A Page -- Jan 15, 2011

OHSAA Board approves clarification 

of explanation of concussion policy

Jan. 15, 2011

By Tim Stried

COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met at the OHSAA office this week for its regularly scheduled January meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org in the coming days.


- The Board approved an additional referendum item to add a proposed new OHSAA bylaw that will go to the membership for a vote during the annual referendum voting period (May 1-15, ballots must be received by May 16). The initial list of referendum items approved by the board is included in the December meeting minutes posted at OHSAA.org. The newly approved referendum item is an amendment to Bylaw 2, Section 1, which determines how teams are placed into divisions for OHSAA tournaments. If adopted by the membership, the student enrollment numbers provided by the Ohio Department of Education for all schools – both public and non-public – would be entered into a formula to determine an “athletic count” before placing the schools into equal divisions. Please see OHSAA.org for a separate release explaining the formula and this entire specific referendum item.

- The football coaches association made a proposal that would allow member school coaches to conduct non-mandatory individual skill development workouts with players during the last two weeks of May. The workouts would be a maximum of 10 total hours and would include helmets but no other pads. Athletes currently participating in an OHSAA spring sport would be required to complete their season before participating in these workouts. The Board will take action on the proposal at its April meeting.

- The Board approved clarification and an expanded explanation of the OHSAA’s existing concussion policy. The updated policy will be posted at OHSAA.org and communicated to schools during upcoming rules interpretation meetings and in other communications.

- A total of 200 member schools participated in OHSAA Foundation basketball games last month, which allow schools to use one of their allotted scrimmages to benefit a local charity. In addition, 12 member schools participated in OHSAA Foundation volleyball games in the fall. Please see the winter issue of OHSAA Magazine, which will be released in late January, for more information.

- The Board recognized Thomas Worthington High School field hockey coach Terri Simonetti-Frost for being named the 2010 national field hockey coach of the year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Simonetti-Frost has led Thomas Worthington to a state championship (2007), a state runner-up (2010) and a 153-52-21 overall record in 12 seasons there.

- Bill Schumacher (northeast district) and Jerry Snodgrass (northwest district) have been nominated by the respective District Athletic Boards to have meritorious service awards of an established dollar amount be contributed in their honor from the OHSAA to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

- The volleyball coaches association made a proposal to allow home team management to place the school name or logo on the top of the volleyball net. The Board will take action on the proposal at its April meeting.

- The Board adopted a proposal from the ice hockey advisory team to allow the use of video replay during the state semifinals and state finals at Nationwide Arena to review goals and the correct time on the clock.

Baldwin-Wallace Women Defeat 

Rival ONU, 56-54, in Ada to Move 

into First Place in the OAC

Jan. 15, 2011

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Ohio Northern University, 56-54, today (Saturday, January 15, 2011) in the ONU Sports Center in Ada. The victory moved B-W into first place in the OAC.

With its win, B-W is now 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the OAC.  In addition to Spisak, senior two-time All-OAC guard/ forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) had 12 points. For ONU, now 13-3 overall and 7-2 in the OAC, freshman forward Cenzie Yoder led the way with 12 points

With her 12 points, Schroeder moved in fourth place on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list with 1,212 career points as she surpassed Kim Stuart-Kaminski (1987-90), who had 1,210 career points.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the 18:57 mark when Spisak scored on a short jump shot.  Following an ONU basket, Schroeder made a pair of foul shots at and a layup at 16:52 before picking up two quick fouls and was sidelined for the rest of the half.

Despite Schroeder’s absence, B-W built its lead to six points at 8-2 at the 15:26 mark when freshman forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) made a pair of foul shots.  The Jackets continued to increase its advantage to 10 points at 14-4 at the 10:09 mark when Rohrbach made layup and was fouled, but missed the free throw.

ONU went on a 6-2 run to cut B-W’s lead to 16-10 at the 7:14 mark when senior forward Jeanne Bockey made a layup, was fouled, but missed her free throw.  The Yellow Jackets then outscored ONU 9-6 to rebuild its lead to nine points at 25-16 at the 2:33 mark when Spisak made a pair of foul shots. B-W’s lead remained nine points at halftime at 27-18.
Firelands alum Ali Stack

In the second half, B-W outscored ONU 7-6 to open the stanza and rebuild its lead to a game-high 10 points at 34-24 when freshman guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) banked in a three-pointer at the 16:53 mark.  The lead grew to 12 points at 38-26 at the 12:50 mark when senior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) made a layup.  The Polar Bears then went on an 8-3 run to close to 41-34 withb 12:40 left when junior center Steph Hicks made a layup.

Undaunted, B-W went on a 4-0 run to build its lead back to 11 points at 45-34 with 10:47 when Spisak canned a jumper. After ONU outscored B-W 6-2 to cut the lead to 45-38, Rohrbach made it an eight-point game at 48-40 with 4:27 left when she made one of two foul shots. Then, with 3:39 left, Bockey canned a layup to move ONU within six points at 48-42 and the closest it had been since the first half.

ONU continued its comeback when sophomore guard Morgan Dumbaugh made a three-pointer to cut the lead to 48-45 with 3:20 left in the contest. At that point, Schroeder scored at 2:49 to make the score 50-45 and move into fourth place all-time.  B-W continued to rebuild its lead to 52-45 when sophomore point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) made both ends of a one-and-one situation with 2:25 left.
Falls alumna Rachel Rossman

ONU cut the lead back to five points at 52-47 when sophomore forward Joanna Snyder made a layup at 2:14 and back to three points at 52-49 when Yoder scored with 54 seconds left. Following a missed foul shot by B-W, ONU had two chances to score again but missed and after grabbing a rebound, sophomore guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover) made a pair of foul shots with 31 seconds left to make the score 54-49.

A Yoder basket with 27 seconds then cut the lead back to 54-51. Then following two missed foul shots by B-W with 23 seconds, ONU committed a turnover and Schroeder made one of two foul shots with seven seconds left to make the score 55-51.  ONU again scored to cut the lead to 55-53 on a basket by Yoder with six seconds left. With five seconds remaining, Stack again made it a three-point game at 56-53 by making one of two foul shots.

With 2.4 seconds left, Dumbaugh was fouled and went t the line for a one-and-one. She made the first to make the score 56-54. Following a missed second shot and the ball going out of bounds, B-W was awarded the ball. Then B-W inbounded the ball long and closed out the contest.

Stow's Alyson Kolesar sets record for 1,000 free at Mount Union

January 15, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) recorded a school record in the 1,000-yard freestyle as Mount Union's women's swimming and diving team dropped a 136.5-104.5 decision Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Ohio Northern at the Hammond Natatorium today.


Kolesar, who touched the wall in 11:00.80 for her record, also won the 100 free in :55.67. The previous 1,000 record was held by Sarah Buford, who swam an 11:05.04 in 2004.

Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) and Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) won individual events and were part of the Purple Raiders' winning 400 free relay squad.

Alkire won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:17.40 while Harrison won the 200 backstroke in 2:17.06.

Alkire, Harrison, Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross) and Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) teamed for the 400 free relay win (3:44.69).

Yellow Jacket wrestlers take second 

of seven teams

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team finished second of seven teams competing today (Saturday, January 15, 2011) at the annual Waynesburg University Invitational Tournament in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

The Yellow Jackets had 114 total points and had one individual champion, three second place finishers, one who placed third, one who placed fouth and three fifth place finishes.

The Yellow Jackets were led by senior senior 165-pounder Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/Pymatuning Valley) who was the only B-W wrestler to place first. Placing second for the Yellow Jackets includes junior 125-pounder Jeremy Dombrady (Copley), senior 133-pounder Phillip Payne (Woodmere/ Orange), and senior 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge). Senior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/Edison) placed third, junior 141-pounder Grant Steward (Columbus/ Worthington Kilbourne)  placed fourth, and the Yellow Jackets had three fifth place finishers including freshman 141-pounder Andrew Taylor (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne), sophomore 184-pounder Joe Georgian (Eastlake/Villa Angela-St. Joseph), and junior 285-pounder Ryan Jones (Uniontown/Lake).
Copley alum Jeremy Dombrady

Leonhard led the way by capturing the 165-pound championship after posting a 3-0 record while recording two major decisions along the way including a 13-4 victory in the finals. Leonhard advanced to the quarter-finals by winning by a major decison of 14-4. He then advanced into the finals because of a medical forfeit, and then proceded to win by another major decison, 13-4 to capture first place. Leonhard’s 3-0 record improves his overall season record to 17-7.

Dombrady placed second in his weight class after going 2-1 on the day which moves his overall record to 14-11.  He pinned his first opponent in a time of 4:23 to advance him into the semi-finals where he won by a decision of 7-6. Dombardy then lost in the finals to number one seeded Alex Crown of Waynesburg by a decision of 6-0.

Payne placed second in his weight class after going 2-1 on the day which moves his overall record to 5-4.  He pinned his first opponent in a time of 4:18 to advance him into the semi-finals where he won by a decision of 4-2. Payne went on to lose in the finals to number one seeded Rico Borz of Waynesburg by a decision of 3-1.

Scavuzzo placed second giving him an 3-1 record for the day and improving his overall record to 22-2. He started out his day 3-0 decision to advance him into the quarter finals. Scavuzzo then quickly pinned his opponent in 2:15 advancing him to the semi-finals. Scavuzzo then advanced to the finals after defeating Jared Roberts of Waynesburg by a decision of 7-1. He was the upset in the finals by the number three seed Pat Stanley of Johns Hopkins, 8-5.

Stoll was 3-1 on the day and improved his season mark to 14-4. In his first match, Stoll won by pin in 3:21.  That victory advanced Stoll to the semifinals where he lost to the eventual champ Reid Mosquera from Johns Hopkins by a decision of 12-5. Stoll  then rebounded by  pinning his next opponent in 2:50 to earn a spot in the third place match, where he pinned Jacob Linn of Waynesburg in 2:07.

Steward was 3-2 on the day and improved his season mark to 12-13. In his first match Steward was pinned in 1:40.  He then rebound by winning his next three matches to earn a spot in the third place match. In the first of his three wins he pinned his opponent in 2:55, he then won by a major decision of 17-6. To cap of the three wins he defeated teammate Andrew Taylor by pinning him in 41 seconds. In the third place match he fell to Duncan Crystal from Johns Hopkins in a decision of 2-0.

Taylor placed fifth overall after going 2-2 on the day and improving his overall record to 15-10.  He started out by pinning his first opponent in 1:08 to advance him to the semifinals where he lost to the eventual champ from Mercyhurst Northeast by a major decision 11-3. Taylor then lost to teammate Grant Steward getting pinned in 41 seconds to put him into the fifth place match.  Taylor recovered with a victory, by defeating Gettysburg’s Dan Traficanti, 8-5, to finsh fifth.

Georgian won his first match by pin in a time of 4:00 to move him into the semifinals where he lost his 9-5 to drop him into the consolation bracket. He then lost lost a very close match to D.J. Neri from Gettysburg, 3-2 to put him into the fifth place match. In that match he won by a medical forfeit. On the day, Georgian went 2-2 and improved his seasonal mark to 8-6.

Jones started out by pinning his first opponent in a time of 2:33. He then lost to Kevin Poplaski from Gettysburg, 12-1. He then won back-to-back matches winning the first by a score of 2-1 and second a count of 5-2. Jones then lost a close match to Gettsburg’s Bobby Christopher, 9-8 to put him into the fifth place match where he won by a score of 3-2. Jones went 4-2 on the day and improved his overall record this year to 14-12.

Lakewood's Chelsea Kovach equals career scoring best, but Hiram College falls to Ohio Wesleyan University as Mentor High alumna Pam Quigney drops in game-high 24 points

January 15, 2011

HIRAM  –  Sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) equaled her career-high with 21 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team fell to Ohio Wesleyan University, 79-68, today (Saturday, Jan. 15) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]


Following today’s game, the Terriers drop to 8-7 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 8-8 overall and 4-1 NCAC.

Both teams played a competitive first half with five lead changes and nine ties.  OWU never led by more than four points in the opening period that included a 12-8 advantage early in the game at the 14:35 mark.  Hiram recorded its largest lead of six points with 9:45 left before halftime thanks to a three-pointer by Kovach making the score 21-15.  The Terriers also had a five-point lead, 34-29, with just under a minute to go on a jumper by sophomore guard Lindsay Buckner (Vienna/Mathews) as part of a mini 5-0 scoring run.  The Bishopsconnected on a three-pointer in the final seconds to cut the deficit to 34-32 at the break.

In the second half, the Hiram shooting went cold as the Terriers shot just 25.0 percent from the floor.  OWU quickly erased the slim Hiram lead, beginning the period with a 14-0 run to gain control, 46-36, with 15:31 left in the game.  The Bishops continued to extend their lead and posted their largest margin of 19 points, 78-59, with 2:37 left to play.  Hiram outscored OWU, 9-1 in the final 2:37 to get to within 11 points, 79-68, with another triple by Kovach, but the earlier deficit secured the victory for Bishops.

[ Pam Quigney ]

Pam Quigney

OWU was led in scoring by Pam Quigney with a game-high 24 points on eight-of-16 shooting (50.0 percent), including six-of-11 (54.5 percent) from three-point range.  Tyler Cordell was second with 18 points and Kayla Gordon rounded out the high scorers with 15 points to go along with a team-tying high nine rebounds.  Julia Grimsley also pulled down nine boards.

Hiram was led by Kovach’s 21 points on seven-of-15 shooting (46.7 percent).  Junior gaurd Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) was second with 15 points and fellow junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) added 10 points to go along with a game-high seven assists and eight rebounds.  In addition, senior gaurd Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) tallied a game-high 11 rebounds.

Lords Sneak Past the Yeomen in the Second Half
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Oberlin, Ohio
 - Oberlin College led at halftime, but the visiting Kenyon College Lords used a big second half to knockoff the Yeomen 71-56 on Saturday afternoon at Philips Gym. 

The underclassmen pairing of Geoff Simpson and Charlie Crawford-Silvaspearheaded the Yeomen attack off the bench as they combined to score 24 points. Simpson, a freshman from Simsbury, Connecticut, netted his sixth double-digit performance of the season as he finished with 13 points for the second straight game. Andrew Fox had just seven points in the contest, but did surpass 600 points in his career in just 41 games played. 

The game was tightly contested throughout as it featured 10 lead changes and six ties along the way. With the Lords leading 20-18 with 6:31 left in the opening half, four straight points by Crawford-Silva that were capped off a breakaway dunk put the Yeomen on top. Simpson would score the final points of the frame on dribble-drive layup to make it 26-23 OC at the intermission. 

A picture perfect pick-and-roll with Josh Merritt and James Tompsett made it a 32-27 Yeomen with 15:38 left to play. However shortly thereafter with the score tied at 34, the Yeomen got a bad break as Danny Enright got whistled for an intentional foul and after the two made free throws Kodey Haddox would cash in a triple from the far corner to make it a five-point trip for the Lords. 

Kenyon (7-9, 3-4 NCAC) would never trail the rest of the way as it eventually built its lead to 10, 53-43, at the 7:31 mark. The visitors would go on to secure the win with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. Overall they finished 30-of-36 (83.3%) at the line – including a 24-of-26 (92.3%) effort in the second half. 

Oberlin (1-15, 0-7 NCAC) shot 37.5 percent (18-of-48) from the floor and went 17-of-25 (68%) at the charity stripe. Unfortunately, the Yeomen went just 3-of-11 (27.3 5) from 3-point land.

Mount Union is double winner in 


January 15, 2011 

ALLIANCE,Ohio -- The #10 ranked Mount Union wrestling team (8-0, 1-0 OAC) picked up a pair of wins on Saturday as it defeated Oakland (Mich.) Club, 39-6, and Niagara County Community College (N.Y.), 21-15, in the Peterson Fieldhouse.

The Purple Raiders won eight of the 10 weight classes against Oakland, including pinfall victories by freshmen Brad Kress (Louisville/Louisville) and Taylor Yoder (Bridgeport/ Martins Ferry) at 125 and 141 pounds, respectively. Senior Josh Cintron (Alliance/Alliance) also contributed with a tech fall victory at 157 pounds.

Malave (left) and Hathaway

Mount Union won a close match against Niagara County as both teams won five weight classes. The Purple Raiders were led by junior Collin Dennis (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West), who recorded a pinfall victory at 133. Mount Union also had decision victories by junior Josh Malave (Rocky River/ Lutheran West) and sophomores Jeremy Hathaway (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge) and Chad Teague (Cambridge/Cambridge).

The Purple Raiders compete again on Sunday when they host their own open event in the fieldhouse at the Purple Raider Open. Competition begins at 10 a.m.

Mount Union 39, Oakland (Mich) Club 6

125- Brad Kress (MTU) pinned Matt Raysin (Oak) 4:13

133- Cody Wiltshire (MTU) dec. Nick Monitz (Oak) 5-3

141- Taylor Yoder (MTU) pinned Cameron Barnes (Oak) 4:14

149- Jeremy Regula (MTU) maj dec. Richard Hollowell (Oak) 11-2

157- Josh Cintron (MTU) tech fall Zac Voller (Oak) 17-0 6:11

165- David Hill (Oak) dec. Mike Oktavec (MTU) 3-1

174- Darin Lyles (MTU) dec. Cory Heikkilg (Oak) 6-0

184- Kyle McCallum (Oak) dec. Wendell Christian (MTU) 13-8

197- Joe Ward (MTU) win by forfeit

285- Derrick Hesson (MTU) win by forfeit


Mount Union 21 Niagara County Community College (NCCC) 15

125- Rocco Rosso (NCCC) dec. Brad Kress (MTU) 5-0

133- Collin Dennis (MTU) pinned Steve Cannon (NCCC) 3:57

141- Josh Malave (MTU) dec. Tim Coughlin (NCCC) 5-1

149- Tyler Johnston (MTU) defeated David Lyons (NCCC) by medical default

157- Mark Manganaro (NCCC) dec. Kody Severino (MTU) 8-5

165- Troy Ireland (NCCC) dec. Joe Spooner (MTU) 6-5 OT

174  Jeremy Hathaway (MTU) dec Dustin Moss (NCCC) 5-2

184- Chad Teague (MTU) dec. Paul Ciaramella (NCCC) 7-5

197- Travis Taylor (NCCC) dec. Joe Ward (MTU) 6-2

285- Kyle Gibas (NCCC) dec. Derrick Hesson (MTU) 5-2 


Two games in Northeast Ohio slated for this 

afternoon; Kent hosting Bee Gee and Zips hosting 

Redhawks; Solon's Kourtney Brown's 35-point game 

moves her into second place on all-time scoring list 

for Bulls

Jan. 15, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Bowling Green at Kent State, 2 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, off to a 3-0 start in Mid-American Conference play, hits the road to face the only other 3-0 team in the league's East Division Kent State at 2 p.m. BG received 21 votes in Monday's (Jan. 10) Associated Press poll and 34 votes in Tuesday's (Jan. 11) USA Today ESPN Coaches poll and was the first team listed under ‘others receiving votes' in the latter. 

Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 20.2 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.1 rebounds per contest. BGSU is shooting 43.1% from the field, 38.0% from three-point land and 79.6% from the free-throw line. Kent State will enter Saturday's game with an overall record of 12-3 and KSU has won six of the last seven games.

The Flashes picked up a 55-54 win at Ohio Wednesday night (Jan. 12). Kent State is a perfect 6-0 at home this year to date, having allowed only 50.8 points per game at the M.A.C. Center. The Golden Flashees are led by senior forward Taisja Jones leads the Flashes in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and fifth-year senior guard Jamilah Humes has 14.3 ppg, with 214 points to Jones' 216 this season.

Miami at Akron, 2 pm
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Miami returns to the road as it continues play against Mid-American Conference East Division teams. Next up is a contest at Akron on Saturday at 2 p.m. Miami is coming off its first conference win of the season at home over Buffalo in a high-scoring affair, 94-89. Prior to that, the RedHawks had dropped their first two MAC games to Kent State and Bowling Green.

During non-conference play, they garnered wins over the likes of Marshall, Wright State, Indiana, and Cincinnati. Sophomore guard Courtney Osborn leads the team in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, while sophomore forward Kirsten Olowinski handles the action down low, grabbing 10.9 rebounds per contest to go along with 10.3 point per game. Maggie Boyer, a junior guard, is the only other MU player averaging in double digits, adding 13.5 points per game. The Zips are 8-7 overall and 1-2 in the MAC.

They earned their first conference victory last Saturday with a 54-45 win over Ohio, but fell in their last game, 90-72, to Bowling Green. Akron is led by sophomore forward Rachel Tecca. The reigning MAC Sixth Player of the Year now starts for the Zips, and averages 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Senior forward Kara Murphy brings valuable experience to a young squad, averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Toledo at Eastern Michigan, Noon (STO, Comcast Michigan, ESPN Full CourtESPN3.com)
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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team hosts the University of Toledo Saturday, Jan. 15, in a Mid-American Conference West Division contest. Tipoff is slated for 12:07 p.m. at the Convocation Center. The Eagles enter the game with a mark of 11-6 (2-1 MAC) while the Rockets are 11-5 (3-0 MAC). 

Keying the Rockets' unbeaten start in conference play has been their stifling defense. Toledo is allowing its opponents to convert a league-low 30.1 percent (47-of-156) from the floor and score a conference-low 45.7 ppg. UT, which is is 4-4 away from Savage Arena this season, is fueled offensively by senior Melissa Goodall, Naama Shafir and senior Jessica Williams, who are averaging 13.3 ppg, 13.1 ppg and 10.1 ppg, respectively.

 Eastern Michigan enters the game on the heels of a 76-67 setback to Central Michigan on Wednesday, snapping its season-high six-game win streak. Tavelyn James and Sydney Huntley led the Eagles with 18 points each. EMU features a balanced attack with three players averaging double figures led by James' 17.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 spg and 1.9 apg. The Eagles are 7-3 at home this season. 

Between Dec. 11 and Jan. 8 the Eagles strung together six straight victories by an average of 24.0 points per game (EMU 75.5, OPP 51.5). Eastern managed a 40.4 field goal percentage, while going to the charity stripe 189 times compared to just 98 for the opposition. The Green and White also forced its opponents to turn the ball over an average of 26.3 times per game, while grabbing 16.5 steals per contest

Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 2 pm
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Both Western Michigan and Northern Illinois head into Saturday's game looking for their first MAC win after dropping the first three. It is the second road game in a row for the Broncos, who fell Tuesday in Muncie against Ball State, 67-60. 

NIU is coming off a 42-31 loss at Toledo. Western Michigan is averaging 58.1 ppg this season, 60.7 in MAC games, and is led by the senior trio of Taylor Manley, Ebony Cleary and Brenna Banktson, all who average double figures. Manley is producing 13.9 ppg, Cleary 12.8 ppg and Banktson 10.0 ppg. Cleary (7.9 rpg) and Banktson (6.3 rpg) are also the team's top two rebounders. The Huskies average 57.4 ppg and are allowing 63.9 ppg. The team is led by the tandem of Markie Freeman and Ebony Ellis.

Freeman was named MAC Sixt Player of the Year in 2009 and was a All-MAC Second Team selection a year ago. Freeman scored 24 against WMU last year in DeKalb. Ellis averages 10.7 ppg and leads the Huskies with 7.6 rpg.

Central Michigan at Ball State, 4 pm
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Central Michigan travels to Ball State in a weekend conference dual. Shonda Long became Central Michigan's all-time career leader in made three-point field goals and finished with a game-high 22 points to help the Chippewas defeat Eastern Michigan, 76-67, at the Convocation Center on Wednesday and remain atop the Mid-American Conference standings. 

The Chippewas (11-4, 3-0 MAC) fell behind by 12 six minutes into the contest, but answered with a 13-0 run over the next seven minutes to take their first lead of the contest over the Eagles (11-6, 2-1 MAC). Long was joined in double-figures by Baker (17 points), Kaihla Szunko (16) and Niki DiGuilio (10). Szunko narrowly missed her second triple-double of the season with game-highs in rebounds (13) and assists (eight). 

Ball State enters the contest with a 6-10 overall record and 1-2 Mid-American Conference mark after defeating Western Michigan 67-60 Tuesday night in Worthen Arena. The win marked the first MAC victory of the season for the Cardinals. Senior guard Ty'Ronda Benning scored a career high 33 points. Benning's career night started early as she scored the first seven points in the opening minutes of the game, allowing the Cardinals to build a 7-3 advantage over the Broncos with 17:34 on the clock. Maggert's jumper at the 16:01 mark moved her to fourth all-time in scoring on the Ball State women's basketball list, passing former Cardinal Emma Jones with 1,513 career points.

Buffalo at Ohio, 4:30 pm
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The Bulls conclude a two-game road trip this afternoon when they face Ohio at the Convocation Center. UB is coming off an offensive shootout in a 94-89 loss at Miami (OH) on Wednesday afternoon.

 Fifth-year senior Ashley Zuber is coming off a school record 16 assists against the RedHawks and has recorded 24 assists and just two turnovers in the last two games for UB. Her 16 assists are the most by any player in the nation this season. 

Kourtney Brown

Fellow fifth-year senior Kourtney Brown moved into second place in the school's all-time scoring list following her career-high 35 points against Miami (OH). Brown now has 1,634 points in her career, just 69 points away from the school record. Brown is also just 44 rebounds away from the school mark. Ohio is 4-12 on the season and 0-3 in the MAC following a 55-54 loss to Kent State on Wednesday night.

Tenishia Benson

Hoban alumna Tenishia Benson


Tenishia Benson is the only Ohio player averaging in double figures as she leads the team with 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Alesia Howard is second on the squad at 8.2 points per contest, while Ashley Fowler is third at 7.8.

Gators Down Yeowomen; Westlake High alumna Ann Ryan scores 12 points, hauls down seven boards for Allegheny
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Box Score

Oberlin, Ohio
 – Cold shooting plagued the Oberlin College women’s basketball team as they fell to Allegheny College 71-45 this afternoon int Philips Gym. 

Westlake High alumna Ann Ryan scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Allegheny.
Ann Ryan

The Yeowomen, who were without NCAC Player of the Year candidate Allison Anderson for the second straight game, made just 17-of-57 shots (29.8%) and turned it over 20 times. 

Rookie Malisa Hoak got the start in place of Anderson and did finish with career-highs in points (12) and assists (5). John Marshall High alumna and senior Senior Syrea Thomas was the only other Yeowoman in double-figures as she finished with 11 points while matching Kelly Warlich with a team-high eight rebounds. 

Allegheny (9-6, 3-2 NCAC) had four players in double-digits with Jill Gregory leading the way with 15 points. Daryl Ford posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The first-half was especially troubling for the Yeowomen (6-10, 1-4 NCAC) as they trailed 39-15 at the break. However, the second half was more tightly contested as the Gators scored 32 points compared to Oberlin’s 30. 

Allegheny, which shot 43.5 percent (30-of-69), also benefited from a 50-34 advantage on the glass.

The Yeowomen will look to get back on track when they travel to Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. 

Mount's indoor track team wins final event to nip OWU; Fairview's Daryn Herman, GlenOak's Emily Mazzaferri play big roles in dramatic finish

 January 15, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's indoor track and field team won its final event -- the 4x400-meter relay -- to claim an 86-83 decision over Ohio Wesleyan 

today at the Peterson Fieldhouse.

Daryn Herman

Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview), Alexis Campbell (Saint Clairsville/Saint Clairsville), Mary Mahoney(Ashtabula/Saint John's and Paul) and Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) sealed the victory for the Raiders with a 4x400 time of 4:08.70.

Campbell, Mazzaferri, and Mahoney also won individual events: Campell in the 200 (:27.35), Mazzaferri in the 500 (1:20.50) and Mahoney in the 55 (:07.48).

Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) also won the 1,000 (3:12.84) and the mile (5:22.12).

Other first-place finishers for the Raiders were Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) in the shot put (39 feet, 9 inches), Julianne Liberati (Pittsburgh, Pa./Trinity Christian) in the triple jump (32-7) and Amanda Schmauder (Pepper Pike/Orange) in the pole vault (9-6).

Olmsted Falls' Dave Pellerite one of three Raiders to score 15 points in Mount win over The Berg

January 15, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

TIFFIN-- Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls), Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) and Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) each scored a team-high 15 points to put Mount Union in a third place tie in the Ohio Athletic Conference after a 79-73 win at Heidelberg today in Tiffin.


Mount Union also got 13 from Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and 11 from T.J. Gillespie(Toledo/Toledo St. John's) to improve to 7-8 overall and at 5-3 in the OAC are tied with Heidelberg (7-8, 5-3) and John Carroll (10-5, 5-3) all just 1.5 games behind leaders Marietta (14-2, 7-2) and Capital (11-4, 7-2).

Heidelberg got a game-high 18 from Dane Givner and 16 out of Darion Capers in the loss.

The Student Prince held a 4-2 lead minutes into the contest but the Purple Raiders went on a 15-3 run to take a 10-point lead and never looked back.


Berea High alum Kyle Tulley had nine points and six rebounds for the Berg.

Mount Union maintained a 10-point lead at the half and held back Heidelberg that closed the gap to two points on three different occasions in the second half.

The last of those runs came with 1:44 left when Givner blocked a shot and ran down to convert a layup to make it 71-69.

Both teams traded buckets to keep the lead at two and Mount Union hit six free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University

January 15, 2011

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University, 71-58, this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 15) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 8-8 overall and 2-5 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 8-8 overall and 4-3 NCAC.

OWU never trailed in the game and took control of the first half nearing the midway point of the period with a 12-0 scoring run that gave the Bishops a 20-7 lead at the 13:01 minute mark.  OWU maintained a double-digit lead during the remainder of the game and led by as many as 20 points in the first half, 43-23, with 5:27 left to play before the intermission.  Hiram got to within 13 points, 46-33, with a pair of free-throws by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) to end the scoring in the opening half, but the Terriers still trailed by the same score at the break.

Buchtel alum Glenn Campbell

Hiram pulled to within 12 points in the second half thanks to a pair of free-throws by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) at the 18:56 mark, but that would be as close as the Terriers would get as OWU answered with an ensuing 11-5 run to build its lead to 18 points, 58-40, with 13:57 left to play.  The Bishops went on to lead by as many as 19 points in the half en route to the 71-58 victory.

OWU shot 50.0 percent (27-of-53) from the field and held Hiram to 31.7 percent (20-of-63) shooting.

The Bishops had three players score in double-figures led by Tim Brady with a game-high 22 points on nine-of-14 shooting (64.3 percent).  Andy Winters was second with 12 points and Dre White added 10 points.

Hiram had one player score in double-digits in junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) who scored 10 points on three-of-nine shooting (33.3 percent). 

Perry Township's Ty Griffin, Lakewood's Tim Kelly dominate middle and distance events for Mount

January 15, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) and Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships as the Mount Union men's indoor track and field team won its dual meet against Ohio Wesleyan

, 85-83, this afternoon at the Peterson Fieldhouse.

Thomas recorded his provisional in the 55-meter dash with a winning time of 6.44 seconds. He also placed first in the 200 with a time of :22.73.

Denard placed first in the shot put with a distance of 51 feet, 6 1/4 inches.

Also for the Purple Raiders, Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) was victorious in the 1,000 and the mile with times of 2:40.72 and 4:34.52, respectively.


Kelly (left) and Griffin

Other winners were Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) in the 800 (2:00.51), Chase Clark (Bethesda/Bethesda) in the pole vault (13-5) and Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) in the triple jump (43-0 1/2).

Mount Union will be in action again next Saturday when it travels to the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational.

Mount tops ONU in pool

January 15, 2011 

ALLIANCE -- The Mount Union men's swimming and diving team was defeated by Ohio Athletic Conference foe Ohio Northern, 186-56, today at the Hammond Natatorium.

Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) won two events for the Raiders -- the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events with times of 4:59.73 and 10:30.73, respectively.

Mount basketball team clobbers the Berg by 28

January 15, 2011 

TIFFIN, Ohio -- The nationally-ranked Mount Union women's basketball team opened the game with eight straight points and never looked back in its 74-46 victory over Heidelberg in Ohio Athletic Conference action today.

Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) led the Purple Raiders with 12 points and five rebounds while Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) put in 10 points.

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) contributed six and five boards, respectively.

Walsh alumna Erin Schmidt

Mount Union took its early 8-0 lead before Heidelberg's Kristen McConkey (New Carlisle/Tecumseh) put in a layup.

The Raiders then answered with 17 more points to take a 23-point lead. Kilgore had eight points and Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) put in all of her seven points during the visitors' 25-2 stretch.

At halftime, Mount Union led, 42-10. Its largest lead -- a 35-point gap -- came with 5:56 remaining whenLauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) hit a jumper to make the score 68-33.

Jenny Miller (Tiffin/Clyde) was Heidelberg's top performer with 11 points and seven rebounds. Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) also had 11 points for the Student Prince (1-14, 0-8), which struggled with a 9.1-percent performance from 3-point range (2 of 22)