A Page -- Jan 1, 2011

Two best in the state since '08, US 

and Iggy, to meet at The Pond 

tomorrow; Wildcats and Preppers 

both coming off strong tourney 


Jan. 1, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Site: www.studentathletecleveland.com

A rematch of the state Frozen Four semifinal game from last March will be played at The Pond tomorrow night when University School and St. Ignatius meet to start off the 2011 portion of the high school season.

Ignatius, the defending state champs, won that game and also the other Red North Division meeting, 2-1, last month at the Coyne Recreation Center.


Both teams are coming off tournament successes from earlier this week. US dominated round-robin in the eight-team Eagle Classic in Winterhurst, before falling by two goals (including a late open netter) to the defending state titlists from Illinois (The Blackhawk Cup), St. Rita, a team it defeated one night earlier by six goals.

St. Ignatius went 4-0 in a 48-hour span in its own St. Ignatius Invitational this week, collecting its second tourney title trophy in 10 days.

So US will be playing a state champion for the third time in five days and fourth time in 11 days. To magnify it to an even higher level – US earned the state championship in 2008-09 and qualified to the Frozen Four seven of the past eight seasons.

The Preppers come into the game 7-7-3 overall but playing better hockey than they have all season, a warm streak that actually began in that 2-1 loss to the Wildcats in their last Red North game.

US has won four of its last five games after enduring a string of six games during which it won only one.

The Prepper “red line” went into full gear in Lakewood this week, scoring 19 of the 25 goals in four games. The line of Connor Clemens, Ian Robertson and Matt Wipper have accounted for 41 of the 70 Prepper goals this season.  They have also combined for 43 assists on one another’s goals as well as defensemen’s, special teamers and others.

Matt Wipper

One telling statistic is that Wipper has an astounding +21 +/- ratio. Clemens has a +12 and Robertson a +8. This means that with all or any of the three forwards on the ice, the Preppers have a high chance of scoring goals, and if not, at least preventing the opponents from scoring.

Joey Rider, Jared Rubin and Graham Harding from the other lines also scored two goals each in the four-game tourney.

Robertson leads the team with 33 points, while Wipper has 28 and Clemens 23. Wipper has the team lead in goals with 16 while Clemens leads the club with 13 assists.

George Chapman, Drew Musser and Conner Judson are the defensemen doing the best job of defending goalies Sam Althans and Andrew Megerian. Each of the three defensemen has 20 minutes of penalty time.


St. Ignatius has an 11-game winning streak going coming into the 2011 portion of the season. The Wildcats avenged two losses to Gilmour earlier this season with a pair of wins over the Lancers in a 28-hour time span, first in round robin play and then with a 6-3 title-game win over the Lancers.

The Wildcats come into the week ranked No. 2 in the state while the Preppers are ranked fifth. Those rankings were based on Monday’s poll. Check back at Student/Athlete-Cleveland Monday night for this week’s poll.

Paddy Spellacy leads the 16-3 Wildcats with 22 goals.


The Wildcats have also had some success against some of Illinois best, taking a 6-0 win from New Trier, 6-0, in the Gilmour tournament title game four weeks ago. New Trier was projected to win the state title last year but was upset by St. Rita in the state semis, 4-3.

In fact the last two times the Wildcats lost this season came in the first week of December in the Gilmour after Thanksgiving tourney, both times to Gilmour. The only other team to beat the Cats this year besides the Lancers is St. John.

US is one of only two teams this season to play Iggy to a one-goal game, Strongsville also did it in a 5-4 loss in the Thornton Park Tourney, which the Wildcats also eventually won.

Great Lakes Regional Futsal 

Tournament now accepting 


Hands-on-Soccer is accepting applications for its after-Christmas Futsal Tournament next weekend. Each team will have a 3-Game Minimum during the tourney -- January 7th, 8th and 9th.


Team entries are welcomed in all age groups, U-8 through u-18 (boys and girls) and adult divisions are available as well.


Details are as follows:

                          **Games at Ohio-Nets

                                        12600 Corporate Drive, Parma, Ohio. 

                                    **Tournament Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites Cleveland Airport

                                       7074 Engle Rd., Middleburg Heights, Oh 44130

                                       For Reservations Contact Nina Parson
                                       Phone: (440) 234-0206

Register Online at 


Call Chris for more info or assistance at 440-320-2390

 Also Futsal League sign-ups are on 

Futsal League Play and Tournament Action
Boys, Girls ages u9 - u18 and Adult Divisions 

Register now as an individual or team!
Play Games, Practice Weekly or do BOTH!
Two Locations. Akron and Parma.
Regional Tournament for Boys, Girls and Men.
All Individuals Please contact Otto Orf at handsonsoccer@aol.com330-329-5883

HOS also introduces Futsal Juniors

Exciting new program 
for 6, 7 and 8 year old boys and girls!
Akron and Parma locations.
  • Introductory and Instructional Futsal League.
  • Prepare your young player for the outdoor soccer season. 
  • Learn to pass, trap, shoot and shield the ball.
  • Learn positioning, defensive, offensive and communication skills.
  • 8 weeks, 20 minutes instruction followed by games!
  • Coaches, Parents and Players will learn the skills and tactics.
  • 8 Saturdays Starting January 15th, 9-12am (Akron).
  • 8 Saturdays Starting January 15th, 6-7pm (Parma).
  • Individuals and teams are now being accepted.
  • Includes futsal shirt, futsal ball, instruction, games and ref fees.
  • $75 per individual. $600 per team based on 8 players.
  • Contact Otto Orf at handsonsoccer@aol.com, 330-329-5883

Smarts, talent and "Luck" should be 

the right mix for Stanford to juice up 

win Monday night; former Iggy QB's 

son to lead the Cardinal

Jan. 1, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


By adoption/extension, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the lone Cleveland representative in Monday’s Orange Bowl as the Cardinal will take on Virginia Tech.


Although Luck was reared in Texas, he is the son of Oliver Luck, the former St. Ignatius signal caller who while went on to have a fine college and pro gridiron career after his days with the Wildcats was better known for the antecedent of the Student/Athlete concept with IQ, college entrance and post-graduate scores at off-the-chart levels.

Andrew Luck became the second consecutive Stanford player to finish runner up in the Heisman balloting.

Andrew Luck

The elder Luck has even admitted that the younger has even more “upstairs” and Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh has been known to agree with him.

Oliver Luck

Harbaugh played quarterback at Michigan in the mid-1980s. In 1985, he threw a late-game touchdown pass to Westlake High alumnus John Kolesar to unknot a 17-17 tie with Ohio State, in the game Wolverines went on to win, 27-17, so also has some extended ties to the Greater Cleveland area as well as being the perfect mentor for Luck.

Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh

To View the Harbaugh-Kolesar 1985 connect, click below: 

Kolesar is wearing No. 40 and Harbaugh No. 4. Kolesar burning OSU DB William White comes later in the 10 minute clip

Kolesar at the youth S/A camp he and Felix Wright run each summer
(Student/Athlete Photo by Norm Weber)

Andrew Luck was the valedictorian at Stratford High School in Houston five years ago and has continued to achieve high academic honors as an architectural design major at Stanford.
Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck

This year Luck finished in second place in the Heisman Trophy balloting after completing 245 of 349 pass attempts and 28 touchdowns in the first 12 games, 11 of them wins.

He’s already thrown for over 3,000 yards this season. Luck is also the second leading rusher on the team with 438 (including minus from sacks) yards on 51 carries.

Cleveland State's basketball 

team plays at Loyola tomorrow

Jan. 1, 2011

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State takes to the court for the first time in the 2011 calendar year and concludes its two game swing through Chicago when the Vikings play at Loyola at 1:00 p.m. CST (2:00 p.m. in Cleveland) tomorrow.

The Vikings opened Horizon League play with a 65-59 setback at UIC yesteray (Dec. 31) in a New Year's Eve matinee to fall to 7-5 this season (0-1 HL). Loyola improved to 6-5 overall with a 70-53 win over Youngstown State on Friday afternoon. This will be the 35th all-time meeting between the two schools with the Vikings holding a 22-12 lead in the all-time series that dates back to 1986. CSU had won four straight in the series before the Ramblers won both games last season.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad guided the Vikings to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. 

With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses.

Takima Keane

Takima Keane

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (12.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.2 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by juniors Janelle Adams (12.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Takima Keane (8.5 ppg, 3.3 apg). Sophomore Honesty King (5.6 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg) have also figured into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.9 apg) and junior Destinee Blue (9.6, 7.2) are the starters in the frontcourt.

Kaila Montgomery

Kaila Montgomery

Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg), who is recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmenBrandee Kelly (0.3, 0.7) and Haley Schmitt (0.6 ppg, 0.3 rpg), have also fought for minutes.

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings slipped out of the top-25 in this week's CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was announced on Tuesday (Dec. 28) afternoon. CSU did receive 20 points and are fourth among the "Others Receiving Votes", good for 29th overall. Green Bay is the only other Horizon League team in the top-25, receiving 28 of 31 first place votes and 770 points to top the poll. The Phoenix was followed by Bowling Green, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton and Gonzaga in the top five. A new poll is released every Tuesday.

VIKINGS IN THE NCAA STATS: Cleveland State received several mentions in the latest NCAA statistics that were released on Monday (Dec. 20). The Vikings were ranked 42nd in the nation in three point defense (.268), 52nd in field goal defense (.358), 64th in steals (10.9) and 79th in assists (14.9). Individually,Shawnita Garland is 28th in the country in steals (3.1) and 76th in assists (4.6), while Shalonda Winton is 68th in field goal percentage (.511) and 71st in rebounds (8.9).