A Page -- Jan. 20, 2011


Fairview and River to play the first of 

the last two battles of 210 in league 

play; rivalry has had league 

implications for more than 70 years; 

three "Johns" leading Warrior scoring


Jan. 20, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Tomorrow’s boys’ basketball game here between Rocky River and Fairview High Schools will have some recent historical aspects to it in that this is the last year the two schools will meet in league games for quite some time if not until the end of time.

The Warriors and Pirates have been playing each other since the 1940s first as members of the Southwestern Conference (River joined the SWC in 1937 and Fairview in 1940) and the past six years as members of the West Shore Conference.

Next year the Warriors will be moving over to the Patriot Athletic Conference, in which they will be able to pick up a natural rival in Lutheran West, which is just a hop, skip and a jump over Bohlken Park away within bike riding or walking distance.

Just like Bay and Westlake do with the Little Brown Jug Game in football every fall and some of the border rivalries River maintained with Westlake in some sports, Fairview and River might continue playing in some sports, including boys’ basketball, in a non-league format, but it probably will not be the same since the meaning in the standings would be lost, but then on the other hand, they could be playing for bragging rights to the immediate area and the game would become that and only that, heightening the inner-circle significance of it.


This game has had all kinds of different nicknames: “The Battle of West 210th Street,” “The Clash of Westgate,” “Throne Room Entry to Kingship of Tri-City Park,” or anything else anything anyone can think of that links these two small West Shore suburbs. In a way, both are alike and in other ways they are different and unique in their own ways.

Fairview is one of only three of the traditional Southwestern Conference schools that does not have some kind of water in its name and Rocky River is one of the five traditional ones that does (Rocky River, Olmsted Falls, Westlake, Bay, and Avon Lake) among other things.

Fairview was the first SWC school to shrink in school population while River was the second one to do so. This all began in the early 1980s after the Baby Boom children had all graduated and the Baby Bust brought in fewer students and Student/Athletes. “Those who were once parents had gotten older and have not been moving out while not many of their kids have moved back after growing into adults,” explained Bob Stover at the time. “There are also not many others with children moving in from elsewhere so we have a lot of houses occupied by grandparents or those about to become ones but no youth to send to our schools.”

Stover was the athletic director and football coach at the time and was with the system for decades before retiring and becoming one of those grandparents with no children to send to the schools.

Right around that time Fairview emerged as the Rodney Dangerfield of the SWC, maintaining status as the smallest school in league – a Division II and then III and IV in some sports among mainly D-I and later D-II schools. River followed in dropping in divisions. Outside of volleyball (Fairview was a state power throughout the 1980s and part of the 1990s) and wrestling (the Pariano legacy still lives today in Fairview), Fairview won only one SWC team championship in its last 25 years in the league (it came in baseball toward the end of the legendary George Caso’s long tenure as the coach).

Within the last five years, Jessica Zangmeister became the first Warrior (boy or girl) since 1946 to finish as high as second place in an individual event in a state outdoor track meet, doing it twice. She became an inspiration to younger Fairview S/As, some who are in the school now and were teammates with her when they were younger.

Still, Fairview kept competing and kept fighting and convinced the city to take over the athletic facilities and renovate them.

River and Bay joined Fairview in helping form the much smaller (in terms of school enrollment) West Shore Conference. Now, Fairview is moving on to the even smaller PAC. River, by the way, along with Bay, has regained some enrollment and has moved to D-I in some sports, particularly in the girls’ teams.

Anyway, Fairview has made some great strides in basketball recently. River won the WSC in boys’ basketball three years ago, but has been rebuilding since then. Fairview has been hot and cold in the league. A few years ago, during the Drew McGhee era at North Ridgeville, Fairview was 1-6 at the halfway point of the league season and the Rangers 6-1, with the former’s only win coming against the latter and latter’s only loss coming against the former.

Tonight’s game will close out the first half of the WSC league season. The Warriors and Pirates will meet one more time, the last game of the regular season next month in Fairview.

The Warriors have a balanced scoring attack this season. Three different guys (John Doherty, John Miles and Sean Faska) have had a 20-point game this season. The two Johns (this commonality could be an example of why the nickname “Jack” emanated from this short name many moons ago) are both averaging in double figures and are the top two scorers on the team.

Miles is a sophomore guard averaging 13.5 points per game and Doherty is a junior guard dropping in 11.1 per game. Faska, whose first name is incidentally a Gaelic/Celtic derivation of “John” as well, is third on the club in scoring with 8.3 markers per game. The senior is the third guard in the three-guard offense.

Senior forward Jake Belko is the leading rebounder with seven caroms per game while junior Rory Juhn is hauling down 5.3 caroms per game.

Doherty is the top Warrior playmaker with 2.7 assists per game, while the second  leading assist man is Faska with 1.9 APG followed by the other John (Miles) with 1.7 APG.

Defensively, Juhn is the hound on the floor for the Warriors with a team-leading 29 blocked shots 2.6 per game this season.

Miles is the downtown guy with a team-leading 31 three-point goals, connecting on 35 percent of his attempts.

Cole Ziegler and Doherty are the top free-throw shooters for Fairview, both connecting on better than 70 percent of their attempts.

No statistical information is available for Rocky River's team.

Mount Union holding softball clinics next month

January 20, 2011 

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The University of Mount Union will host a pair of softball clinics this February.

An infield/outfield and hitting clinic for girls (grades 1-12) will be held on Sunday, February 13.  The clinic will feature a warm-up, introductions, position-specific defensive drills and hitting instruction.

A pitching/catching and hitting clinic for girls (grades 1-12) will be held on Sunday, February 20.  The clinic will feature a warm-up, introductions, position-specific defensive drills, pitching/catching drills and hitting instruction.

Both clinics will be in the Peterson Field House on campus in Alliance. 

Attending an individual camp is $45 per camper and if a camper comes to both camps, it will cost $80.

Each camper receives a free T-shirt (while supplies last) and instruction from an expert teaching staff, including Mount Union coaches and players.

For more information contact: Sandy Douglas, Head Softball Coach at (330) 823-4779 ordouglass@mountunion.edu.

Mount Union's men's basketball team to host Otterbein

January 20, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's men's basketball team begins the second half of the Ohio Athletic Conference scheduleSaturday at 4 pm against Otterbein at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Admission to the game is FREE but Mount Union is collecting donations for the Stark County Domestic Abuse Shelter.

There will be an online LIVE AUDIO broadcast and LIVE STATS of the game.

Mount Union (8-8, 6-3 OAC) enters the game on a conference-best three-game win streak and the Purple Raiders sit just one game behind conferecne leaders Marietta (14-2, 7-2) and Capital (12-4, 7-2).

Jimmy Wood

The Purple Raiders average 71.6 points per game with four players averaging in double digits.  Junior forwardJimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) tops the team with 13.7 points per game and senior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) averages 13.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

Otterbein (7-9, 3-6 OAC) snapped a two-game skid with a 74-71 come from behind victory over Baldwin-Wallce this past Wednesday. 

The Cardinals average 70.2 points per game and feature the OAC's top scorer and rebounder in junior center Chris Davis, who averages 19.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

Mount Union stays home and hosts John Carroll next Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 pm in The MAAC.

Last Meeting

Mount Union got 20 points off the bench from Matt Kiger and 19 points, 12 assists from Ben Hodkinson as the Raiders scored an 84-81 win in Westerville.

Elyria Catholic, Benedictine are team winners in three-school swim meet; Jenna O'Dell, Matt Wagner are double winners

January 20, 2011 

In a three-school swim meet tonight, Elyria Catholic defeated Beaumont, 120-49, while Benedictine defeated EC, 112-54.

Boys winning individual events for the Bengals were Will Ivancic, Matt Wagner, Anthony Calvillo, Alex Vanek, and Jack Joyce.

Wagner was a double winner taking both the 100-yard butterfly and 200 IM.

Girls winning individual events for Beaumont were Grace Manfroni and Mary Reagan.

Panthers winning events were Caroline Hamp, Jenna O’Dell, Ian Poper, Jenna Buckley, Ben Sleva and Kelly O’Dell.

 Jenna O’Dell was a double winner, taking the 100 fly and 200 IM.


Three-way tie atop the Red North 

could get unknotted this weekend; 

Preppers could rattle things with 

newfound tenacity

Jan. 20, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


After a two-week layoff, league play will begin again this weekend in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.

In the Red North, Lake Catholic and Walsh Jesuit will try to get back into the race or at least up into the fourth spot to get a berth in the Baron Cup. The winner Saturday night in Kent will have the inside track to do so.

Padua is also standing on its last leg when it comes to Baron Cup possibilities and will try to get back into the chase, but will have to topple defending league, district and state champ St. Ignatius tomorrow in order to do so or all those hopes will be dimmed.


St. Edward and Strongsville are two of the three teams tied for first place (St. Ignatius is the other). The Eagles and Mustangs will meet tomorrow in Winterhurst. If all three teams tie over the weekend, the Red North could still have tri leaders on Monday. If the Eagles or Mustangs, win Monday could see a co-leadership with the Wildcats and either the Eagles or Mustangs or a sole leadership, should the Cats lose and the Eagle-Mustang game does not end in a tie. And there are other possibilities …

University School is only a half point behind the tri-leaders and in fourth place, but at least is in the best position to get the fourth Baron Cup berth.

The Preppers have two home games this weekend – Saturday against St. Ed and Sunday against Padua. With four possible points the Preppers can pick up this weekend, all transpirations from the above scenarios could be ditched. They could jump ahead of all three teams, two of them, one of them, get into a tie with one of them somewhere in the top four or even stay in fourth with two losses, which would reinstate the above-scenario with the except of Eds getting the inside track on the other three immediate contenders with point(s) here.

Also Ignatius and Strongsville play each other Saturday.

US is one team that has been playing with more confidence lately. Through the first 17 games this season, the Preppers were 0-4-1 when trailing after one period. In the last six games, the Preppers are 2-0-1 in games in which they are losing after one period, completely turning around the trend of not being able to come back once down early.

This is hardly to say that prior to the last six games they were giving up when getting behind, but it could be said that they at least have gained confidence and overcame some kind of mental block, realizing that they could still win games despite falling behind early achieving some kind of confidence boost. Tenacity and resilience count for something in this game.


Ian Robertson went on a scoring barrage in the last two league games and Titan Invitational and has now amassed 50 points on the season to lead all Prepper scoring leaders.

Robertson leads the team in both goals (22) and assists (28).


Connor Clemens is second on the team in assists (17) and scoring (32 points).  He is third in goals with 15.

Matt Wipper, who has missed some time lately with injuries, is second in goals (17) and third in both assists (12) and scoring (29).

Andrew Preiser had a nice tourney in Toledo and has moved into the No. 4 spot in scoring with 18 points.

Clemens now has the best plus/minus with a +23.


Defensemen doing the best job of defending their goalies are George Chapman with 26 penalty minutes and Andrew Musser with 22.


In goal for US, Sam Althans has a 2.31 goals against average and Andrew Megerian a 2.55 GAA, but Megerian has posted a won-loss record of 4-1-3 and Althans one of 7-7-1.

Green High alumna Lauren Forquer

Eighteenth-ranked Mount Union basketball team aims to ground Cardinals Saturday

January 20, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- The nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will return to the floor on Saturday when it hosts Ohio Athletic Conference foe Otterbein for a 2 p.m. tip-off at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The Purple Raiders (13-2, 6-2), who are ranked 18th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and 19th by D3Hoops.com, are currently riding a three-game winning streak after Monday's 65-43 non-conference victory over Grove City (Pa.).

Katie Crider

Mount Union outscored Grove City by 29 points in the second half after trailing 31-24 at halftime. Katie Crider(Brunswick/Brunswick) buried four 3-pointers en route to a 13-point game while Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) and Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Three other Raiders lead the team in scoring, including Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) at the top with 12.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) is contributing 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds while Brittany Kilgore(Northfield/Nordonia) is at 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Rose (Uniontown/Green) adds some support on the glass with 5.7 rebounds per contest.

LaMattina is currently rated second in the OAC in steals per game and 3-point percentage (.439). Crider is second in 3-pointers per game (2.33).

As a team, the Raiders find themselves near the top of several categories. They lead the OAC in scoring offense (70.9), scoring margin (+13.5), 3-point percentage (.342), turnover margin (+6.47) and 3-pointers made (7.80).

Mount Union also ranks second in scoring defense (57.4), 3-point defense (.260), assists (15.67) and steals (10.53).

The Cardinals (6-10, 2-7), who rank second in rebounds (41.4) and third in field goal defense (.377), have a deceptive record.

Last season, the Otterbein women upended the Raiders in their first visit to the MAAC, taking a 58-49 decision. Mount Union claimed the next two meetings -- a 68-66 final at Otterbein and then a 59-56 OAC Tournament Quarterfinal victory at home.

Shea McCoy (Mansfield/Mansfield) and Kristi Kotterman (Wharton/Riverdale) have been the 

Cardinals' top two scorers this season, averaging 15.2 and 13.0 points, respectively.

McCoy is a sniper from the outside, ranking first in the OAC in 3-point percentage (.446) and third in 3-pointers made (2.31).

Kotterman will be a pest as she rates third in the OAC in steals (2.38). Also, Bourke Kelley (Lancaster/William V. Fisher Catholic) blocks 1.46 shots per game -- good enough for second in the conference.