A Page -- Jan. 10, 2011

Powerful Red North has St. Ed, St. 

Ignatius, Strongsville in 3-way 

tie and US one point behind at 

halfway point; Walsh does the 

four-square twice

Jan 10, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Site: www.studentathletecleveland.com

As Red North Division play will pick up again next week after the holiday weekend tournaments, it will be quite an interesting race as the seven teams head into the second half of the season of round-robin divisional play.

The Red North, the most competitive division of high school hockey in the state (its members have won 10 of the last 11 state championships) as well as the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League, saw quite a few upsets last week, creating a three-way tie for first place and only one/half point separating the top four teams and all seven teams just two wins away from either getting a piece of first place or at least being in qualifying position for the Baron Cup I.

Lake Catholic upset St. Edward Wednesday, but then the Eagles turned right around and upset defending state champ St Ignatius at home in front of 1,000 fans one night later to move into a two-way tie with their arch-rival Wildcats, temporarily, each with eight points.

One night later, University School had a chance to make it a three-way and needed only a win over Walsh Jesuit to get to eight points. However, the Warriors had different ideas and wound up making it even more interesting by skating to a 4-4 tie with the Preppers.

Pat McEndry’s Warriors had a chance to make a move over the weekend. The next day they could have climbed back into serious contention, but Strongsville and desire for points to overtake or get a share of that first-place pot and so something had to give. It did and no one came away empty handed.

Nov 2009 Varsity Columbus Tournament

The two of them banged out a 4-4 tie (incidentally Walsh does not have a player who wears No. 44) and the weekend ended with the Eagles, Cats and Mustangs tied for first place in the Red North with eight points apiece.

The Eagles and Wildcats are 4-2 in league play, the ‘Stangs 3-1-2, and the Preppers 3-2-1. Walsh and Padua are tied for fifth with four points each, the Warriors at 1-3-2 and the Bruins at 2-4. Lake Catholic could get to fourth place with a pair of wins. The Cougars sit at 1-4-1.


Walsh goalie Joe Brodar had 67 saves in the 4-4 tie with US. The Preppers were playing without leading scorer Matt Wipper, who has been sidelined temporarily with an injury.

Mount Union men to host Baldwin-Wallace in all Cleveland-area college hoops battle; two Jesuit school products coming off 20-point games, squaring off against each other

January 10, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's men's basketball team looks to keep the momentum moving hosting Baldwin-Wallace in anOhio Athletic Conference contest Wednesday at 7:30 pm at The MAAC in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders (6-8, 4-3 OAC) have won three of its last four games to find themselves one game out of second place in the OAC standings.

Mount Union is coming off a 69-56 win against Ohio Northern last Saturday.  Freshman point guard T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/Toledo St. John's) scored a career-best and game-high 20 points to lead the Raiders in the win.

Gillespie to square off against Jesuit brother Chris Ameen of BW/Walsh

On the season, the Raiders are averaging 70.9 points per game and have four players average double figuresin scoring led by junior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) at 13.9 points per game.

Baldwin-Wallace (7-7, 3-4 OAC) won its fourth straight game with an 86-79 win over Capital this past Saturday.


Walsh Jesuit alum Chris Ameen

Sophomore forward Chris Ameen, a Walsh Jesuit alum and Broadview Heights native, scored a game-high 21 points for the Jackets.

B-W is scoring 75.2 points per game led by freshman forward Kyle Payne, a Brunswick High product, is averaging 16.1 points per game while Ameen is at 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.


The Viking Report
A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

January 10, 2011   

By Brian McCann

Wrestling Heads To Rutgers Quad

The Cleveland State wrestling team continues its season with three matches in New Brunswick, N.J. as part of the Rutgers Quad on Saturday (Jan. 15) at 1:00 p.m. The Vikings will wrestle Rutgers, Army and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in CSU's second quad meet in seven days.

"We'll approach these three meets the same way we've approached everything this season," head coach Ben Stehura said. "We'll go into next week looking to continue improving and building on what we've worked on all season."

The Vikings are coming off a successful performance at the Indiana Quad on Sunday (Jan. 9), where Cleveland State defeated Gardner-Webb, 30-12, and SIU Edwardsville, 31-7, while dropping a 44-3 decision to Indiana. The wins improved Cleveland State's record to 3-4. The three wins are an improvement over last season, when the Vikings finished with only two victories in the 2009-10 campaign.

Robbie Michaels (wrestling at 165) went undefeated on Sunday, finishing with a decision, a major decision and a pin. Ben Willeford (125) won two of his matches with falls while Nick Flannery (133) and Nick Anthony (197) also went 2-1 on the day.
Rob Michaels

CSU also held its home opener last Tuesday (Jan. 4), falling to Kent State, 33-3.  Aric Thurn picked up the lone victory for the Vikings, a 7-2 decision in the 174 weight class.  Prior to the meet, a ceremony was held to honor the induction of Dick Bonacci, the winningest coach in Cleveland State's history, into the Ohio Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Women's Swimming To Host Xavier & Oakland

The women's swimming and diving team, already off to the best start to a season in program history with an 11-1 record, will attempt to add two more victories to the win column when the squad hosts Xavier and Oakland on Saturday (Jan. 15) at 1:00 p.m. Saturday's meet will also serve as the program's annual Alumni Day.

"We have two traditionally tough teams coming in on Saturday in Oakland and Xavier," head coach Wally Morton said. "This is when the schedule starts to get tougher, but that's a good thing. It will prepare us for the conference championship at the end of the season."

The Vikings are riding a six-meet winning streak at the Busbey Natatorium, during which CSU has defeated 17 teams. The women are currently ranked 15th in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Mid-Major poll, and are three victories shy of tying the record of 14 wins in a season, set by last year's team.

Cleveland State resumed its season last week with a training trip to Puerto Rico. The Vikings spent the week preparing for the remaining meets on their schedule, culminating with a meet with Connecticut called the San Juan Dual Relay Challenge. CSU finished second in the challenge, winning the 200 freestyle relay and taking second in the 400 medley and 800 free relays to place second in the challenge with a final score of 11-7.

Men's Swimming Continues Season With Back-to-Back Home Meets

The Cleveland State men's swimming and diving team returns to the Busbey Natatorium this weekend for two meets in two days, swimming against Notre Dame on Friday (Jan. 14) at 2:00 p.m. and then hosting Duquesne, Oakland and Xavier on Saturday (Jan. 15) at 1:00 p.m. The Saturday meet will also serve as the program's annual Alumni Day.

"We're going to come back to face one of the best teams in the Big East in Notre Dame and three other very strong programs," head coach Wally Morton said. "This is when the schedule starts to get tougher, but that's a good thing. It will prepare us for the conference championship at the end of the season."

The Vikings (9-1-1 this season) have not lost at home in nearly two years, having won eight meets against 16 opponents since a 173.5-118.5 loss to Oakland on Jan. 16, 2009. Cleveland State has emerged as one of the top mid-major programs in the country this season, entering the week ranked fourth in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America/College Swimming.com Mid-Major poll.

CSU resumed its season last week with a winter training trip to Puerto Rico. The Vikings spent the week preparing for the remaining meets on their schedule, culminating with a meet with Connecticut called the San Juan Dual Relay Challenge. The Vikings won two of the three relay events to win the challenge, 10-8.

Viking High Fives

Robbie Michaels:  The senior wrestler went 3-0 at the Indiana Quad, including winning one match with a pin and another by major decision.

Janelle Adams:  The women's basketball junior dished out a career-high 10 assists and did not commit a single turnover in CSU's win over Milwaukee.

Ben Willeford:  The wrestling freshman was 2-1 at the Indiana Quad, pinning SIU Edwardsville's Paul Meyers in 3:21 and Gardner-Webb's Brett Kostern in 1:36.

Mark de Swardt:  The men's swimming junior helped both the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams to victories in CSU's victory over Connecticut on Saturday.

B-W/Mount Union basketball game 

Wednesday will have strong 

Cleveland, West Side, SWC flavor; 

six S/As have SWC ties; 9 have 

West Side connections

Jan 10, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA --Wednesday’s college basketball game here between Baldwin-Wallace and Mount Union will have Southwestern Conference, West Side and Cleveland written all over it.

In addition to being a key Ohio Athletic Conference match up, this game will have a strong Cleveland flavor with 15 of the 16 women on the 11th ranked Mount Union team having been Student/Athletes at Cleveland-area high schools prior to becoming college S/As, their current roles. Of course, B-W is a Cleveland school and moreover a West Side one in a Southwestern Conference city.

Kayla Rossman (left) and Rachel Rossman (Right)

Let’s start with Rossman sisters. Both were S/As at Olmsted Falls just a few miles down Bagley Road here. However, Kayla is now an S/A at Mount, which made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year and is projected to do it again this year with the Top 15 ranking in both polls, while sister Rachel is an S/A on the team at B-W.


That’s one commonality. Their parents could sit on one side of stands for the first half and the other side for the second half.

Leitch (left) and Lyons

One or both Rossmans in high school were opponents in Southwestern Conference games to Avon Lake’s Bridget Lyons, Rocky River’s Marybeth Leitch, Westlake’s Rosa LaMattina and North Olmsted’s Kori Wiedt. All four are in the Mount program. In addition, Megan Saunders was a student and basketball player at Lakewood High, which will join the West Shore Conference, a league whose remnants are chiefly from the old SWC, including Leitch’s River.

LaMattina (left) and Wiedt

LaMattina was named Rookie of the Year in the OAC last year as a freshman. Wiedt (13.1) and LaMattina (13.2) are two of the three Cleveland area girls on Mount Union’s team averaging in double figures in scoring.

Crider (left) and Rose

Nordonia High alum Brittany Kilgore (10.6) is also scoring in double figures and along Green's Amanda Rose averaging (each near six rebounds) a combined 11 boards per game.

Kilgore (left) and Saunders

The Purple Raiders also have Salem’s Maggie Miller, Twinsburg’s Kelly Evans, Perry’s (Stark County) Taylor Hartung, Alliance’s Tierny Allen, Brunswick’s Katie Crider, Ellet’s Emily Albanese, and Green’s Lauren Forquer and Rose.

Carpenter (left) and Stack

Carpenter is averaging nine points and two assists per game while Stack is the leading playmaker with 2.2 assists per game.

In addition to Rachel Rossman, B-W also has Jess Carpenter from Hoover High, Ali Stack from Firelands High, Autumn Williams from Laurel School for Girls, Jessica Lairson from Louisville and Jen Calhoun from Lake Catholic.


Solon's Dan Jacobson named 

Student/Athlete of the Week in the 


January 10, 2011

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – Two Case Western Reserve University swimming & diving student-athletes were selected as University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday, January 10. Freshman diver Dan Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon) and classmate Maggie Dillione (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North) were recognized for their roles in the Spartans’ dual meet sweep of Notre Dame College (OH) on Saturday.


Jacobson receives the honor for the second time in his young career after finishing first on both boards as the men's team edged NDC, 123.5-99.5, to improve to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Jacobson, who is already an NCAA provisional qualifier, won the one-meter dive event, outscoring his closest competitor 271.40-210.40. On the three-meter board,Jacobson tallied 281.30 points to win by 91.3.


Dillione received the first conference recognition of her career after pacing the women with individual wins in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard freestyle. Dillione registered a time of 1:56.52 in the 200 free and touched the wall in 59.84 to win the 100-yard butterfly. The women's squad improved to 3-2 for the season in dual meets with the 108-88 decision.

Lake Erie Names Davie Carmichael Head Men’s Soccer Coach

Former Storm graduate assistant tabbed to lead Storm as sixth head coach in program history

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE – Lake Erie College Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann announced today (Jan. 10) that Davie Carmichael has been named head coach of the men’s soccer program after serving the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach with the Storm.

Carmichael is the sixth coach in the program’s history.

“Davie has learned a lot and grown as a coach in his two years here at Lake Erie and we are looking forward to the future of Storm men’s soccer,” Zimmermann said.  “Members of the team, the athletic department and the search committee were impressed with him during the search process. We are very confident in his abilities to work with and motivate our student-athletes on and off the field and work hard to move our program forward.”

Since arriving on campus, Carmichael has been heavily involved in the planning and implementation of training and practice schedules, game-day coaching, recruiting and administrative duties within the men’s soccer program as it transitioned from a Division III program to Division II and into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  He also has served as a head coach with the Mentor Soccer Club since 2009.

“I’m very excited and thankful for the opportunity to be the head coach here at Lake Erie College,” Carmichael said.  “I want to create an environment for success both on and off the field of play and a foundation that will see continual growth and development of the Storm soccer program and bring us one step closer to a GLIAC title.”

A native of Scotland, Carmichael earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management from Notre Dame College where he competed for the nationally-ranked NAIA Falcons for two seasons before earning his degree in 2007. There he helped Notre Dame to two regular season conference titles and two NAIA national tournament appearances.

After graduating, Carmichael went on to combine his knowledge of the sport with his playing and coaching experience as an international sports consultant for Firstpoint USA Sports Scholarship Consultants. While at Firstpoint, his primary responsibility was finding opportunities for student-athletes throughout the United Kingdom to further their academic and soccer futures at colleges and universities throughout the United States.


Prior to Notre Dame, Carmichael was a standout S/A at NCAA Division I Cleveland State University and is no stranger to Division II or the GLIAC, having competed a at Northwood University.  At Northwood, he earned All-GLIAC and All-Region first-team honors in 2004.

“'My goals are to recruit and develop a squad and program that plays simple, intelligent and well dressed soccer,” said Carmichael. “The GLIAC is a very fast paced and physical conference and transitional play is crucial. Controlling the tempo of the game in the GLIAC is imperative to success and something we will continually work on improving. The tactical aspects of the game- how to press, when to press, possession, formation and positional play - are all key components to controlling the tempo of the game and will set a platform for us to play attractive soccer.”

Carmichael spent time as a coach with Glascow Celtic Football Club in his homeland and directed team and individual camps with HandsOnSoccer.

He is a former professional soccer player with Greenock Morton Football Club in Scotland and member of the U18 Scottish National squad where he earned three International caps as captain and scored a goal against Northern Ireland.  

Brandon Becka goes back to back on the 

deuce to lead Rangers sinking of Sailors

Brandon Becka put together back-to-back 200 games in a 221-255 (476) two-game series this evening to lead North Ridgeville’s varsity boys’ high school bowling team to a 2,308-2,238 win over Vermilion. 

The Rangers also had Ryan Kordish 159 (159), Mike O'Sullivan 199-202 (401), Joey Peterson 185-236 (421), Glenn Waligora 152 (152), and Logan Gedeon 194 (194). 

Vermilion had Andrew Harala 147-178(325), Kyle Neiding 161-190(351), Andrew Fetsie 178-194(372), Adam White 269-224(493), and Jonathon Holtcamp 147-211(358).

Ashely Schoonover paces Ranger 

gals to win over Vermilion in varsity 


Ashley Schoonover 166-170(336) led North Ridgeville’s varsity girls bowling team to a 1,798-1,646 win over Vermilion.

Also for the Ranger gals it was Shauna Shields 140-121(261), Samantha Crist 139-139 (278), Devan Freeman 151-155 (306), and Cassie Pawlak 178-149 (327).

Tonight’s Sailors output turned out as follows: Kirsten Neal 157-153(310), Emily Aldrich 122-90(212), June Aldrich 92-105(197), Janna Schindler 128-153(281), and Ashley Rooker 189-163 (352).

Zack Pulvino posts best game and 

series to spark win on lanes for 

Ranger JVs

Zack Pulvino had the match-high game and match-high series, bowling a 217-158 (375) tonight to charge North Ridgeville’s JV bowling team to a 1,999-1746 win over Vermilion.

Jim Bradley 158-190(348) Josh Buttrey 178-181 (359) Joey Casement 145 (145), Tyler Davis 162-161(323), and Alex Scullin 136 (136) complemented Pulvino for the Rangers.

 Damion Horak 149-132 (281), Trevor Keisman 125 (125), Collin Clark 141 (141), Sean Aldrich 158-148(306), Matt Scholl176-189(365), Josh Shullick 148 (148) were the Sailor scorers tonight.