A Page -- Jan. 19, 2011

SWC Champion Eagles

North Olmsted, Shaker, Ignatius, 

Gilmour win tournaments over the 


Jan. 19, 2011

By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


As Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League divisional play begins again this week after two weeks off, several teams head into play with momentum after having won tournaments over the holiday weekend.

Shaker Heights, St. Ignatius, and North Olmsted, Gilmour won tournament championships.

The Red Raiders won the Walsh Jesuit tourney with a 3-1 win over the host Warriors in the championship game.

For the second year in a row, St. Ignatius beat St. Edward for the championship of the Meadville Tournament. Both teams went 4-0 in round-robin play against out-of-state teams and then the Wildcats beat the Eagles, 3-2, in the title game.

Meadville Champs

Miles McQuinn, Colton Riemenschneider, and Liam Geither scored the Wildcat goals.

McQuinn (L) and Riemenschneider (R)


Gilmour won the Bethel Park Tournament in the South Park Ice Rink with an 8-0 win over Pine Richland in the title game. To get to the title game, the Lancers had to go double overtime to beat Northview in the semis, 2-1.

The Lancers also posted wins over Upper St. Clair and North Allegheny in round-robin play.

North Olmsted snapped Amherst’s 17-game winning streak with a 2-1 win over the Comets in the championship game of the Southwestern Conference Tournament. 


Ryan Sutton and Mike Konyesni scored the North Olmsted goals.


One day earlier, the Comets took a 3-2 decision over the Eagles.

The Eagles were the first team to score on the Comets in the tourney.

Swimmer Laura Tramer is 

Beachwood High Student/Athlete of 

the Week; honors student, Pre-Med 

Club member has already signed 

letter of intent to Georgetown

Jan. 19, 2011

By Ryan Peters

This past week, Laura Tramer set school records in the 100-yard Freestyle and the 50 Free while competing against CVC schools Cuyahoga Heights and Kenston. She placed 1st in the 200 Free with a time of 1:58.36; 1st in the 100 Free with a time of 54.88; and 1st in the 50 Free with 25.00. She also helped lead the girls relays in the 200 medley with a time of 2:05.90 and the girls 200 Free relay with a time of 1:51.48.

Laura Tramer

Laura Tramer


Laura is on track to complete her senior year as the most decorated swimmer in Beachwood High School history. She owns eight school records (out of 11 events). This season she has broken four of her own school records.

Last season Laura finished in 8th in the State in the 500 Free and 9th (out of 24 swimmers) in the 200 Free. During the course of the 2009/2010 season, Laura broke six school records. Laura's has qualified and competed three times at the state tournament.

During Laura's free time she is a member of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team, Link Crew, and the Pre-Med Club. She is a volunteer at The Gathering Place and a Cleveland Clinic Junior Ambassador graduate. Laura is an honor student and recently signed a National Letter of Intent to attend and swim at Georgetown University next Fall.

All American Erin Hollinger from 

Chardon, Olmsted Falls' Matt 

Jurcak, Twinsburg's Chris Kelly, 

Glenville grad Nataija Brown, 

expected to be leaders for 

Case Reserve track

Jan. 19, 2011

By  Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH –Entering the 2011 season, the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s track and field teams are poised to take another step forward in the University Athletic Association after the women’s squad finished fourth overall at the UAA Outdoor Championships – its highest finish ever – and the Spartan men claimed an individual national champion for the first time since 1990. Together, the two squads have now produced five All-Americans in the past two years. 

The Spartan men placed sixth with 45 team points at the indoor conference meet before improving to fifth at the UAA Outdoor Championships, posting an improvement of 36 points in the process. This year, however, they must replace four-time Division III All-American and graduated national champion, Obinna Nwanna, whose title in the decathlon led the Spartans to a team finish of 26th at nationals last season. The Spartans will lean on a crop of returning athletes who should be able to challenge for conference crowns.

“You can’t replace Obinna Nwanna, but I’m excited about the challenge for this men’s team to not only replace Obi’s points, but surpass them,” said fourth-year head coach Steve Rubin. “This group, for the most part, is still quite young and I think they’re just starting to come into their own in a lot of areas. But they have a huge amount of heart and desire. I expect that to translate into a very competitive group.”

In the mid-distance events, look for strong contributions from juniors JimMather (Baldwinsville, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) and Ty Shaffer (Myersville, MD/Middletown Senior)Mather was the meet champion at last year’s Spartan Relays in the 800-meter event and clocked in at 56.55 to take fourth overall in the 400 hurdles at the UAA Outdoor Championships Shaffer won the 500-meter title at the Greater Cleveland College Championships in 2010 and also took silver in the 400m at the UAA Outdoor Championships, finishing in a time of 50.13.


 Also a threat in the hurdles, junior Matt Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) bested Shaffer by a slim margin in the 400 hurdles at last year’s UAA Outdoor Championships to take third and also placed second in the 55 meter hurdles at last year’s All-Ohio Championships.


Sophomore Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) returns to lead the Spartans in distance events after turning in three first-place finishes in three different events during the 2010 season (800 meter, 1,500 meter and mile) and crossing the line second in the mile at the UAA Indoor Championships with a time of 4:19.7.

A versatile thrower, senior Jeremy Gdaniec (Erie, PA/Cathedral Prep) - pictured, top right- will be back looking to take the next step at the conference meet and lead the Spartan field athletes. Last year, Gdaniec placed third in the weight throw at the UAA Indoor Championships as well as taking fourth in the discus and sixth in the hammer throw outdoors.

 The senior also was meet champion in the weight throw at the Spartan Relays and the hammer throw at the DePauw University (IN) Invitational. 

On the women’s side, Case claimed fifth with 43 points at last year’s UAA Indoor Championships and improved to a fourth-place finish with a team score of 93 at outdoors.

“We feel very good about the women’s team,” saidRubin. “We did lose an outstanding runner in Elaine Simpson, but we’ve filled in some gaps in the sprints and jumps with some newcomers so we think we’ve got a good shot to move up in the conference.” 

The Spartans return a sizable contingent of their top scorers from last year’s squad. 


Leading the way will be junior Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) - pictured who also is a standout forward on the women’s basketball team. Hollinger, an All-American high jumper two years ago, represented Case at nationals in 2010 with a 10th-place finish. She also was the conference indoor champion and took second at the UAA Outdoor Championships in the high jump. A multi-event specialist, Hollinger placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles, third in the pole vault and eighth in the javelin throws at last spring’s conference meet.  

In field events, expect the Spartans to be anchored by Hollinger and a trio of top finishers from last year’s conference competition in junior Amanda Kline (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster), sophomore Emily Tran (Beaverton, OR/Southridge) and junior Cara Dreussi (Canton, OH/St. Thomas Aquinas). Kline took second in the discus and third in the shot put at the UAA outdoor meet, while Tran and Dreussi stood out in the javelin throw at last year’s outdoor meet finishing second and fifth, respectively.        

Case’s top returner in the sprints, junior Nataija Brown (Cleveland, OH/Glenville)  will be looking to take another step toward winning the UAA after finishing eighth or better in four different events (55 and 100 meter hurdles, 100 and 200 meter dash) last year. 


Sophomore Alyssa Harker (Mentor, OH/Mentor) will also be counted on to produce in the mid-distance runs for the Spartans. Last year, Harker was third at the UAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. She also earned second-place finishes in the 400-meter dash at the Carnegie Mellon University (PA) Tartan Dual and in the 500 at the Greater Cleveland College Championships.

Senior Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) - pictured, below right -, fresh off an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, will return to be an anchor for CWRU in the long-distance runs. The senior was a winner in the 3,000-meter run at the Spartan Relays last season.

Senior Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) - pictured, below right -, fresh off an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, will return to be an anchor for CWRU in the long-distance runs. The senior was a winner in the 3,000-meter run at the Spartan Relays last season.

The Spartan women’s distance relay teams should also challenge for conference crowns after the 1,600 relay quartet took third at the UAA Outdoor Championships last spring and returns all four runners this year. The 3,200-meter relay team placed second at the same meet a year ago and brings back three of its members.

“We’re starting to get into the area where we can accomplish things, not just as isolated individual performers, but as a team,” said Rubin. “We’re going to focus this year on competing hard as a group.  We’ll develop our talents as far as possible, and if it’s still even after that, we’ll rely on guts and heart to win.” 

Case’s first full team meet will take place after the conclusion of winter break, as the team hosts the annual Spartan Relays on January 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the Veale Center.



 Wrestling opens EWL season, tennis opens 

Spring season, swimmers closing in on 



Jan. 19, 2011

 By Brian McCann


Wrestling Opens EWL Competition At Home

The Cleveland State wrestling team will compete in its first Eastern Wrestling League meet of the season this week, hosting Lock Haven at Woodling Gym on Sunday (Jan. 23) at 1:00 p.m. It will be the second EWL meet for the Bald Eagles, who fell to Pittsburgh on Jan. 14.

        "Our guys have improved every week since the season started," head coach Ben Stehura said. "We've tested ourselves against some of the best teams in the country this year, and now we'll start to see where we stand in the conference."
       The Vikings enter the meet with a 3-7 dual meet record after dropping matches to Rutgers (47-0), Army (39-3) and the US Merchant Marine Academy (28-16) at the Rutgers Quad on Saturday (Jan. 15).

Matt Donohoe


        Five Viking wrestlers won at the quad, including Corbin Boone (wrestling at 184), Nick Flannery (133), Josh Palivoda (141), Lawrence Cavello (149) and Matt Donohoe (157). Donohoe's victory was the lone fall of the day for Cleveland State, as he pinned USMMA's Dan Twito in 4:09.


Women's Swimming Closing In On School Record For Wins


Already off to the program's best start ever, the Cleveland State women's swimming and diving team has a chance to make history when it hosts conference rivals Youngstown State and Wright State on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 1:00 p.m. The Vikings (13-2) would tie the school record for wins in a season (14, set by last year's team) with a victory over either opponent and would break the mark with a sweep.


"Youngstown State has always been competitive with our women's team, and Wright State has been of the top teams in the Horizon League for many years," head coach Wally Morton said. "This will be a good test to see where we are as we prepare for the conference championship."


Saturday's meet will be the last regular season home contest for the Vikings, and will be Senior Day for four-year letterwinner Diana Mruk.


Cleveland State went 2-1 in its most recent outing, a quad meet at home last Saturday (Jan. 15). The Vikings picked up wins over Duquesne (151.5-85.5) and Xavier (160-77) while falling to Oakland (146.5-96.5).

Alice Sommerville

Alice Sommerville


Alice Sommerville led the way for CSU with wins in the 50 free (23.69), 100 fly (56.48) and the 100 breast (1:05.89). Joanna Olsson took first in the 100 IM (2:09.80) while Carys Behn won the 200 free (1:52.91) and helped the 200 free relay team to a first place finish (1:37.49).

Men's Swimming Hosts Wright State

The Cleveland State men's swimming and diving team will return to Horizon League action this weekend when the Vikings host Wright State on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 1:00 p.m. This will be the last regular season home meet of the year for CSU and will be Senior Day for Zvonimir Androic, Deni Gasparin and Mike Marsico.


"This will be a terrific challenge for our team," head coach Wally Morton said. "Wright State is one of the top teams in the Horizon League, and we will truly need to perform at the best level we can to win."


Last weekend Cleveland State (10-3-1) hosted two meets in two days. The Vikings welcomed Xavier and Oakland to the Busbey Natatorium on Saturday (Jan. 15), defeating the Musketeers, 167.5-63.5, and losing to Oakland, 128-113.


Josh Gonzalez qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships at that meet after scoring 326.78 in the 3-meter dive. Gonzalez swept both of the day's diving events, taking the 1-meter with a score of 289.35. Mark de Swardt was a perfect 3-0 in the swimming events, winning the 1,000 free (9:25.98), 500 free (4:32.59) and the 200 IM (1:52.99).


The Vikings also hosted Notre Dame on Friday (Jan. 14), falling 162-81. de Swardt again went undefeated, winning the 200 fly (1:50.85), 500 free (4:34.51) and the 1,000 free, where his 9:18.49 time was nearly a full 30 seconds faster than the second place finisher's 9:48.46. Justin Hill was CSU's other winner at the meet, taking first In the 50 free (21.05).


Men's Tennis Opens Spring Schedule in Michigan


The Cleveland State men's tennis team begins its spring season when the Vikings head north to Michigan for two matches this weekend. The Vikings will play at Western Michigan on Friday (Jan. 21) at 12:00 p.m. before heading to Michigan State for a 10:00 a.m. contest on Saturday (Jan. 22).


"We are very excited to get the spring season going," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "I thought we had a successful fall season and I was able to see some things and get a feel for what how our lineup will shake out. We will use these early season matches to improve as a team as we gear toward the Horizon League schedule."


The Vikings, who have won the last three league titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the last three years, played in five tournaments in the fall. Junior Yannick Goossens, who will play at the No. 1 singles position, led the Vikings with 10 wins in the fall, while senior John Haley won eight times.


The doubles team of Haley and Rob Fox combined to go 12-5 in the fall and are slated to play at the top of the lineup this spring.


Women's Tennis Hosts Duquesne, Travels To Ohio State


The Cleveland State women's tennis team begins the 2011 spring season when the Vikings play a pair of matches this week, hosting Duquesne on Saturday (Jan. 22) beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake, Ohio and traveling to Ohio State for a 7:00 p.m. match on Sunday (Jan. 23).


"This will be a very demanding match for us to open the season, but I am looking forward to see how we match up against a team as talented as Ohio State," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We put together a very demanding nonconference schedule in the hopes of preparing us for the league slate. This is one of the deepest and most talented women's teams I have had at Cleveland State and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish this year."


The Vikings, who have just one senior, one junior, three sophomores and three freshmen on the roster, enjoyed some success during the fall campaign. Sophomore Mengdi Liu was the standout, winning all nine of her singles contests in straight sets en route to a 9-0 mark. Freshman Alex Bush went 8-2, while freshman Kara Sherwood won seven matches.


Viking High Fives

Trey Harmon:  The Viking junior scored 16 points, including nine straight during a decisive 14-0 run, in CSU's 61-51 win at Youngstown State.

Honesty King:  The sophomore provided a spark off the bench at Valparaiso on Saturday, scoring 12 points, including a pair of three pointers.

Mark de Swardt:  The men's swimming junior went a perfect 6-0 over the weekend, winning the 1,000 free and 500 free twice as well as the 200 IM and the 200 fly.

Josh Gonzalez:  The junior diver qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships with a 326.78 performance in the 3-meter dive on Saturday.

Alice Sommerville:  The women's swimming sophomore won three events on Saturday, including the 50 free (23.69), 100 fly (56.48) and 100 breast (1:05.89).



Mentor native Keith Lillash 

Among The Four To Be 

Enshrined In The CSU 

Athletics Hall of Fame

Legendary Soccer Coach Is Joined By Standouts In Baseball, Women's Basketball & Men's Swimming

January 19, 2011

CLEVELAND (Theater District)  -- A power-hitting infielder, a record-setting distance swimmer, a league women's basketball player of the year and a legendary men's soccer coach comprise the 36th class of inductees into the Cleveland State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bill Clarke coached the CSU men's soccer team to its first three NCAA appearances.
Bill Clarke

Joining the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame are Bill Clarke (men's soccer & tennis coach, 1967-72), Audra Cook (women's basketball, 1997-2000), Keith Lillash (baseball, 1998-2001) and Henk Markgraaff (men's swimming, 1997-2000).

In addition, former CSU administrator Bob Malaga will be given an honorary achievement award for his 25 yers of service to CSU athletics.

The class will be enshrined at a 6:00 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, February 12 on the fourth floor of theWolstein Center.  The class will also be honored during the Cleveland State men's basketball game against Youngstown State.

Admission to the ceremony is free but there is a $15 charge for admission to a pre-ceremony reception that will start after the men's game.  Reservations can be made by contacting the CSU Varsity "C" Club at (216) 875-9692.

Clarke guided the Viking men's soccer team to national prominence, posting a 43-17-7 record (.694) as head coach from 1967-71, including NCAA appearances in 1968, 1969 and 1970.  He coached Viking All-Americans Vito Colonna (1970) and Jim McMillan (1971) along with four CSU Hall of Famers and 37 all-region selections.

The head coach of both men's soccer (1967-71) and men's tennis (1968-72) while he was at CSU, he led the 1968 soccer team to a 13-2-1 record and a No. 3 ranking in Ohio.

The following year (1969), CSU went 10-2-2 to earn the school its first No. 1 ranking in Ohio and a spot in theNCAA Championship, upending defending national champion Michigan State (3-0) before falling to eventual champion St. Louis (2-1).

CSU was 8-4-1 in 1970 to rank 16th in the nation and repeat as No. 1 in Ohio and 7-5-1 in 1971 to rank 19th nationally and third in Ohio.

Clarke left CSU to become head basketball coach and athletic director at Walsh.  He passed away in 1997.

Cook, a native of Greenfield, Ohio, was the first Viking to earn first team all-league honors three times, leaving CSU as the holder of school records for defensive rebounds (749) and rebounds (1,030) and in the process, becoming the first player to lead the league in rebounding three times.  The preseason MidwesternCollegiate Player of the Year in 1999-2000, she went on to receive the post-season honor as well after averaging 19.0 points and 11.1 rebounds a game.

The first player in league history to be named the league player of the week four times in a season (1997-98), she went on to receive the honor six times in her career.

Cook played in 112 games as a Viking, ranking third in points (1,805) and rebounding average (9.2), fourth in scoring average (16.1) and fifth in blocked shots (83).

Lillash, a native of Mentor, Ohio, earned third team Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball All-America honors in 2000 after setting school records for hits (99) and RBIs (73) while ranking second with a .458 batting average, 19 home runs and 64 runs scored.

A four-year letterman, he left CSU as the career record holder for at-bats (798), hits (295), runs scored (177), RBI (186), doubles (59), triples (10) and hit-by-pitch (30).  He was drafted in the 30th round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2001 MLB Draft.

Markgraaff, a native of Bloemfontein, South Africa, was named the Midwestern Collegiate Men's Swimming Performer of the Year in 2000 after winning both the 500 and 1650 Free at the league championship.

A four-year letterman, he set school records in the 500 Free (4:26.17), 1000 Free (9:16.53) and 1,650 Free (15:19.07) as a freshman, sophomore and senior, won five events at the league championship during his career and swam on four winning relay teams.

The addition of the 2011 class brings the membership in the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame to 119.  Clarke is the 14th coach to earn admission to the hall while Cook is the 10th women's basketball player, Lillash is the 10th baseball player and Markgraaff is the seventh men's swimmer.

A synopsis of the accomplishments of the hall of fame inductees follows:

Bill Clarke (Men's Soccer Coach, 1967-71)
The head coach of Cleveland State's men's soccer team from 1967-71, Clarke coached the team to national prominence, taking the program to the first three NCAA playoff appearances in school history. He coached two All-Americans, 37 all-conference/region selections and four current Cleveland State Hall of Famers. Clarke ranks second among CSU soccer coaches with a .694 winning percentage (43-17-7 overall), and his 43 wins are the fifth most all-time. He led the Vikings to a No. 16 national ranking in 1970, CSU's first-ever national ranking in soccer. In the 1969 tournament, CSU upset defending national champion Michigan State, 3-0, before losing to the eventual national champion St. Louis, 2-1. His teams finished 1969 and 1970 as the top ranked collegiate team in the state while his 1968 squad set an Ohio collegiate season record with nine shutouts. In 1971, the Vikings scored 24 goals against Wright State, a single-game scoring record that may never be broken. He also served as the head coach of the tennis team from 1968-72, compiling 25 victories. Clarke passed away in April of 1997 at the age of 75.

Audra Cook (Women's Basketball, 1997-2000)
Cook, a native of Greenfield, Ohio, was one of the best basketball players in program history, finishing her CSU career with school records in total rebounds (1,030) and defensive rebounds (749). In 2000, she followed up a preseason conference player of the year honor by becoming the first Viking to be tabbed as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year after a season in which she averaged 19.0 points and 11.1 rebounds. It was the third straight season she led the team in both categories, making her the only CSU player ever to accomplish such a feat. Those were just two of a number of firsts she set during her Cleveland State career. Cook was the also first CSU player to earn first team all-conference honors three times, being selected after the 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons, and was the first player in conference history to be named player of the week four times in a season (1998). Cook holds the CSU single-season record with 270 defensive rebounds in 2000 and holds the school's single game scoring record (40 points at Akron on Dec. 15, 1997). She also holds the Wolstein Center record with 21 rebounds against Wright State on Jan. 31, 1998. Cook was also outstanding in the classroom, being selected to the conference all-academic team in 1998 and the GTE Academic All-District team in 2000. Cook graduated in 2000 with a degree in marketing.

Keith Lillash (Baseball, 1998-2001)
A native of Mentor, Ohio and one of the best batters in Cleveland State history, Lillash holds the school's career records in at-bats (798), hits (295), runs scored (177), RBI (186), doubles (59) and triples (10). A 2000 Louisville Slugger/College Baseball third team All-American playing second base, he also set school season records in hits (99) and RBI (73) en route to being selected as the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and to the First Team ABCA/Rawlings All-Mideast Region. His .458 batting average that year was the second best in the nation. As a freshman, Lillash was chosen as an Honorable Mention Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and earned conference newcomer team and second team honors. He was selected first team all-conference in both 2000 and 2001 and ultimately became the 26th CSU player to be selected in the Major League draft when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians following his senior season. Lillash ended his career at Cleveland State with a .370 batting average, the third best all-time. He graduated in 2004 with a degree in marketing.

Henk Markgraaff (Men's Swimming, 1996-2000)
Markgraaf, a native of Bloemfontein, South Africa, was named the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Performer of the Year in 2000 and helped lead Cleveland State to MCC championships in both 1998 and 1999. During his time at Cleveland State he set then school records in the 500 free, 1000 free and 1,650 free, with his time in the mile also being a then conference record. Markgraaff's top times in all three events are to this day the second best in school history. He made an immediate impact on the Viking swimming program as a freshman, helping the squad win a school record 14 meets, culminating in a second place finish in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. Individually, Markgraaff proved to be one of the top swimmers in the conference throughout his CSU career, winning the 500 free in 1998 and 2000 and the 1,650 free in 1997, 1998 and 2000. He majored in science, graduating in 2000.

Honorary Achievement Award:  Judge Bob Malaga
For over 25 years, Judge Bob Malaga has made a profound and lasting  contribution to Cleveland State athletics. The captain of the 1958 US Olympic tennis team and first president of the US Lawn Tennis Association, Malaga earned the title "Mr. Tennis." As the first director of athletic fundraising at CSU, Malaga started the school's first booster group, Club 25, and was the first president of the Viking Club. In those positions, Malaga enlisted a large group of supporters and donors - the vast majority of whom previously had no connection to CSU - as key liasons and partners. In addition to his work in the athletic department, Malaga also served as CSU's tennis coach from 1985-89 and is in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame. Since his retirement from CSU in 1992, Malaga has remained an advisor to Viking Athletics administrators and a major donor to CSU Tennis.

Hiram College Men's Basketball Rally Falls Short Against Kenyon College

GAMBIER, OHIO   --  The Hiram College men's basketball efforts to erase a 10-point halftime deficit fell short as the Terriers dropped a 78-69 decision against Kenyon College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 19) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Tomsich Arena in Gambier.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 8-9 overall and 2-6 in the NCAC.  The Lords improve to 8-9 overall and 4-4 NCAC.

Kenyon jumped out to a 9-6 lead early in the first half, but Hiram answered with a 7-o scoring run that was capped by a jumper by junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston), giving the Terriers a 13-9 advantage at the 13:27 mark.  The lead didn't last long as the Lords responded by outscoring Hiram, 14-4, to regain the lead and never trailed in the game again.  Hiram stayed within striking distance until late in the period when Kenyon padded its advantage with a mini 6-0 run to end the half and take a 38-28 margin into the locker rooms.

Hiram never allowed the deficit to grow to more than eight points in the opening minutes of the second half and battled its way back to make it a one-point game, 48-47, with 13:05 left to play thanks to a layup by senior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) that capped a 9-2 run.  Kenyon got a little breathing room, increasing its lead to six points in the following minutes, but blew the game open with a 10-0 run later in the period that gave the Lords a 14-point lead, 64-50, with 5:47 left to play.  Kenyon went on to record its largets margin of the game of 17 points, 72-55, at the 3:34 mark.  Hiram had to play catch-up the remainder of the half and got to within eight points, 75-67, on a layup by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) with 32 seconds left.  But the earlier Kenyon lead sealed the victory for the Lords en route to the 78-69 final.

Kenyon shot an impressive 52.0 percent (26-of-50) from the field as Hiram shot 38.0 percent (27-of-71). 

The Lords were led in scoring by Kodey Haddox with a game-high 19 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent).  Brian Lebowitz was second with 14 points, in addition to grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, and Marcus Healey was third at 12 points.  Rounding out the high scorers for Kenyon was Uros Vasiljevik with 11 points.

Hiram was led by Muhammad with 18 points on eight-of-15 shooting (53.3 percent).  Senior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 10 points.  In addition, junior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) pulled down a game-high 11 boards.


Four Student-Athletes reach double 

figures to lead Kent State to win vs. 

Akron as Flashes maintain first place 

in the MAC

Jan. 19, 2011

9:01 P.M.  EST

By Norm Weber

Editor, Student/Athlete-Cleveland



KENT – In Mid American Conference basketball, Kent State cashed in on double-digit scoring efforts by four Student/Athletes to maintain its spot in first place with a 72-55 win over Akron tonight here in the MAC Convocation Center, in the battle of the Cuyahoga Valley and bordering counties.


The Golden Flashes are now 5-0 in the MAC while the Zips fall to 1-4. Taisja Jones scored a game-high 17 points and Jamilah Humes added 15 to lead the Kent scoring output.


A basket by Humes and then an old-fashioned three-point play by Humes a minute later gave the Golden Flashers a seven-point lead and then with 17:55 to gin in the half a three-point bomb by Chenel Harris gave the hosts their fourth double-digit lead of the night and first of the second half, 42-32.

Hoover High School alumna Stephanie Gibson gave the Golden Flashes their biggest lead of the night up to that point, 50-36, with her second three-point rocket of the night with 13:10 left to go in the game. That launch ignited an 11-0 run as the hosts had made it a 20-point game by the midway point of the second half.

Gibson wound up with nine points four assists and two steals.

Hoban High alumna Rachel Tecca had a double-double by scoring a game-high 14 points for the Zips and also grabbing 11 rebounds.


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 Harris attained the double-double for the Flashes with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Ellie Shields added 10 points and seven rebounds for Kent.


A pair of Tecca free throws sandwiched between two Tasha Williams baskets enabled the Zips to make a mini comeback late in the game, as they were able to cut the deficit to 12 points but no fewer. 

Hanna Luburgh also had double-figures for the Zips with 10 points.

The Golden Flashes gained their first lead with a three-pointer by Taisja Jones that made it 5-4 in the early going. A fastbreak basket Gibson off her on steal and then a three-pointer by the former Viking made it 12-6.

Hoover product Steph Gibson

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The Zips were able to keep within three points up until the midway part of the first half when the hosts began making their run.

First Tamzin Barroilhet’s three pointer made it 24-17 and then Humes connected on quick back-to-back baskets to give Kent its first double-digit lead, 28-17, with 8:45 to go in the half.

Jones had reached double figures in scoring for the Flashes by the four-minute mark of the first half.


Through the first half, Tecca was  the leading rebounder in the game for both teams with eight and wound up  sharing game-high honors with Harris. Tecca also finished the half with a team-high six points for the Zips.

Hoban grad Rachel Tecca

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Baskets by Tecca and Hanna Luburgh in the last two minutes of the first half brought the Zips back to within four points.


Akron, Kent to meet in battle of the 

county borders tonight

Jan. 19, 2011, 11 a.m

By Erin Dugan

Akron at Kent State, 7 pm
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The University of Akron women's basketball team (8-8, 1-3) will make the short trip to Mid-American Conference rival Kent State (13-3, 4-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 19 for a 7 p.m. ET contest. Despite a second half comeback, the University of Akron women's basketball team (8-8, 1-3) fell to Miami (10-7, 2-2) at home 68-63. The Zips held the lead at halftime and failed to come away with a win for only the second time this season. For Akron, sophomore forward Rachel Tecca recorded her seventh double-double of the season and 10th of her career with 15 points and 14 boards to lead the Zips. 

Carly Young

Sophomore Taylor Ruper scored 14 points, including clutch 3-pointers down the stretch, and freshman Carly Young added 12 on 5-for-9 from the floor. Kent State kept its homewinning streak intact while ending a 13-game losing slide to MAC-East foe Bowling Green Jan. 15 with a nail-biting 44-43 victory at the M.A.C. Center. Senior guard Jamilah Humes led all scorers with 16 points while grabbing a game-high nine rebounds to help Kent State halt Bowling Green's 15-game winning streak, which was among the longest in the country this season.


Kent State's current 13-game home winning streak is the third-longest in team history and the 11th winning streak of 10 or more games in program annals. The Golden Flashes have their work cut out for them should they aim to surpass the team record: 43 consecutive wins spanning four seasons. In the team's 36-year history, Kent State is 312-101 (75.5 winning pct.) in games played at the M.A.C. Center. In conference contests, the Flashes are 179-58 (75.5 winning pct.).

Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan, 7 pm
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The Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team looks to snap a two-game losing skid Wednesday evening, Jan. 19, versus Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Eastern Michigan enters the game with an 11-7 (2-2 MAC) record, following a 72-56 setback to MAC West Division co-leader Toledo, Jan. 15, at the Convocation Center. Three players average double figures for EMU, led by Tavelyn James' 17.3 ppg. 

Cassie Schrock produces 12.5 ppg and is the team's leading rebounder with 7.4 rpg. Sydney Huntley is chipping in 10.9 ppg. As a team, Eastern Michigan shoots at a 37.1 clip and averages 67.6 ppg. Former WMU assistant coach Yvette Harris joined the EMU staff this past season. Western Michigan picked up its first Mid-American Conference victory of the year, defeating Northern Illinois on the road Saturday, 71-67. 

Cassie Schrock

Wadsworth High alum Cassie Schrock

Taylor Manley and Kemmy Dominique led Western Michigan with 18 points apiece, while Miame Giden pumped in 17 points. Western Michigan is averaging 58.8 ppg this season and is led by the senior trio of Taylor Manley, Ebony Cleary and Brenna Banktson. Manley is producing 14.1 ppg, Cleary 12.4 ppg and Banktson 9.9 ppg. Cleary (7.8 rpg) and Banktson (6.6 rpg) are also the team's top two rebounders. WMU is shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from behind the arc.

Toledo at Central Michigan, 7 pm
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Toledo (12-5, 4-0 MAC) will put its season-high five-game win streak on the line at Central Michigan (11-5, 3-1 MAC) on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in newly-renovated McGuirk Arena. The Midnight Blue & Gold is coming off its most complete game of the season with a 72-56 victory at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. UT, which is is 5-4 away from Savage Arena this season, is fueled offensively by Melissa Goodall, Naama Shafir and Jessica Williams, who are averaging 13.2 ppg, 12.6 ppg and 10.5 ppg, respectively. 

Central Michigan enters the matchup on the heels of an 86-77 setback at Ball State on Saturday, snapping its three-game win streak. Brandie Baker and Niki DiGuilio led the Chippewas with 20 points each. CMU features a high-powered attack with four players averaging double figures led by Shonda Long's 16.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.1 spg. The Chippewas are 3-1 at home this season.

Ball State at Northern Illinois, 7 pm
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Ball State enters tonight's contest with a 7-10 overall record and 2-2 Mid-American Conference mark after defeating Central Michigan Saturday 86-77 at Worthen Arena. Ball State had three players in double figures, senior guard Ty'Ronda Benning, along with Emily Maggert, tied for team high scoring honors with 22 points apiece. 

Freshman forward Jazmin Hitchens had a career high 20 points. Both Maggert and Benning had double doubles with 10 rebounds apiece, and Benning just missed a triple double, adding nine assists in the contest. Currently Maggert leads the team in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (8.9). The Huskies are coming off their closest loss of the year, a 71-67 decision against Western Michigan. Each team led by as many as 11 points, and NIU entered halftime down 31-26. In the second half Northern Illinois allowed 57.1 percent shooting by the Broncos and never regained the advantage. 

Now four games into conference play, a new scoring leader has emerged for the Huskies. After averaging 7.3 points per game in non-league action, Courtney Shelton is leading the team with 15.3 points per game in MAC play. Other notables since MAC play has begun include Danielle Pulliam averaging 3.75 assists per game, Brittney Callahan upping her scoring average from 3.2 to 5.5 points per game, and NIU shooting 46.3 percent as a team on threes.

Cleveland State's basketball team to 

host Detroit Thursday

Jan. 19, 2011

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State's basketball team returns home for two games this week, beginning with a 5:00 p.m. contest against Detroit on Thursday (Jan. 20) in the Wolstein Center. It will be a doubleheader with the CSU men also hosting Detroit at 7:30 p.m., marking the first of four twinbills this season.

The Vikings enter the week with a 10-7 overall mark and are tied for fourth place in the Horizon League at 3-3 after losing at Butler (73-65) and winning at Valparaiso (68-58) last week. Detroit is 8-8 overall and tied for sixth in the league at 2-3 after falling on the road at Wright State (63-62) in the Titans lone contest last week.

Thursday's game will be the 44th all-time meeting between the teams with the Titans holding a 31-12 edge in the series. However, CSU has won five of the last seven contests and three in a row at home.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad guided the Vikings to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010.

With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses.

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (13.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.8 apg), 

the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. 

Honesty King

Honesty King

She is joined in the starting backcourt by juniors Janelle Adams (12.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Takima Keane (9.3 ppg, 3.2 apg). Sophomore Honesty King (5.6 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg) have also figured into the rotation. 

Sophomore Shalonda Winton (12.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.1 apg) and junior Destinee Blue (9.8, 6.9) are the starters in the frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg), who is recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.3, 0.7) and Haley Schmitt (0.4 ppg, 0.4 rpg), have also fought for minutes.

VIKINGS IN THE NCAA STATS: Cleveland State received several mentions in the latest NCAA statistics that were released on Monday (Jan. 16). The Vikings are 65th in the nation in free throw percentage (.722), 70th in assists (14.8), 86th in steals (9.8) and 91st in field goal percentage (.417). Individually, Shawnita Garland ranks 24th in the country in steals (3.1), while Shalonda Winton is 29th in double-doubles (7) and 54th in rebounding (9.2)

Mount Union's basketball team drops in national rankings despite three-game winning streak

January 19, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- The Mount Union women's basketball team remain in the national rankings, but received its lowest ratings of the 2010-11 season today.

Despite their three-game winning streak, the Purple Raiders dropped to 18th on the ESPN/USA Today poll and 19th on the D3Hoops.com scale.

The squad began the season ranked 11th (D3Hoops) and 12th (ESPN/USA Today).

In their most recent game, the Raiders outscored Grove City (Pa.) by 29 points in the second half and claimed a 65-43 victory. They will return to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. home game against Otterbein.

Baldwin-Wallace's Basketball Team 

Defeats Muskingum, 68-47, in Berea 

to Remain in First Place in the OAC

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Senior All-OAC guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) tied a season-high with 25  points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University, 68-47, tonight (Wednesday, January 19, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium  to remain in first place in the OAC.  This was the first of five straight home games for the Yellow Jackets.

With its win, B-W is now 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the OAC and one game ahead of second place Ohio Northern University and the University of Mount Union.  Schroeder shot an impressive 58.3% (7-of-12) from the field, while she was a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. For Muskingum, now 7-9 overall and 5-4 in the OAC, Hannah Oakley led the way with 16 points.

With her 25 points tonight, Schroeder remained in fourth place on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list with 1,237 career points.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the 19:23 mark when senior guard Schroeder scored on a jumper.  Following a Muskingum basket, freshman guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) made a lay-up sparking a 6-0 run by the Yellow Jackets.
Muskingum stopped the Jacket’s run with a lay-up by junior forward Hannah Oakley to cut the lead to four.  Consecutive lay-ups by sophomore guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) and sophomore guard Olivia French (Bucyrus) put the Yellow Jackets up 12-4.  The Muskies followed with a 6-0 run of their own to cut the lead to two.
The Yellow Jackets answered right back when Schroeder hit a jumper at the 9:32 mark.  Schroeder went on an 8-0 run by herself as she scored in four straight possessions.  The Yellow Jackets took their largest lead of the game when French made a lay-up to make the score 22-10.
Muskingum junior forward Amanda Dobbins stopped the Yellow Jacket run with a jumper at the 6:56 mark.  Sophomore guard Jendy Weppler cut the lead back to nine when she hit one of her foul shots at the 5:27 mark.  After both teams exchanged baskets, Weppler canned a trey to cut the Yellow Jacket lead to five.  The Muskies finished the half with a 8-3 run to trail the Yellow Jackets 27-21 at the intermission.  

In the second half, Muskingum could not get any closer than the six point halftime deficit.  B-W increased its lead to a game-high 25 points at 7:13 as junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/St. Mary Central Catholic) hit a jumper to make the score 57-32.

Yeowomen Fall in Overtime at Ohio Wesleyan
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Delaware, Ohio
 – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team pushed Ohio Wesleyan to the limit, but the home Bishops survived with a 66-62 overtime win over the Yeowomen on Wednesday night at Branch Rickey Arena. 

With just over two minutes to play Oberlin trailed 57-53, but a four-point play bySyrea Thomas would knot things up. Thomas, who finished a perfect 4-of-4 from 3-point land, buried this one from the near-side corner – took the bump – and calmly knocked down the free throw like the true senior captain that she is.

On Oberlin’s next trip down Kelly Warlich had her tear-drop jumper bounce out, however, she would get her vindication on the next play as she cleaned up a missed 3-ball by Allison Anderson with a stick-back layup to give Oberlin a 59-58 lead with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation. It marked Oberlin’s first lead since the 8:27 mark of the opening half when they held a 14-13 cushion. 

With the clock winding down an Ohio Wesleyan missed jumper was tracked down by Pam Quigney and she was quickly sent to the free throw line thanks to a touch-foul on Allison Gannon. After making the first free throw, Head CoachKerry Jenkins called to timeout to ice the Bishops’ senior and it worked to perfection as she missed the next shot.

With 13 seconds running on a moving clock the Yeowomen had a chance to win it in regulation as Anderson dribbled to the middle of the paint, but had her jumper rejected. Ellen Neumann was able to corral the loose ball but was too far underneath the basketball to get a real clean look at the hoop. 

In the extra session the Bishops got on the board first, and the Yeowomen had some chances to answer but three missed jumpers and two missed free throws helped OWU cling to a 61-59 lead. However, Thomas stepped up by chasing in a deep triple-hit to make it a 62-61 Oberlin advantage with 1:35 left to play. 

Unfortunately, the OC momentum was short-lived as Quigney answered back with 3-pointer of her own on the next OWU possession to make it 64-62 Bishops. The Yeowomen continued to fight, but a missed three and quick foul sent Tamra Londot to the line where she made both charity tosses to preserve the win. 

Thomas led Oberlin with 19 points, while Warlich added her first double-double of the season and fifth of her career with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Bishops’ Tyler Cordell of led all scorers with 23 points. 

Oberlin led 14-8 in the early going, but went into the locker room down 34-24 thanks to 20 first-half turnovers. All-in-all the Yeowomen coughed it up a season-high 33 times. Oberlin also hurt itself by going just 8-of-16 (50%) at the free threw line. On the flip side the victors finished 16-of-20 (80%) at the stripe. 

The Yeowomen did out-shot the Bishops by going 23-of-59 (39%) from the floor – including an impressive 8-of-18 (44.4%) from beyond the arc. OWU, which improved to 9-8 overall and 5-1 in the NCAC, checked in with a 36.5 percent (23-of-63) success rate and were just 4-of-18 (22.2%) from deep.

Oberlin (6-11, 1-5 NCAC) will look to snap its three-game losing skid when Hiram College comes to town on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. 

Yeomen Stay Close at Ohio Wesleyan
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Delaware, Ohio – Oberlin was within nine points with two minutes to play, but the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops were able to forge ahead to secure a 69-56 win over the Yeomen on Wednesday night at Branch Rickey Arena.

The Yeomen were spearheaded by a 17-point, six-assist effort from juniorJosh Merritt. Freshman Geoff Simpson also netted double-figures for the third straight game as he finished with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Andrew Fox led all rebounders with nine boards.

The game was really decided at the free-throw line as home Bishops hoisted 27 freebies – making 20 of them for a 74.1 percent success rate. The men stripes sent the Yeomen to the line just six times where they made three of their attempts. 

After falling behind by as many eight points in the early going, Oberlin was able to withstand the turmoil to take a 28-26 lead thanks to a Pat Bernhard triple-hit with 4:32 remaining in the opening half. Unfortunately, the Bishops would close out the frame on a 15-4 run to lead 41-32 at the break. 

In the second session the Yeomen could not sustain a substantial run to close the gap. A three-ball by Simpson at the 15:33 mark would cut the OWU advantage to 45-40, but the Bishops would manage to hold a double-digit lead for the majority of the half en route to improving to 9-8 overall and 5-3 in the NCAC.

Oberlin, which fell to 1-16 and 0-8 in the league, shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the floor and was 7-of-20 (35%) from beyond the arc. OWU was nearly identical at 41.5 percent (22-of-53).

The Yeomen return home to host nation’s seventh-ranked team in Wabash College on Saturday afternoon. Tip-time is set for 1 p.m

Ashley Shoonover has high series, 

Cassie Pawlak high game to lead 

Rangers past Pirates

Ashley Schoonover led North Ridgeville High’s girls’ bowling team to a  2134-1140 win over Black River by rolling  back-to-back games of 220 or better.

Shoonover put together a two-game series  of 220-222  (442) to lead the Rangers, who also had Shauna Shields 145-133  (278), Samantha Crist   146-144 (290), Devan Freeman 181-180  (361), and Cassie Pawlak  173-260  (433).

The Pirates had Amber Neuman  87-90 -177, Alexis Bowen  133-132-265, Renisa Mauiana   97-148 -245, Gabrielle Doering  125-99 -224, and Emily Mosher 147-121-268.

Hiram College's Basketball Team Snaps Winless Streak With Win Against Kenyon College; Bedford High Alumna, Terriers' Tiffany Shields is game-high scorer; Woodridge grad, Ladies' Morgan Korinek is game-high rebounder 

January 19, 2011

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team ended a four-game winless streak with a 68-59 win against Kenyon College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 19) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 9-7 overall and 2-4 in the NCAC.  The Ladies fall to 9-8 overall and 3-3 NCAC.

Kenyon had a slim one-point lead, 5-4, early in the first half, but Hiram then scored 11 unanswered points as part of a 13-1 overall scoring run that ended in a pair of free-throws by sophomore forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) with 12:29 left in the period. 

The Ladies battled back to narrow the gap to four points, 24-20, at the 4:08 mark and would later pull to within a point with a halftime score of 28-27.

In the second half, Kenyon took the lead for the first time since the 17:09 mark of the first half by scoring the first points of the second period to take a 29-28 advantage.

 Both teams exchanged leads on back-to-back possessions and the Terriers took the lead for good with 16:41 left thanks to a layup by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) making the score 32-31. 

Hiram slowly began to pull away and looked to take control with a 13-point margin, 46-33, at the 8:14 mark on a jumper by sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) as part of an 11-0 run. 

Kenyon made things interesting down the stretch getting to within six points, 57-51, with 2:29 to go, but an ensuing 6-0 run by Hiram extended the lead back to double figures, 63-51, with just over a minute remaining.  The Terriers connected on five-of-eight free-throws in the final minute to seal the win with a final of 68-59.

Hiram shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the floor, despite shooting just 13.0 percent (three-of-23) from three-point range, and held Kenyon to just 28.8 percent (21-of-73) shooting.


The Ladies had two players in double-digits in Maureen Hirt and Kayla Ernst scoring 15 points each.  In addition, Morgan Korinek grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

Hiram was led by Shields with a game-high 24 points on eight-of-13 shooting (61.5 percent), including eight-of-10 (80.0 percent) from the free-throw line. 


 Kovach and sophomore guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) rounded out the high scorers with 14 points each.   In addition, senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) grabbed a team-best 12 rebounds and Host tallied a game-high five blocked shots.

Baldwin-Wallace College Men’s Basketball Team Falls to Otterbein University, 74-71, in OAC Action

BEREA, OHIO –  Freshman guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) scored a career-high 19 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team fell to Otterbein University, 74-71, tonight (Wednesday, January 19, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Rike Center in Westerville.

The Yellow Jackets, now 7-9 overall and 3-6 in the OAC, received another career high scoring performance from sophomore forward Sean Rothermel (Delaware/Hayes) with 10 points while  junior All-OAC guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria) added 16 points. Freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) rounded out the double figure scorers with 15 points .  Otterbein, now 7-9 overall and 3-6 in the OAC, was led by junior center Chris Davis scored a game-high 25 points.

In the first half, Otterbein jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the 19:38 mark when Davis layed in the first basket of the game.  After Otterbein built a 4-2 lead, B-W took its first lead at 16:55 when Krakowiak made his first of five three-pointers in the first stanza.

Otterbein regained the lead, 11-7, at 13:37 before B-W went on a 7-0 run to take the lead with 12:10 left in the half when Cabbil made two foul shots. B-W continued its run with a 6-1 run to build its eight point lead at 20-12 with 10:51 left when Rothermel made two free throws. The Cardinals went on a 15-6 run to regain the lead at 27-26 with 5:13 left when junior wing Brice Rausch made a layup.

The Yellow Jackets closed the half on a 11-2 run to build its largest lead of 10 points at 39-29 when Krakowiak canned his fifth trey with 27 seconds left in the period.

In the second half, Otterbein jumped out to a 16-5 run to regain the lead 45-44 with 14:37 left in play when Davis made a jumper. Seconds after the tie of 46-46, B-W went on a 5-2 run with 13:01 left when freshman guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) made a three pointer.

After a 56-56 tie, B-W outscored the Cardinals 11-5 to take a 67-61 lead with 3:49 left when Cabbil made a pair of free throws. Otterbein then outscored the Yellow Jackets 8-1 to retake the lead at 69-68 with 1:32 left when Rausch made a layup. Otterbein’s lead grew to four points with 16 seconds left when Davis made three free throws. B-W  closed to 72-71 with 10 seconds left when Payne hit a three pointer. Otterbein closed the scoring when freshman guard Matt McCollister made two free throws with nine seconds left in the game. B-W had one last chance when Krakowiak pulled up for a last attempt three pointer when it rimmed in and out to end the game.