A Page -- Jan. 21, 2012

Winton, Coleman lead CSU win

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Behind 26 points from Shalonda Winton and a career-high 18 points from Cori Coleman, the Cleveland State women's basketball team earned a 68-58 victory at Milwaukee Thursday evening. The Vikings are now 8-9 on the season and 3-3 in the Horizon League, while the Panthers fall to 4-12 (0-6).

Winton, who tallied 20 or more points for the fourth straight contest, also posted a game-high 10 rebounds, marking her seventh double-double of the season. Honesty King and Janelle Adams each recorded seven points for the Vikings, while Imani Gordonadded six and Kiersten Green added four.

The Vikings came out firing during the first half, jumping out to an 8-0 lead following three-pointers from Coleman and King and a Winton layup. CSU was then able to extend its lead to 14-3, as they allowed just one Milwaukee field goal throughout the first 5:25 of the contest. 

Cleveland State held at least a six-point lead throughout the rest of the first half, as Winton scored 17 of her 26 points during the first 20 minutes of play. The Vikings and the Panthers traded baskets over the final six minutes of the half, with CSU holding a 12-point advantage (38-26) at halftime.

The Panthers opened the second half on a 7-2 run, closing the gap to seven points at 40-33 at the 15:35 mark. CSU responded with six straight points on a pair of Winton jumpers and two Adams free-throws to extend their lead to 13 (46-33) with 13:10 remaining.

Over the next six minutes CSU went on a 15-6 run, including eight points from Coleman to gain a 23-point advantage (62-39), their largest lead of the night.

Milwaukee forced CSU into five turnovers and four missed shots over the next 4:48 though, as the Panthers posted 15 straight points to come within eight at 62-54 with 1:24 left to play. After being held scoreless for a five-minute stretch, Green gave the Vikings a nine-point lead (63-54) with just over one minute left. CSU held the lead for the rest of the contest, coming away with the 68-58 victory.

Vikings seeking first two-game winning streak today at Green 


Game 18
Cleveland State (8-9, 3-3) at No. 12/11 Green Bay (16-0, 6-0)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST
Site: Kress Events Center - Green Bay, Wis.
Series: Green Bay leads, 49-5
Last Meeting: Green Bay 87, Cleveland State 63 (2/3/11)
Tickets: Available on Site

Cleveland State will conclude its annual trip to Wisconsin on Saturday (Jan. 21), when the Vikings take on No. 12/11 Green Bay. CSU will take on the Phoenix at 3:00 p.m. EST at the Kress Events Center. The Vikings enter the weekend following a 68-58 victory at Milwaukee, while Green Bay is on a 16-game win streak, including a perfect 6-0 record in league play. Saturday's contest will mark the first time that the Vikings will be facing a ranked opponent this season.

Saturday's contest will be the 55th meeting between the two teams, with the Phoenix holding a 49-5 overall series record. The past two Viking wins have come during the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament, during the 2007-08 and 2009-10 seasons, both at the Kress Events Center. 

Mark the first regular season victory over Green Bay since the 2001-02 season…Make the Vikings .500 on the year…Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 115th career victory, tying her for the most wins in program history.

Following a 26-point effort at Milwaukee Thursday (Jan. 19), Shalonda Winton has now tallied 20 or more points in the past four games. Winton has been CSU's leading scorer over the past six contests, and is averaging 15.8 points per game on the season.

Junior Shalonda Winton is closing in on 1,000 career points at Cleveland State, as she enters Saturday's contest with 884. This season Winton is averaging 15.8 points per game, while she averaged 12.5 points per game as a sophomore and 6.1 as a freshman.

Cori Coleman set a new career-high once again with 18 points at Milwaukee, going 7-for-9 from the floor, including 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Coleman has tallied double-digits in four contests this season, three of which came against league opponents.

CSU tallied 18 assists on 24 field goals against the Panthers, coming one shy of the season-high (19). Eight of the nine Vikings that played at Milwaukee recorded at least one assist, led by Kiersten Green who posted five.

Comeback Bid Comes Up Just Short for Storm Wrestlers in 24-15 Loss to Notre Dame
Samijlenko (Normandy), Zappitelli (Lake Catholic), Vargo (CVCA) and Gillihan pick up individual wins for Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  In what Northeast Ohio wrestling fans hopes develops into a great rivalry, the Lake Erie College wrestling team’s dual with two-time defending NAIA champions went down to the final match. But ultimately the Storm’s comeback bid came up short in a 24-15 setback to visiting Notre Dame College on Friday night (Jan. 20) at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

After dropping the first three matches, the Storm (6-6) mounted a comeback.  Redshirt freshman Mikey Samijlenko (Parma, Ohio/Normandy) took down Eddie Hupp in overtime for a 5-3 decision at 197 pounds for the first Lake Erie victory of the night and his tenth win of the season. 

The drama was heightened in the heavyweight bout when Storm freshman Bobby Zappitelli (Painesville Twp., Ohio/Lake Catholic), trailing 2-1, flipped Notre Dame’s (1-0) Dan Demick right before the horn in the third period for a 3-2 win.  It was the third straight dual meet win for the big freshman.

Classmate Austin Gillihan (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) won the Storm’s third straight match, this one in convincing fashion at 125 pounds, 8-2.  Notre Dame took decisions at 133 and 141-pounds to extend the lead to 18-9.

Sophomore Zak Vargo (Stow, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) pinned Louden Gordon 40 seconds into the second round to improve to 7-3 and close the gap to 18-15 heading into the final match.

The finale was a close match into the third when Ashtin Primus picked up a controversial pin of Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) at the 5:10 mark following a caution call. 

Tonight’s results were a marked improvement over last year’s inaugural meeting between the schools when Notre Dame cruised to a 46-3 victory at the Osborne Center.  The rivalry only figures to intensify when the Falcons join the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as an associate member.

The Storm closes out the home portion of their schedule next weekend when they host 13th-ranked University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m.

Lake Erie College 9, Notre Dame College 15
Friday Jan. 20, 2012 | Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center (Attendance: 162)

125: Austin Gillihan (LEC) dec. Matt Perez (NDC), 8-2
133: Paul Rose (NDC) dec. Ian Ross (LEC), 7-1
141: Austin Sanders (NDC) dec. Tom McVicker (LEC), 11-6
149: Zak Vargo (LEC) pinned Louden Gordon, 3:40
157: Ashtin Primus (NDC) pinned Tyler Tesny (LEC), 5:10
165: Jared King (NDC) dec. Matt Vandermeer (LEC), 7-5
174: Jon Bittnger (NDC) dec. Zev Green (LEC), 8-1
184: Charles Mason (NDC) pinned Jon Schafer (LEC), 4:51
197: Mikey Samijlenko (LEC) dec. Eddie Hupp (NDC), 5-3 (OT)
Hwt: Bobby Zappitelli (LEC) dec. Dan Demick, 3-2

Vikings move into three-way tie for first place

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State moved into a first place tie in the Horizon League with a 78-68 victory over Green Bay on Friday night in the Wolstein Center.

The Vikings used 19 points from Trey Harmon, including 4-of-6 shooting from three-point, and Anton Grady's first career double-double to improve to 16-4 overall and 6-2 in the Horizon League.

Combined with Milwaukee's loss at Youngstown State tonight, the Vikings moved into a tie for first place in the league with the Panthers and Valparaiso.

Green Bay fell to 7-11 overall and 3-5 in league play.

"There were some positive things that occurred out there today," head coach Gary Waters said. "I think we did a great job on the glass and we did a good job with 18 assists. But we turned the ball over way too much. They scored 27 points off turnovers and that can't happen.

"I told them at halftime that we weren't locking into them defensively and we were committing too many fouls. We need to stop fouling because that let's the other teams hang with us. We work hard on defense and then we commit petty fouls that are unnecessary."

D'Aundry Brown finished with nine points, five rebounds and a career-high seven assists, while Jeremy Montgomery scored 11 points. Tim Kamczyc finished with 12 points, hitting all four of his shots and four of five at the free throw line. 

Green Bay took a quick 6-2 lead, but a 17-7 run over an eight minute span gave the Vikings a 19-13 lead with 9:29 left in the half. Harmon and Brown had three-pointers and Luda Ndaye had a three-point play to cap the run.

CSU's lead swelled to 10 points (26-16) at the 6:44 mark before eight straight by the Phoenix pulled them within two points (26-24) with just under four minutes to play in the half.

But CSU answered with seven straight of their own to regain a nine point lead (33-24) before the Phoenix trimmed it to six (36-30) at the half.

The Vikings started quickly in the second half, using a 13-4 run over the first four minutes to assume a 15 point lead (49-34) on Kamczyc's layup with 16:29 to play. The lead swelled to as many as 18 points at the midway point of the second half and was still 16 points (70-54) with just over four minutes to play.

However a quick 14-4 spurt by Green Bay brought the Phoenix within six (74-68) with 52 seconds left, but the Vikings iced the game with two free throws each by Harmon and Montgomery down the stretch.

The Vikings finished 16-of-17 at the charity stripe, while the Phoenix struggled, going 16-of-30.

CSU dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Phoenix, 43-23. The 43 rebounds were a season-high, while the plus-20 rebound margin was the best this season.

CSU is back in action on Sunday (Jan. 22) when the Vikings host Milwaukee at 2:00 p.m.

B-W Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and 

Field Teams Finish First at Season-Opening 

Mid-January Meet

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams opened its 2012 season tonight (Friday, January 20, 2012) at the B-W Mid-January Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center. Both teams placed first with men scoring 212.5 points and the women scoring 176 total points.

Sophomore Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) led the Yellow Jackets as he placed first in three events, two in the field and one running. In the field, he placed first in the high jump with a mark off 6’2” and set a B-W school record in the pole vault with a height of 16’00”. In his lone running event the 55-meter hurdles, Eddy placed first with a time of 7.97 seconds.

In addition to Eddy, in the field event, junior All-American thrower Mitch Suppan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) placed first in the weight throw with a distance of 54’2.5”. Also in weight throw, junior Jake Buckey (Geneva) placed second throwing a distance of 46’4.75”. In the shot put, junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) placed first throwing a distance of 50’8.75”.

In the running events for the men, freshman Dannie Mack (Massillion/Washington) placed first in the 500-meter run in a time of 1:10.70. In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Shawn Cordes (Litchfield/Median Buckeye) finished first in a time of 23.43 seconds. Placing fourth and fifth were freshman Cody Smith (Brunswick) and Alex Evers (Middlefield/Berkshire) finishing in times of 8.46 and 8.70 seconds, respectively. In the 5,000 meter run, senior Zachary Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) placed second in a time 16:45.80. In the one-mile run senior Tom Wilkin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) placed third in a time of 4:37.28. Also in the one-mile run Geremy Dewitt (Crtystal River, Fla.) placed fifth in a time of 4:44.97.

For the women, sophomore Victoria Brown (Berlin Center/Western Reserve) placed first in the high jump as she leaped 5’0.25”. In the weight throw, junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) placed first with a mark of 54’00”. Placing second in the weight throw was senior Leslie Parnell (Springfield/Central Catholic) with a throw of 50’7.25”. Sophomore Brittany Gerhardstein (Mentor) placed second in the long jump with a distance of 16’0.5”. In the pole vault, junior Stephanie Shockley (Tiffin/Columbian) placed second as she posted a mark of 10’00”.

In the running events for the women, in the 1,000-meter run, junior Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/South) placed first in a time of 3:16.31. Hoogeveen also finished second in the one-mile run with a time of 5:30.92. In the 55-meter hurdles, placing first was junior Courtney Kiner (Sunbury/Ashland) as she crossed the finish line in a time of 9.31 seconds. Sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) placed first in the 200-meter dash in a time of 2:26.25. Placing fifth in the one-mile run was sophomore Lauren Hutka (North Ridgeville/Midview) as she crossed the finish line in a time of 5:45.39. In 400-meter dash, sophomore Nicole Smith (Geneva) placed second in a time of 1:03.07.

The B-W track and field teams will be back in action on Friday, January 27 when the teams will host the Ohio Athletic Conference North Split Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track at 5:00 p.m.

Spartan Women Rally, but Come Up Just Shy in Upset Bid of No. 5 Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Junior point guard Erica Iafelice<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iafelice%20erica%20psuy> (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) turned in an all-around performance with 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals, but the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team saw a late rally fall short in a 73-61 loss to No. 5 nationally-ranked University of Rochester in its third-straight game versus a top-10 opponent on Friday evening at the Palestra. The Spartans trailed by as many as 24 in the contest but got as close as three late in the game.

The Spartans (8-7, 1-3 University Athletic Association) continue a four-game conference road swing on Sunday, January 22 at Emory University at 2:00 p.m. in Atlanta, Georgia. Rochester (15-0, 4-0 UAA) stays unbeaten and tied for first in the conference.

In addition to Iafelice, senior forward Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%20927u> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) scored a team-high 17 points, while junior guard Evy Iacono<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iacono%20evy%20lmlk> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) contributed 12.

The Spartans opened fast with the first four points via buckets from Iacono and senior forward Chelsea Peck<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/peck%20chelsea%20dkys> (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic), but Rochester came back with a 7-2 run and grabbed the lead at the 17:01 mark following a jumper from Jackie Walker.

The Yellowjackets then extended their run to 22-2 as Case was held scoreless for 6:47 until Iacono hit two free throws to bring the score to 22-8 with 11:56 left in the first half. The Rochester lead hit a high of 24 when Laney Ming hit a jumper to make the score 37-13 at 7:27, but the Spartans were able to end the half on a 16-6 run and trimmed their deficit to 14, at 43-29, as freshman Rachel Beaty<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/beaty%20rachel%20djbh> (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) hit a triple as time expired.

In the second half, the Spartans hung with the Yellowjackets and used an 8-0 run to get within three, at 59-56, as Hollinger grabbed an offensive board and followed with a layup with 5:10 remaining in the game.  But, Rochester was able to weather the storm and finished the game on a 14-5 run to secure its 15th win of the season.

The Yellowjackets had three in double-figures for the game, including Danielle McNabb with a game-high 18 points.

Mount Union picked to win OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's indoor track and field team was picked to win the Ohio Athletic Conference title in the OAC Coaches Poll released today.

The Purple Raiders picked up six first place votes and 78 total points while defending conference champion Baldwin-Wallace is in second with four first place votes and 70 points.

Sophomores Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) and Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) are two returning members of the conference champion 4x200 meter relay team.

Senior Kelsey Shonk (Columbus/Bishop Hartley) who placed second in the shot put and sophomore Julianne Liberati (Pittsburgh, Pa./Trinity Christian) who was third in the triple jump are the other two all-conference returners.

The Raider women's team has won the last two OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and contributors from those teams in junior sprinter Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul), senior thrower  Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) and sophomore middle distance runner Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) are among those looking to make an impact indoors.

Mount Union competes Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Lake Erie Open at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The 2012 OAC Indoor Track & Field Championship meet is Feb. 24-25 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

2012 OAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Coaches Poll

1. Mount Union (6) - 78

2. Baldwin-Wallace (4) - 70

3. Marietta - 62

4. Otterbein - 53

5. Ohio Northern - 50

6. John Carroll - 36

7. Heidelberg - 34

8. Capital - 27

9. Wilmington - 18

10. Muskingum - 13