A Page -- Jan. 21, 2010

B-W Hosts Ohio Athletic Conference Leader

Wilmington College Saturday in Ursprung

Jan. 21, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's basketball team will look to win its seventh game in eight contests when it hosts Ohio Athletic Conference rival and first place Wilmington College in Berea.

The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 10-6 overall and 5-4 in the OAC following a 79-63 victory against rival Otterbein College on Saturday, January 16 in Westerville. The victory was the sixth in the last seven games for B-W.

The Quakers enter the contest at 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the OAC following a 74-57 upset loss at Mari­etta College last Saturday. Despite the defeat, Wilmington remains in first place in the OAC standings.

This is the 27th all-time meeting between B-W and Wilmington in men's basketball. The Yellow Jackets lead the all-time series, 15-11, but earlier this season, the Quakers defeated B-W, 79-65, in Wilmington on December 22, 2009. Last season, the Yellow Jackets and Quakers split their two regular season matchups with each team winning on its home court. Wilmington beat B-W, 73-68, on Dec. 20, 2008 in Wilmington, and the Yellow Jackets defeated the Quakers, 71-57, in Berea on Feb. 7, 2009.

In the first meeting between B-W and Wilmington this season, the Quakers broke open a close game late in the second half en route to a 79-65 victory. Despite the loss, B-W was led by freshman center Chris Ameen with a game-high 22 points and six rebounds and sophomore point guard Promis Cabbil with 12 points, six assists and two steals. Wilmington was led by senior guard Tyler Ledford with 18 points, Brandon Rogers with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, and sophomore guard Tyler White with 14 points. The keys for Wilmington were forcing 21 Yellow Jacket turnovers and outscoring B-W at the foul line, 23-13.

Look for Head Coach Duane Sheldon to start Kyle Brown, Paul Glass and Chris Ameen at the forward positions and Promis Cabbil and Zane Meeder in the backcourt. Cabbil tops the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game, grabs 2.6 rebounds per game and tops the team with 77 assists, 27 steals and seven blocked shots. Brown scores 11.8 ppg., grabs 4.0 rpg., and has a team-leading 36 three-pointers. Meeder is third in scoring at 11.6 ppg., grabs 3.9 rpg. and has 41 assists and 21 steals. Ameen scores 10.6 ppg., grabs a team-high 6.1 rpg., shoots 54.6% from the floor on 65-of-119 attempts and has 16 steals. Glass scores 7.1 ppg., grabs 3.2 rpg. and has 20 assists and 16 steals.

Walsh alum Chris Ameen

Also look for Sheldon to play Kevin Gall, Brandon Schmidt, Scott Voiers, Matt Triana and Ed Householder. Gall scores 7.4 ppg., grabs 3.1 rpg. and shoots 54.2% from the floor. Voiers scores 6.1 ppg. and has 10 treys. Schmidt scores 4.2 ppg. and is second with 12 triples.

Look for Wilmington Head Coach K.C. Hunt to start Rogers along with guards Ledford, White, R.J. Brown and Brandon Candella. Also look for Taylor Wellman, Antonio Bowman, Nolan Dorland, Ethan Fite, Miles Bankston and Terell Ramsey to see action.

White is the leading scorer at 17.8 ppg., grabs 3.7 rpg., shoots 55.7% from the floor on 107-of-192 attempts and has 20 assists and a team-leading 33 steals. Ledford is second at 16.0 ppg., shoots a team-lead­ing 56.3% from the floor on 98-of-174 attempts, with a team-best18 three-pointers, and tops the team with 63 assists and has 27 steals. Rogers scores 11.0 ppg. and leads the team at 5.9 rpg. and 19 blocked shots. Brown scores 10.9 ppg., grabs 5.2 rpg. and has 42 assists and 31 steals. Candela scores 6.3 ppg., grabs 2.3 rpg. and is second with 11 treys. Off the bench, Bowman scores 5.9 ppg., grabs 2.8 rpg. and has 44 assists and 31 steals.

Following today's game, the Yellow Jackets next play on Wednesday, January 27 when they travel to University Heights, Ohio to play OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center at 7:00 p.m. The next home game is on Saturday, January 30 when B-W hosts OAC rival Marietta College at 3:00 p.m.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeated by Allegheny (Pa.) College

January 20, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  — Junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) and junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) both recorded double-doubles as the Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Allegheny (Pa.) College, 75-61, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 20) in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

John F. Kennedy alum Chris Roberts

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers drop to 7-9 overall and 4-3 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 7-8 overall and 4-3 NCAC.

Both teams started out slow in the first half as Hiram grabbed an early 4-2 lead.  Allegheny then went on a 16-2 scoring run that gave the Gators their first double-digit lead at, 18-6, with 10:43 left in the period.  Allegheny led by as many as 13 points, but an 11-0 run by the Terriers late in the half that ended in a layup by sophomore guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush), made it a one possession game at 22-20 at the 5:49 mark.  The Gators later went on a 12-2 run to extend the lead back to double figures and maintained a 38-29 edge at the break.

Brush grad Jamaal Watkins

Hiram got to within seven points in the second half, 53-46, thanks to a tip-in by Eniola with 10:13 to play.  But another 11-2 run by Allegheny gave the Gators control, 64-48, and never looked back.  Allegheny recorded its largest lead of the game of 17 points, 67-50, at the 2:52 mark en route to the 75-61 victory.

Allegheny shot an impressive 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the floor, including 79.2 percent (19-of-24) from the free-throw line.  Hiram shot 35.5 percent from the field (22-of-62) and just 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from the charity stripe.

The Gators were led by Henry Heeter with 13 points on four-of-six shooting (66.7 percent), including going three-of-five from behind the arc (60.0 percent).  Craig Devinney and George Raftis both added 11 points and Peter Jones rounded out the high scorers with 10 points.

Hiram was led by Roberts’ game-high 16 points on four-of-13 shooting (30.8 percent), including eight-of-nine from the free-throw line (88.9 percent).  He also grabbed a game-tying high 10 rebounds.  Eniola was the only other Terrier in double figures with 13 points to go along with 10 boards.

Hiram will travel to Gambier on Saturday, Jan. 23 for a NCAC game against Kenyon College.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Hiram women’s team.  The women will play against Kenyon at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Overcomes 10-Point Deficit, But Falls Short of Ohio Wesleyan University in Overtime

January 21, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) scored a game-high 21 points and sophomore guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) grabbed a career and game-high 11 rebounds as the Hiram College women’s basketball team erased a 10-point second half deficit, but would fall short of Ohio Wesleyan University, 71-68, in overtime tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 20) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.

With the loss, the Terriers are now 2-14 overall and 1-6 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 12-5 overall and 7-1 NCAC.

Brunswick's Kelsey Durichko

It would be an up-and-down game in the first half as the period featured seven lead changes and six ties.  OWU looked to gain an edge leading by as many as eight points late in the half, 27-19, at the 2:08 mark as part of a 9-0 scoring run.  Hiram answered with six straight points that narrowed the gap to two points, 27-25, on a jumper by senior guard Karris Kandel (Louisville/East Canton) with 39 seconds left before halftime.  The Bishops recorded the final points of the half to lead 29-25 at the intermission.

East Canton's Karris Kandel

OWU extended its lead to 10 points, 47-37, near the midway point of the second half.  But Hiram would battle back again, this time with an 16-2 run that ended in a pair of free-throws by Mayle and resulted in a 53-49 lead for the Terriers with 3:07 to play.  The Bishops tied the game for the 10th time with the score of 56-56 with just over a minute remaining and took the lead, 58-56, with 12 seconds left.  

Mayle would tally the game-tying basket with three seconds to go to knot the game at 58-58.  OWU took the final shot of the game from just outside its three-point line, but the shot missed its mark, sending the game into overtime.

In the overtime period, the Bishops built a five-point lead on two occassions, including a 67-62 advantage at the 1:18 mark.  A bucket and two free-throws from junior forward Caitlyn Ruese (Strongsville) along with two more free-throws from Mayle, cut the deficit to just a point, 69-68, with a 10 seconds remaining.  But a Hiram turnover and two-of-four free-throws by the Bishops in the final seconds, allowed OWU to hang on for a 71-68 victory.

Brittany Mayle

OWU was led by Tyler Cordell with 19 points on six-of-24 shooting (25.0 percent).  She also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.  Mentor's Pam Quigney was second with 15 points, followed by Kayla Gordon with 14 points.  Dany Finck rounded out the high scorers with 10 points.

[ Pam Quigney ]

Mentor's Pam Quigney (14)

Hiram was led by Mayle’s 21 points on five-of-16 shooting (31.3 percent), including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, to go along with five assists.  Ruese finished the game with 14 points and freshman guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) added 13 points.  In addition to Durichko, senior forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby Hills/South) also grabbed a game-tying high 11 boards. 

[ Pam Quigney ]

Hiram will travel to Gambier for a NCAC game against Kenyon College on Saturday, Jan. 23.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will play at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.

Kym WenzAvon Lake's Kym Wenz is  now second on the all-time scoring list at WoosterScots Sneak Past Yeowomen in Overtime; Avon Lake alumna Kym Wenz sinks to free throws at the end to seal it for Wooster
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1/20/2010 11:04:04 PM

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – Forty minutes on the hardwood wasn’t enough to determine a winner between the visiting College of Wooster Fighting Scots and the Oberlin College Yeowomen, but in the end the Scots came away with 78-74 overtime win on Wednesday night. 

First-year sensation Allison Anderson was simply amazing as she finished with a career-high 28 points to go along with a career-best eight steals, seven rebounds and six assists. Fellow rookie Kelly Warlich added 14 points and ripped down a career-high 12 rebounds. John Marshall grad and junior Syrea Thomas also netted 14 points in the setback. 

John Marshall alumna Syrea Thomas

With the score tied at 68, the Scots had a chance to win it in the closing seconds but Kym Wenz’s leaning baseline jumper bounced out to send the game into the extra session. Wooster scored the first four points of OT, but an Anderson triple-hit got OC right back within striking distance. Four straight Scots’ free throws would push the lead back out to five, 76-71, with 1:50 remaining, but the Yewomen would get within two, 76-74, with 29 seconds left on a Thomas lay-up. However, Wenz would put the game away with two charity tosses – giving her a team-high 25 points. 

Wenz moved into second on the all-time scoring list at Wooster the previous game. She is only a month and  half away from becoming the first woman ever to lead the NCAC in scoring three seasons in a row and three seasons for a career.

Oberlin (3-13, 2-5 NCAC) trailed 23-5 with 11:05 left in the first half, but it fought all the way back to get within three, 38-35, at the intermission. The Yeowomen would continue to pour it on to start the second half as Warlich scored 12 straight points to start the frame - giving the Yeowomen a 49-38 advantage at the 17:13 mark. 

A three-ball by Thomas gave the Yeowomen their largest lead of the game, 55-41, with 16:15 left to play. Wooster (7-10, 4-4 NCAC) managed to chip away at the lead and eventually tie the score at 66 with 3:42 left on the clock, which led to the dramatic overtime finish. 

Oberlin shot 32.9-percent (24-of-73), but really hurt itself from 3-point land (10-of-40/25%) and at the free throw line where it converted just 16-of-25 freebies for a 64-percent success rate. 
Kaitlin Krister
Walsh Jesuit alumna Kaitlin Krister

Both Wenz and Kirster had a double-double. Wenz had 10 rebounds while the Walsh Jesuit grad had a dozen points and game-high 16 rebounds.

The Scots checked in at 38.5-percent (30-of-78) from the floor – including 7-of-17 (41.2%) from long range. They also cashed in 11-of-13 (84.6%) free throws.

The Yeowomen created a season-high 16 steals as the Scots had 19 turnovers, which translated into 23 Oberlin points. 

Oberlin will take to the road to battle Wittenberg on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Oberlin Hangs Tough With No. 25 Wooster
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1/20/2010 11:26:59 PM

Oberlin, Ohio –
 The Oberlin College men’s basketball team gave No. 25 Wooster all it could handle on Wednesday night at Philips Gym, but in the end the Scots outlasted the Yeomen 66-58.

Freshman standout Andrew Fox guided the Yeomen offense with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while sophomore Josh Merritt added 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds. 

“I really liked our effort today,” Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco said. “I thought our team stepped up to the challenge and showed some strong character by not backing down to these guys.”

The Yeomen trailed 29-19 with 5:17 left in the first half, but they would close the frame on 10-3 run go into the locker room down by just three, 32-29. 

Wooster (12-4, 7-0 NCAC) quickly built a 44-30 advantage with 16:35 remaining in the game, but Oberlin (4-12, 0-7 NCAC) would not go down without a fight. A 10-2 OC spurt would get the Yeomen to within six, 46-40, with 10:28 left on the clock. A James Tompsett lay-up would make it a four-point game, 60-56, with 1:39 left to play. A pair of Fox free throws with 33 seconds left would again get Oberlin within four, 62-58, but the Scots would go 4-of-6 at the line in the closing moments to preserve the win. 

The free throw line is where the Yeomen really hurt themselves as they connected on just 13-of-21 freebies for a 61.9-percent success rate. After making 15 of their first 16 free throws, Wooster would finish 19-of-24 at the line for a 79.2-percent clip. 

Despite outscoring Wooster 30-18 in the paint, Oberlin lost the rebounding war 39-27. The Yeomen defense did create 13 steals and the Scots 18 turnovers led to 13 OC points. 

Oberlin will conclude its three-game homestand when Wabash comes to town on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt.
Players from eight IFAF countries and four continents will take part in USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell during NFL Pro Bowl week
By Mike Preston

PARIS, FRANCE - THURSDAY, JANUARY 21 - World team head coach JAN JENMERT and his coaching staff has completed the World team roster to face USA Football's junior national team at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, January 30.

USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, will match a World team composed of the best players aged 19 and under selected from International Federation of American Football (IFAF) member countries against 45 of the top high school seniors from the United States.  More information can be found at the event website: www.USAvWorld.com/2010 and at www.IFAF.org
The World team roster includes players from eight countries and four continents representing American Samoa (3), Australia (1), Canada (32), France (1), Germany (1), Japan (3), Mexico (1) and Sweden (3), who were selected from a provisional list of 100 players nominated by IFAF federations.  They will practice nine times while in Fort Lauderdale from January 24.  The World squad includes 22 players who starred at the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, when Canada won the silver medal; Japan took bronze with a win over Mexico and Germany finished as the best-placed European competitor.  
Joining the 43 World team players announced on January 6 are three linemen in AIULUA FANENE from American Samoa and Canadians PIERRE LAVERTU and SUKH CHUNGH.
Fanene was among the players featured by CBS television show 60 Minutes that reported on the growing number of American Samoans playing in the NFL.  His brother JONATHAN FANENE started 10 games on the defensive line of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and also attended Tafuna High School where Aiulua was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Star in 2009.
NFL Network will provide live coverage of the game, which is designated an official Pro Bowl Week event by the NFL.  The game will follow AFC and NFC Pro Bowl practices, which conclude earlier that day, and admission to both events is free.
Delivering NFL Network game commentary for the multi-national noon ET kickoff on January 30 will be RICH EISENDEION 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.  
USA Football's Team USA head coach CHRIS MERRITT of Miami Christopher Columbus High School has completed his 45-man roster.  USA Football's roster consists of 35 players who have verbally committed to college football programs across eight athletic conferences.  The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Pac-10 are tied with the most Team USA verbal commitments with seven apiece.  The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has six.
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-nation IFAF Junior World Championship.  
For more about USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, visitwww.usavworld.com

Notre Dame releases 


football schedule

Falcons to host Mercyhurst 

in season opener


Jan 21, 2010

By Skip Snow

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- Notre Dame Football released its 2010 schedule on Wednesday.  The Falcons will play 11 games in their inaugural season, beginning with the season opener against Mercyhurst (Pa.) on Saturday, Aug. 28.


NDC is slated to play five home games and six road tilts in what will be the first varsity season for the program, which was launched in the fall of 2008.


“I feel like we put a great schedule together for 2010,” said Notre Dame Head Coach #Adam Howard#. “Opening up with Mercyhurst College on Aug. 28 will be a great challenge for our program and help to set the tone for the rest of our season. Coach [Marty] Schaetzle does a fantastic job, and they will be a very well-coached team.”


Notre Dame will face six NCAA-II teams and five NAIA teams in its inaugural season. The Falcons will play the 2010 season as an NAIA independent - Notre Dame is currently Candidacy Year-One institution in the NCAA Division II membership process. 


“Our focus for the schedule was to make sure that we played all-scholarship football programs. We feel like as we transition into NCAA Division II we need to play scholarship schools to attract the type of players that want to be challenged to perform at a high level. We look forward to all the challenges and growth that our schedule will bring us in 2010.”


NDC’s scheduled home games will be against Mercyhurst, Walsh, Southern Virginia, Marian (Ind.) and Urbana.  The Falcons will play their home games at Korb Field in Lyndhurst, Ohio (Brush HS).  Kickoff times will be announced at a later date.


The 2010 slate has Notre Dame playing one game in August, four each in September and October and two in November.  The schedule opens with the Falcons hosting Mercyhurst on Aug. 28.  NDC then goes on the road for two games - at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) on Sept. 4, at Fairmont State (W. Va.) on Sept. 11.  The Blue & White then host Walsh on Sept. 18.  The Falcons’ next three games will be on the road - at Taylor-Ind. (Sept. 25), at Central State (Oct. 2) and at St. Joseph’s-Ind. (Oct. 9). NDC then hosts a pair (Oct. 16-Southern Virginia, Oct. 23-Marian-Ind.) before going on the road one last time, at Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 6.  The Falcons will close out their inaugural season on Nov. 13, with a home tilt against Urbana.


The Falcons will take on three teams from the Buckeye State - Central State, Urbana, and Walsh - during the 2010 season. The combined 2009 record of all foes on the schedule is 45-58 (.437).