A Page -- Jan. 20, 2012

Cleveland State focusing on Green Bay and avoiding looking ahead; Phoenix has lost four league games by a combined 14 points

Cleveland State’s men’s basketball team is in an opposite position it was in last weekend at this time, but Coach Gary Waters is taking every precaution he can not to look at it that way in the hopes that the Vikings could gain a sweep from the two Cheese World teams.

CSU will take on the Dairyland’s Wisconsin-Green Bay tonight and Wisconsin-Milwaukee Sunday in the Wolstein Center. The Vikings, 5-2 in Horizon League play, trail Milwaukee by one game in the standings and are vying to get into a first-place tie this weekend.

Just as the Vikings were focused all over Butler for last Friday’s game last week and then wound up taking Valparaiso as an afterthought (winning Friday and then losing Sunday), the Vikings want to avoid looking ahead to Sunday’s game against Milwaukee (6-1) and focus first on Green Bay (3-4).

“Green Bay could wind up being a better team than Milwaukee,” said Waters. “I am not saying they are better, but if things would have gone their way, they would have a much better record coming in here.”

Green Bay’s four league losses were by a combined 14 points. Waters also said that the trip up north and playing back to back games against Green Bay and Wisconsin used to be as tough as the one to Indiana, which no Horizon League team has yet to come out with yet with a sweep.

Waters added that it will be much better that his team could prepare for the second team on the home courts and not have to worry about having only a short practice is it did for Valparaiso. The Vikings left Indianapolis after the Butler date, drove to South Bend and then flew to Valparaiso.

Maybe the logistics manager might want to rethink that one and just have the team drive from Indy to Valpo next time.

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One of the things that could have helped against Valparaiso was stopping the Crusaders’ inside game by having Strongsville product Tim Kamczyc drop back and help Aaron Pogue underneath the basket.

Kamczyc wound up playing a big guard on defense and was guarding on the perimeter, which did not allow the Vikings defense to use his size more. Valpo’s percentage from the three-point grounds was not that great for the game.

Speaking of percentage shooting, Waters did say Kamczyc is one of the best percentage shooters on the team and has been encouraged by the coaches to take more shots without evaluating them with as much deliberation as he has been.

Kamczyc has come a long way from when he was a football/basketball Student/Athlete in high school here. He came to CSU as a preferred walk on and earned a scholarship by his second season.  Waters says he often plays like a quarterback on the floor.

Also at Thursday’s Media Gathering, Waters mentioned that Anton Grady, a Cleveland Central Catholic graduate, has been quite a leader among the freshman foursome that has come along rather rapidly as a young group so far this season.

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Grady has given the club a lot of inside help on defense and also added a little underneath scoring and rebounding on both offense and defense.


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 Storm Women Right Ship Against Lakers, Bob Booher Nets 200th Win 67-43

PAINESVILLE, OHIO --  A strong defensive effort pushed the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team to a wire-to-wire victory over Lake Superior State University on Thursday night (Jan. 19). The 67-43 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Storm (11-5, 5-3 GLIAC).

The win was also the 200th in the college coaching career of Storm head coach Bob Booher.  Booher has compiled an overall mark of 200-151 in 13 years at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College .

Lake Erie scored the game’s first six points and pushed the lead into double digits midway through the period when back-to-back three-pointers by freshman Jackie Murray ( Cuyahoga Falls , Ohio /St. Vincent-St. Mary) that made it 20-10. 

The lead grew to as many as 13 on three occasions in the half, the last coming on a free throw by sophomore Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) that brought the first half to a close with the score 33-20.

Lake Erie, which committed just three turnovers in the first half, shot just 34.3 percent (12-of-35) in the first half, but it was significantly better than the 26.7% (eight-of-30) by the Lakers (5-11, 1-8 GLIAC).  The Storm made five three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes while Lake Superior State was 0-for-8.

The Storm’s second-half lead never sank below 11 points and was at 14 with 7:40 to play before LEC put the game completely away with a 14-4 run that pushed the score to 63-39 with two minutes left. 

Graduate senior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead all players.  She was joined in double figures by senior center Stephanie Rogers ( Mentor , Ohio / Mentor ) with 13 points and seven boards.  Murray and Delaney each chipped in with nine points and senior guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) added eight.

Lake Erie improved to 44.4% shooting in the second half and committed a total of just 10 turnovers in the game.  The Storm held Lake Superior to 31.4% shooting for the game, including 0-for-12 from three-point range, and forced 20 turnovers.

Maria Blazejewski, Cassy Schemberger and Jasmine Brown each scored 10 points for the Lakers, who lost their fifth in a row.

The Storm will look to continue its winning ways on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, when Lake Erie wraps up its four-game homestand against Saginaw Valley State University at 1 p.m.

Oberlin announces camps and clinics

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College athletics department announced its camps and clinics scheduled for 2012.

Throughout the Spring and Summer, Oberlin will be offering a wide array of camps and clinics in a multitude of sports. They include; baseball, softball, girl’s soccer, boy’s soccer, boy’s tennis, girls tennis, boy’s basketball, girl’s volleyball, girl’s lacrosse, football and running for both girls and boys.

Each camp or clinic will run at different times, so be sure to check the official camp
s and clinics page for complete dates and contact information.

Late Lake Erie Surge Comes Up Short in 73-69 

Loss to Lake Superior St.

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (7-8, 2-6 GLIAC) nearly overcame a 12-point deficit in the final 1:40 but fell to Lake Superior State University (8-8, 3-6 GLIAC), 73-69 in cross-divisional GLIAC  matchup at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in Painesville, Ohio.  

Both teams were red-hot from the field. Lake Superior State shot 56.2%(18-of-32) in the first half and 51.9% for the game (27-of-52).  That slightly edge the Storm which shot 51.8% (29-of-56) for the game including 56.7% (17-of-30) in the second half.  The Lakers also held a big 35-23 edge on the glass, holding Lake Erie to just four offensive rebounds. 

Lake Erie was led by sophomore guards Riley Thomas (Cardington, Ohio/Cardington-Lincoln) and Nate Tait (South Euclid, Ohio/Brush/Alderson-Broaddus) with 17 points each.  Thomas hit three three-pointers and Tait knocked down a pair coming off the bench.  Also in double-figures for the Storm was senior guard Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College) with 10 points.   Lake Superior State was led by guard 

Derek Billings with a game-high 19 points including the game-clinching free throws in the final five seconds.  

The Storm got into a hole early as Lake Superior State came out strong from the field. The Lakers made three-pointers on their first two possessions but Lake Erie evened the score at 6-6 on a pair of free throws by Smith.  LSSU answered with a 7-0 run and would lead the rest of the game.  The Lakers pushed that lead to double-digits for the first time at 23-13 with 11:05 to play in the half but Lake Erie’s defense picked up the pace an helped the Green and White get within four at 25-21 after a jumper by sophomore guard Justin Roth (Parma, Ohio/Parma).  LSSU quickly erased the ground the Storm had made up with another 7-0 run and the teams traded baskets the rest of the half with the Lakers taking a 40-27 advantage to the break. 

Thomas hit a three to open the second half for Lake Erie and cut its deficit to 10 but the Lake Superior lead would not get down to single digits until Tait converted a three-point play to make the score 46-37 at 14:29. That came at the tail end of one of a series of mini-runs for the Storm but each time the Lakers had the answer.   Lake Erie cut the gap to single digits again with 8:22 to play as a layup by redshirt freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) made the score 55-47.  LSSU answered with five straight points and its lead would not be down to single digits again until 2:45 remained as a Thomas jumper made the score 62-54.  Four free throws by LSSU’s 

Cameron Metz moved the margin to 12 but a Smith three and a Dudley jumper made the score 66-59 with 1:10 to play.  After the Lakers split a pair of free throws, Tait layup cut the margin to six and a Lake Erie steal gave the Storm a chance to cut it to one possession before a turnover of its own led to a fast break dunk for LSSU’s Kyle Hunt to briefly derail the rally and put the Lakers up eight with 28 seconds to go. 

 Lake Erie kept its foot on the gas as scores on three straight possessions, including threes by Thomas and Tait, to bring the Storm to within two at 71-69 with 3.9 seconds to play. The Storm fouled immediately and Lake Superior State’s Derek Billing hit both free throws to seal the game for good.  
Lake Erie returns to action Saturday as it hosts Saginaw Valley State University at 3:00 in the final game of a four-game homestand.  The game will be the second Youth Jersey day hosted by the Storm with free admission to those ages 12 and under wearing their youth team jersey. 

Alex Gravely's two 200 games lead North 

Ridgeville bowling past Clearview

Alex Gravely rolled back-to-back 200 games to lead North Ridgeville past Clearview in a high school bowling match held at Brunswick Zone.
Boys Varsity
North Ridgeville
Alex Gravely  215-221(436)
Glenn Waligora 214-207(421)
Logan Gedeon 197-226(423)
Alex Scullin 202-180(382)
Joey Peterson 210-179(389)
Baker Games 193-212(405)
Game 1 1231
Game 2 1225
Grand Total Pins 2456
Matt Maldonado 141- (141)
Aaron Gomez 172-169(341)
Nick Osborn 185-181(366)
Seth Caldwell 153-(153)
Jared Miller 203-208(411)
Matt Gamble - 168 (168)
S.A.W. - 197 (197)
Baker Games 173-168(341)
Game 1 1027
Game 2 1091
Grand Total Pins 2118
Boys JV
North Ridgeville
CJ Schneider 115-150(265)
Caleb Barbosa 144-137(281)
Nico Dennis 213-136(349)
Donny Ciryak 160-145(305)
Joey Casement 232-193(425)
Baker Games 138-170(308)
Game 1 1002
Game 2 931
Grand Total Pins 1933
Joe Garlaza 96-89(185)
John Jacovetti 124-186(310)
Fabian Ramos 134-93(227)
Higino Gomez 79-94(173)
Jeremy Pacheco 76-152(228)
Baker Games 127-121(248)
Game 1 636
Game 2 735
Grand Total Pins 1371

Payne Scores 16 As B-W Men Score Season-

High Points By Defeating Otterbein, 97-64

BEREA, OHIO – Sophomore All-OAC forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 16 points to lead four Baldwin-Wallace players in double figures as the Yellow Jackets defeated Otterbein University, 97-64, tonight (Wednesday, January 18, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. This was the final game of the first half of the OAC regular season.

The 97 points scored was a season-high and the most points scored by B-W since November 17, 2006 when it defeated Curry (Mass.) College by a final score of 110-70 in the opening game of the Alvernia (Pa.) University Tournament.

With the victory,  the Yellow Jackets won their second straight OAC contest and improved their record to 10-6 overall and 5-4 in the OAC while the Cardinals fell to 5-11 overall and 2-7 in the OAC.

In addition to Payne for the B-W, sophomore guards Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) and Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) tallied 15 points. Junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/Seminary), who was coming off his first career double-double on Saturday, added 12 points, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and dished out a game and career-high nine assists.

Otterbein was led by freshman guard RaNeal Ewing with 12 points and junior guard Tommy Waterwash contributed 10.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring, 2-0, on their second possession when Umbel scored on a layup off the assist from Krakowiak at 19:35.  The Cardinals tied the game, 2-2, on a jumper by senior guard Brice Raush with 18:28 remaining.

B-W then used 11-0 run over the next three minutes, 13-2, on layups by senior All-OAC guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria), Payne and Umbel as well as a trey from Krakowiak.  Otterbein would snap the run, 13-4, when Waterwash buried a jumper from the corner at 14:56.
After a basket by Yellow Jacket sophomore forward Aaron Selmek (Delaware/Columbus St. Francis DeSales), the teams would exchange a pair of three-pointers from B-W’s Fairhurst and Waterwash of the Cardinals, 18-7, with 13:52 remaining.

After battling back and forth for the next five plus minutes, the Yellow Jackets would go on an 18-2 run to push their lead to a first-half high tying 24 points, 45-21, at the 2:54 mark.  The run was keyed by Umbel with six points and junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) with five.   The 24-point lead would be met on two more occasions in the half.
B-W would close out the first half by outscoring the Cardinals 10-9 to take a 51-30 advantage into the intermission.

The Yellow Jackets would open the second half on a 10-4 run to extend its lead to 27 points, 61-34, at the 17:13 mark.  The run was sparked by Krakowiak who connected on two three-pointers and pair of free throws for eight of the 10 points.  Sophomore forward Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) scored the other basket as he scored on a layup to start the second half scoring.

B-W would push its lead to as many as 37 points on three occasions with the last coming on a three-pointer from freshman guard Matt Solden (Mentor) 1:49 remaining. Otterbein would get as close as 21 points on tip in from junior forward Zach Bakenhaster at 18:44.  The Yellow Jackets would go on a 23-9 run after the Bakenhaster bucket to put the game out of reach

B-W is back in action on Saturday, January 21 when it will travel to Marietta to take on the Pioneers of Marietta College in OAC game in the Ban Johnson Arena at 3:00 p.m.  Fans can live on campus radio station WBWC 88.3 FM “The Sting” or via the internet at www.wbwc.com.  The pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to tipoff.  The next home game is on Wednesday, January 25 when the team will host the Student Princes of Heidelberg University in an OAC Contest in the Ursprung Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Withstands Late Run to Beat Ohio Wesleyan

January 18, 2012


DELAWARE, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team snapped a nine-game losing streak outlasting Ohio Wesleyan University, 62-55, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 18) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Delaware.


With the win, the Terriers are now 5-11 overall and 2-6 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops are 5-11 overall and 1-6 NCAC.


Hiram got off to a fast start to begin the first half, scoring the first six points of the game. OWU battled back to later tie the game at 9-9 at the 13:26 minute mark. The Bishops led by as many three points, 15-12, when Hiram went on a 15-3 scoring run to regain control and took a nine point lead, 27-18, on a layup by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with 3:25 left in the half. OWU stopped the bleeding with back-to-back buckets to pull to within five points, but the Terriers tallied the final six points of the period, including a layup by junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) to end the half to give Hiram a 33-22 lead at the break.

Coventry's Smyers


In a repeat of the first half, Hiram began the second period by scoring the first six points to extend the margin to 17 points, 39-22, with 17:40 remaining in the game. The Terriers built their lead to as many as 19 points on two occassions with the last one coming on a three-pointer by Kovach at the 11:40 mark making the score 48-29. Following the Kovach triple, OWU then made its run outscoring Hiram, 24-8, during the next 10:15 to cut the Terrier lead to just three points, 56-53, with 1:25 left to go. The Bishop shooting then went cold and were forced to foul Hiram allowing the Terriers to rack up six straight points on free-throws pushing the lead to a more comfortable nine points, 62-53, with 14 seconds left. OWU would record the final points of the game, but it would come on a layup as time expired, sealing the victory for Hiram with a final score of 62-55.


Hiram shot 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor despite shooting just 17.6 percent (three-of-17) from three-point range. The Terriers took 27 free-throw attempts and would convert on 17 of those attempts. OWU shot 31.0 percent (18-of58) from the floor and also struggled from beyond the arc shooting 29.2 percent (seven-of-24).


The Bishops were led in scoring by LaNiece McRae with 13 points on three-of-seven shooting (42.9 percent), but would shoot seven-of-nine (77.8 percent) at the free-throw line. She would also grab a game-high 16 rebounds. Caroline Welker was the only other OWU player in double-digits with 10 points.


Hiram was led by Kovach who scored a game-high 20 points on eight-of-13 shooting (61.5 percent). Smyers, senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) and junior guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) rounding out the high scorers with 10 points each. In addition, Shields also grabbed a team-high 10 boards.


Hiram will travel to Meadville, Pa. for a NCAC game against Allegheny College next Wednesday, Jan. 25. Tip-0ff is scheduled for 6 p.m.


Hiram College Men’s Basketball Beaten By Ohio Wesleyan

January 18, 2012


DELAWARE, OHIO – The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan, 75-62, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 18) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Delaware.


Following the loss, the Terriers are now 10-6 overall and 3-4 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops improve to 13-3 overall and 5-2 NCAC.

North Olmsted's Roman


OWU led for the majority of the early minutes of the first half, leading by as many as six points on two occassions, including a 13-7 advantage with 15:22 left in the period. Near the midway point of the half, Hiram took the lead with a pair of three-pointers by sophomore guard Matt Roman (North Olmsted) making the score 22-19 at the 10:14 mark. The Terriers went to lead by as many as four points, but a OWU 10-0 scoring run gave control back to Bishops, 34-28, with 6:01 left before the intermission. OWU never trailed in the half again and would lead by eight points, 42-34, at halftime.


In the second half, the Bishop lead reached the double-figure mark for the first time with 15:20 left to go by a score of 50-38. Hiram would get no closer than nine points the rest of the way on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) at the 13:18 mark as the Bishops began to pull away. OWU recorded its largest lead of the game of 17 points, 67-50, with 4:35 remaining en route to the 75-62 final.


OWU shot 50.0 percent (31-of-62) from the floor and was led by Tim Brady with a game-high 21 points on eight-of-14 shooting (57.1 percent). Greg White was the only other Bishop player in double-figures with 10 points.


Hiram shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) for the game and had three players score in double-digits. Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) led the way with 18 points on seven-of-14 shooting (50.0 percent). He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) was second in scoring with 14 points and junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) added 10 points.


Hiram will return home to host No. 21 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University in a NCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.