A Page -- Jan. 19, 2010

Strongsville's Liam Kyle misses 

double-double by one rebound 

as play and contribution at 

Coker College increases

Jan. 19, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



 Since getting his first start at Coker College in Hartsville, SC last month, Strongsville resident and Columbia Station High School alumnus Liam Kyle has been contributing more and more to the successes of his new college team.


Kyle, who began his college career at West Liberty State before transferring due to a more guard-dominated structure of the program, the 6-foot-7 Kyle came in as a reserve the first month of the season to become acclimated to the new program, but now has seen his minutes increase and output spiral upward.


Liam Kyle against Pitt

The junior forward had 14 points, three blocked shots and nine rebounds in an 84-77 loss to Mount Olive. Kyle has now started five games and in 11 games total is averaging 16 minutes per game. He is shooting over 50 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line. He has 38 rebounds and five blocked shots.


In last night’s 79-77 loss to Anderson, Kyle had eight points, two steals, six rebounds and two assists. He shot better than 60 percent from the field last night.

Avon High alum Dan Smith 

named runner of the week in 

the OAC for ONU

Jan. 19, 2010

Avon High alumnus Dan Smith has been named runner of the week in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Track- Ohio Northern sophomore Dan Smith (Avon) placed first in the mile run (4:22.53) and was a member of the third place 4x400 relay team (3:29.46) at the ONU Friday Night series. The team placed second out of six teams.


Dan Smith

Smith’s winning time of 4:22.53 is an OAC A standard an is fewer than seven seconds away from the NCAA provisional qualifying mark (4:16).


Amateur Bowling Honor Roll

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 1/18/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Jeffrey Johansen, Akron, 1/12, Yorktown Lanes;

Donald Moczulski, Middleburg Heights, 1/13, Buckeye Lanes;

Richard Vulcan Jr., North Ridgeville, 1/13, Buckeye Lanes;

Jason Chojnacki, Strongsville, 1/18, Brookgate Lanes;

Michael Erb, Cleveland, 1/14, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

William Keegan, Cleveland, 1/15, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Jeffrey BattleCleveland, 1/15, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Douglas Lucious, Maple Heights, 1/17, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Jason Eves, Cleveland, 1/17, Brookgate Lanes;

Wesley Quick, Brook Park, 1/18, Brookgate Lanes;

Jim Brenders, Parma, 1/18, Brookgate Lanes;

Ed Dobias, North Olmsted, 1/18, Buckeye Lanes;



    299 Games

Tommy Conley, Cleveland, 1/8, Red  Circle Lanes;

Robert Lindeman, Garfield Heights 1/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Mike Dudas, Parma, 1/14, Yorktown Lanes;

Ralph MillerAkron, 1/15, Buckeye Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Rick Bogucki, Broadview Heights, 1/12, Cloverleaf Lanes (800);

Allan Shockey, Olmsted Township, 1/13, Buckeye Lanes (811);

Jim Sneed, Berea, 1/15, Buckeye Lanes (810);

Photo of Brianne McLaughlin

Brianne McLaughlln

EC alumna and Sheffield native 

Brianne McLaughlin, the US 

goalie, will make one final local 

appearance before leaving for 

the Olympics

Jan. 19, 2010


By Norm Weber



Elyria Catholic alumna and Sheffield Village native Brianne McLaughlin, the goaltender for the U.S. Olympic Women’s hockey team, will be making her last appearance in the States Monday at the Creekside Eatery on 611 and 254 in Avon starting at 7 p.m..


McLaughlin will sign autographs at a special send off and well wishing for her and her mates to bring home the Gold.


The former Ohio Flames tender played her college hockey at the Robert Morris University of College Hockey America, where she set an NCAA record for most career saves with 3,809.


McLaughlin asked North Ridgeville resident Mike Haszto to also be on hand for the event. Haszto, who once wrote a poem that was eventually published abut his prediction that McLaughlin would one day play hockey in the Olympics, said he will try to attend if his work responsibilities permit him to break away for any length of time during the evening. Haszto, a goalies coach himself at EC, also agreed to sign some of his books of poetry and other literature while there if he can make it.


While EC did not have a girls’ hockey team (and still doesn’t) when McLaughlin attended, she still did play scholastic sports on the side while developing her skills on the club hockey circuit. In fact, she did well enough to me named the MVP of the track team in 2005. She also played basketball, volleyball and softball for the Panthers.


McLaughlin will rejoin the team on Tuesday as this is their final break before embarking for the Games.

Aheron Earns Her Second Swimmer of the Week Award
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B y Mike Mancini
Westlake  - Oberlin College first-year swimmer Grace Aheron was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week, league office announced on Sunday evening.

Aheron, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, helped the Yeowomen knock off both Ohio Northern University and Kenyon College in a double-dual meet on Friday. 

The former Patrick Henry High School standout earned three wins on the night as she touched in first in the 1,000-yard free (10:57.13), 200-yard IM (2:12.76) and 500-yard free (5:21.19). 

This is the second Swimmer of the Week Award for Aheron. She first earned the honor back on December 7. 

Aheron and the rest of the Yeoswimmers have a busy week ahead as they will travel to John Carroll University on Friday night, before returning home to host Ohio Wesleyan University and Notre Dame College on Saturday at 11 a.m. 

The forest green and white 

to take on Green Bay Friday 

Jan.  19, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State's next men's basketball game is Friday.

Game 20
Green Bay (13-6, 6-2) at Cleveland State (7-12, 3-4)
Date: Friday, January 22, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: SportsTime Ohio (Mike Cairns & Franklin Edwards)
Promo: Doubleheader Friday (CSU women vs. YSU, 5:00 p.m.)
Indoor Tailgate Opens At 4:30 p.m. (Dollar dogs, $2 drafts, cornhole and other games & more)
Series: Green Bay leads, 35-23
Last Meeting: CSU 73, GB 63, 3/7/09 (HL semi-final at Butler)
Tickets: $8, $15 & $25

Former Viking great Franklin Edwards,
who is still not in the CSU Hall of Fame,
will do the color commentary

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State returns home for the first of three straight league home games when the Vikings host Green Bay on Friday, Jan. 22 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game is a doubleheader with the CSU women facing Youngstown State at 5:00 p.m.  The men's game will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio with Mike Cairns and Franklin Edwards providing the commentary.  The Vikings had their three-game league win streak snapped last week with back-to-back losses at No. 22 Butler (64-55) and Valparaiso (78-71). Green Bay, which enters the game with a 13-6 record and in second place in the league standings with a 6-2 mark, is coming off a home sweep of Wright State (68-66 in OT) and Detroit (74-72) last weekend. Green Bay holds a 35-23 lead in the all-time series, but the Vikings have won three of the last four meetings, including a 73-67 win in the Horizon League semi-finals at Butler last March.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (15.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.3 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (7.7, 5.6), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.5, 1.9 apg) and Trevon Harmon (10.8, 2.1) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.0, 1.0 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (1.7, 1.1) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (0.8, 0.2 apg) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.1, 2.2 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he, along with  JC transfers Jared Cunningham (6.8, 3.2) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.8, 6.5) at center.

TV TIMEOUT:  Friday's game vs. Green Bay is the third of four games being produced by SportsTime Ohio this year and the fifth of eight games being shown on STO.  In all, CSU fans will have access to as many as 15 games on television this season.

AJERE OUT:  Sophomore forward Nigel Ajere will not return to the Vikings after sitting out the last six games for personal reasons. Ajere is not enrolled for spring semester classes at CSU, which will begin on Saturday (Jan. 16).  A starter in two of the 12 games that he played in, Ajere averaged 6.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.

Coaches and High School-Aged Football Players Spanning 12 Countries to Compete in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, January 30
Jan. 19, 2010

By Mike Preston
Distributed through IFAF Wire Services

USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, announced today that Riddell is the presenting sponsor of USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 30. NFL Network will televise the game nationally with kickoff set for noon ET.

USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, is an official NFL Pro Bowl Week event. The game features USA Football's 2010 Junior National Team and a World Select team comprised of players and coaches spanning four continents in Ft. Lauderdale's historic Lockhart Stadium. Team USA includes America's top high school football student-athletes. The game will air after Jan. 30 AFC and NFC All-Star practices in Lockhart Stadium and both events are free of charge.
"Being part of this game is important to us," said Riddell President DAN ARMENT. "Americans know how football brings people and communities together and the sport has done that for generations. USA Football's 'Team USA vs. The World' game shows the global passion for football's excitement and team-first values with athletes and coaches spanning 12 nations. Riddell is proud to be associated with this game and USA Football."
The head coach of USA Football's Junior National Team is CHRIS MERRITT, head coach ofMiami Christopher Columbus High School. Merritt was the 2009 USA Football Junior National Team's defensive backs coach that earned a gold medal in Canton, Ohio, this past July in the eight-nation International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship. The tournament was the first junior world championship in football history, drawing more than 40,000 fans to Canton's Fawcett Stadium during the course of four game days
JAN JENMERT, head coach of Sweden's junior national football team, is the head coach of the 45-man "World" roster.
Delivering NFL Network game commentary for the multi-national noon ET kickoff on Jan. 30 will be RICH EISENDEION SANDERS and SCOTT KENNEDYSideline reporter STACEY DALESwill contribute on-field insight.
USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, is also supported by numerous USA Football corporate partners, including Shock Doctor, GameWear Team Sports, Gatorade, Cutters and the Andrews Institute.
For more about USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, visitwww.usavworld.com

St. Ignatius maintains top 

ranking in state poll

Jan. 19, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student//Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – After winning the Bulldog Invitational in Meadville, St. Ignatius maintained the distinction as the No. 1 ranked hockey team in the state. It was the fourth time this season the Wildcats have been top ranked.


Toledo St. Francis, which was ranked No. 1 the second poll of the season, maintained the No. 2 spot after winning the Titan Invitational, which was not too good to Padua, but the Bruins still stand at No. 3.


St. Ed moved up slightly t sixth after finishing runners up at Meadville, as did Walsh after winning its own tournament yesterday. Lake Catholic is ninth and Gilmour, runners up in Bethel Park over the weekend, is 10th. Dublin Coffman dropped out of the top 10.





1.    Cleveland St. Ignatius -------------------- 86 (6)

2.    Toledo St Francis -------------------------- 82 (2)

3.    Parma Padua -------------------------------- 55

4.    Hunting Valley University School ----- 51

            5.    Toledo St. Johns --------------------------- 46

            6,    Lakewood St. Edward -------------------- 44 (1)

7.    Sylvania Northview ------------------------- 38

            8.    Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit --------- 26

            9.    Mentor Lake Catholic --------------------- 25

10.  Gates Mills Gilmour Academy -------- 16



Others receiving votes: Findlay, Dublin Coffman, Elyria Catholic, Strongsville and Kenston








1.    Dublin Coffman ----------- 140 (14)

2.    Cincinnati Sycamore ------ 108

            3.     Dublin Jerome ------------------- 102

4.    Cincinnati Moeller --------   95

5.    Olentangy Liberty ---------  90

6.     Beavercreek --------------  62

7.    Centerville ----------------  47 

8.    Springboro ---------------   38

9.    Upper Arlington ----------   31

10.  Olentangy Orange --------   15 


Others receiving votes: St. Charles, Gahanna Lincoln, Oxford Talawanda, Olentangy, Troy, Thomas Worthington and Cincinnati St. Xavier


Lakewood High alumnus Kevin 

Knab is named Ohio Athletic 

Conference Men's Basketball 

Player of the Week

By Lindsay Rickel and Dan May

AUSTINTOWN -- Marietta sophomore post Kevin Knab (Lakewood) led the Pioneers to a pair of OAC victories this past week and subsequently has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Men;'s Basketball Player of the Week.
Lakewood alumnus Kevin Knab

Knab scored a game-high 17 points against Otterbein and then added a game –high 21 points in an upset over #15 Wilmington. On the week, Knab registered 38 points, shooting 15-of-19 from the field (78.9%) and eight-of-10 (80%) from the free-throw line. He also tallied 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks.
Kevin Knab

Knab, a 2009 All-OAC honorable mention selection, currently paces the Pioneers in both scoring (13.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg). He entered the week ranked fourth among OAC players in rebounding while third in field goal percentage and fifth in free throw percentage. Knab is shooting 62.7% (74-of-118) from the field and 81.5% (53-of-65) from the free throw line. He also ranks third in blocks, averaging 1.20 this winter.

Marietta will look to extend its win streak to three games when the Pioneers take a break from OAC play to battle host Carnegie Mellon University Tuesday (Jan. 19) night at 7 p.m. 

Chagrin's Kim Kessler breaks 

own Marietta pole vaulting

record, then gets named OAC 

field athlete of the week

Jan. 19, 2010

Chagrin native Kim Kessler has been named the field athlete of the week for Indoor track in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Kim Keesler
Kim Kessler

Field- Marietta sophomore Kim Kessler (Chagrin Falls) broke her own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 3.36m at the Marietta Open.

Kessler also placed third in the long jump (4.76m). The Pioneers placed second out of eight teams.
Oberlin Athletics, Heisman Club to Host Career in Sports Networking Event
Networking Event
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The Heisman Club is very pleased to announce a “Career in Sports Networking Event” on February 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Club will welcome a group of professionals to campus who have careers in sports related fields. Chris Broussard ‘90, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, will be the Master of Ceremonies. He will introduce the guests, allow for some general questions, and open the event up to networking. 

Guests will include Don Blumenthal ’74, Oakland Raiders football scout; Laura Pierce ‘03, Head Cross Country Coach, Millikin University; Scott Kretchmar ‘66, Professor of Exercise Science, Penn State University; Chad Kutting’06, Account Executive, San Francisco ‘49ers; Tim Carver, Purdue ‘88 Director of Sports Medicine at Oberlin and others.

The event will be take place in the Science Center Perlik Commons  and is co-sponsored by the Office of Career Services. The event is open to all Oberlin students.

In addition to this event, the department of athletics has created an online career network for current student-athletes and alums. The goal is to connect current job-seeking varsity student-athletes and/or alums to hiring managers throughout the country. 

Viking women sweep weekly 

swimming and diving honors

Cleveland State posts first 11-

win season since 1972-73


By Mike Laninga

Horizon League Office

INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland State freshman Alice Sommerville has been named the Horizon League Women’s Swimmer of the Week, while teammate Kacey Cummings has claimed Women’s Diver of the Week honors for the period of Jan. 11-Jan. 17. 

Alice Sommerville


Sommerville picked up her second career Swimmer of the Week award after the newcomer posted two event wins this past weekend.  The New Zealand native guided her squad to a pair of dual-meet triumphs over Xavier and Duquesne this past weekend as the Vikings recorded their first 11-win season since 1972-73.  Her first-place 50-yard freestyle time clocked in at 23.84 while her winning 100 freestyle time registered in at 52.28. 

Kacey Cummings

 Kacey Cummings

Cummings brought home a pair of first-place honors from this past weekend as CSU posted two dual-meet wins.  The sophomore totaled a winning score of 261.45 from the one-meter board and her first-place tally from the three-meter height equaled 285.10.  The Farmington Hills , Mich. , native, collects her second career weekly award.  



2009-10 Women’s Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 13             Sarah Wardecke, Sr., Milwaukee

Oct. 20             Alice Sommerville, Fr., Cleveland State

Oct. 27              Molley Pipkorn, So., Wright State

Nov. 3              Emily Gniatczyk, Fr., UIC

Nov. 10             Kerry Rossow, Sr., Milwaukee

Nov. 17             Carys Behn, So., Cleveland State

Nov. 24             Joanna Olsson, Fr., Cleveland State

Dec. 1              Joanna Olsson, Fr., Cleveland State

Dec. 7              Shannon Demrow, Jr., Green Bay

Dec. 14             Molley Pipkorn, So., Wright State

Dec. 21             McKinzie Jacobs, Jr., UIC

Winter Break

Jan. 11             Molley Pipkorn, So., Wright State

Jan. 18             Alice Sommerville, Fr., Cleveland State


2009-10 Women’s Divers of the Week

Oct. 13             Kelsey George, Jr., Milwaukee