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Buchtel alumnus Hassan 

Muhammad's double-double (19-11) 

enables Hiram to snap losing streak

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM  --  Senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) scored a game-tying high 19 points to go along with a game and season-best 11 rebounds as the Hiram College men's basketball team snapped a three-game winless streak with a 93-68 rout of Allegheny (Pa.) College last night (Wednesday, Jan. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.

  [Game Stats]

Following tonight's game, the Terriers improve to 8-7 overall and 2-4 in the NCAC.  The Gators fall to 5-10 overall and 2-5 NCAC.

Hiram looked to make a statement early in the first half taking the lead for good at the 15:49 mark on a three-pointer by senior two-time All-NCAC gaurd Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) making the score 9-8.  The Terriers quickly built their lead with a series of three-pointers and recorded their first double-figure margin, 22-12, thanks to one-of-two free-throws by Muhammad with 11:20 left in the half.  Hiram later blew the game open with a 13-0 scoring run that ended in in a triple by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) giving the Terriers a commanding 21-point edge, 45-24, at the 3:27 mark.  The Terriers went on to lead 50-31 at the half.


In the second half, Hiram continued its impressive play never allowing Allegheny to get to within 16 points.  Hiram posted its largest lead of the game of 30 points, 93-63, with 1:46 left on a tre by sophomore guard Tom Herchek (Randolph/Waterloo) en route to the 93-68 final.

John F. Kennedy High Grad Chris Roberts

Both teams shot well from the floor with Hiram shooting an impressive 57.6 percent (38-of-66), including 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from behind the arc.  Allegheny finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (29-of-58), but shot 33.3 percent (six-of-18) from three-point range.

The Gators were led in scoring by Seth Eisner with a game-tying high 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting (70.0 percent), including five-of-seven (71.4 percent) from behind the three-point arc.  Devone McLeod was second with 14 points and James Ness added 12 points.  In addition, McLeod tallied a game-high seven assists and Donte Briscoe grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Brush alum Jamaal Watkins

Hiram was led by Muhammad's 19 points on nine-of-12 shooting (75.0 percent) and 11 boards.  He was one of five Terriers in double-figures as Roberts was second in points with 16 and junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) was third at 14 points while shooting four-of-eight from three-point range (50.0 percent).  Stefanov's 12 points all came from behind the arc connecting on four-of-five attempts (80.0 percent).  Rounding out the high scorers was junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) with 10 points.

Hiram will host Ohio Wesleyan University in a NCAC contest at Price Gym on Saturday, Jan. 15. 

Oberlin Men Fall to Top-Ranked Wooster; Strongsville Product Matt Fegan Passes for Game-High Five Assists to Lead Scots; Tallmadge's Jake Mays Comes off Bench to Score Seven Points for TCOW
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Wooster, Ohio Josh Merritt moved into 10th all-time in career assists as the Oberlin College men’s basketball team was defeated by the No. 1 ranked College of Wooster Fighting Scots 82-55 on Wednesday night. 

Merritt, who tied for the team lead with 13 points on the night, dished out four assists and now has 194 helpers in his career. Sophomore Andrew Foxmatched Merritt’s 13 on 5-of-10 shooting, while rookie Geoff Simpson got to the number on a 4-of-7 effort.
Former Mustang Matt Fegan

Strongsville High alum Matt Fegan scored eight points and had five assists for Wooster. Jake Mays from Tallmadge aided the bench production of the Scots with seven points, three blocked shots, five rebounds and a steal.
Tallmadge's Jake Mays 

The Scots (15-0, 6-0 NCAC) shot 64.3 (18-of-28) in the first half en route to grabbing a 46-22 lead at the break. However, Oberlin played much better on both ends of the floor in the second half as the Scots outscored the Yeomen by just three, 36-33. 

“We played pretty well in the second half,” Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco said. “It took us a littler longer than I would have liked for us to slow down their attack, but we continued to battle and were able to kept them in check.”

The Yeomen (1-14, 0-6 NCAC) outshot the Scots in the second half by going 13-of-27 (48.1%). Overall OC finished at 40.8 percent (20-of-49) from the floor and was an impressive 9-of-19 (47.8%) from 3-point land. Simpson cashed in three of those triple-hits on just four attempts – marking a career-high for threes in a game for the freshman.

The Yeomen return home on Saturday for their second meeting of the season with Kenyon College. The Lords and Yeomen will get underway from Philips Gym at 1 p.m. 

Back-to-back 200 games by Cassie 

Pawlak leads North Ridgeville past 

Elyria Catholic

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Cassie Pawlak rolled back-to-back 200 games to lead North Ridgeville’s varsity girls’ bowling team to a 1966-1456 win over Elyria Catholic.

Pawlak posted a two game series of 214-215 for a 429 on the Lake Erie Lanes in Vermilion.

North Ridgeville also had Shauna Shields 130-118  = 248, Samantha Crist 163-134  = 297, Devan Freeman 155-173  = 328, and Ashley Schoonover 190-212  =  402. In their baker games (each bowler rolls two frames to add to the collective score), the Rangers had 121-141 = 262.

Janice Amos led the Panthers with a two-game series of 153-182 for a 335 total.

Elyria Catholic also had Ashley Winn 130-162  = 292, Amy Pritchard 125-187  =  312, Alex Schubeck 180-149  = 329, and in baker games 105-83 = 188.

OHSAA Board of Directors Tackles Competitive Balance Concerns                 

Referendum Issue is First Step in Possible Changes on How Schools are Placed Into Tournament Divisions


Jan 14, 2011

By Tim Stried

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Acting on a recommendation from the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Competitive Balance Committee, the OHSAA Board of Directors today unanimously placed a new bylaw up for vote of the OHSAA membership that would be the first step toward possible changes on how schools are assigned to tournament divisions. The proposed new bylaw, which will be voted upon by OHSAA member schools during the annual referendum voting process in May, states that “each school shall be placed into tournament divisions based on its sport-by-sport athletic count.” Schools would not be separated into tournaments for public schools and non-public schools, nor would a “multiplier” be applied to non-public schools to increase their enrollment, which a few other states utilize. Rather, the enrollment numbers for all schools (both public and non-public) would be entered into a three-part formula to establish their “athletic count.”

The proposed bylaw goes on to say that the formula for determining “athletic counts” and to which sports the athletic counts shall be applied will be determined every other year by the Board of Directors and will be listed in the OHSAA’s General Sports Regulations.  If approved, implementation of the new formula would begin no later than the 2013-14 school year. In addition, astanding committee would be formed to monitor the effectiveness of the athletic count formula and to recommend to the Board of Directors any changes in the weight to be given to any one or more of the factors in the formula.

At the present time, all schools are placed into tournament divisions based strictly on enrollment figures that the schools submit to the Ohio Department of Education. The proposed three-part formula to establish athletic counts would require the OHSAA to also include a school boundary factor (how students are obtained – non-public schools with no boundaries; non-public schools with limited boundaries; public schools with statewide open enrollment; public schools with adjacent open enrollment, and public schools with no open enrollment), a socioeconomic factor(the number of free lunch participants) and a

tradition factor (state championship game appearances, state tournament appearances and regional finals appearances). The school boundary and tradition factors could increase a school’s enrollment while the socioeconomic factor could decrease a school’s enrollment. The tradition factor is the only one of the three that would be implemented on a sport-by-sport basis. Once all three factors are applied to the enrollment count, each school will have a sport-by-sport “athletic count” for purposes of tournament division assignments.

“The issue of competitive balance has been discussed for years not only in Ohio but also in other states,” said OHSAA Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph. D. “Ohio is unique in that our public schools have the option to approve open enrollment policies, but, at the same time, there’s no question that most non-public schools in the state have no geographical boundaries in which they can secure students and the result has been a disproportionate number of championships won by those schools.

“The meetings we have conducted with the Competitive Balance Committee have been both productive and professional, and I believe the proposal from the group is fair and equitable and we will see some leveling of the playing field.

“Competitive balance is a complex issue,” Ross continued. “The formula recommended by the committee is not as complex as it sounds, nor is it as complex as any of the viable alternatives and the unintended consequences of those alternatives.”

The Board’s current plan is to propose that athletic counts only be utilized in the sports of football, soccer and volleyball in the fall; basketball in the winter, and baseball and softball in the spring. Consideration will be given to add other sports in the future.

The OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee was formed in January 2010 in response to concerns raised by a group of school administrators in northeast Ohio who conducted a study that showed that 43 percent (146 of 340) of the state championships in selected team sports between 1999 and 2010 have been won by non-public schools, even though non-public schools make up only 17 percent of the total membership of the OHSAA.  The OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee met numerous times throughout 2010 in an attempt to identify competitive balance factors and to propose changes that would bring the competitive inequities into balance. The Committee was comprised of 29 school administrators and coaches from across the state from public and non-public schools both large and small along with members of the OHSAA Board of Directors and administrative staff and representatives from both the state superintendents and state principals associations.

No. 17 Denison upends Oberlin; John Marshall grad Syrea Thomas leads Yeowomen with 14 points

John Marshall grad Syrea Thomas (14)
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team hung tough for the first 20 minutes, but in the end the 17th ranked Denison University Big Red proved to be too strong as they defeated the Yeowomen 65-35 on Wednesday night at Philips Gym. 

After falling behind 19-4, Oberlin used a 12-2 run to make it a 21-16 game with 5:46 remaining in the first half. Unfortunately, the Yeowomen would turn cold as they went without a point for the rest of half and trailed 26-16 at the break. 

In the second half the Big Red showed why they are one of the best teams in the country as they started the session with a 13-2 spurt of their own to take a 21-point advantage and effectively put the game out of reach. 

Oberlin, which was playing without the NCAC’s leading scorer Allison Anderson, was led by 14 points from John Marshall High alumna Syrea Thomas

Denison, which ran its record to a perfect 15-0 and 4-0 in the league, had 12 different players score at least two points in the contest. Shaina Kaiser spearheaded the Big Red attack with 16 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds. 

Oberlin, which fell to 6-9 and 1-3 in the NCAC, shot 32.6 percent (14-of-42) on the night and was just 2-of-11 (18.2%) from 3-point land. The Big Red, who finished with a 45.3 percent (29-of-64) success rate, also benefited from a 43-24 edge on the boards, which included a 15-4 margin on the offensive end. 

The Yeowomen will look to get back on track when Allegheny College comes to town on Saturday afternoon. Tip-time is set for 3 p.m.

Westlake High Alumna Ann Ryan Leads Allegheny to win over Hiram College in Women’s Basketball; Terriers Drop Third Straight

January 12, 2011

HIRAM  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team dropped its third straight decision with a 78-64 loss against Allegheny (Pa.) College last night (Wednesday, Jan. 12) in aNorth Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 8-6 overall and 2-2 NCAC.

The Gators had five players score in double-figures and were led by the duo of Ann Ryan and Daryl Ford who both scored a game-high 16 points.  Ford also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and Ryan scored 10 of her points from the free-throw line (10-of-12).  Laura Magnelli was next with 14 points and Saddie Gravatt and Jill Gregory rounded out the high scorers with 10 points each.

Westlake's Ann Ryan

Momentum between the two teams went back-and-forth throughout the majority of the first half with both teams exchanging leads multiple times.  Hiram led by as many as three points on several occassions with its last lead coming at the 10:27 mark thanks to a jumper by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) making the score 17-14.  The Gators then went on an ensuing 9-0 scoring run to take the lead for good and never trailed again.  The Terriers made it a one possession game, 25-23, with 7:24 to play in the half, but Allegheny ended the period with a 16-2 run to blow the game open and take a commanding 41-25 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Allegheny maintained a double-digit margin and led by as many as 21 points, 58-37, with 11:52 left to play.  Hiram made things interesting down the stretch with one final rally outscoring the Gators 25-14 during the next 10:42 to narrow the gap to 10 points, 72-62, on a jumper by sophomore guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) with 1:10 to play.  But the Gators capitalized on six straight free-throws in the final minute as the Terrier shooting went cold and fell to Allegheny by the final score of 78-64.

Allegheny shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field and held Hiram to 32.9 percent (24-of-73) shooting for the game.

Hiram was led by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 15 points on five-of-18 shooting (27.8 percent).  She was also amongst the team leaders in rebounding with six boards.  Fellow junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) was second in scoring with 11 points in addition to tallying a game-best six assists.  Cowan rounded out the high scorers with 10 points in addition to grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.