A Page -- Jan. 20, 2010

Wadsworth's Jen Uhl, North 

Royalton's Jess Tamerlano 

contributing to Bowling Green's 

first-place standing in MAC

Jan. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


When the Mid American Conference basketball tournaments come to town in the Arena downtown in March, fans can expect Bowling Green’s women’s team to make a serious case for the tourney title.


Two Cleveland-area gals who have been significant contributors to BG’s 15-4 season so far are Wadsworth’s Jen Uhl and North Royalton’s Jess Tamerlano.


Uhl has started 16 of the 19 games and ranks among the top five scorers on a Falcons team that is undefeated in the MAC and unbeaten in all games at home this season.

Jen Uhl

 Jen Uhl

In 399 minutes, UHL has connected on 49 of 99 field goal attempts for a shooting percentage just a hair under 50 percent. Uhl is fourth on the team in three-point shots made, dropping in 12 in 33 attempts.


Uhl is the Falcons’ team leader in free throw shooting, connecting on 93 percent of her charity tosses. Her defensive contribution is even greater. She ranks second on the club in rebounding with 89 boards including 65 on defense, which is also second best for a Falcon.


With 17 steals, she is third on the team. She also has not fouled out and is averaging a trifle over one turnover per game. Uhl’s 18 assists are fourth best on the team. She had eight points in Monday’s win over Miami.


One week ago in a win over Buffalo, Uhl made 6 of  8 from the field and had six rebounds as the Falcons were able to pull it out and overcome a 20-point, 13-rebound effort by Solon’s Kourtney Brown of the Bulls. Uhl’s 13 points was a season high.


In an offensive outburst for 89 points in Saturday’s win at Kent, Uhl got the scoring jamboree started with an offensive board, followed by a kick-out and eventual pass back to her and then subsequently scored the game’s first two points.


Uhl had a team-high four assists and shared team high honors in rebounds with five in a 77-42 win over OU.

Jessie Tamerlano

Jess Tamerlano 

In a reserve role, Tamerlano has been in 12 games and is shooting 43 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line.


In the win over Buffalo, Temerlano, a freshman, came off the bench to chip in with six points. She also grabbed four rebounds and picked up four steals in only nine minutes of work,


Tamerlano was an McDonald’s All American for the Bears last year. She should be getting more minutes as she is a quick bloomer. She was already the Pioneer Conference MVP as a sophomore at Royalton.

Four men's games on slate in 

MAC tonight

Jan. 20, 2010

By Jeremy Guy

MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ohio (9-8, 0-3 MAC) at Bowling Green (8-7, 1-2 MAC)

7 p.m. • Bowling Green leads series 69-57

• Bowling Green and Ohio are two programs looking to gain traction in MAC play. The Falcons are coming off of a big 76-70 road win over Kent State for their first league win of the season and Ohio is still looking for its first win after home losses to Kent State and Akron and a road loss to MiamiBGSU sophomore Scott Thomas has set a new career scoring high in each of the last two games. He had 21 points and a career-best 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double against Buffalo and then followed that up with 27 points on 8-of-10 shooting in Sunday’s win over Kent State... The Bobcats have made the transition to a perimeter-oriented team and they rank second in the MAC in scoring, posting 72.4 points per game. Armon Bassett leads the team at 13.7 points per game and D.J.  Cooper is second at 13.4 points, while leading the conference in steals (2.82 per game) and ranking second in assists (5.41 per game).



Miami (5-11, 2-1 MAC) at Akron (12-5, 2-1 MAC)

7 p.m.• All-MACcess • Miami leads series 23-18

• Akron has won eight of its last 10 outings. The Zips opened conference play with a pair of wins over Bowling Green (71-45) and at Ohio (67-62) but are coming off a 78-65 loss at Buffalo on Sunday afternoon. Brett McKnight leads the team, averaging 10.4 ppg. Jimmy Conyers paces the team on the boards, averaging 6.9 rpg, while Zeke Marshall owns a team-leading 27 blocked shots on the season... The RedHawks are coming off a pair of Mid-American Conference wins against Kent State and Ohio but are seeking their first true road win of the season. With a 79-67 win against Ohio on Saturday, Jan. 16, Miami University Head Coach Charlie Colesbroke the Mid-American Conference record for career league wins, which was previously held by former Toledo Head Coach Bob Nichols. The triumph over the Bobcats was Coles’ 195th career MAC win with 143 of those coming during his time patrolling the Miami sidelines.


Western Michigan (10-6, 2-1 MAC) at Ball State (7-8, 1-2 MAC)

7 p.m. • All-MACcess • Western Michigan leads series 55-54

• Western Michigan heads south to Muncie, Ind., for a Mid-American Conference game against Ball State. The Broncos dominated Central Michigan for much of the game and then held off a late rally to win, 70-61, at University Arena. Donald Lawson had a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks...The Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak by blowing out Toledo, 71-43, at home on Sunday afternoon. Ball State is led by Jarrod Jones with 12.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, while 6-2 freshman Jauwan Scaife chips in 10.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.


Eastern Michigan (9-7, 1-2 MAC) at Central Michigan (7-8, 2-1 MAC)

7 p.m. • All-MACcess • Central Michigan leads series 90-82

• Looking to extend a four-game winning streak at Rose Center the Central Michigan men’s basketball team will host the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a Mid-American Conference West Division clash. The Chippewas have allowed the fewest points in the MAC through two league games, giving up an average of 52.0 points through three games and holding league opponents to 36.7 percent from the field, the fourth-best mark in the MAC... EMU’s 9-7 record this season is the best start since the 2004-05 squad went 9-7 in its first 16 games. Brandon Bowdry scored 18 points in Wednesday’s, Jan. 13, 74-59 win over Toledo to boost him past the 1,000-point career mark at 1,016 for his career. He added 13 points against Northern Illinois, Jan. 16, to give him 1,029 for his 80-game career.


Buffalo (10-4, 3-0 MAC) at Kent State (10-7, 1-2 MAC)

7 p.m.• All-MACcess • Kent State leads series 22-5

• Kent State returns to action at home on Wednesday night looking to end a two game skid.  KSU has not lost two straight home games to MAC opponents since the end of the 1996-97 season. Kent State is coming off a 76-70 loss to Bowling Green on Sunday.  Senior guard Mike McKee equaled career highs of 20 points and six three-pointers to lead four player in double figures for the Golden Flashes...Buffalo is the lone undefeated MAC East team after earning a 78-65 win over Akron on Sunday.  Named the MAC East Player of the Week on Monday, Rodney Pierce had 31 points in the win and has scored over 20 points in eight straight games. He leads the team with 19.8 ppg this season.  The Bulls are 5-1 in road games this year.    


Northern Illinois (7-8, 3-0 MAC) at Toledo (3-14, 0-3 MAC)

7 p.m. • All-MACcess • Toledo leads series 38-18

Toledo will be looking to snap a seven-game losing streak on Wednesday evening when it hosts Mid-American Conference West Division leader Northern Illinois. The Rockets are coming off a 71-43 setback at Ball State on Sunday. UT could never get untracked offensively against the Cardinals as it was limited to season lows in both points (43) and field-goal percentage (30.8) by the MAC’s top scoring defense...The Huskies bring a five-game winning streak into tonight’s contest following Saturday’s 77-69 triumph over Eastern Michigan. NIU’s 3-0 start in conference play equals its best start to a MAC season in its two stints as a league member.  Junior G Xavier Silas is leading the Huskies offensively with 19.3 points per game.

Amherst's Walker, Midview's 

Murphy, Southview's Wilhelm, 

Elyria's Pattie and Southview's 

"Smiley" to be inducted into 

Lorain Wrestling Hall 

Jan. 20, 2010

By Jeff Gedridge

The Lorain County Wrestling All-Star Meet is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, at Southview High School, within which the Hall committee will induct Coach Bill Walker (who just stepped down as head coach at Amherst's Marion L. Steele High), Official Tom Murphy (a Midview High grad and one of the organization's founding members),Russ Wilhelm (Southview' first State Champ), and Shjamil Pattie (a State 2nd Placer from Elyria High).


The LC association will also be presenting a Service Award to Southview grad "Smiley" Myers for the decades of service to the Ternes brothers and the Saints’ program  He mainly served as its announcer and team manager and so forth.


  The Lorain School Board has decided to close down both Southview and Admiral King at the end of this school year.  The All-Stars will be the last time Southview Wrestling (and Admiral King Wrestling) will be seen anywhere.  Both student bodies will be housed next year in the Admiral King building but under a new name.


Both teams have been cross-town rivals for years since Southview was built in the late 1960s. The move will be stripping both of their former school identity and puts them in the same emotional boat of a change issue neither wants to have happened.


It is currently thought the "new" school will be called Lorain High (after another Lorain high school that's been defunct for while), but with so many decisions yet to be made and made official, nothing is etched in granite yet.


Whether the athletes of the new "Lorain High" will also be granted the former designation of The Steelmen or not is anyone's guess.)  It is also not known if either of the current head coaches (Jim Black of Admiral King or Billy Kopp of Southview) will be taken on as the new head coach of the new Lorain High.

Decathlete Steve Price from 

North Olmsted to lead B-W men 


Jan. 20, 2010

By Nick Minerd

2010 Baldwin-Wallace College Men's Indoor Track & Field Preview

BEREA - The 2010 Baldwin-Wallace College men's indoor track and field team is looking to build upon last year's fourth-place showing at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet and will use its performance during the outdoor season as a starting point.

"We were very pleased with our outdoor finish last season (third) and we have a lot of the same guys back," said 26th-year Head Coach Bill Taraschke. "With the addition of our freshman class, we feel like we have a good shot to perform well and get into the indoor top three this year."

The indoor season kicks off this Saturday, January 23 with the annual B-W Mid-January Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center at 11:00 a.m. in Berea.

This year's squad consists of nine seniors, eight juniors, 10 sophomores and nine freshmen.

The B-W throwers should once again be one of the squad's strongest groups and will be led by junior Kevin Phipps (Reynoldsburg/ Watkins Memorial) and senior Greg Patrick (Collins/ Western Reserve).

Phipps, who owns the school record in the weight throw (56'6.50"), won the OAC Championship in the event last season and qualified for the NCAA National Championship meet. Phipps also earned All-America honors in the discus throw during the 2009 outdoor season.

Patrick earned indoor All-OAC honors with third-place finishes in both the weight throw (50'2.5") and the shot put (51'3"). He also earned All-America honors in the shot put during the outdoor season and was named the 2009 USTFCCCA Division III Great Lakes Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year.

Steve Price

In jumping events, B-W will be led by senior decathlete Steve Price (North Olmsted), who earned indoor All-OAC honors with a second-place finish in the long jump (22'9.25) and a third-place finish in the triple jump (43'10") last season. Price also is expected to pace the Jacket hurdlers.

The Yellow Jacket sprinters are young and will be led by junior Drew Matak (Salem/ Senior), who was B-W's top performer in the 55-meter dash (6.61 seconds) in 2009.


The distance runners will be led by a group of veterans, including seniors Jimmy Eberts (Canton/ Hoover) and Mark Buhoveckey (Brunswick/ Parma Padua Franciscan). Eberts is B-W's top returner in the 800-meter (2:01.72) and 1,000-meter (2:36.82) runs. Buhoveckey is the top returner in the 3,000-meter (9:06.52) run.

Padua alum Mark Buhoveckey

Also expect strong contributions from sophomores Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua Academy) and Tom Wilkin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) in the mile area and sophomore Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) in longer distance events.

In addition to this Saturday's meet, B-W also will host the OAC Relays on Saturday, Jan. 30, the B-W Mid-February Meet on Friday, Feb. 5, and the Greater Cleveland College Championships on Friday, Feb. 19. The OAC Championship Meet is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

Fans also are reminded that B-W is the host institution for the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 27-29 at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea.

CSU brings back "Cheap Date" 

program for hoops games

January 20, 2010                                        

Student Ticket Policy Change To Permit Free Friend"And One" Promotion To Allow Students
To Bring A Complimentary Guest To Select
Home Games

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland State students attending select Viking basketball games during the remainder of the 2009-10 season will be permitted to bring one free guest to games under a change in the student ticket policy that will go into affect beginning with the Sunday afternoon (Jan. 24) men's basketball game against Milwaukee.

Coined the "And One" program, current CSU students with a valid Viking card will be able to bring one family member or friend for free to several of the remaining basketball games this year.  The program is designed to encourage greater particpation in CSU athletic events by its student body while also rewarding the students for their support.

"Our students are some of our best supporters and the team gets a lot of energy from the student section," CSU Director of Athletics Lee Reed said.  "By allowing our students to bring a friend or family member to a game, we are both thanking them for their support while also helping to build greater support for the Vikings."

The "And One" benefit will be available at the following games during the remainder of the 2009-10 season:

Men's Basketball Games
Jan. 24 (Sunday) vs. Milwaukee (2:00 p.m.)
Jan. 30 (Saturday) vs. Youngstown State (4:00 p.m.)
Feb. 27 (Saturday) vs. Wright State (2:00 p.m.)

Women's Basketball Games
Feb. 4 (Thursday) vs. UIC (7:00 p.m.)
Feb. 6 (Saturday) vs. Loyola (3:00 p.m.)
Feb. 27  (Saturday) vs. Wright State (4:30 p.m.)

Broadview's Alyssa Esposito 

charges defensive effort in 

Heidelberg's snapping of a 

five-game losing streak

'Berg has date with nationally ranked

 Mount Union on Saturday 

Jan. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Heidelberg’s women’s basketball team, which has a date with nationally ranked Mount Union Saturday, snapped a five-game losing streak this week with a win over Muskingum in Seiberling Gymnasium.


Broadview native the Brecksville High alumna Alyssa Esposito charged the defensive effort for the Student Princesses with six steals and two blocked shots. The 5-fot-9-inch senior forward also added seven points and two assists.

Alyssa Esposito 

Black River’s Chelsey Calhoun came off the bench to jet start the offense with four assists.


Esposito has started 13 of 16 games and is ranked third on the team in three-point shooting on 13 of 52. 

Ciera Diaz cracks 200 and 400 

for Saints but Ranger depth 

keeps Ridgeville unbeaten on 

lanes; Ashley Shoonover, 

Tabitha Hill spark victory

Jan. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




LORAIN – North Ridgeville High’s varsity girls’ bowling remained undefeated with tonight’s 2,105-1,748 win over Southview in a North Shore High School Bowling Conference meet at Rebman’s.


Ashley Shoonover and Tabitha Hill shared top honors for the Rangers. Shoonover had the best game with a 197 while Hill had the best series with a 370, rolling a 176 the first game and 194 the second one.


The Saints’ Ciera Diaz had match-high honors for both best game (225) and best series (404) as the only bowler of the night t crack both the 200 and 400 marks.



North Ridgeville and Southview bowling scores:


North Ridgeville:


Becca Lamb            186-178        364

Devan Freeman        142 - X          142  (one game)

Heather Hill              177-133        310

Tabitha Hill               176-194        370

Cassie Pawlak          169-171        340

Ashley Schoonover      X - 197        197  (one game)


game totals               850 -873        1723

baker games             180-202            382


Total                        1030-1075        2105


High game:  Ashley Schoonover

High Series:  Tabitha Hill





Caitlyn Beaver        126-180        306

Ciera Diaz              179-225        404

DeVenyissi Edwards  109-101      210

Emily Sas                163-110        273    

Kylee Sweeton          119-130        249


game totals              696-746        1442

baker games            151-155           306


total                        847-901           1748



All of North Ridgeville teams remained undefeated.  The Rangers’ next match is Monday Jan.25 against Firelands at Rebman Recreation Center.

 A Saint upset of Ranger JV girls 

just "Ain't," but Southview came 

close against unbeatens

Jan. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Southview’s girls’ JV bowling team came very close to handing North Ridgeville its first loss of the seasonm but came up just 48 pins short and the Rangers still lead the JV league.


The Ranger boys were also winners to remain unbeaten. Ryan Kordish fell one pin short of 400 to lead the boys with game of 184 and one of 215 for a match-high 399 series. Alex Gravely had the best game with a 234. Christian Rivas had a 312 series and Nathan Beaver a 317 series for the Saints.


Kari Cook led the Ranger girls with a 259 series and Kelsey Leyva a 235 series for the Saints.


Boys JV

North Ridgeville

Matt Sas                   -  214 (214)

Alex Gravely           159-234 (393)

Glenn Waligora       149-144 (293)

Ryan Kordish          184-215 (399)

Logan Gedeon         123    -  (123)

Scott Bednarski       200-169 (369)

Games                   815 - 976

Bakers                   171-214

Grand Total             986-1190 (2176)



Nathan Beaver       125-192 (317)

Alec Lopez            86-121  (207)

Christian Rivas       150-162 (312)

Travis Szabo          129-159 (288)

Joe Wyatt              102-142 (244)

Games                592-776

Bakers                134-129

Grand Total         726-905 (1631)



Girls JV

North Ridgeville

Kari Cook             122-137 (259)

Jessica Keaton       90-86 (176)

Meaghan Hogue    104-103 (207)

Stacy Bohr           106-77 (183)

Leiah Malinkey      114-122 (236)

Games                 536-525 (1061)

Bakers                 128-101

Grand Total          664-626 (1290)




Sara Al-nimer         97-125 (222)

Biancia Cruz          105-97 (202)

Amanda Hallisy        95-76 (171)

Shannon Hallisy    119-113 (232)

Kelsey Leyva        100-135 (235)

Games                 516-546

Bakers                 94-86

Grand Total           610-632 (1242)



Heidelberg joins the fight 

against cancer; coaches will 

wear special sneakers in 

support of cancer research 


By Morgan Hawley

TIFFIN – January 20, 2010 -* During the Jan. 27 men’s basketball game against Otterbein College, you may notice head coach *Anthony Gholson* and the entire *Heidelberg University* staff making an interesting fashion statement: They will be wearing sneakers with their usual game attire to show their support of the American Cancer Society’s work to save lives from cancer.

The coaching staff will be wearing their sneakers as part of Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society. By wearing sneakers during the game, the coaching staff will be calling attention to how healthy lifestyle choices – including getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet – can help reduce personal risk of cancer.

Come out and show your support in the fight against cancer. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium and fans are encouraged to demonstrate their support by wearing sneakers as well.
'Berg Raising Awareness in the Fight Against Cancer

In addition to Coach Gholson, among other active participants who support the Society through the Coaches vs. Cancer program are some of nation’s top coaches, including: Mike Krzyzewski (Duke); Roy Williams (North Carolina); Jim Calhoun (Connecticut); Jim Boeheim (Syracuse); Gary Williams (Maryland); Orlando “Tubby” Smith (Minnesota); Mike Brey (Notre Dame); Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston); Ed DeChellis (Penn State); Fran Dunphy (Temple); Mark Few (Gonzaga); Jeff Gamber (York College); Lon Kruger (UNLV);Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s); Oliver Purnell (Clemson); and Bruce Weber (Illinois).

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of college and high school coaches across the country, Coaches vs. Cancer participants have raised more than $55 million since 1993 to help the Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public health policies that benefit communities, and deliver services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

To learn more, visit coachesvscancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

Heidelberg athletic teams have helped raise awareness in numerous ways in the fight against cancer. Along with the men’s basketball Coaches vs. Cancer event, the women’s basketball team raises awareness for breast cancer research in February, while the softball team hosts an annual Strike Out Cancer game in the Spring.

Distance running group led by 

Berea's D'Arcy Hlavin at apex of 

B-W's indoor track team; 

Royalton's Kovach, Columbia's 

Coyne, Padua's White also to 

support long runners

Jan. 20, 2010
By Nick Minerd

2010 Baldwin-Wallace College Women's Indoor Track & Field Preview

BEREA - The Baldwin-Wallace College women's indoor track and field team is looking to build on its third-place finish at last season's Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet and will look to claim the program's 16th OAC Title in 2010.

"We've been one of the top teams in the conference during the past two decades," said 26th-year Head Coach Bill Taraschke. "We have the momentum of winning cross country this fall and have a good group of newcomers, so I think we have a good chance of being in the top three again this year."

The indoor season kicks off this Saturday, January 23 with the annual B-W Mid-January Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center at 11:00 a.m. in Berea.

This year's squad consists of four seniors, eight juniors, three sophomores and 17 freshmen.

The Yellow Jackets will be led by an accomplished group of distance runners, including senior D'Arcy Hlavin (Berea) and junior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum).

Hlavin earned All-OAC honors with a second-place finish in the mile (5:11.32), a third-place finish in the 800-meter run (2:27.26) and as a member of the champion distance medley relay team. Chinn won the OAC Championship in the 1,000-meter run (3:04.94), placed third in the mile (5:13.07) and was a member of the champion distance medley relay team.

Taraschke also expects a trio of juniors in Karin Coyne (Columbia Station/ Columbia), Krysten Kovach (North Royalton/ Parma Padua Franciscan) and Katie White (Berea) all to be solid distance contributors.


In hurdle and jump events, expect junior Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/ Sandy Valley) and sophomore Kara Kasper (Amherst/ Steele) to lead the team.


Oliver had the Yellow Jackets' top time in the 55-meter hurdles (9.12 seconds) and the top mark in the high jump (5'01"). Kasper was second in both the 55-meter hurdles (9.45) and the triple jump (30'10.25").

In throwing events, B-W will be led by junior Rachel Marinucci (Brunswick) and senior Erin Norton (Lakewood/ Senior).  Marinucci was second on the team in the shot put at 38'11.50" and Norton was first in the weight throw at 43'09.75". Each also earned All-OAC honors during the outdoor championships.


The Yellow Jacket sprinters are very young, but Taraschke feels there is tremendous potential in the incoming class.
Erin Norton

In addition to this Saturday's meet, B-W also will host the OAC Relays on Saturday, Jan. 30, the B-W Mid-February Meet on Friday, Feb. 5, and the Greater Cleveland College Championships on Friday, Feb. 19. The OAC Championship Meet is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.

Fans also are reminded that B-W is the host institution for the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 27-29 at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea.
USA Football's 2010 Junior National Team Faces 
Top Global Competition on Jan. 30 in South Florida

By Mike Preston
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 - USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, announced today that GameWear Team Sports is the official uniform supplier for USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 30. NFL Network will televise the game nationally with kickoff set for noon ET.
The game matches USA Football's 2010 Junior National Team - 45 of the country's top high school seniors - against a World Select team composed of the best players aged 19 and under from outside the United States spanning four continents. GameWear will supply uniforms and practice gear for both Team USA and the World team. The contest will be held in Ft. Lauderdale's historic Lockhart Stadium and will follow AFC and NFC Pro Bowl practices, which conclude earlier that day.
Based in Miami, Fla., GameWear Team Sports designs, manufactures and markets high-end, customizable athletic uniforms. GameWear's product lines encompass custom uniforms, training gear and outerwear across six sports - football, baseball, softball, hockey, lacrosse, and basketball. Its customers include sports' national governing bodies, professional leagues, educational institutions, youth and recreational leagues. GameWear also outfits football teams for the Shrine Bowl, the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Game, and the United Football League.
"This game is a perfect fit for GameWear," said GameWear Team Sports President SAM WAKSMAN. "We're pleased to have our high-performance apparel worn by the best high school-aged football players from across the globe. GameWear is proud to have this multi-national game played right in our backyard as the world focuses on football in South Florida during the next few weeks. Partnering with USA Football and being involved in this exciting Jan. 30 matchup is very important to us."
The head coach of USA Football's team is CHRIS MERRITT, head coach of Miami Christopher Columbus High School. Merritt was the 2009 USA Football Junior National Team's defensive backs coach that earned a gold medal in Canton, Ohio, this past July in the eight-nationInternational Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship
JAN JENMERT, head coach of Sweden's national team, is the head coach of the 45-man "World" roster.  
Delivering NFL Network game commentary for the multi-national noon ET kickoff on Jan. 30 will be RICH EISEN, DEION SANDERS, and SCOTT KENNEDY. Sideline reporter STACEY DALES will contribute on-field insight.
USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, is also supported by numerous USA Football corporate partners, including Shock Doctor, Gatorade, Cutters, and the Andrews Institute.  
For more about USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, visitwww.usavworld.com

About IFAF

IFAF logo smallThe International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites more than 50 countries on five continents through a burgeoning international sport.  With national football federations in existence for more than 70 years, IFAF was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through international cooperation and global competition.  Having conducted SeniorWorld Championships (players aged 20 and older) since 1999 in Europe and Asia, Summer 2009 in Canton, Ohio, represents the first IFAF Junior World Championship (19 years and younger).  The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.  For more, visit www.ifaf.org
Australia Nationals
Independent non-profit USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions. USA Football hosts more than 100 football training events annually and is comprised of members in all 50 states (coaches, game officials, youth league commissioners).  The organization also provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth leaguevolunteer background check subsidies.  USA Football, America's sole delegate to theInternational Federation of American Football, which spans 52 nations and five continents, was started by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund.

Winter sports in full force at 

22nd and Prospect

January 20, 2010                                         

The Viking Report. . .
A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

Start Of Spring Semester Leads To Nine Teams Competing This Week...
Basketball, Wrestling & Fencing Each Are At Home

By Brian McCann

With the holiday schedule complete and classes underway for the spring semester at CSU, the athletic schedule picks up this week as nine of the Vikings 17 sports will be in action.

The men's basketball team concludes the first half of its Horizon League schedule when the Vikings host Green Bay on Friday (Jan. 22) at 7:30 p.m. and Milwaukee on Sunday (Jan. 24) at 2:00 p.m.  The Green Bay game will be televised live on SportsTime Ohio while the Milwaukee contest will be Take A Kid To A Game Day with fans being able to get a free youth ticket (8th grade and younger) for each adult ticket purchased.

The women's basketball team is also at home, hosting Youngstown State on Friday (Jan. 22) at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader that night with the men's team.

Wrestling opens up its Eastern Wrestling League schedule when the Vikings host No. 18 Pitt on Thursday (Jan. 21) at 7:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym.

Both tennis teams open up their respective spring schedules.  The men will play at Michigan State on Saturday (Jan. 23) at 10:00 a.m..  The women's team, which dropped a 7-0 decision at Ohio State on Tuesday night (Jan. 19), will be at Western Michigan at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 23) before facing Michigan State at 12:00 noon on Sunday (Jan. 24).

The fencing teams will be at home for a pair of events.  CSU will host teams from Bowling Green, Case Western, Michigan, Michigan State, Oberlin and Xavier on Saturday (Jan. 23) for the CSU Invitational.  The following day, the Vikings will host the inaugural John Szent-Kiraly Memorial Open.  Both events will be held in Woodling Gym.

Men's Basketball To Host Green Bay & Milwaukee
Vikings Hope To Close First Half Of The League Schedule On A High Note

The men's basketball team returns home this weekend to begin a three-game homestand.  The Vikings will host Green Bay on Friday, Jan. 22 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Center and then complete the weekend by facing Milwaukee on Sunday, Jan. 24 starting at 2:00 p.m.   The Sunday contest will be Take A Kid To A Game Day with fans being able to get one youth ticket (grades 8 and under) for each adult ticket purchased.

CSU returns home to start a stretch that will have them play eight of its final 12 regular season games in the Wolstein Center.

After dropping a pair of road matches at Butler and Valparaiso last week, the Vikings are 7-12 overall and in fifth place in the Horizon League standings with a 3-4 record.

"Last week was a tough one for us because we played well on the road in two games but didn't come away with anything to show for it," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "We really gave Butler all they could handle in the first game and then came back and played well but just didn't make enough shots at Valpo.  We need to take advantage of playing so many games at home down the stretch and use them to move up the league standings and set ourselves up for post-season."

Sophomore guard Jeremy Montgomery continues to have the hot hand, scoring 22 points against Butler and 20 vs. Valparaiso last week to record his third and fourth 20-point games of the season.  Over the last eight games, the Chicago native is averaging 18.0 points, going 47-for-92 from the field (.511) and 28-for-61 from three-point (.459).
Jeremy Montgomery

Women's Basketball Concludes Homestand vs. Youngstown State
Viking Are 4-2 In League Games

Cleveland State concludes its three-game homestand when the Vikings host Youngstown State at 5:00 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 22) in the Wolstein Center. The Vikings, who have won four of their last five contests, are 9-8 overall and 4-2 in the Horizon League after winning two games at home last week.

The Vikings topped Butler, 81-68, on Thursday (Jan. 14) as CSU shot a season-best .534 (31-58) from the field en route to scoring a season-high in points. Two days later, the Vikings overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to rally for a 71-68 victory over Valparaiso. It was CSU's first win at home over the Crusaders in nine tries.

"We earned two big wins last week and were able to hold serve on our home court which was nice to see," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We are starting to play good team basketball on both ends of the court and this is what we have been building towards. We have been playing with a lot of confidence over the last few weeks and need to continue to do that for 40 minutes."

Despite boasting one of the shortest lineups in the Horizon League, the Vikings continue to lead the league in rebounding (38.3) and offensive rebounding (15.0). CSU has grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds in all but one game this season.
Kailey Klein

Senior Kailey Klein leads the league in scoring (16.5), while Shawnita Garland moved into 10th place in the league in scoring (13.2) after a career-high 24 point outburst against Valparaiso.

Wrestling Hosts Pittsburgh

The Vikings will begin Eastern Wrestling League action this Thursday (Jan. 21) when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers beginning at 7:00 p.m. CSU is coming off a 37-10 loss to American and a 44-4 loss to Indiana at the Indiana Duals this past weekend (1/16).

Four Vikings were victorious last weekend, Rob Michaels, Marcus Effner and Seff Schuller against American and Mike Mencini against Indiana. Michaels and Mencini both recorded major decisions on the day, Michaels with a 15-2 major decision in the 165 pound weight class and Mencini in the 141 pound weight class finishing with a 15-4 major decision.
Jeff Schuller

"Everybody is putting their best effort every time they are on the mat and that will only help them continue to improve as the season goes on," head coach Ben Stehura said. "Hopefully once we get into EWL action we will get our confidence back up and finish out the season strong."

CSU has been led this season by Effner and Michaels who have combined for 21 victories this season. Effner's victory last Saturday (1/16) marked the 84th of his career, needing just 16 more to reach 100.

Men's Swimming Travels To Wright State

After recording their 13th dual meet win this season, the Vikings will take their winning streak on the road when they travel to Horizon League foe Wright State on Saturday (Jan. 23) for a 1:00 p.m. meet. Last Saturday (Jan. 16) CSU was victorious over Xavier (143-80) and Duquesne (135-88).

Mark deSwardt continued his dominance in the distance free events, winning the 1,000 free (9:30.47) and the 500 free (4:35.20) along with placing first in the 200 fly (1:52.50) against Duquesne and Xavier (1/16). Berry Thompson swept the competition in the sprint freestyle races, touching first in the 50 free (21.05) and the 100 free (46.81) for CSU.
Berry Thompson
Orange grad Berry Thompson

"Travelling to Wright State will be tough competition for us, as they are one of the best teams in the league and have been for the past few years," head coach Wally Morton said. "Their pool is always very challenging to swim in, and I'm excited to see what the team brings swimming against great competition."

The Vikings are now 13-2 in dual meets this season, winning the past three meets against Syracuse, Duquesne and Xavier.

League Action Beckons For Women's Swimming

The Vikings will take their three-meet win streak to in-state foe, Wright State on Saturday (Jan. 23), hoping to improve on their 12-win season that they have posted this year. With victories over Duquesne (134.5-96.5) and Xavier (151-78) CSU recorded their first ever 12-win season in the history of the program.

Joanna Olsson once again led the way for the Vikings, winning the 1,000 free (10:26.78), 200 IM (2:08.46) and the 200 fly (2:03.94) against Xavier and Duquesne (1/16), while Carys Behn and Alice Sommerville each added two victories for CSU in freestyle events. Behn's came in the 200 (2:54.55) and the 500 (5:06.01) and Sommerville's in the 50 (23.84) and the 100 (52.28).

"I can't wait to see how this team swims against Wright State, one of the top teams in the Horizon League this season," head coach Wally Morton said. "This is a team with quality depth and that will certainly help us swimming against Wright State in their home pool."

The Vikings hold a dual meet record of 12-3 this season, winning three out of the last four. Four Vikings have earned Horizon League swimmer/diver of the week honors this season, led by Joanna Olsson who has been honored twice this year.
Joanna Olsson

Fencing Hosts CSU Invitational

The Vikings will host the annual CSU Invitational on Saturday (1/23) hosting Bowling Green, Case Western, Michigan, Michigan State, Oberlin and Xavier. CSU will also host the John Szent-Kiraly Memorial Open the following day on Sunday, January 24.

"I'm very excited to get back into competition this weekend, especially at home with the CSU Invitational," head coach Andy Tulleners said. "Hopefully Liran, Stephen and Brooke will be able to lead the team to a successful 2009-10 season beginning with this weekend."
Brooke Snyder
Brooke Snyder

The last time out, the Vikings participated in the Ohio State Duals (11/15) competing against Bowling Green, Chicago, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State. Senior Liran Gross led the men with a 21-3 record in the foil, posting the most victories on both the men's and women's squads. Senior Brooke Snyder went 15-4, including an overtime victory against Ohio State as the lone Viking in the women's epee.

Women's Tennis Opens Spring Slate With Three Matches

The Cleveland State women's tennis team begins its spring slate this week with three matches, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest at No. 38 Ohio State on Tuesday (Jan. 19). The Vikings then head north to the State of Michigan to play at Western Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 23) at 1:00 p.m. and at Michigan State on Sunday (Jan. 24) at 12:00 p.m.

"We are very excited to get back out on the court and work toward our goal of competing for the Horizon League title this April," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "The early part of our spring schedule has a lot of quality teams, but that will only help us grow and mature for league play."
Maria Lazaris

Freshman Maria Lazaris enjoyed a great fall season, leading the team with five wins, including a third place finish at the Spartan Invitational.

Men's Tennis Faces Michigan State To Start Spring

The men's tennis squad, which has captured the last two Horizon League Championships, will begin the 2010 spring season when the Vikings travel to Michigan State for a 10:00 a.m. contest on Saturday (Jan. 23).

"We start the spring season with a tough match against a very good Big Ten team," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We saw Michigan State in the fall and played really well against them so I expect us to have some good results as a team and individually."

CSU enjoyed a tremendous amount of success during the fall season, including four players competing at the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships. The doubles squad of Rob Fox and John Haley advanced to the round of 16 before bowing out, marking the furthest that a CSU doubles team had ever advanced at the regional.
Phil Orno

Fox led the Vikings with a 13-2 singles mark in the fall and combined with Haley to go 6-1 in doubles competition. Phil Orno, the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year, was 11-5 in singles play and teamed with Ryan Hamning to go 10-2 in doubles competition.

Viking High Fives

Shawnita Garland:  The women's basketball junior scored a career-high 24 points to help the Vikings overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and defeat Valparaiso.
Shawnita Garland

Women's Swimming & Diving Team:  With the victories over Duquesne and Xavier last weekend, the team recorded the first ever 12 win season in the history of the program.

D'Aundray Brown:  The men's basketball junior has played well since the holiday break, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds at Valparaiso to record his first career double-double.

Ridgeville's Adam Kotas, 

Southview's Chris Browning 

both hit the double deuce,

but Rangers come out on

top in team score to remain 


Jan. 20, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Led by Adam Kotas’s double deuce, North Ridgeville’s Boys Varsity bowling team maintained undefeated in the North Shore High School Bowling League with tonight’s 2,384-2,169 win over Lorain Southview.


Kotas rolled a 205 and a 206 for a shared team-high 411 series as three boys cracked 400 for the Rangers. Mike O’Sullivan rolled a 189 followed by a shared match high of 222, also for a 411 series.


For the Saints, Malik Sydnor had the shared match-high game of 222 while Chris Browning claimed match-high series honors with a 421 on 208 and 213 games for the Lorain city school.



North Ridgeville
Brandon Becka  178-200 (378)

Ricky Cayet       195-213 (408)

Adam Kotas       205-206 (411)

Collin Oliva           -   236 (236)

Mike O'Sullivan   189-222 (411)

Joe Sas             147   -   (147)

Games              914 - 1077

Bakers              190 - 203

Grand Total       1104-1280 (2384)



Chris Browning      208-213 (421)

Shawn Kopp         191-142 (333)

Antonio Reyes      155-233 (388)

Sam Schaefer       183-147 (330)

Malik Sydnor         222-124 (346)

Games                 959 - 859

Bakers                 195-156

Grand Total          1054-1015 (2169)

Crusaders’ Second Half Effort 

Downs the Berg


By Nathan LaRiccia

Columbus, Ohio – January 20, 2010 –The Heidelberg University men’s basketball team was defeated by Capital University with a score of 68-55. The Berg drops to 10-6 overall, 6-3 in OAC on the year, while the Crusaders improves to 9-7, 4-5 in the conference.


In the first half, the Berg would have its largest lead of five points, when sophomore Casey Kaufman (Sugarcreek, Ohio / Hiland) split two free throws with seven minutes left before intermission.

The game would go back and forth including eight lead changes and four ties, while the teams would go into halftime knotted up at 33-33.
Capital would come out strong in the second half and would go up as much as 11 points, leading 57-46 with six minutes remaining.


With just under two minutes remaining, the Berg would continue to battle and would narrow the lead as low as six points, with Crusaders leading 59-53, when sophomore John Miller (Millersburg, Ohio / West Holmes) found senior Jim Smalley (Middelburg Heights, Ohio / Midpark) under the basket for a quick two points.


The lead would be too much to overcome and with clutch free-throwing, Capital would clinch the 68-55 victory.


For the game, Heidelberg shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the field, while Capital shot 49.0 percent (25-of-51). 
Freshman Nate Davis (Dayton, Ohio / Stivers) earned his first double-double of his career and led the way with career-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with a game-high three blocks.  Backing up Davis was Smalley with 13 points.


Freshman Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Harvest Preparatory) contributed with eight points and a team-high three steals, while senior Travis Kinn (Alvada, Ohio / New Riegel)had six points and was second on the team with seven boards.  Kinn also dished out a team-high four assists.


Heidelberg will look to get back in the win column and finishes its four game road trip when it travels to Mount Union College on Saturday, January 23, at 3:00 p.m.