A Page -- Jan. 12, 2011

Kourtney Brown


Solon's Kourtney Brown still in 

top 15 nationally in three major 

categories; Hoban's Tecca, 

averaging 19 a game against BG, 

set for another big one against 

Falcons; Hoover alum Steph 

Gibson hits double figures

Jan 12, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Buffalo at Miami, 7 pm
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The Bulls begin a two-game road trip this afternoon as they face Miami at Millett Hall. The Bulls hit a season-high 10 three pointers last Saturday against Kent State, including a combined nine from senior Jessica Fortman and sophomore Nicki Hopkins. 

The 10 threes were the highest total for the Bulls since they hit 11 in the season opener against Howard. The 10 threes were the most in a MAC game since last season when UB hit 10 threes in an overtime loss at Northern Illinois. In the latest national rankings senior Kourtney Brown continues to be in the top 15 in scoring (12th), rebounding (6th) and field goal percentage (5th). Brown, who is just one point away from 1,600 for her career, is also sixth in double-doubles and 31st in blocked shots. 

Miami is 8-7 on the season and 0-2 in the MAC following a 90-52 loss at Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks are coming off a six-game road trip where they went 2-4. Courtney Osborn leads the team with 16.8 points per game. Maggie Boyer is also averaging double figures at 12.9 points per contest. Kirsten Olowinski is averaging just under a double-double with 9.9 points and a team-high 10.9 rebounds per game.

Kent State at Ohio, 7 pm
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The Kent State women's basketball team (11-3, 2-0) looks to continue its strong start to the 2011 MAC season Wednesday when the Golden Flashes travel to Ohio for a 7 p.m. tip at the Convocation Center. With a selfless attitude an a never-give-up mentality, Kent State battled back from a 19-point first-half deficit with 48 points in the second stanza to rally for a 72-63 victory at 

Buffalo Jan. 8.

Hoover alum Steph Gibson

Senior Jamilah Humes led all scorers with 27 points, with 16 coming in the second half. Seniors Ellie Shields and Stephanie Gibson also were in double figures with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Kent State's 19-point deficit it overcame against Buffalo was not only the largest it has had this season in any game, but was the largest recovery by the Golden Flashes since a 19-point deficit turned victory against Northern Illinois Feb. 7, 2007. 

The Bobcats dropped to 0-2 in the MAC after a 54-45 setback at Akron Jan. 8. Against the Zips, Ohio was plagued by 22 turnovers as Alesia Howard and Ashley Fowler each reached double figures with 10 points apiece. On the season, junior guard Tenishia Benson is the lone player averaging double figures for Ohio with 14.1 ppg. She also leads the team in rebounding (7.6 rpg), steals (2.6 spg) and free throw percentage (73.3 percent).

Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 7 pm
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Fresh off a 70-62 victory over Ball State University, the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team remains at home Wednesday, Jan. 12, for a Mid-American Conference West Division showdown against instate rival Central Michigan University. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. 

The Eagles enter the game with a mark of 11-5 (2-0 MAC) while the Chippewas are 10-4 (2-0 MAC). CMU's Shonda Long (190) needs just two three-pointers to become CMU's career leader (191 by Molli Munz, 1999-02). Kaihla Szunko became just the fourth player in CMU history to reach 200 career steals with four against NIU on Jan. 8. Szunko has registered a double-double in 10 of CMU's 14 games this season.

She ranks third in the nation in 2010-11 and second in career double-doubles among active players in the MAC with 33. The Chippewas are off to their best 14-game start under head coach Sue Guevara and the best since 1990-91. It's just the sixth time in program history CMU has at least 10 wins in its first 14 games. 

The Eagles have strung together six consecutive victories for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. Last year the Green and White rolled off a seven-game winning streak from Dec. 5 through Jan. 9. In total, the program has 13 winning streaksof five-or-more contests.

Over the past several contests the Eagles have started to gel, winning the last six games by an average of 24.0 points per game (EMU 75.5, OPP 51.5). Eastern's field goal percentage has also started to climb, to 40.4 percent, while going to the charity stripe 189 times compared to just 98 for the opposition. The Green and White have also forced its opponents to turn the ball over an average of 26.3 times per game, while grabbing 16.5 steals per contest.

Northern Illinois at Toledo, 7 pm
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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team (6-9, 0-2 Mid-American Conference) travels to MAC West favorite Toledo to face the Rockets (10-5, 2-0 MAC), Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Savage Arena. When Northern Illinois scores 60 or more points, the Huskies are 5-2. In games that NIU fails to reach 60 points, it is 1-7. NIU's two losses when hitting 60 have both come in MAC play. NIU's only win without reaching 60 points came against SIU, and took a 40-foot half court buzzer beater by Courtney Shelton to win the game. 

Marke Freeman became the 26th member of Northern Illinois' 1,000-Point Club during the Huskies' game at Central Michigan. She now has 1,008 career points, 25th-most in Huskie history, one points ahead of Jessie Wilcox, and 17 point shy of former teammate Kylie York. 

The redshirt senior is in only her third season on the court with the Huskies after transferring from Florida A&M. The Midnight Blue & Gold is coming off a hard-fought 63-60 overtime win at Western Michigan on Saturday and has won nine of its last 11 contests. 

Junior Naama Shafir scored a season-high 27 points, including 23 points following halftime, to help the 2010-11 MAC West Division preseason favorites post their sixth consecutive triumph over the Broncos. UT, which is in the midst of a five-game home win streak and is 6-1 in Savage Arena this season, is fueled offensively by Melissa Goodall, Shafir and senior Jessica Williams, who are averaging 13.9 ppg, 13.1 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively.

Akron at Bowling Green, 7 pm
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After notching its first league win at home on Saturday, the University of Akron women's basketball team (8-6, 1-1) will face its first Mid-American Conference road test on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at Bowling Green (14-1, 2-0). 

Tip-off with the Falcons is slated for 7 p.m. ET. The Zips have a stiff challenge in taking on the six-time defending league champions, led by two-time reigning MAC Player of the Year Lauren Prochaska. Leading Akron's charge will be sophomore Rachel Tecca, who averaged 19.3 points per game in three meetings with BGSU last season.

Freshman guard Kacie Cassell's 4.4 assists per game rank 8th-most in the country among freshmen. Sophomore forward Rachel Tecca is tied for 52nd in the nation with 17.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Taylor Ruper stands 45th in the country with 2.6 3-pointers made per game. As a team, the Zips rank 31st in turnover margin (+4.57), 44th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.7), and 50th in assist/turnover ratio (0.94). 

Rachel Tecca

The Falcons will enter the Akron game with an overall record of 14-1, and BGSU is 2-0 in MAC play, the Falcons are 8-0 at home, 5-1 on the road and 1-0 in neutral-site games to date. BG owns two of the longest current winning streaks in the nation, with 14-straight overall victories and a 21-game homecourt winning streak. 

Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 19.7 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.4 rebounds per contest. Classmate Tracy Pontius has 13.0 ppg to date, and leads the team with 4.3 assists per outing. BGSU is shooting 42.2% from the field, 37.0% from three-point land and 79.8% from the free-throw line.


CSU Men's Home Game vs. Butler On Feb. 5 Moved To A 

Noon Tipoff For TV

January 12, 2011 

CLEVELAND-- The Cleveland State men's basketball home game against Butler on Saturday, Feb. 5 has been moved to a 12:00 noon start in order to accomodate a national broadcast on either ESPN or ESPN2.

One of five Horizon League games that day, the Butler game was originally slated for a 2:00 p.m. start.

ESPN made the decision on Wednesday (Jan. 12), opting to put the Viking game at noon with a decision on which network to be made at least one week prior to the contest.

In addition, Green Bay's game at Milwaukee that day will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST and be televised on ESPNU and the Loyola game at Wright State will be the Horizon League Gameof the Week and start at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Cole Named As A Finalist For Bob Cousy Award

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State senior guard Norris Cole has been named as one of 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented which is presented by theNaismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

"This list makes up college basketball's elite at the point guard position," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  "These 20 players in contention for the award all have skills that Mr. Cousy would be proud of.  The Hall of Fame looks forward to having these players compete for one of college basketball's most prestigious awards."

"We are pleased with our list of 20 candidates that have advanced into the next round of the process," 2011 Bob Cousy Award chair Ken Kauffman said.  "We've got a very competitive field of players in contention for the award and we look forward to moving into the next phase.  All of these players are well deserving of the recognition."

Cole was named as one of 72 candidates for the award in early December and the list was pared down by the selection committee to the current 20 finalists.  The list will be trimmed  down to 10 players by February 3rd and than further to five players by March 3rd.

The final five players in contention for the award will be presented to Mr. Cousy and the Hall of Fame's selection committee.

The Cousy committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers.  The winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

Cole has had an exemplary senior season, leading Cleveland State to a 15-3 record.  He leads the Horizon League in scoring (20.6), assists (4.6), steals (2.3), while ranking fourth in free throw percentage (.841) and 10th in rebounding (5.3).  He has nine 20-point games this year, giving him 28 in his career, to raise his CSU career scoring total to 1,568 points to move into seventh place on the CSU chart.

Chad Fitzgerald Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Tiffin – January 12, 2011 – Heidelberg University head baseball Matt Palm has announced that current assistant coach Chad Fitzgerald has been promoted to associate head coach. Fitzgerald will continue as recruiting coordinator, while increasing his involvement with the program’s budget, fundraising and travel. On the field, Fitzgerald oversees the pitchers and the outfielders.


“I look forward to continue to develop the strong academic and athletic traditions at Heidelberg,” said Fitzgerald. “The baseball program has developed into a leader in the Ohio Athletic Conference and the nation and I am honored to be given the opportunity to help keep Heidelberg as a mainstay amongst the best in Division III.”


Fitzgerald has been a member of the Heidelberg coaching staff since 2008 when he joined as a graduate assistant. Over the course of his time on campus, Fitzgerald has led three All-Americans, the 2010 Mideast Region Pitcher of Year and the 2009 and 2010 OAC Pitcher of the Year. Along the way five hurlers have picked up Mideast Region honors and eight have been All-OAC selections.


In the classroom, Heidelberg’s pitching contingent has excelled, as Nathan James earned the inaugural Elite 88 Award in 2010, to highlight four Academic All-OAC honorees and one all-district pick under Fitzgerald’s mentoring.


During his stint in the Berg dugout numerous Heidelberg records have been set, while the team has claimed the OAC Regular Season Championship and OAC Tournament trophy every year. A season ago, Fitzgerald assisted the Berg in claiming its first Mideast Region Championship and made its first appearance at the NCAA Baseball Championships.


“Coach Fitz has been an integral part of our baseball program since he came on board,” said Palm. “He has elevated our pitching staff to new heights not only on the mound, but in the classroom. I am looking forward to continuing to work with him to add to the success of the Berg baseball family.”


Fitzgerald originally hails from Hermitage, Pa. and was a 2003 graduate of Hickory High School. He went on to be a two-time Academic All-American pitcher at Seton Hill Universityin Greensburg, Pa. Seton Hill racked up 124 victories over the course of his four-year career, including a 45-20 season in 2006. In 2006, Seton Hill also claimed the American Mideast Conference Championship and went on to win the NAIA Region IX and the East Coast Super Regional’s, earning a bid to the NAIA World Series. Fitzgerald posted a 4-1 record on the mound in 10 appearances, with a 3.69 earned run average during the Griffins’ championship season in 2006.


Due to highway tragedy, Mount 

Union cancels tonight's basketball 

games scheduled with B-W

January 12, 2011 

Due to a tragedy in the Student/Athletic family at the school, Mount Union's men's basketball and women's basketball games against Baldwin-Wallace scheduled for this evening have been postponed.

The Purple Raider men were slated to host the Yellow Jackets in Alliance while the women's team was to play in Berea. 

Both games were to tip-off at 7:30 pm. Both games have not yet been rescheduled.

According to a Newsnet5.com report, a crash involving a snow plow and a University of Mount Union bus left one person dead and injured four others, which it attributed to the Highway Patrol reports.

However, it was later revealed that the reported dead person is "fatally injured" instead.

The crash occurred on U.S. Route 30 in Bucyrus, around 11 last night. The bus was carrying the school's wresting team from Ohio Northern University, back to Mount Union.

The late Dan Gorman

Daniel M. Gorman, 52, of Hartville, Ohio, was a passenger on the bus and was fatally injured in the accident.  He was taken to Bucyrus Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Newsnet5 report, but only "fatally injured," according to the Mount Union news bureau report.

However, according to Mount Union public relations writing style, "fatally injured" is a euphemism for "dead"  so indeed in addition to the injured in the crash, one has been left dead.

According to a release from the Highway Patrol, both vehicles were traveling east on US 30, and the plow was clearing the left lanes. The bus tried to pass in the right lane and the auxiliary blade of the plow tore into the left side of the bus, opening it up "like a tin can." Gorman was sitting in the seat that was impacted by the plow blade.

Gorman was an associate professor in human performance and sport business, and he was a trainer for the wrestling team.


Amber Bogard
High School Girls Basketball
12th Grade
Power Forward

This week's Bison Student/Athlete of the Week is 12th grade Lady Bison Basketball player, Amber Bogard. Last week, Amber helped lead the Lady Bison to victories over John F. Kennedy High School, 90-48, and conference foe Independence, 66-33, Athletic Director Ryan Peters just announced.

Amber scored 25 points against JFK and she scored 21 points, had 10 steals, 9 blocked shots and 5 rebounds against Independence.  Amber is averaging 21 points per game, 12 rebounds, four steals, two block shots and four assists for the season.

Amber Bogard

"Amber can do it all," said Coach Melvin Burke. "She is an amazing team player

and has a fantastic workethic on and off the court. Amber is a very special player and a great person. She is the leader of our team."

Last year Amber was voted All-Ohio. She recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Eastern Michigan.

The Lady Bison have a record of 7-2 and have a busy week. They take on Western Reserve Academy on Monday at home; Tuesday they travel to Canton McKinnley to take on the defending Division I State Champions; Wednesday they come home to take on Hawken; and end the week against Cuyahoga Heights on Saturday.

Viking men will try to snap two-game 

losing streak

Jan 12, 2011

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State will close its three-game league road swing when the Vikings travel to Youngstown State on Saturday, Jan. 15 beginning at 7:05 p.m. in the Beeghly Center on the YSU campus.  

After opening the season with a 15-1 record, the Vikings dropped both games of last week's trip to Indiana to drop out of first place in the Horizon League standings for the first time this year, carrying a 15-3 overall and 4-2 league record into the game. CSU, which is ranked seventh in the most recent Mid-Major Top 25, is ranked No. 30 in the most recent RPI and No. 41 in the Sagarine rankings.  Youngstown State, which is 7-9 overall and 1-5 in league play, is coming off an impressive 86-51 decision over Wilberforce on Tuesday night to improve to 7-1 at home this season.  This will be the 74th meeting between CSU and Youngstown State, making the Penguins the most-often played opponent in school history.  The Vikings have won 23 of the 32 games since 1985-86 and are 24-13 all-time in games played in Youngstown.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received numerous mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Jan. 10).  Individually, Norris Cole ranked 19th in the nation in scoring (20.6), 26th in steals (2.3) and 63rd in assists (4.6) while Trey Harmon was 63rd in steals (1.9).  As a team, the Vikings were in the top 60 in eight categories, ranking 22nd in turnover margin (+4.2), 23rd in won-loss percentage (.833), 27th in three-point defense (.298), 38th in scoring margin (61.2), 40th in turnovers (12.1), 54th in scoring margin (+10.3), 57th in steals (8.2) and 59th in field goal defense (.399).

VIKINGS DROP TO SEVENTH IN THE MID-MAJOR POLL:  An after effect of the two losses in Indiana last week was felt on Monday when, after holding on to the top spot in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 for the last five weeks, CSU dropped to seventh.  St. Mary's received 25 of the 31 first place votes to take over the top spot while Gonzaga moved up from fourth to second with 718 points (3 first place).  Missouri State was third (704), Old Dominion fourth (660), Butler fifth (2, 652) and Wichita State sixth (634).  The Vikings received one first place and 585 total points.  Horizon League squads Wright State (17), Loyola (16) and Detroit (10) also received votes.

COLE NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE BOB COUSY AWARD:  Honors continue to come Norris Cole's way as he was named on Wednesday (Jan. 12) as one of 20 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's top collegiate point guard.  In early December, Cole was named as one of 72 candidates for the award and the list will be further pared to 10 in early February and five in March with the winner being named on April 4th at the Final Four in Houston.

VIKINGS PUT OHIO WIN STREAK ON THE LINE:  The Vikings enter Saturday's game at YSU with a seven-game win streak against Ohio opponents that dates back to last season.  Included in that total are wins over Akron and Kent State this year with CSU slated to play Youngstown State and Wright State yet this season.  The Vikings also have won 12 straight home games against Ohio opponents going back to the 2007-08 campaign.

CSU OUT TO TIE DEFENSIVE RECORD:  The Vikings will be out to tie the 36-year old school record of 19 consecutive games holding opponents to under .500 shooting when CSU plays at Youngstown State.  CSU has accomplished the feat in the first 18 games this season, one game short of the school record set in 1965-66.

POGUE SURPASSES 50 STRAIGHT STARTS:  When junior center Aaron Pogue jumps center to start the Youngstown State game, it will mark the 52nd consecutive start in his playing career, the 14th longest streak in school history.  Pogue has started every game in his CSU career.

Canton Central Catholic alumnus 

Willie Brechun among four 

Student Princes named 

Pre-Season All American

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin – January 12, 2011 – Four members of the nationally ranked Heidelberg University baseball team have been named to the D3baseball.com Preseason All-American team.

Landing a spot on the first team was senior third baseman Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic), senior right-handed closer Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) and junior right fielder Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start). Sophomore right-handed starter Ethan Holt (Galion, Ohio / West Holmes) was named to the honorable mention team.

This group of Heidelberg student-athletes helps to make up the fourth annual preseason All-American team by D3Baseball.com. The preseason team is coming off a year that they combined to hit .423 and was 46-9 on the mound with 28 saves. Brechun was one of four unanimous selections.

A four-year starter, Brechun is coming off a junior campaign that landed him All-American honors from D3Baseabll.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). He was also named to the Mideast Region and All-Ohio Athletic Conference teams. For the year he set a new OAC and Heidelberg record for doubles with 26, while hitting .429 with 65 runs batted in, both of which were second on the team. At the hot corner, Brechun fielded .913 with 98 assists and 28 putouts.

Returning for his final year as Heidelberg’s closer is Lowe. He is a three-time All-American over the course of his career. Aside from All-American honors from D3Baseball.com and the ABCA a season ago, Lowe was also tabbed the Mideast Region Pitcher of the Year, as well as the OAC’s Kent Tekelve Co-Pitcher of the Year. It was the second straight year he was the top pitcher in the OAC. He has set a new Heidelberg career record for saves at 30 and has found himself atop the single season saves record at the Berg in each of the last three years. In 2010 he made 28 appearances and finished with 12 saves, a 5-3 record and a 2.92 earned run average.

Lizcano will look to build off his impressive sophomore campaign this spring. In 2010 he was named an All-American by D3Baseball.com and the ABCA following his selection as the Mideast Region and the Jack Rafeld OAC Player of the Year. He also landed a spot on the All-OAC First Team. From his leadoff spot he led the Berg in hitting (.445), hits (94), home runs (15), total bases (165), runs scored (74) and runs batted in (71). His statistical marks set new Heidelberg single season records for runs scored, hits, RBI and total bases, while tying the home run mark.

On the mound in 2010 Holt emerged into the starting rotation early and did not disappoint. He got the ball in 11 of his 14 appearances and finished the year leading the staff with a 2.38 ERA. Holt finished at 9-1 with 58 strike outs. For his efforts he was named to the All-OAC and the All-Mideast Region Teams.

Pre-School Sports to begin first 

session of Tot Basketball Saturday

January 12, 2011 

Tot Basketball will begin Saturday in Avon Lake and it is still not too late to sign up for those ages 3-6. School Principal/Athletic Director Craig Collins has sent out the following message:

 Welcome to the first session of Preschool Sports Tot Basketball. I look forward to seeing your children this Saturday January 15th at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ. A few things to inform you of;


1. Please have your children bring there gym shoes in a separate bag to change into. This will cut down on a wet and slippery floor for safety purposes

2. Please use the back door to enter the facility, Announcements and introductions will be done the first 5 mins. Of class.

3. Upon arrival, there will be a check in sheet for attendance purposes.

4. If any parents taking pictures and willing to share them, I would like to post them on the Preschool Sports Facebook page. Please email me at preschoolsports38@yahoo.com

5. VOLUNTEERS - For those parents who said they are willing to volunteer, I look forward to your assistance. Please see me at the beginning of your son/daughters class and I can go over the agenda for the day.

6. OPEN SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE - I still have open slots for registrations for the following times; (9am and 12noon) If anyone know of any friends or family looking to still enroll, please have them contact me.

7. No basketballs please, we will have mini balls for each child to use.

8. T shirts have been ordered, but will not arrive until the second or third week of practice.

9. A program survey will handed out towards the end of the session. Your feed back is important to the development of all the Preschool Sports programs.

10. This is a basic introduction/skill based clinic. Besides the introduction to the sport, I plan on developing your child's listening skills and promoting exercise while having FUN!

Lesson Plan

Check in

Open Shooting (Family)


Stretching and Conditioning (Group)

Exercise our Listening, Looking and Speaking Skills

Defense Drills (Group)

Break Out (2 Groups, ages 5-6 on the East end of the gym, ages 3-4 on the west end of the gym)






Open Shooting - If there is time at the end, We will allow 2-5 minutes of Parent/Child open free time to work with your child on the basic skills.

Circle/Huddle Time

Each child will receive a basketball washable stamp on their hand at the end of every practice

*Some weeks, children will be given a basketball page to take home and color and bring back the following week. Extras will be available for brothers and sisters to take home

**HOMEWORK - Parents, each week your child will have homework. At the end of our Circle/Huddle Time, I tell all the children they have HOMEWORK;

"You have to tell mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, and whoever else is here watching you, thank you for coming" Then they will be instructed to give you a big kiss and hug!

If your child forgets, please feel free to send them back to one of there coaches to remind them or you may do so!

Thank you again for your child's registration in the program