A Page -- Feb. 8, 2011

University School alumnus Nolan 

Thompson playing big part in 

Middlebury's No. 7 ranking

Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


University School alumnus Nolan Thompson is having another fine year for Middlebury College’s men’s basketball team, which is ranked seventh in the country in Division III.

 The Akron native is averaging in double figures in scoring for the 19-1 Panthers.

Thompson had a big game two weeks ago in a 78-65 win over Bates when he scored a game-high 22 points that enabled the Panthers to go to 13-0 at the time.

The former Prepper was hot that night, making 8 of 12 from the filed, a perfect 4 of 4 from the line and 2 of 3 from three-point land. It earned him NSCAC Player of the Week honors.

The sophomore guard is averaging 10.2 points per game, which is good enough for fourth on the team. He’s started all 20 games for the Panthers.

He has 25 assists, 13 steals and is averaging just under four rebounds per game.

Thompson has been one of the most accurate shooters on the Middlebury team, making nearly 50 percent of his field goal attempts, 44 percent (32 of 72) from behind the arc, and 80 percent from the line.

He leads the club in three-point goals made.

One gem of a college for a Student/Athlete, in addition to having the strong academic tradition of the East Coast, Middlebury has won 30 national NCAA national championships since 1993, including one in men’s tennis this past May here in Oberlin.

Solon alumna Kourtney Brown named 

Academic All District while studying 

both computer and electrical engineering

Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Solon High alumna Kourtney Brown has been named second-team Academic All District in the Capital One CoSIDA national tabulation of those Student/Athletes who excel well in both realms of the Student/Athletic domain.


Brown, who leads the Mid American Conference in nearly every statistical category while playing basketball on the side for Buffalo, is carrying a 3.35 overall grade point average while balancing a double major in computer engineering and electrical engineering.

As an Academic All District, Miss Brown, who also ranks among the national Division leaders in scoring and rebounding, automatically becomes eligible for Academic All American recognition down the road.

Preppers will try to three-peat in Baron 

Cup, but first will have to get by upstart 

Holy Name Thursday in the first round

Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN – Two-time defending Baron Cup champions University School will try to three-peat when it begins play in first-round action at 8:30 Thursday here against Holy Name.

US, which has won seven Baron Cup titles in all (the last six under current Head Coach Bill Beard) comes into the tourney as the No. 2 seed. The Preppers gained enough points when St. Edward had to forfeit the two points by cancelling the final regular-season game of the season when it inadvertently scheduled 19 playing dates, one over the state limit. It did not count as a win for the Preppers, but they did get the points.

Holy Name, the only program to have qualified to all three Baron Cups, comes into the Red Division Cup (I) for the first time ever this year, garnering the No. 7 seed by beating both North Olmsted and Hudson, the two teams it was competing with for the seed and final two qualification slots, over the weekend.

In fact, US has become the modern-day Shaker Heights of the Baron Cup tourney, winning four of the last five tournaments, including an exciting come-from-behind triple-overtime win over St. Edward in 2006 and double-overtime capturing of the same club in 2007.

Shaker of course has won more Baron Cup titles than any other program in history with 10, but the Red Raiders have not won one since 2001 despite coming close a few times after that. Shaker, led by Mike Bartley, tied with Jim Cooper the all-time winningest coach in the history of Ohio high school hockey, will play St. Edward in Thursday’s first game (6:30) as the No. 6 seed and will probably head back up to the coveted Red North Division next season as the Red South champion.


A Red Raider win over the Eagles would give Bartley sole possession of the title “all-time winningest coach.”

The Preppers ended the regular season over the weekend with a 5-1 win over Walsh Jesuit.

After getting shelved for nearly a month with an injury, Matt Wipper returned to the lineup and scored two goals. Jared Rubin, Andrew Preiser and Ian Robertson also tallied goals.

The special teams were “right on” for the Preppers against the Warriors, with two of the five goals coming on the short-hand.


Several also got into the scoring club in that last game with five different guys garnering assists – Tyler Dalton, Alex Stefanski, Robertson, Kevin Degulis, and George Chapman.

Sam Althans picked up the win in goal to come into post-season play at 10-8-2.

The Warriors were able to manage to play the Preppers even for one period with the score tied, 1-1, after the first 15. This evened the Preppers record to 3-3-1 in games in which they are tied after one period. They led 3-1 after two period and this brought their record to 11-0-2 in games in which they are leading after two periods.

Typically a late-season bloomer, the Preppers are no different this year. They come into the tournament with a four-game unbeaten streak and three-game winning streak. In their last 12 games, they have lost only twice, both by one goal and one of those two in overtime.

After starting the season 3-6-3, the Preppers (15-9-5) have gone 12-3-2 in their last 17 games, starting with the Eagle Classic in Serpentini Arena/Winterhurst over the Christmas holidays.

Despite missing 11 games, Wipper is still third on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points. His 19 goals ranks him second for goals scored.

Robertson leads in all three main offensive categories with 59 points on 27 goals and 32 assists.

Preiser, who has filled in for Wipper on the Red Line, has come on strong in the last month and now has 12 goals and 11 assists.


Connor Clemens is second on the team in assists (19) and third in goals (17) but leads in the team in +/- with a +26. Wipper and Robertson have a +23 and Preiser a +21.


Travis Lang now leads the team as the defenseman with the best goalie-protection stats, racking up 36 minutes of penalty time in 24 games.

Last year the Preppers upset Red North champ St. Ignatius in the Baron Cup title game. In fact, St. Ignatius, which has won or tied for four (one on the Red East) divisional titles in the last five years, has not won a Baron Cup title since 1992 and has only won one Red Division (I) Baron Cup title (1992). 

The Wildcats, the No. 1 seed in this year’s Baron Cup I, did win the Baron Cup II (then the Blue Division tourney) in both 1987 and 1988 when they were in the Blue West and coached by Phil Ryder, whose four sons ironically have played for US over the past 10 seasons, including current Prepper hockey Student/Athlete Joey Ryder, who is sixth on the team in scoring with 15 points.

Oberlin Women's Cross Country Team to be Honored at Halftime of Tomorrow's Men's Basketball Game for its NCAC Title, NCAA Appearance

2010 NCAC Women's Cross Country
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Oberlin – Everyone from the campus community and surrounding areas is encouraged to come out and show support for the Oberlin College women’s cross country team as it will be honored at halftime of tomorrow’s men’s basketball game against Wooster. 

During the ceremony the Yeowomen will be presented with their 2010 NCAC Championship Banner. It is the second straight season that the Yeowomen have claimed the conference crown and went on to compete at the NCAA Championship meet. 

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McClure, Dummermuth each score 17, but Notre 

Dame falls to MVN

Feb. 8, 2011

SOUTH EUCLID-- Curtis McClure and Eric Dummermuth each scored 17 points, but it was not enough for Notre Dame, which dropped a 92-82, men’s basketball contest to Mount Vernon Nazarene tonight.

McClure formerly played at Tri-C and the now-defunct South High in Slavic Village.

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Yeomen Football Hands Out Year-End Awards

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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College football team handed out its year-end awards during its annual season-end banquet this past Sunday.

All of the awards are voted on by members of the team and presented by the coaches.
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Canal Fulton native Alexis Harkins (13)

Mount Vernon downs Notre Dame 

Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Northwest High alumna  Alexis Harkins scored 14 points to complement the 31 scored by teammate Amanda Himes to oil a 83-64 Mount Vernon victory over Notre Dame College tonight.


Mogadore alumna Kelli Pollock added nine points for the Cougars. Rocky River High graduate Kealy McNally led the Notre Dame effort with 13 points and Canton Central Catholic producyt Chelsea Andorka added nine points.

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Hoover alumnus Barry Shetzer named 

Academic All District for West 

Liberty State

Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Hoover High School alumnus Barry Shetzer has been named a Capital One CoSIDA Academic All District pick for NCAA Division II.

The accounting major from North Canton plays basketball for West Liberty State as an adjunct to his studies as a Student/Athlete.

Hoover's Barry Shetzer

The 6-5, senior guard is carrying a 3.38 overall grade point average at WLSU.

Last year Shetzer ranked second on the Hilltoppers in scoring with 14 points per game, which was good enough to earn him all-league honorable mention honors.

This season he is the team leader in scoring with 17.6 points per game. He is also second in assists with 4.1 dishes per game and among the top four in rebounds with four boards per game. Among the starters, Shetzer is the ‘Toppers’ best free-throw shooter this season, connecting on 85 percent of his charity tosses.

All Student/Athletes named Academic All District automatically become eligible for Academic All American candidacy.

North Olmsted native/Mags alumna Katie Knox named 

Academic All District as Student/Athlete for John 


Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


North Olmsted  resident and Magnificat High alumna Katie Knox has been named a third-team Academic All District for Division III women’s basketball.

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Mags alum Katie Knox

The engineering physics major is a senior on John Carroll’s team as a sidelight to her primary role as a Student/Athlete for the Blue Streaks.

Knox’ overall GPA is 3.86.

Chardon's Erin Hollinger named 

Academic All District First Team; Case 

Reserve junior S/A holding 3.9 in 

macromolecular science

 Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Erin Hollinger, a Chardon High alumna and current Student/Athlete at Case Western Reserve, has been named first-team Academic All District by Capital One and CoSIDA.

One of the top performers on the Case Reserve basketball team, Hollinger also earned All American honors last spring here on the Baldwin-Wallace campus in the NCAA Division III National Track and Field meet as a high jumper on the C. Reserve track team.

More important, Hollinger is holding down a 3.96 grade point average while studying macromolecular science and engineering.

Pepper Pike's/HB's Olivia Warhop ot receive Cleveland Clinic Courage Award at Thursday's GCSC's ceremonies

By Jenny Popis

CLEVELAND – Feb. 8, 2011 – Olivia Warhop, an 8th grade student at Hathaway Brown School and resident of Pepper Pike, will be presented with the Cleveland Clinic Courage Award at the 2010 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Thursday, February 10th at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.  The Cleveland Clinic Courage Award honors exceptional student athletes who have faced a medical challenge in his or her life and approached the situation with courage and determination to get back in the game. Olivia’s story is an extraordinary example of someone exhibiting perseverance and dedication to overcome the odds of a life-altering situation.


Olivia was 13 years old and living with her family in San Francisco when unexplained pain in her leg brought her to doctors who found a mass growing in her tibia, the larger bone of the lower leg.


The tumor was thought to be non-cancerous, and Olivia underwent surgery to remove it. She began her recovery as the Warhop family relocated to Cleveland that year. However when Olivia continued her care at Cleveland Clinic, she learned that the growth was cancerous, and could return.


She was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer called myofibrosarcoma. Doctors across the country had seen few cases of the cancer which is almost always found in soft tissue, instead of bone.


Following the diagnosis, Olivia and her family gave careful consideration to this new finding. Olivia underwent reconstructive surgery with orthopaedic surgeon and cancer specialist Michael Joyce, MD to remove and replace a portion of her tibia with a donor bone, plates and screws. The procedure promised to eradicate the cancer, but would require an intensive rehabilitation program.


Olivia continues to recover from her operation and has undergone several follow-up procedures, including bone grafts from her hip.


She has persevered through the difficult diagnosis and multiple steps of treatment. She continues to remain active as much as possible, including swimming.


Her nurse, Jane Golden, RN nominated her for the 2010 Cleveland Clinic Courage Award and said, “Despite many hospital and clinic visits, Olivia remained bright, friendly and very positive. She offered many well thought out questions and always responded to the answers with remarkable maturity.”


Olivia plans to play soccer and join the swim team as she enters high school at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights . The entire clinical team is inspired by Olivia and is pleased to honor her with the 2010 Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award.


Presented by Medical Mutual of Ohio and Collection Auto Group, the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards is the biggest sports show in Northeast Ohio , honoring the best and brightest of the area’s amateur and professional sports. This star-studded event will be hosted by Mike Tirico of ESPN and features fine dining, sports celebrities and auctions that benefit the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. Recognition and awards include the High School Athlete of the Year, Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Professional Athlete of the Year, Amateur Athlete of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Cleveland Clinic Courage Award and a special tribute to the 1995 and 1997 Cleveland Indians teams

Mount men travel to Marietta; will have to face Lakewood's Kevin Knab

February 8, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's men's basketball team goes on the road to take on the first place team in the Ohio Athletic Conference when they play at No. 18 Marietta Wednesday at 7:30 pm in Marietta, Ohio.Admission to 

everything is FREE

Kevin KnabTyler Hammond

Knab (L) and Hammond

The Raiders will be challenged by Lakewood High alum Kevin Knab, who is one of the top scorers in the league, averaging 15 points per game and making 80 percent of his free throws, and one of the best rebounders with nearly seven a game and shot blockers with 25

If the can contain Knab, then then they have to worry about St. Ignatius grad Tyler Hammond, a  freshman averaging a dozen points and two and a half assists per game.

Also, Malvern's Trevor Halter is averaging 15 a game for the 20th ranked Pioneers.

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Cleveland State's basketball team finally returns home before becoming a "stranger" to the Wolstein Center

February 8, 2011

 By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State returns home for the first time in more than two weeks when the Vikings host Valparaiso on Thursday (Feb. 10) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

The Vikings capped a three game roadtrip with a 1-2 mark after dropping games at Green Bay (87-63) and Milwaukee (73-64) last week to slip to 12-10 overall and into sixth place in the Horizon League with a 5-6 mark.

Kate Peterson

Coach Peterson

However, CSU is just one game behind fourth place Milwaukee (6-5) and two games behind third place Wright State (7-4). Valparaiso improved to 6-17 overall and 3-8 in the league with home wins over Wright State (73-64) and Detroit (57-46) last week, marking the Crusaders first win streak of the season. Valpo leads the all-time series with the Vikings, 12-7, but CSU has won three straight in the series, including a 68-58 win at Valpo earlier this season.

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Wellington falls to Bucks in PAC hoops play

In Patriot Athletic Conference play, Buckeye was a 43-30 basketball winner over Wellington.

For the Dukes, Victoria Reisinger and Jessica Davis each had seven points

Colleen Huberty throws in 19 points to 

lead Valley Forge victory

Colleen Huberty’s game-high 19 points lead Valley Forge to a 46-39 non-conference basketball victory over Trinity.

Aiding the Patriot scoring effort was Christeen Nohra with 15 points. The Pats improved to 6-11 with the win.

West G. falls to Mayfield

West Geauga’s basketball team dropped a 54-39 decision to Mayfield.

Amy Reinhard led the Wolverines with 10 points.

Buchtel extends winning streak to four 

games; Carroll, Dent score in double 

figures for Griffins

Buchtel won its fourth consecutive basketball game with a 34-30 win over Ellett.

Patience Carroll led the way with 12 points and Ashaunte` Dent added 11.

B-W Wrestling team upsets six-time 

defending champion Heidelberg

By Jeff Miller

BEREA --  The Baldwin Wallace College wrestling team defeated six-time Defending Ohio Athletic Conference champions Heidelberg University, 23-22, tonight (Tuesday, February 8, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.

Woodridge's Scavuzzo

The Yellow Jackets improved to 10-7 overall and 3-0 in the OAC and continue to build a seven match winning streak dating back to December 22, 2010. B-W was lead by the pins of seniors 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo(Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge)  in 5:22 and 197-pounder Tristian Stoll(Milan/Edison) in 2:39. The Student Princes, who received a pin from Andrew Johnson, fall to 9-9-2 overall and 2-1 in the OAC.

Olmsted Falls native Jerry Knapp, Jr.

In order to preserve the win, in the final match at 285 pounds, the Jackets' Ryan Jones kept nationally ranked and Olmsted Falls native Jerry Knapp, Jr. at bay, allowing Knapp only a 9-8 regular decision victory. The three points fell one short of tying the match,

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US moves back into the No. 4 spot in 

state rankings; Ignatius picks up another 

first-place vote but still sits at No. 2

Feb. 8, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUBUS -- After a one-week absence, University School moved back into fourth place in the state high school hockey rankings, but is in a tie for fourth with Northview, in the seventh weekly poll that was released tonight.

Also, St. Ignatius picked up another first-place vote and earned a total of two this week, but it didn’t help much as the Wildcats are ranked No. 2 for the seventh consecutive week. St. Francis, with six of the eight first-place votes, is ranked No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week.

St. Ed remained in the No. 3 spot, Gilmour in the 7 slot, Padua 8, Shaker 9 and Walsh 10.


1. St. Francis 78 (6)

2. St. Ignatius 74 (2)

3. St. Edward 55

4-T. University School 47

4-T. Northview 47

6. St. John’s 42

7. Gilmour Academy 41

8. Padua 17

9. Shaker Heights 14

10-T. Walsh Jesuit 6

10-T. Dublin Jerome 6

10-T. Strongsville 6

Others receiving votes: Lake Catholic and Dublin Coffman