A Page -- Jan. 13, 2010

Kourtney Brown
Solon Alumna Kourtney Brown

Solon's Kourtney Brown 

becomes fastest at UB to reach 

1,000 points; St. V's Kara 

Murphy moves into third place

all time at Akron; Flashes and 

Zips to meet tonight in 

neighboring counties clash  

Jan. 13, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete Cleveland Editor




The University of Akron’s women’s basketball team will be back in action tonight after snapping a four-game losing streak with a 72-56 Mid American Conference win over Buffalo Saturday despite a 20-point, 14-rebound effort by Solon High alumna Kourtney Brown for the Bulls.


Ten of Brown’s points came at the foul line, which enabled her to become the fastest player in the program to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career. The Junior registered her fifth double-double in a row in the loss to the Zips at the JAR.

Kara Murphy

The Zips will get their rival from just across the county line in Kent State tonight at the JAR in hopes of moving over the .500 mark in the MAC after their first league win against the Bulls.


St. Vincent-St. Mary graduate Kara Murphy led the way in the win over Buffalo, matching Brown’s team-high total and one better for a game high of 21 points. She also had eight rebounds. Murphy moved into third place on the all-time scoring list at UA, now with 1.246 points.

Kyle Baumgartner

Kyle Baumgartner, a Hoover High alum, added 16 points and eight rebounds to help spark the winning effort by the Zips.


Amber Witt
All U. Akron photos by John Ashley

Akron started to blow the game open when Baumgartner’s fellow Hoover alumna Amber Witt stole a pass and converted a layup followed by a free throw for a traditional three-point play and a duble-figure lead at the onset of the second half.


Hoban's Tecca

Baumgartner is tied for the team lead in rebounds with Hoban alumna Rachel Tecca with 96.


Stephanie Gibson

The Flashes are 2-0 in the MAC. In a supporting role for KSU, Hoover’s Stephanie Gibson is third on the team with 28 assists and is among the team leaders in three-point shooting and scoring.

The Viking Report. . .

A Look At What Is Happening 

In Cleveland State Athletics

Five Teams In Action During 

Light Week Of Play...

Women's Basketball & 

Swimming Each Compete At 


Jan. 13, 2010

By Brian McCann

With the start of spring semester just a week away, the competition schedule at Cleveland State slowly begins its buildup again as five sports will be in action this week, three of which will compete at home.

The men's basketball (7-10, 3-2) team will take to the road for a pair of league games in Indiana.  CSU will face No. 22 Butler on Thursday, Jan. 14 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in a rematch of the last two Horizon League Championship title games.  The Vikings will then head to northwestern Indiana to meet Valparaiso on Saturday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m.  Both games are being televised throughout Ohio on SportsTime Ohio.

The women's basketball team (7-8, 2-2) returns home after splitting a pair of conference games in Chicago last week.  The Vikings will host Butler on Thursday (Jan. 14) at 7:00 p.m. and Valparaiso on Saturday (Jan. 16) at 3:00 p.m. with both games being played in the Wolstein Center.

The men's and women's swimming teams return from their annual winter conditioning trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico and will host Xavier and Duquesne for dual meets on Saturday, Jan. 16 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Busbey Natatorium.

The wrestling team will be in Indiana as well, facing off against American and host Indiana at the Indiana Quads.  Action begins on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 12:00 noon.

Men's Basketball Heads To Indiana
Vikings Put Win Streak On The Line Against Butler & Valparaiso

Fresh off Horizon League wins over Youngstown State, Loyola and UIC, the men's basketball team will head to the State of Indiana for a pair of league matches.  The Vikings will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time since winning the 2009 Horizon League Championship in it when CSU faces Butler on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m.  CSU will then head to the northwest corner of the state to face Valparaiso on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2:00 p.m.  Both games will be televised throughout Ohio on SportsTime Ohio.

"This is an important week for us and it will also give us an idea of where we fit in the league race," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "We were able to defend our home court and win two games last week, now we need to go out on the road and see what we can do against two very different teams."

A switch to a four guard starting lineup has provided the Vikings with the spark they needed to overcome a 4-10 record in non-conference games.  Since making the switch, CSU has claimed three straight league wins to move into fifth place in the league standings.

Sophomore guard Jeremy Montgomery, the CSU Male Athlete for the month of December, continued his torrid scoring pace, scoring 15 points against Loyola and 17 vs. UIC last week.  Over his last six games, Montgomery is averaging 17.0 points a game.

Women's Basketball Returns Home To Host Butler & Valpo
Viking Begin Three-Game Homestand

Cleveland State returns home to begin a three-game homestand with a pair of contests this week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Butler on Thursday (Jan. 14) in the Wolstein Center. CSU will also host Valparaio on Saturday (Jan. 16) in which the first 500 fans will receive a free Viking window decal courtesy of Pepsi.

"It will be nice to get back home and play some games," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "I think we are coming off one of our best efforts of the season at UIC this past Saturday and we have to be able to find a way to sustain that energy and effort. As we found out at Loyola, if we don't come out with intensity right from the start, we are going to struggle."

Kate Peterson Abiad
Kate Peterson

CSU went 1-1 on its trip through Chicago last weekend, falling at Loyola, 66-63, on Thursday (Jan. 7) before earning a 73-64 victory at UIC on Saturday (Jan. 9), extending the Vikings win streak against the Flames to four straight.

Senior Kailey Klein was outstanding in both games, scoring 28 points with 11 rebounds and Loyola and coming back with a 26 point, 11 rebound effort vs. UIC. Klein, who now has three straight double-doubles and 10 for her career, took over the Horizon League scoring race and is averaging 16.3 points per game. She is also just 94 points shy of breaking the all-time career scoring mark at CSU (1,851 points).

As a team, the Vikings continue to crash the glass, especially on the offensive end where CSU ranks first in the league with 15.4 per game. CSU has grabbed at least 10 offensive boards in 14 of 15 games this season.

Wrestling To Take On Indiana & American

After dropping a 40-3 decision to No. 13 Kent State last Tuesday (Jan. 5), the Vikings will be hunting for their third dual meet victory of the season at the Indiana Duals on Saturday (Jan. 16). CSU will face host Indiana (2:00 p.m.) and American  (12:00 noon)

Senior Marcus Effner was the lone Viking to be victorious against the Golden Flashes, recording a 3-1 decision over KSU's Obie Simpson in the 174 pound weight class. The win was Effner's eighth of the season and his 83rd career victory, which is the most on the squad.
Garfield Heights High alum Marcus Effner

"All of our guys wrestled very hard at Kent State last week despite the outcome," head coach Ben Stehura said. "I am hoping that this hard work continues through the rest of the season, and especially when we start EWL action in a couple weeks."

Going into this weekend the Vikings hold a dual meet record of 2-8, with victories over John Carroll (31-13) and Appalachian State (28-20). The probable starting lineup for Saturday has a combined win total of 38 on the season, with Rob Michaels leading the way with 11 victories through 10 events.
Rob Michaels
Rob Michaels

Men's Swimming Returns To Busbey Natatorium

Following a 24-12 victory at the San Juan Sprint Invitational, the Vikings will return to Cleveland for the first meet in Busbey Natatorium during 2010 when they host Duquesne and Xavier on Saturday (Jan. 16) beginning at 1:00 p.m. During the San Juan Sprint Invitational CSU had two individual victories and placed a swimmer in every race.

Stephen Grove and Pierre De Waal each recorded a first place finish at the meet, Grove in the 50 fly (27.70) and De Waal in the 50 back (31.19). Also placing for CSU were Todd Winchell (2nd, 50 fly), Berry Thompson (2nd, 50 breast), Deni Gasparin (3rd, 50 breast), Mike Marsico (2nd, 50 free) and Justin Hill (3rd, 50 free).

"I am very happy with how our training is going so far, and I hope we are able to bring that competitiveness back to Cleveland for this weekend," head coach Wally Morton said. "It's good to finally get back in the pool in a competitive atmosphere and I think everyone did a great job last week at the San Juan Sprint Invitational."

The Vikings are 11-2 going into this weekend's meet, with Horizon League victories over Green Bay (134-105) and Valparaiso (181-40). Twelve CSU swimmers and divers represent the Vikings in the top five in league standings along with five relay teams.

Women's Swimming To Face Xavier & Duquesne

The Vikings recorded their first victory of the new-year when they recorded four individual victories at the San Juan Sprint Invitational on their way to a 24-12 victory over Syracuse. CSU will return to Cleveland to host Duquesne and Xavier in a double dual meet this Saturday (Jan. 16) beginning at 1:00 p.m.

"The women came out very strong in the San Juan Sprint Invitational and this goes to show how well they have been training since the last competition," head coach Wally Morton said. "I am looking forward to getting back into heavy competition and what the women can bring after being away from competition for such a long break."
Alice Sommerville
Alice Sommerville

Alice Sommerville, Joanna Olsson, Emily Simard and Jamie Puls each recorded a victory for the Vikings last Saturday (Jan. 9). Sommerville won the 50 fly (30.06), Olsson was victorious in the 50 back (33.59), Simard touched first in the 50 breast (38.47) and Puls won the 50 free (29.82).
Jamie Puls
Normandy alumna Jamie Puls

The Vikings improved to 10-3 in dual meets this season, well on their way to recording the first winning season in the past four years. Six CSU swimmers and divers and five relays represent the Vikings in the top five in the Horizon League standings through 10 meets.

Ohio Northern Men Defeat 

Baldwin-Wallace, 78-68

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior guard Erza Bradshaw scored a game-high 23 points as the Ohio Northern University men’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 78-68, tonight (Wednesday, January 13, 2010) at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea. The loss snapped B-W’s season-high five-game win streak.

With the win, ONU improves to 8-7 overall and 6-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. B-W falls to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the OAC.

In addition to Bradshaw for ONU, senior forward Kyle Meyer scored 16 points, sophomore center Scott Schnelle had 12 points and freshman guard Tony Meyer had 10. Junior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) had 15 points and was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) with 11 points and sophomore guard Scott Voiers (Westlake/ Lutheran West) and senior forward Paul Glass (Medina/ Senior) each had 10 points.

In the first half, the Polar Bears jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the 17:47 mark when Kyle Meyer scored on a layup. The ONU built its lead to 10 points at 19-9 with 12:30 left when Kyle Meyer canned a jump shot. The Yellow Jackets then outscored ONU 14-6 to close to 25-23 with 7:27 left when Meeder  made a driving layup.  The Polar Bears then went on a 16-6 run oftheir own to built the largest lead of the first stanza at 41-29 with 31 seconds left when Kyle Meyer made a layup off a fast break. ONU led at halftime, 41-32.

In the second half, ONU rebuilt its 12-point lead at 44-32 and 57-45 with 10:48 left when Bradshaw made a layup but missed a foul shot that would have completed a three-point play.  A Bradshaw trey then pushed the lead to 15 points at 60-45 at the 10:01 mark.  The Yellow Jackets got the lead down to a low of seven points at 65-58 with 5:27 left when sophomore guard Matt Triana (North East, Pa./ North East) made two foul shots and again at 75-68 with 25 seconds left whenh freshman guard Brandon Schmidt (Wellington) made one of two foul shots.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action this Saturday, Jan. 16 at OAC-rival Otterbein College at 7:30 p.m. at the Rike Center in Westerville. The next B-W home game is Saturday, Jan. 23 versus Wilmington College at 3:00 p.m. in Berea.

Media and fans can listen LIVE to all Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s basketball games on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet at www.wbwc.com.

In addition, the upcoming February 20, 2010 game versus Otterbein College will be taped by S&S Video Productions and telecast onSportsTime Ohio.  The Feb. 20 game also is the Second Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. For more information on that game, please call Meg Carney in the B-W Athletic Department at 440-826-2140 or visit the “Take a Kid to the Game” web site atwww.bw.edu/athletics/takeakid10.
Women's Basketball Falls to Denison
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Oberlin, Ohio – Playing without one of its best players, the Oberlin College women’s basketball team lost to Denison University 69-26 on Wednesday evening at Philips Gym. 

Senior Kayla Brandt was the lone Yeowoman in double figures as she finished with 11 points. Fellow senior Emily Chu Finkel also added 11 rebounds in the loss. 

Oberlin (2-12, 1-4 NCAC) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but from then on the Big Red (11-4, 3-3 NCAC) took control of the game and never looked back. 

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Denison, which led 29-15 at half and shot 45-percent (27-of-60) from the floor. 

Oberlin will look to bounce back on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Hiram College for a 1 p.m. conference clash

Heidelberg Can’t Overcome 

JCU’s First Half Lead


By Nathan LaRiccia

Tiffin, Ohio – January 13, 2010 – The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team suffered a 61-54 setback to John Carroll University in an Ohio Athletic Conference match up. The loss drops Heidelberg to 3-12 overall and 2-6 in the OAC, while the Blue Streaks improve to 8-6 and are 5-3 against league foes.
It would be a slow pace game for the first five minutes of the game as both teams tried to find the mark.  The game was knotted up 4-4 in the 15th minute mark.  However the Blue Streaks would go on a 12-0 tear, taking a 16-4 lead.  Both teams would battle back and forth for the remaining of the half, while John Carroll would have a 32-21 lead at intermission.
In the second half with 10 minutes remaining in the game, the Berg would fight back with 11-0 run which included sophomore Lyndsey DaVault (Orrville, Ohio / Orrville) finding senior Stacey Barker (Grove City, Ohio / Grove City) for a three-pointer.  Barker’s trey would tie the game 38-38.


John Carroll would recapture the lead and would never look back, while winning 61-54.
For Heidelberg, senior Betsy Shrider (Mount Blanchard, Ohio / Riverdale) led the team with 15 points and racked up seven rebounds. Backing Shrider was junior Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde) who finished with 12 points and four boards.  Senior Stacey Richard (Galloway, Ohio / Central Crossing) contributed with seven points and a team-high nine rebounds.  Off the bench, DaVault had nine points to go along with five rebounds, while junior Kristen McConkey (New Carlisle, Ohio / Tecumseh) chipped in with four points and five boards.


Heidelberg continues its three-game home stand when its hosts Muskingum University, Saturday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m.

Collinwood alumnus LaRon Marshall scores career-high 15, but Mount Union takes first home loss of the season, 83-77, to Muskingum

Jan 13, 2010

By Ryan Fishleigh

 (ALLIANCE, OH)-- Mount Union men's basketball team took its first home loss of the season, 83-77 to visiting Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup tonight in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance, Ohio.

Muskingum (6-9, 1-7) was led by Kyle Clinedinst who scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half.

Junior Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) was one of six players in double figures with 17 points for a Mount Union squad that falls to 5-10 overall and 3-5 in the OAC. 


Olmsted Falls nartve Dave Pellerite 

Senior LaRon Marshall (Cleveland/Collinwood) had a career high 15 points, freshman Matt Kiger (Williamstown, WV/Williamstown) had 12 points off the bench, while Matt Weir (New Castle, PA/Mohawk), Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central), and Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) rounded out the double figure scorers for Raiders with 11, 11, and 10 points respectively.

Collinwood's LaRon Marrshall

Mount Union jumped out to a 14 point lead to start the game as a Pellerite three-pointer with 7:23 left in the half gave them a 36-22 lead.  Muskingum would outscore the Raiders 16-7 the rest of the period to close that margin down to five points going into halftime down 43-38.

The Muskies would continue to rally in the second half as they tied the game at 56 and at 58 before taking the lead with 8:54 to play on a free throw by Seth Howard.

Muskingum would keep the Raiders at arm's length the rest of the way going on to the six-point victory.

Mount Union hosts Capital in an OAC doubleheader on Saturday as the women start things off at 2 pm followed by the men's game at approximately 4:30 pm.


Revere's Casey Nance rejecting 

opposing shooters at prolific 

rate for Dayton women; St. V's 

Marcus Johnson becomes part

of first senior Flyer class to go 

undefeated at home in non-

conference affairs

Jan. 13, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete Cleveland Editor


Revere alumna Casey Nance has done the yeowoman work for Dayton University women’s basketball team, leading the club in rebounding as the Flyers have bolted out to a 13-3 record so far.

The Akron native has started at center in all 16 games for the Flyers, grabbing 106 rebounds and keeping the other team flustered with her defense evidenced by her team-leading 36 blocked shots, an average of better than two per game.

She also has five steals for the Flyers, who have won five of their last six games, including Saturday’s 59-55 win over Washington. She had nine rebounds and three blocked shots in the W.

Casey Nance
Casey Nance

Nance has now blocked more than 100 shots in fewer than two seasons, placing her fourth on the all-time Dayton list.

The Flyers play St. Bonaventure Saturday. Seven more blocks will move Nance to third on the all-time list.

 For the Dayton men’s team, St. Vincent-St Mary alumnus Marcus Johnson, who lists Cleveland as his current home, has started 12 of 14 games and has helped the Flyers to a 12-3 record.

Johnson is tied for second on the team in assists and third in steals. One of the team leaders, Johnson along with fellow senior London Warren are the only two in school history who have gone undefeated at home in non-conference games with the Flyers for the entire four-year careers.


Marcus Johnson
Marcus Johnson

Johnson had a team-high six rebounds in a 56-55 win over George Mason.

Photo Courtesy of St. Edward High School

Top Cleveland area high school 

rivalry to return to St. Edward 

Gym Friday; undefeated 

Wildcats to visit Eagle nest

Jan. 13, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete Cleveland Editor




LAKEWOOD – The greatest rivalry in Cleveland high school sports will renew Friday here when St. Edward hosts the St. Ignatius basketball team in the Eagles’ gym.


The Eagles will try to avenge the hockey team’s loss to St. Ignatius the day after Christmas in Gund Arena. In hoops, this is the first meeting this season between the two schools. They will return to the rivary in Sullivan Gymnasium the 12th of next month.


The Wildcats (7-0) are ranked fifth in the state and the Eagles(7-3) 13th. St. Ed just had a big 65-49 win over Benedictine at home.


Again, name the West Side grade school – St. Mark, OLA, St. Raphael, St. Luke, St. Richard. St. Angela – and one could probably find an alumnus of each one on both teams or in the student cheering section or among interested alumni. These guys all knew each other as elementary school types but now they are on opposing teams.


This one is already sold out as always so for fans who do not have a ticket – good luck.


Don’t forget the coaches. Sean O’Toole, who finally came back to his home school two years ago as the head coach after a longer than needed stay at Euclid, can look across the bench and see his brother, Don, an assistant for Eagles’ long-time coach Eric Flannery.


Iggy is coming off a 49-38 win over Cleveland Central Catholic in which Shonn Miller scored 15 points and Vito Sosic added a baker’s dozen.


Myles Hamilton, Delbert Love, and Matt Stainbrook shared the Eagle wealth in each scoring 15 points in the win over Bennies.

Zips travel to Athens tonight for 

one of four MAC men's games

on tap

Jan. 13, 2010

By Jeremy Guy

MAC Men's Basketball Daily -- Wednesday, January 13

Akron (11-4, 1-0 MAC) at Ohio (9-6, 0-1 MAC)

7 p.m. • Ohio leads series 30-28

• Wednesday’s contest at Ohio marks the start of a five-game stretch in which Akron plays on the road four times. The Zips’ lone home game during that span comes on Jan. 20 versus Miami (Ohio). After opening the season 0-2, UA has won 11 of its last 13 games. That rally includes a season-long, six-game win streak that is the best victory stretch by a Mid-American Conference team to date this season (Western Michigan currently maintains a five-game streak). UA has held seven opponents to 59 or fewer points this season, and only three Zips’ foes have scored over 70 points (UA is 1-2 in those games)... The Bobcats had another slow start in the first half of Saturday’s Kent State game, but battled back to take a late lead before eventually falling 62-60 to the Golden Flashes.The Bobcats got a strong performance from DeVaughn Washington (13 points, 12 rebounds), who recorded his third career double-double. Point guard D.J. Cooper led the Bobcats with 21 points. Cooper has scored in double figures in 11 of his first 15 collegiate contests this season. He is averaging 12.9 points, 5.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 steals per game.

Mid-American Conference logo


Toledo (3-12, 1-0 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (8-6, 0-1 MAC)

7 p.m. • Toledo leads series 45-38

• Toledo travels to Ypsilanti, MI on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to battle Eastern Michigan in its first Mid-American Conference road contest. The Rockets will be looking to snap a five-game losing skid following Saturday’s 59-48 home setback to Central Michigan.  Freshman G Jake Barnett is UT’s top point producer and ranks fifth in the conference scoring race with 14.3 ppg. Barnett also ranks second in the MAC with 2.33 three-point field goals per game and fourth with an 84.0 free-throw percentage...Eastern Michigan dropped its conference opener on Saturday with a 61-47 road setback to in-state rival Western Michigan. Junior F Brandon Bowdry leads the MAC in rebounding with 10.6 rpg and ranks third with 18.6 ppg. Senior G Carlos Medlock ranks fourth with 14.5 ppg and is fifth with 3.7 apg. The Eagles are 5-1 at home this season with their lone defeat coming with a 58-56 loss to Samford on Dec. 22


Ball State (6-7, 0-1 MAC) at Central Michigan (6-7, 1-0 MAC)

7 p.m. • Ball State leads series 53-29

• The Cardinals open the road portion of their Mid-American Conference schedule Wednesday night as they travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to take on the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Cardinals are coming off of a 62-48 loss to Northern Illinois. Ball State is averaging 57.8 points per game this season and is holding opponents to 61.2 points per game. The Cardinals are out-rebounding opponents by a 34.1-31.7 margin this season. Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones  leads the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and leads the team on the glass at 7.2 rebounds per game... Central Michigan enters Wednesday’s game with a 6-7 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Chippewas have won two straight, including a 59-48 victory at MAC foe Toledo Saturday. Guard Robbie Harman leads CMU in scoring at 14.2 points per game as he has connected on 43-of-95 (45.3%) from three-point land. Fellow guard Jordan Bitzer is second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game as he has connected on 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from long range.


Western Michigan (9-5, 1-0 MAC) at Northern Illinois (5-8, 1-0 MAC)

8 p.m. • Western Michigan leads series 45-28

• Two winning streaks will be on the line Wednesday night, when the Northern Illinois men’s basketball team entertains visiting Western Michigan at the Convocation Center beginning at 7 p.m. The Huskies have won three-straight, and four-of-five overall, while the Broncos enter the contest having captured five-straight victories. The Huskies are being led offensively by junior guard Xavier Silas, who is averaging a team-high 19.1 points per game in eight starts this season... Western Michigan, which defeated visiting Eastern Michigan (61-47) in the MAC opener for both teams last Saturday. Senior guard David Kool paces the Broncos offensively, averaging a MAC-best 19.8 points per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line. Martelle McLemore is scoring 11.8 points to go along with a team-high 5.9 rebounds per contest.

Collin Oliva breaks 250 mark 

twice as Ridgeville varsity 

bowlers remain unbeaten

Jan 13, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




GRAFTON -- Collin Oliva bowled consistently tonight to post a pair of 250 games to lead North Ridgeville’s varsity boys’ bowling team to a 2.386-1,901 win over Black River at Grafton Lanes to remain unbeaten and in first place in the North Shore High School Bowling League.


Oliva rolled a 258 followed by a 250 to register a 508 series for match-high honors. His 258 and 250 were the two highest for either team.


Brandon Becka also broke the 400 mark for the Rangers with a 216 and a 184.


The Pirates’ best came from Ron Chidsey, whose 203 game was best for the team, as was his 375 series.

 Boys Varsity:

North Ridgeville 
Brandon Becka     216-184 (400)
Ricky Cayet         178-194 (372)
Adam Kotas         177  -    (177)
Collin Oliva           258-250 (508)
Mike O'Sullivan     184-168 (352)
Joe Sas                -    125 (125)
Game 1          1013
Game 2            921
Baker Game 1  249
Baker Game 2  203
Grand Total Pins     2386
Black River
Ron Chidsey        203-172 (375)
Adam Brietkrenz  189-169 (358)
Dylan Misener      137 -     (137)
Josh Sword          151-175 (326)
Sean Wallace        -    109 (109)
Jason Seneff          -    163 (163)
Joe Seneff             143  -   (143)
Game 1                823
Game 2                788
Baker Game 1      149
Baker Game 2      141
Grand Total Pins    1901

Glenn Waligora leads Ridgeville 

JV boys and Jessica Keaton 

leads the Ranger JV girls charts

Jan 13, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



GRAFTON -- Both JV teams from North Ridgeville High were winners once again tonight, the boys’ rolling a combined pin total of 2.220 and the girls tallying up 1, 524 pins with five gals and their baker game.


The varsity teams were bowing Sullivan Black River, which does not have enough to fill out a JV lineup for either sex so the Ranger groups just bowled against themselves and can count it as a forfeit win.


Glenn Waligora rolled two 200 games for the boys and Jessica Keaton had a 289 series to lead the girls.



JV Boys

North Ridgeville

Alex Gravely       181-181 (362)

Logan Gedeon     110 -    (110)

Glenn Waligora    202-214 (416)

Matt Sas             216-193 (409)

Ryan Kordish      209-161 (370)

Scott Bednarski    -   168 (168)

Game 1              918

Game 2              917

Baker Game 1    183

Baker Game 2    202

Grand Total Pins     2220


Black River does not have a Boys JV team.



Girls JV:

North Ridgeville

Kari Cook           101-140 (241)

Jessica Keaton   149-140 (289)

Meaghan Hogue  104-144 (248)

Stacy Bohr           95-116 (211)

Leiah Malinkey    120-167 (287)

Game 1               569

Game 2               707

Baker Game 1     144

Baker Game 2     104

Grand Total Pins    1524


Black River does not have a Girls JV team.

Cassie Pawlak charges varsity 

Ranger girls to North Shore 

Bowling win over Black River at 

Grafton Lanes

Jan 13, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




GRAFTON – Behind Cassie Pawlak’s 358 series, North Ridgevile’s varsity girls bowling team remained in first place in the North Shore High School Conference with tonight’s 1,907-1,518 victory over Black River at Grafton Lanes.


Pawlak also had high game with a 210. Emily Mosher led the Pirates with a 276.



North Ridgeville:


Becca Lamb            X-178     =    178

Devan Freeman      169-155    =    324

Ashley Schoonover 146-139   =     285

Heather Hill             131-X     =     131

Tabitha Hill              158-179   =    337

Cassie Pawlak         148-210    =    358


Total                        752-861    =    1613

Bakers                     159-135    =     294

Total                         911-996    =    1907


Black River:


Alexis Bowen            134-132    =    266

Kaylee Bartlebaugh    106-167    =    273

Emily Mosher             133-143    =    276

Gabriella Doehring       X -   125   =    125

Taylor Eishen             153-89       =    242

Elizabeth Markiewicz     63-X        =      63

Total                            589-656    =   1245

Bakers                         135-138    =    273

Total                             724-794    =    1518

B-W Women Defeat Ohio 

Northern, 56-48, in Ada for Sixth 

Straight Win

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Ohio Northern University, 56-48, this evening (Wednesday, January 13, 2010) at the ONU Sports Center in Ada.  The Yellow Jackets have now won a season-best six straight and stand at 11-4 overall and 7-1 in the OAC. ONU has its six-game win streak snapped and falls to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the OAC. 

In addition to Brough for B-W, sophomore forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) came off the bench to score 10 points and grab eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Kara Dysert led Ohio Northern with 10 points.

In the first half, ONU’s only lead was at 2-0 before B-W took control. The Yellow Jackets built their lead to eight points twice with the last at 20-12 with 8:13 left when freshman guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ Colonel Crawford) made a layup. The lead grew to 15 at 30-15 with 31 seconds left before the intermission when Frech made another layup.

In the second half, B-W’s advantage grew to a high of 17 points at 37-20 with 16:44 let when Brough made a layup. ONU then outscored B-W 28-15 to get as close as four points twice with the last at 52-48 with 2:22 left when Dysert mae a jumper. But two foul shots each by Brough with 16 seconds left and two more by Spisak with one second remaining clinch the win.

B-W is back in action this Saturday, Jan. 16 versus Otterbein College at 3:00 p.m. at Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea. The game will be televised via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio and shown on Saturday night at 7:00 and 11:00 p.m. as well as 2:00 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 17) and 7:00 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 18). 

This Saturday’s game also is the Second Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. For more information on the “Take a Kid to the Game” Day, please call Meg Carney in the B-W Athletic Department at 440-826-2140 or visit the “Take a Kid to the Game” web site at www.bw.edu/athletics/takeakid10.

Yeomen Stumble at Hiram
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By Mike Mancini

Hiram, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team concluded its five-game road trip by falling to the Hiram College Terriers 74-58 on Wednesday night at Price Gymnasium.

Sophomore Josh Merritt and freshman Johnathan Nelson guided the Oberlin scoring punch. Merritt did most of his damage at the free throw line, finishing 9-of-13 at the stripe en route to racking up 15 points. Nelson netted 12 points on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting effort.

The Yeomen were once again plagued by turnovers as they had 18 miscues on the night, which led to 20 points for the Terriers. Oberlin also had a rough shooting night from long range, converting just one of 11 triple-tries in the contest. 

Oberlin (4-10, 0-5 NCAC) and Hiram (6-7, 3-1 NCAC) played closely throughout the first half as the Terriers lead 34-27 at intermission. The Yeomen’s largest lead of the game came just minutes in when they led 5-2 at the 15:42 mark of the opening stanza. 

The Yeomen were able to cut the lead to three, 34-31, just moments into the second half, but the Terriers would build their cushion up to 10, 48-38, with 12:17 left to play and would lead by double digits the rest of the way. 

Oberlin shot 44.2-percent (19-of-43) from the floor. The Yeomen also shot a disappointing 65.5-percent (19-of-29) from the charity stripe. Hiram checked in at 40.7-percent (24-of-59) on the night. 

The Terriers bench bunch outscored its Oberlin counterpart 35-16. Hiram also won the rebounding war 38-34. 

The Yeomen hope to get back on track this Saturday when they return home to host Kenyon College at 3 p.m.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina drops in 15 as Mount Union Snaps Skid at Muskingum, 70-58

Jan 13, 2010

By Lenny Reich 


Amanda Rose posted 17 points for Mount Union at Muskingum

CONCORD, OH)--Mount Union's women's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-58 win at Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference game tonight in New Concord, Ohio.

Mount Union, 13-2 overall and 6-2 OAC, trailed 45-44 with 6:47 to play then went on a 10-2 run capped by a Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) layup with 4:56 to play and they never looked back.

Amanda Rose had a game-high 17 points for the Purple Raiders and their decisive run started on a three pointer by by Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) as she scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half.


Westlake High alumna Rosa LaMattina

Taryn Payton came off the bench with 14 points to pace Muskingum (6-9, 1-7 OAC).

Mount Union hosts Capital in an OAC doubleheader Saturday with the women staring things off at 2 pm followed by the men's game at approximately 4:30 pm.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Falls Short of The College of Wooster; Ridgeville resident Kym Wenz leads Scot scorers, Walsh Jesuit alum Kaitlin Krister paces Scot rebounders

January 13, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

WOOSTER, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team fell short of The College of Wooster, 52-48, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 13) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Timken Gymnasium in Wooster.  

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers are now 2-12 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC.  The Fighting Scots improve to 5-10 overall and 2-4 NCAC.

The score remained close throughout the majority of the first half, but a late 12-4 scoring run by Wooster gave the Fighting Scots their largest lead of the period, 25-17, with 3:10 left to play before halftime.  But Hiram rallied with an 8-0 run of its own to end the half, including a game-tying jumper by senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) as time expired, to knot the game at 25-25 at the break.

Following a three-pointer by junior forward Caitlyn Ruese (Strongsville) to begin the second half that gave Hiram its first lead of the game, Wooster scored eight straight points to regain control, 33-28, at the 17:08 mark.  The Terriers never trailed by more than five points, and eventually tied the game at 44-44 thanks to a layup by junior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) with 4:48 to go.  Hiram trailed, 50-48, with just over a minute left, but could not score the equalizer as Wooster connected on two crucial free-throws in the final seconds and hung on for a 52-48 victory.

Wooster was led by Kym Wenz with a game-high 14 points on four-of-14 shooting (28.6 percent).  Colleen Goodwillie was the only other Scot player to score in double figures with 11 points.  In addition, Kaitlin Krister grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

Kaitlin Krister

Walsh Jesuit alumna Kaitlin Krister

Mayle was lone Hiram player in double digits with 11 points on four-of-13 shooting (30.8 percent).  She was also one of three Terriers to grab a team-leading eight rebounds.  Senior forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby Hills/South) and freshman guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) also recorded eight rebounds each. 

Hiram will play its next two games at home beginning with a NCAC matchup against Oberlin College on Saturday, Jan. 16.  Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Price Gymnasium.