. 2).  The Falcons return five starters and seven letter winners from last year’s 34-11 squad that swept the AMC regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2009 NAIA National Championship Tournament.  The Blue & White are scheduled to open their season at the Smash Hit Tournament in Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 27… No other AMC squad made the Top-25 in the poll.  Defending national champion California Baptist was selected as the No. 1 team in the country.  The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the NAIA’s 26 conferences. The first regular-season poll will be announced on March 23.


Gilmour's Varsity B hockey team 

wins city JV championship with 

goalie-driven 2-1 win over St. Ignatius


Feb. 8, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

 

In a defensive thriller that would keep any fan of goalies interested on the edge of his seat, Gilmour won the Cleveland area high school JV hockey championship with a 2-1 win over St. Ignatius.

 

Entering its Varsity B team, Gilmour earned its away to the title game by going 3-0 in round-robin play in the East Division, with wins over University School, Lake Catholic and Walsh Jesuit.

 

The Wildcats won the West Division with wins over St. Ed, Padua and Strongsville.

 

In the final game St. Ignatius Bobby Fricker put on a goal tending display after St. Ignatius took 1-0 lead 10 seconds into the game. Gilmour out shot Ignatius 30-10 in the first two periods but Fricker and his defenseman kept the score, 1-0 Iggy.

 

The Lancers started the third period on a 5-3 power play and it looked like Bobby Fricker was going to shut the door again, but with 1 second left in the second penalty, Jack Soukenik snagged a rebound and put it by a sprawling Fricker. Less than 3 minutes later Jack found the back of the net with another rebound goal to put Gilmour up for good.

 

The Wildcats would not go without a fight. With less than two minutes to go in the game, the Lancers took a penalty and with Ignatius pulling their goalie they had a 6-4 advantage for the last minute of play. Taking advantage of the extra two attackers, the Wildcats put 7 shots on net during a wild last minute. Freshman goalie, Jason Mussara, showed why he has been playing outstanding over the last month as he kept Iggy from scoring the tying goal.

 

Even with the seconds winding down the Wildcats got a couple of great chances that Jason was able to steer into the corner. Final shots for the game was Gilmour 35 Ignatius 19.

This was the first attempt at holding a city JV championship and it seemed to be a great success. later this month, St. Edwards will hold its JV tournament that is being billed as the State JV championship.

JV City Championship results

West Division Round Robin Play
1. St. Ignatius 3-0
2. St. Edwards 2-1
3. Padua 1-2
4. Strongsville 0-3

East Division Round Robin Play
1. Gilmour B 3-0
2. University School
 2-1
3. Lake 1-2
4. Walsh 0-3

Final Games
5th place Padua 4 Lake 2
3rd place St. Eds 3 US 0
1st place Gilmour 2 St. Ignatius 1

Cleveland State and Green Bay 


garner weekly swimming and 


diving laurels


 

Feb. 8, 2010


By Mike Laninga


INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland State sophomore Mark deSwardt has been named the Horizon League Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while Green Bay sophomore Daniel Pogue has claimed Diver of the Week laurels for the period of Feb. 1-Feb. 7. 

 

deSwardt totaled three individual wins and led the Vikings in a defeat over UIC by a final score of 129-113.5.  The 2009 Horizon League Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year set a new school record in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking a 1:49.12.  He narrowly missed the NCAA ‘B’ standard of 1:48.09.  The South African also brought home gold in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle races in times of 4:31.87 and 9:24.18, respectively.  The victory over UIC tied a school record for most dual wins in a season with 14.  deSwardt is honored with his fourth accolade of the season and the ninth of his career.

deSwardt

 

Pogue recorded the top two scores off the one- and three-meter boards this past weekend in a dual meet at Milwaukee .  His one-meter tally of 319.73 nearly missed his own school record of 320.25.  From three meters, Pogue posted a mark of 321.30 as both scores exceeded the NCAA standard to participate in the Zone Diving competition next month.  The Chisholm, Minn. , native, takes home his fourth weekly honor of the season and the fifth of his career.




 





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Orange advances in Baron Cup III 

with offense-charged win over 

Nordonia

Feb. 8, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

BROOKLYN -- In a game with an early offensive explosion, Nordonia had ideas of an upset from the onset, but Blue East champion Orange would have none of it.

 

Before the first period was even half over, five goals had already been scored, but by the end of the period Orange (19-2-1) had scored enough to last the whole game, advancing to the semifinals of the Baron Cup III with tonight’s 11-5 win.

 

Nordonia, 9-19 and in its first year in the league, bolted out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Mike Rudin at 0:42 and by Joe Kramp at 2:34. Kramp’s was a power-play tally assisted by Dave Bina and Rudin. Kramp also assisted on Rudin’s goal.

 

However, the scoring barrage went both ways as seven goals were scored in the first nine minutes. The Lions scored six unanswered goals to take a 6-2 lead into the locker room at the first intermission.

 

“Our motto is ‘giver’ because we have no problem giving up a lot of goals as long as the guys are willing to give it ‘er best shot in scoring a lot of goals,” said Orange coach Ryan Okicki. “Our goalie (Pete Shapiro) has been playing goalie only one year so we know we have to score a lot of goals. We expected a high-scoring game. When we were down 2-0, I told them to just give ‘er and they did.”

 

Jake Yelsey, who attained a hat trick in just the first period, scored his first one at 2:42 with an assist from Adam Rukin. The Lions then tied it on the power play at 6:09 on a Brent Lieberman lamplighter assisted by Mitch Joseph and Roman Petrojyn.

 

Orange took the lead for good at 7:43 on a Joseph goal assisted by Lieberman at 7:43. Yelsey scored again at 8:34 and at 9:40. Mike Orlando tallied at 9:25.  Sam Bell also picked up a couple assist in the period.

 

Kramp reached hat-trick status for the Knights before the second period was completed, first scoring an unassisted goal at 2:54 and then lighting the lamp again at 10:47 just as a power play ended.

 

Lieberman challenged Nordonia goalie Nick Danczak in a one-on-one. Danczak came out to defend, Lieberman just missed, but Bell was there to pick it up and score. Joseph also got an assist on the goal at 7:27 of the second.

 

Yelsey scored his fourth goal at 7:52 with assists from Evan Wahl and Rukin. Joseph scored a 4-on-4 goal with assists from Petrojyn and Scott Fuller.

 

Bina assisted on Kramp’s second second-period goal.

 

Kramp notched his fourth goal in the third and Bina attained the playmaker in the period.

 

“You can’t win too many games when your goalie does not come to play,” said Nordonia coach Joe Kramp, Sr. “The guys in front of him played hard, but he was just not on tonight. I don’t have too many rules on this team but one rule is to come to the game focused. Without focus, the other team is going to score a lot of goals. We at least attained one goal of making it to the Baron Cup in our first eligible year, but we should have been playing beyond tonight.”

 

Lieberman and Fuller scored third-period goals for the Lions.

 

Orange plays Mayfield in the semis Saturday.

Guo Tabbed NCAC Field Athlete of the Week

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By Mike Mancini

Westlake – Oberlin College freshman Alexander Guo was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday evening. 

Guo, who graduated from the American School in Japan, won the men’s triple jump at Oberlin’s own invitational meet by covering 41-09. 

The award marks the fifth conference honor the Oberlin track and field teams have earned this season. 

The Oberlin runners have a busy week ahead. On Friday the teams will be split up between meets at the University of Akron, Boston University and Baldwin-Wallace. On Saturday most of the team will be competing at the All-Ohio Championships, while select individuals will still be participating in Boston.

Heading toward midnight hour in 

third game of the night's triple 

header, Solon gets second wind and 

energizes the night with four third-

period goals to win over Namers in 

Baron Cup II


Feb. 8, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

BROOKLYN – Fifth-seeded Solon used a vaunted third-period surge that produced four goals to come from behind and win tonight’s first round action here at the Coyne Recreation Center, 6-5, over fourth-seeded Holy Name and advance to Friday night’s Baron Cup II semifinal against top-seeded Kenston.

 

Special teams enabled Holy Name to hold first and second-period leads before Solon got a burst of energy in the third.

 

The power play success and failure would determine how the first period would go. The Namers held a 1-0 advantage after one period on a power-play goal by Jon Knipper at 7:37 off an assist from Dave Fassbender.

 

Defensively, Holy Name did the trick on special teams in the first period too. The Green Wave killed three Solon power plays and half of a fourth that carried over into the second stanza.

 

The Comets had power-plays at 4:23, 8:42 and a three-second two-man ad that began at 10:39. They were awarded another power play in the final minute that produced nothing in terms of goals -- yet.

 

However, that changed when the Comet power play resumed in the second frame as Matt Hudzinski took the opening faceoff and skated all by himself to the goal and slam it past Sam Pikus at the six-second mark, making it 1-1 on the power play.

 

The special-teams theme carried on through to the end of the second period.

 

Holy Name regained the lead at 1:56 on a power-play goal by Fassbender that was assisted by Knipper. After each team killed a power play, Solon got another crack at it when the Namers were called for roughing at 9:28.

 

However, this time around the trend shifted as the Green Wave took a 3-1 lead on a short-hand tally after a takeaway by Fassbender compounded by an unassisted goal at 9:57.

 

The Comets would not quit though and Hudzinski dittoed Fassbender’s short-hand goal on a takeaway, nearly carbon copying his own power-play goal as well. Solon killed the rest of the Green Wave power play after Hudzinski’s short hander and the score stood 3-2 after two.

 

In two periods, five goals scored -- all five on special teams.

 

The game finally saw its first even-strength goal when Solon tied it at 4:56 of the third when Sam Littman tied it with an assist from Jordan Manias. Forty-four seconds later the Comets had their first lead on an even-strength goal by Cory Jeziorski.

 

Littman again lit the lamp at 6:24 to make it 5-3 and then Hudzinski attained the hat trick with a short-hand goal at 9:13 to double it up at 6-3.

 

The Namers did not quit though and two more power-play goals by Fassbender brought them to within one. A full Namer comeback was not to be though as Kyle Peterson snuffed out everything else in goal in the final minute with HN using the sixth attacker.

Stoll


B-W’s Tristan Stoll Named

OAC Wrestler of the Week

for Second Time 

this Season


Feb. 8, 2010


By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College junior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season after posting a perfect 3-0 mark competition last week.



Stoll earned a major decision in OAC dual meet action last Tuesday at Ohio Northern and won the 197-pound championship at the 24th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament on Saturday.



Versus ONU, Stoll won by a score of 20-7. During Saturday’s Summa Tournament he pinned both of his opponents in respective times of 2:54 and 1:13.



For the season, Stoll has a team-best 16-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark in the OAC.



Stoll and the rest of the Yellow Jackets wrap up the regular season tomorrow night (Tuesday, February 9, 2010) versus OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University. Wrestling is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea.



B-W returns to action on Saturday, February 20 at the 2010 OAC Championship Tournament hosted by Mount Union College at 10:00 a.m. at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Klein named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Senior becomes CSU’s all-time leading scorer with season-high 31 against Loyola

 

Feb. 8, 2010