A Page -- Jan. 15, 2012

Loyola wins Horizon League battle at Cleveland State; Lisa Samplawski scores three times her average to spark Ramblers win; Winton with another 29-point day for CSU

In a battle of two teams hovering around the .500 mark, Loyola of Chicago turned on the jets early and proceeded to prevent Cleveland State from climbing out of the proverbial hole on the way to an 85-67 win Saturday in the Wolstein Center.

The Ramblers got the hot hand early from Lisa Samplawski, who came into the game averaging only five points a game overall and only a point a game in league games, but was scorching early in the this one, drilling three threes in the early going.

With Samplawski scoring and the Ramblers hitting one another with great efficiency on the crisp passes, they, well, rambled out to a 30-point lead in the first half. A Samplawski layup with 1:37 to go in the half made it 48-18.

By halftime, Samplawski had 17 points, well above her average, as Loyola had a 49-21 halftime lead.

Samplawski wound up with 19 points, three rebounds and three steals. She missed only one shot the whole day on 7 of 8 from the field, 3 of 3 from three-point land and 2 of 2 at the line.

On the other end, the Loyola defense was doing its job on Shay Winton, who has taken on the role as Cleveland State’s top scorer. With Samplawski, Monica Albano, Katie Kortekamp and Abby Skube teamed up on defense to keep Winton in check.

Winton, who scored 29 points in a win against Illinois-Chicago the other night, was held in check on offense, making only 1 of her first 11 shots from the field.

In a rather odd contrast, Winton did not let the heavy coverage on her fluster her free-throw shooting. She did draw the hacks and made her first 14 free throw tosses. At one point she had a rare quadruple double – more than nine points, 10 misses, 10 rebounds and 10 free tosses.

Watch post game interview with S/A Shay Winton by clicking and downloading:


Then in the latter half of the second half, Winton’s shooting became alive overall as she made five of her last six field goal attempts, finishing with another 29-point night. The 58 points in the 44-hour time span gave her more than a point an hour and there was all that break time between Thursday’s game and this one.

Winton wound up with a 6-of-17 night from the field and sterling 15-16 from the foul line. She had a dozen rebounds, two assists and two steals. Her 29 was a game high.

Scoring team-high honors for Loyola was Troy Hambric with 26 points. She was 60 percent from the field on 12 of 19 and added two steals.

The real difference in the game was the shooting. CSU shot only 18 percent from the field in the first half while the Ramblers shot 57 percent.

After CSU picked it up and shot 38 percent in the second half and wound up with 30 percent for the game, it was able to give a better showing for the final 20 minutes.

The Vikings actually won the second half, 46-36, and the tenacity is something they could take with them on their Wisconsin road trip next week.

Watch post game interview with S/A Honesty King by clicking and downloading:


Cleveland State had two Student/Athletes whose last names kind of sound the same, Honesty King and Takima Keane, score in double figures. Keane had 14 and King 11.

It was the passing that also made the difference as Cleveland State missed a lot of layups and otherwise “bunnies.” Loyola had 23 assists and Cleveland State only eight.

Ayrealle Beavers had a game-high seven assists while Kortekamp and Monica Albano each had five.

Albano also hit back-to-back threes that helped Loyola build the insurmountable lead.

Molly Crosby, who played on three state championship teams at Hathaway Brown, was able to get in late in the game and hit a set shot to the delight of her own cheering section behind the Loyola bench.

Sporting a leg brace, Crosby has seen limited time due to injuries and due to the upperclassmen already having such strong chemistry.

Listen to post-game interviews with Coach Peterson Abiad and S/A’s Winton and King by clicking and downloading


Mount Union's win streak at nine games

TIFFIN, Ohio -- The No. 12 ranked Mount Union women's basketball team posted its ninth straight win and stayed in first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference after a 73-67 win at Heidelberg Saturday in Tiffin.

Senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) scored a season-high 20 points and had game-best six rebounds to pace the Purple Raiders (14-1, 7-1 OAC), who maintained a half-game lead Ohio Northern and Otterbein in the conference standings.

Fellow seniors in Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) had 16 and 11 respectively as the other double digit scorers for Mount Union.

Paynes Scores 19 As B-W Men’s Basketball 

Team Defeats Ohio Northern, 70-65

ADA, OHIO  – Sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 19 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Northern University, 75-60, today (Saturday, January 14, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the ONU Sports Center.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets snapped a three-game losing skid and improved to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the OAC while the Polar Bears fall to 8-7 overall and 4-4 in the OAC.

In addition to Payne for B-W, junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/Seminary) scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and sophomore guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) chipped in 11.  Ohio Northern was led by sophomore guard Branden Rushton with a game-high 24 points, senior center Scott Schnelle contributed 11 and sophomore guard Jared Horstman added 10

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring, 3-0, when Krakowiak nailed a three-pointer of the assist from senior guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria) at 19:44.  The Polar Bears got on the board, 3-2, when Rushton hit a jumper with 19:31 remaining.

After exchanging baskets on the next two possessions, B-W would go on a 6-0 run to push the lead to six points, 12-6, on a three-pointer by Ben and baskets by Payne and Krakowiak at the 16:30 mark.

The Polar Bears would go on a 6-3 run to cut the lead down to four points, 15-11, on a three-pointer by senior guard Tony Meyer at 13:36. B-W would respond with a 8-0 run sparked by two three-pointers by sophomore forward Skyler Simpson (Centerburg) to push the lead to 12 points, 23-11, with 11:13 remaining.
Ohio Northern would go on a 4-0 run to cut the deficit down to four points, 23-17, as junior guard Taylor 

Kuhlman connected on a jumper and Rushton hit a pair from the charity stripe at the 8:48 mark.
B-W would close out the half by outscoring the Polar Bears 18-5 to take a 19-point advantage, 41-22, into the intermission.

In the second half, the Yellow Jackets would increase their lead to as many as 21 points, 43-22, at the 18:31 mark on a jumper by sophomore forward Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick).

Spartan Wrestlers Edged by Muskingum in Final Match of Whitehill Duals; Harter Completes 4-0 Weekend

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Despite winning five of 10 weight classes, the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team dropped a narrow 21-17 decision to Muskingum University in its final match of the 2012 Budd Whitehill Duals hosted by Lycoming College on Saturday at Lamade Gymnasium. Senior captain Cale Harter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wrest/2011-12/bios/harter%20cale%20o4s0> (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) picked up a win in the heavyweight match to finish at a perfect 4-0 for the weekend.

The Spartans now head back to Cleveland for their first home action of the season with No. 14 nationally-ranked University of Mount Union in town for a 1:00 p.m. dual on Saturday, January 21 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

After both sides forfeited at 125 pounds, Muskingum built a 15-0 lead with a decision at 133, a forfeit at 141 and a pin at 149. The Spartans then reeled off four wins in a row beginning with an 11-2 major decision at 157 from All-American senior Isaac Dukes<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wrest/2011-12/bios/dukes%20isaac%20powt> (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna) versus Mike Frasure.

Watkins Records Fifth Double-Double As Hiram College Men’s Basketball Claims Victory Against Kenyon College


January 14, 2012


GAMBIER, OHIO – Hiram College senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) recorded his fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds to lead the Terrier men’s basketball team in a 77-67 win against Kenyon College today (Saturday, Jan. 14) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier. [Game Stats]


With the win, the Terriers improve to 10-5 overall and 3-3 in the NCAC. The Lords fall to 7-8 overall and 1-5 NCAC.


Hiram never trailed in the game and jumped out early in the first half scoring the game’s first six points with four of those points being scored by Watkins. The Terriers slowly began to pull away and found themselves up by eight points, 24-16, near the midway point of the half on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls). 

The Lords answered with a 5-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to three points, but Hiram answered with an ensuing 12-2 run of its own that ended in a jumper by Watkins to give Hiram its largest lead of the period of 13 points, 36-23, with 8:44 left to play before halftime. Following a triple by junior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) late in the half that gave the Terriers a 12-point lead, neither team scored any points in the final 3:31 as Hiram took a 43-31 advantage into the intermission.

Fowler Scores 22, but Spartan Men Drop Home Tilt with 

Washington-St. Louis, 87-71

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite a game-high 22 points from junior forward Austin Fowler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/fowler%20austin%207uzw> (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice), the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team fell by a score of 87-71 to Washington University-St. Louis on Friday evening at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans lose their third in a row in dropping to 8-5 overall and 0-2 in the University Athletic Association. Washington wins its third straight to move to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the UAA.

Fowler's 22 points came on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 from three-point range. Senior forward Tom Summers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/summer%20tom%206z6i> (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) added his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Late Dragons run stuns Storm

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (10-4, 4-3 GLIAC) led nearly the entire way but game-ending 15-0 run earned Tiffin University (12-4, 7-3 GLIAC) a 73-62 GLIAC road win at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. 

Missing top senior wing Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls), the Storm relied on their senior post players as Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed eight boards while classmate Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) added 14 points.  Also in double figures for Lake Erie was senior guard Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) with 11 points

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Falls Short of Kenyon College


January 14, 2012


HIRAM, OHIO – Three Hiram College women’s basketball players scored in double figures, but it would not be enough as the Terriers fell to Kenyon College, 69-64, today (Saturday, Jan. 14) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers fall to 4-11 overall and 1-6 in the NCAC. The Ladies improve to 12-4 overall and 5-2 NCAC.


Hiram hung tough in the first half, shooting 50.0 percent from the field (14-of-28) to Kenyon’s 39.3 percent (11-of-28) shooting. The teams exchanged leads six times in the period and were tied four times. 

The Terriers led by four points, 9-5, early in the half, but Kenyon would go on a 12-5 scoring run to take the lead, 17-14, at the 11:29 minute mark. The Ladies led by as many as five points, 23-18, when Hiram went on a 13-1 run that ended in a three-pointer by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to put the Terriers up by seven points, 31-24, with 2:48 left to go in the period. Kenyon outscored Hiram, 7-5, in the final minutes, but the Terriers still led, 36-31, at the break.

Carpenter Scores 12 as B-W Women’s Basketball Team Falls 

Ohio Northern, 67-55

ADA, OHIO – Junior All-OAC forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/Hoover) scored 12 points but the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team falls to Ohio Northern University, 67-55, today (Saturday, January 14, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the ONU Sports Center.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets drop their record to 9-7 overall and 4-5 in the OAC while the Polar Bears improve to 13-3 overall and 7-2 in the OAC.

In addition to Carpenter for B-W, sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) and sophomore forward Natalia Simovic (Seven Hills/Normandy) each contributed 10 points.  Ohio Northern was led sophomore forward Cenzie Yoder with a game-high 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior forward Kara Dysert added 12 points.
Ohio Northern opened the scoring, 2-0, when Yoder connected on a jumper at 19:35.  The Yellow Jackets would quickly respond when Carpenter buried a shot at 19:17.

Mount Union's strong defense charges win over 


ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's basketball team continued its winning ways, defeating Heidelberg, 67-49, for its third straight Ohio Athletic Conference win Saturday afternoon at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. This is the second three-game winning streak for the Raiders on the season.

Celebrating his 21st birthday, junior Justen Little (Galion/Galion) played one of his finest games. Little scored a career-high 10 points on five-of-six shooting, tied a career-high with seven rebounds, and added three assists for the Purple Raiders.


Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 24
1, Elyria Catholic High School, 102. 2, Akron Archbishop Hoban, 65. 
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 24
1, Akron Archbishop Hoban, 117. 2, Elyria Catholic High School, 53.
Elyria Catholic vs. Hoban - 1/14/2012

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (Wearsch, Kaya A JR, Snow, Shelby R JR, 
 O'Dell, Jenna M JR, Sustersic, Taylor A SR), 2:03.32. 
Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
 1, Akron Archbishop Hoban 'A' (Hochschwender, Jake SO, Stitzel, Sam SR, 
 Renner, Danny SR, Comeriato, Nick SR), 1:56.70. 
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
 1, Peters, Sarah C, Elyria Catholic, 2:08.76. 
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
 1, Renner, Danny, Hoban, 1:59.24. 
Girls 200 Yard IM
 1, Snow, Shelby R, Elyria Catholic, 2:29.71. 
Boys 200 Yard IM
 1, Hochschwender, Jake, Hoban, 2:23.34. 
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
 1, Kudlac, Megan, Hoban, 26.38. 
Boys 50 Yard Freestyle
 1, Iscman, Karl, Hoban, 24.88. 
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly
 1, O'Dell, Jenna M, Elyria Catholic, 1:06.24. 
Boys 100 Yard Butterfly
 1, Renner, Danny, Hoban, 59.80. 
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
 1, Zielasko, Annie, Hoban, 58.67. 
Boys 100 Yard Freestyle
 1, Sleva, Ben J, Elyria Catholic, 55.14. 
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle
 1, Kudlac, Megan, Hoban, 5:29.46. 
Boys 500 Yard Freestyle
 1, Hochschwender, Jake, Hoban, 5:28.60. 
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Elyria Catholic High School 'A' (O'Dell, Jenna M JR, Bilancini, Kasey A JR, 
 Elbert, Kelly E SO, Peters, Sarah C SR), 1:51.47. 
Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Akron Archbishop Hoban 'A' (Iscman, Karl SO, Stitzel, Sam SR, Will, Ryan 
 SR, Bolender, Russell JR), 1:43.56. 
Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
 1, Wearsch, Kaya A, Elyria Catholic, 1:06.49. 
Boys 100 Yard Backstroke
 1, Comeriato, Nick, Hoban, 1:07.10. 
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
 1, O'Dell, Jenna M, Elyria Catholic, 1:17.75. 
Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke
 1, Davey, Chris, Hoban, 1:17.95. 
Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Akron Archbishop Hoban 'A' (Kudlac, Megan JR, Schubert, Sydney SR, Blinka, 
 Abby FR, Zielasko, Annie SO), 4:00.16. 
Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
 1, Akron Archbishop Hoban 'A' (Rogers, Logan SR, Will, Ryan SR, Iscman, Karl 
 SO, Renner, Danny SR), 3:45.97. 

B-W Swimmers fall to OWU

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each lost in their dual meet competition tonight (Friday, January 13, 2012) to visiting Ohio Wesleyan University in the B-W Natatorium inside the Lou Higgins Center.

The Battling Bishop men defeated the Yellow Jacket men, 126-109, and the OWU women beat the B-W women, 141-89.

With the losses, the Yellow Jacket women are now 3-4 overall and men are 2-5 overall. The squads return to action next Friday, Jan. 20 in dual meet competition at Hiram College at 6:00 p.m.

Storm swimmers take second at Ashland

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's and women's swimming teams picked up their first dual victories of the season at a tri-meet held at Ashland University Friday night. 

The Storm men and women defeated Malone University while falling to host Ashland. 

Lake Erie picked up five individual wins during the races.  Their success started in the 1000-yard freestyle where sophomore Casey Wendall (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) won in a time of 11:50.89 and freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia/) took the race on the men's side in 10:21.18. 

Mount Wrestling beats Jamestown

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Nationally ranked Mount Union won five of six contested matches in a 41-3 win over Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Junior Chad Rhodes (Uniontown/Lake) and freshman Nick Hendershot (Willoughby/Willoughby South) headlined the Raiders with major decisions wins at 149 and 165 respectively

Lake Erie College tops B-W grapplers

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team lost 44-5 today (Saturday, January 14, 2012) to host and NCAA Division II Lake Erie College in a dual match.

The Yellow Jackets are now 1-2 overall and next competes on Tuesday, Jan. 17 when it hosts Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University at 7:30 p.m. in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasim in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.  With its win, Lake Erie is now 6-5 overall.

The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman 141-pounder Nick Ramsey (Cleveland/Lakewood) who won with a tech fall over Kevin Brunner by a score of 17-2. Ramsey is now 4-3 on the season.

Cleveland State men face Valpo Today 

Game 19 

Cleveland State (15-3, 5-1 HL) at Valparaiso (11-7, 4-2 HL) 
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012
Time: 2:35 p.m. EST
Location: Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000)- Valparaiso, Ind.
Radio: WHK 1420 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: None Live. Video stream available on Horizon League Network
Series: CSU leads, 28-9
Last Mt'g: @CSU 76, Valpo 65 (2/3/11)
Tickets: Available at Site

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SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State concludes its two-game swing through Indiana when the Vikings play at Valparaiso on Sunday (Jan. 15) at 2:35 p.m. EST. The Vikings enter the contest at 15-3 overall and in a first place tie in the Horizon League at 5-1 with Milwaukee (as of Saturday morning). CSU is coming off a 76-69 win at Butler on Friday (Jan. 13). Valparaiso is 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the league after a win over Youngstown State on Friday. The Crusaders boast the league's top two scorers in Kevin Van Wijk (15.5) and Ryan Broekhoff (15.2), while Broekhoff also leads in rebounding (9.3). CSU leads the series with Valparaiso, 28-9, and has won seven of the last nine meetings. The teams have split the last four contests with each team winning on their home floor.

VIKINGS STAYS AT #8 IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State remained at No. 8 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday (Jan. 9) afternoon. The Vikings received 549 votes, up from the 542 votes they earned last week. Murray State remained first with 771 points (28 first place votes) and was followed by Creighton (723), Gonzaga (722; 3 first place), Harvard (657), Saint Mary's (638), Iona (602), Middle Tennessee (565) and Cleveland State. Last season, CSU began the season ranked 25th in the poll before working its way up to the No. 1 ranking on Dec. 6 where CSU stayed for five weeks.