A Page -- Jan. 18, 2012

St. Ignatius (28-0) ranked No. 1 in state hockey for third consecutive week; US tied for third, St. Edward fifth

For the third week in a row, St. Ignatius, 28-0 after winning the Meadville tournament over the weekend, tops the stack in the state high school hockey poll rankings.

The Wildcats, trying to become the first team since the 1980-81 Shaker Heights team to go undefeated through the whole season, scored its third victory of the season over arch-rival St. Edward in the northern Pennsylvania tournament.

The Eagles, defending state runners up, pulled up in the No. 5 spot, one notch below University School. Gilmour, Shaker, Lake Catholic and Rocky River also cracked the top 10, giving the Cleveland area seven of the top 11 ranked teams.


1.     St. Ignatius                     59 (5)

2.     Sylvania Northview                          51 (1)

3T.   University School      40

3T.   Toledo St. Johns                            40

5.     St. Edward                     39

6.     Gilmour Academy         22

7.     Shaker Heights                              18

8.     Lake Catholic                      17

9.     Toledo St. Francis                          11

10T. Olentangy Liberty                           10

10T. Rocky River                                    10

                                    Others receiving votes: Dublin Jerome, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Strongsville and Dublin Coffman

Cleveland State basketball travels to 

Milwaukee tomorrow

Cleveland State (7-9, 2-3) at Milwaukee (4-11, 0-5)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Site: Klotsche Center - Milwaukee, Wis.
Series: Milwaukee leads, 21-19
Last Meeting: Milwaukee 73, Cleveland State 64 (2/5/11)
Tickets: Available on site

Cleveland State returns to the road this weekend, as the Vikings are set to face the Milwaukee Panthers at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday (Jan. 19) in the Klotsche Center on the Milwaukee campus. CSU (7-9, 2-3) enters the week after splitting its last four Horizon League contests, while the Panthers (4-11, 0-5) are still trying for their first league win. So far this season the Vikings have struggled on the road, posting a 2-5 record, while Milwaukee has a matching record in the Klotsche Center.

Thursday's contest will be the 41st meeting between the two teams, with the Panthers holding a 21-19 overall series record. Cleveland State has been the dominate team over the past four seasons though, as the Vikings hold a 6-3 record during that time. 

Mark the fourth victory over Milwaukee in the past five contests…Make the Vikings .500 in league play…Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 114th career victory.

For just the second time in her career, Shalonda Winton tallied 20 or more points in two consecutive games last weekend, notching 29 against both UIC and Loyola. Winton was just two shy of tying her career-high (31 @YSU, 1/29/11) with the 29 point efforts, while she marked her sixth and seventh 20+ point games of her career. She has led the Vikings in scoring during seven contests this season, including all five of the Horizon League games.

Junior Shalonda Winton is closing in on 1,000 career points at Cleveland State, as she enters Thursday's contest with 858. This season Winton is averaging 15.2 points per game, while she averaged 12.5 points per game as a sophomore and 6.1 as a freshman.

The Vikings have been strong from the free-throw line during the past two contests, as they combined to go 52-62 (.839) from the line against UIC (28-35, .800) and Loyola (24-27, .889). The 28 made free-throws against UIC marked a season-high for the Vikings, while it also ties the game-high in the Horizon League. 

Shalonda Winton accounted for 15 of CSU's free-throws against Loyola last Saturday, and is now tied for second on the individual single game record list. Winton, who was 15-for-16 from the line, also ranks fifth nationally with her .938 free-throw percentage that she tallied against the Ramblers.

The Vikings had a balanced offense against the Flames last Thursday (Jan. 12), as four players scored in double-digits, led by Shalonda Winton with 29. Along with Winton, Honesty King tallied 18, Cori Coleman notched 13 and Takima Keane added 12. Thursday marked the fifth time this season that four Vikings have tallied double-digits in the same contest.

For the fifth time this season, CSU tallied 40 or more rebounds, notching 44 against the Flames (Jan. 12). Winton led the Vikings with 12, while Imani Gordon added a career-high eight and Cori Coleman tallied seven, also a career-high. CSU held UIC to 29 rebounds, holding a 15 board advantage, the second highest of the season.

Shalonda Winton continues to climb the CSU all-time career rebounds list, as she currently ranks 14th with 613. Winton needs three more rebounds to move into 13th place, which is held by Mahogany Green (1997-2001) who posted 615. Winton also ranks eighth in defensive rebounds with 397 and eighth in offensive rebounds with 216.

After not playing any overtime contests last season, the Vikings have already played extra time twice throughout the first 14 games of the 2011-12 season after defeating Murray State, 68-61 in overtime at the Magnolia Classic (Dec. 20). Earlier this season the Vikings forced overtime at Western Michigan (Nov. 25) and came out on top, 72-66, to improve to 18-15 all-time in overtime contests.

Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is in her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 113, needing just three more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

This Saturday's (Jan. 21) game at Green Bay will mark Cleveland State's third contest against a team that reached the postseason during 2010-11, having already faced Butler and Toledo. Green Bay reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament last season, while Toledo won the WNIT, Butler participated in the WNIT and Wright State played in the WBI. Below are CSU's results against teams that advanced to the postseason during 2010-11:
Dec. 10, at Toledo - L, 81-42
Jan. 7, at Butler - L, 67-43
Jan. 21, at Green Bay
Jan. 26, vs. Wright State
Feb. 2, vs. Butler
Feb. 16, vs. Green Bay
Feb. 25, at Wright State

This season marks the third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. The final luncheon will take place on Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

Cleveland State signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 16, as Jasmine Flanagan (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and Nafeshia Holifield (Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Vincent) will join the Vikings for the 2012-13 season. Flanagan, a 5-foot-5 combo guard, comes to CSU after earning first team all-league honors as a sophomore and junior. The two-time Team MVP averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a junior, and set the Roosevelt High School record with 62 three-pointers made in a season. Holifield is a 6-foot power forward who averages 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Milwaukee Vincent, which is the same high school as current Viking Destinee Blue, has won the state championship three times out of the past five years.

The Vikings will stay in Wisconsin and face No. 14/12 Green Bay on Saturday (Jan. 21). Saturday's contest is slated for a 3:00 p.m. EST tip.

Men's Basketball vs. Kenyon Highlights This Week in Oberlin Athletics; Watch Live in HD

Oberlin, Ohio – Tomorrow’s men’s basketball battle between Oberlin and Kenyon is the lone home event for the week ahead in Oberlin Athletics.

Men’s Basketball
Jan. 18, 2012 vs. Kenyon College 7:30 p.m. Live Stats  Live Video 
Jan. 21, 2012 at DePauw University 3 p.m.

- The Lords (7-8, 1-5 NCAC) and Yeomen (6-9, 1-5 NCAC) will square off in a game that will move the winner into sole position of eighth place in the NCAC.
- Last Week in a thrilling 63-62 win against Allegheny, Josh Merritt became the 20th player in school history to surpass 1,000 points and now has 1,010 for his career. By season's end, he could move up to as high as 15th all-time.
- Another Yeomen victory this season would tie the mark for most wins in a season since the 2003-2004 campaign (7-18).
- Oberlin’s trip to DePauw on Saturday will be the first time the two teams will face one another as members of the NCAC. The foes last meet during the 2000-2001 season. OC is 0-6 all-time against the Tigers.

Women’s Basketball
Jan. 18, 2012 at College of Wooster 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2012 at DePauw University 3 p.m.

- For the first time all season, Oberlin had four players score in double figures in its 64-46 win at Marygrove.
- Oberlin and Wooster split their two meetings last season with each team winning on the other’s home court. OC came away with 71-41 win on January 8, 2011, while the Scots got revenge with a 66-57 overtime win at Oberlin on February 9, 2011.
- Oberlin will play DePauw for only the second time in school history, with the first meeting between the two schools coming in the 1988-89 season. DePauw’s women’s team has won 66 straight home games, and is perfect in the NCAC this season. They are currently ranked seventh in the country.
- Going into this week, the Yeowomen are second in the conference in defensive rebounds per game with 27.3 per contest.
- Junior Kelly Warlich leads the conference with 6.9 defensive rebounds per game and is fourth in total rebounding with 8.1 rebounds per game.

Swimming and Diving
Jan. 20 at John Carroll University 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 at Ohio Wesleyan University vs. OWU & Notre Dame College 12 p.m.

-  Ellen Drake had a top time last week against Ohio Northern in the 1,000-yard free. She touched in with a time of 11:24.72, beating her previous top time by over 10 seconds.
- The teams will get another look at a NCAC opponent when they travel to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, as they gear up for the conference championships next month.
- Freshman diver Chris McLauchlan continued his success as he won the one and three meter diving competitions this weekend at both meets. He has come in first place in every meet he’s competed in this year.

Track and Field
Jan. 21 at College of Wooster Tri-Meet 5 p.m.

- Both teams had success this past weekend in their first meet of 2012. Three athletes were honored for their performance.Courtney Konow was named field athlete of the week for her shot put effort, which was personal best by over two feet (35-06.5). Jerry Choi was named sprinter/hurdler of the week for his times in the 60-meter hurdles (8.92), and 60-meter dash (7.46). Erica Long was named distance runner of the week with her 1,000-meter run, she broke the tape with a time of 3:16.51.

-The teams will get their first look at a NCAC opponent and a brand new rec center when they get to travel to the College of Wooster. 


Hudson’s Sarah Watson named NCAC Student/Athlete of the week for women’s basketball

Wittenberg senior Sarah Watson (Hudson, OH/Hudson) led the Tigers in an upset victory over Denison, 59-57, with team-highs in points (14) and rebounds (8). 

Watson (L), Shields (R)

It was Watson’s ninth double figure scoring output of the season and her fifth game with at least eight rebounds. She shot 46 percent (5-of-11) from the field and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line, including knocking down a pair of free throws with 3:04 left in the contest that helped spark Wittenberg’s comeback victory over DU.


HIRAM lost a pair of league contests last week, falling to Wooster, 59-52, and Kenyon, 69-64. Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Hts., OH/Bedford) led the Terriers on the week with 32 points (16.0 ppg) and 18 rebounds (9.0 rpg

In the men’s game, HIRAM was upended by Wooster, 92-64, on Wednesday, but the Terriers rebounded with a 77-67 triumph over Kenyon on Saturday. Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid, OH/Brush), who has scored 20 or more points in five of his last six games, recorded his fifth double-double of the season in the victory over the Lords with 25 points and 11 rebounds.


OBERLIN lost to Ohio Northern and Allegheny. Freshman Ellen Drake (Cleveland Hts., OH/Hawken) won the 1000 free, and freshman Simone Christen (Princeton, NJ/Princeton Day) took the 200 free, both against the Polar Bears. Versus the Gators, freshman Audrey Pongluelert (Fresno, CA/University) won the 200 breast.

Fields (L), Drake (R)

HIRAM fell to Wooster, and Wittenberg last week. Sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) won the 800-meter freestyle against the Fighting Scots, and was second in the 400-meter free and the 400-meter IM. Versus the Tigers, Job claimed a second-place finish in the 800-meter free and was third in the backstroke.

OBERLIN fell to Ohio Northern and Allegheny. Against ONU, senior Jebran Haddad (Beirut, Lebanon/American Community School) won the 50 free and 100 breast, then took the 100 breast against the Gators the next day.


WITTENBERG placed third in the men’s competition and second in the women’s at the Capital Challenge.

Freshman Adam Kapuscinski (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) won the men’s 1,000 meters and senior Justen Cox (Hilliard, OH/Davidson) took first in the men’s pole vault. Freshman Shelby Kaho (Sugar Grove, OH/Berne Union) won the women’s 60-meter hurdles, junior Paige Lloyd (Medina, OH/Cloverleaf) took first in the women’s pole vault, and senior Catherine Kuerbitz (Cleveland, OH/Regina) won the women’s 1000 meters.

Mount Union takes winning streak to Marietta 


The Mount Union men's basketball team begins another three-game stretch of road games when they travel to Marietta Wednesday for a 7 pm tip-off. Winners of three straight games for the second time this season, the Purple Raiders seek their first four-game winning streak since December of 2008 and their first four-game Ohio Athletic Conference winning streak since February of 2005.

The game will feature two very contrasting teams. Mount Union (7-8, 3-5) seems to be hitting its stride after winning four of five games in since the New Year. The Purple Raiders, who allow the third-fewest points per game in the conference (65.9) have held their last two opponents under 50 points. Marietta (9-6, 4-4) began the season ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation among media outlets, but the Pioneers find themselves at just .500 in conference play after losing two of five games since the New Year. The Pioneers are allowing 75.1 points per game, which is the most in the OAC.

Mount Union has won three in a row after sweeping the trio of Ohio Northern, Baldwin-Wallace, and Heidelberg for the second straight January. A win over Marietta would put the Raiders in good position to host an OAC Tournament game at the midpoint of conference play.

Senior Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) has been the rock in the lineup for the Raiders this season. Woods, who leads the OAC in scoring (19.8) and three-pointers (39) and is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.433), has scored at least 12 points in all but one game this season. He also leads the Raiders in rebounding (6.0) and steals (22).

Freshmen Nate Jacubec (Struthers/Struthers) and Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) have been major contributors for the Raiders this season. Jacubec is second on the team in scoring (10.8) and assists (31) while shooting 83-percent from the free throw line to rank second in the conference. Griffin is third on the team in scoring (8.8) and is shooting 44.2-percent on three-pointers to rank third in the conference.

Junior point guard Justen Little (Galion/Galion) is in the nation's leader in assist-to-turnover ratio (4.8) and second in the conference with 3.5 assists per game. Little has posted a career mark in each of his last two outings, scoring seven against Ohio Northern and ten against Heidelberg. Guard T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/St. John's) came off the bench to score 11 points in the Raiders' win over Heidelberg on Saturday.

Marietta returned all five starters from last year's team that went 27-4 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, but have not been able to perform to the expectations placed upon them prior to the season. The Pioneers are second in the OAC in scoring at 77.0 points per game and have are committing fewer turnovers (11.7) than any other conference team.

Two straight conference losses on the road have placed Marietta in the middle of the OAC standings. Leading 60-42 with 14:17 to play at John Carroll on Saturday, the Pioneers were outscored 48-20 the rest of the way, falling 90-80.

All-American Trevor Halter (6-6) has only managed to play in six games this season due to an injury sustained during the offseason. Halter, who did not play against John Carroll, is averaging 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Amateur Bowling Notes

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 1/16/12


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Tony Claar, Medina, 1/5, Brookgate Lanes;

Ryan Sibert, Lorain, 1/5, Brookgate Lanes;

William Piovarchy, Parma Heights, 1/9, Pawnee Lanes;

James Checovich, Brook Park, 1/10, Buckeye Lanes;

Phillip Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 1/11, Buckeye Lanes;

Alan Telling, Brook Park, 1/13, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Michael Crucis, Brunswick, 1/13, buckeye Lanes;

John Debose, Cleveland, 1/14, Wickliffe Lanes,

Dale Drazil, Northfield, 1/15, Roseland Lanes;

Robert Wink, Brook Park, 1/16, Buckeye Lanes;



    299 Games

Mike Kassay, Parma Heights, 1/2, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Gary Sefcik, North Royalton, 1/11, Mahall’s Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Anthony Seguin, Cleveland, 1/9, Buckeye Lanes (835);

Phillip Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 1/11, Buckeye Lanes (812);

David Smollen, Parma, 1/11, Buckeye Lanes (844);

Robert Wink, Brook Park, 1/16, Buckeye Lanes (809);