A Page -- Jan. 22, 2010

Strongsville' s Allen Schneider
(All photos courtesy of Ohio State Club Hockey Team)

Concord's Okicki, Iggy's Greve, 

River's Plagens, Willoughby's 

Fetsko, Mentor's Burgoch, 

Strongsville's Schneider, River's 

Foy clubbing pucks for 18-8 

Ohio State

Jan. 22, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




COLUMBUS – Ohio State University’s Division II club hockey team has posted an 18-8 record with the help of a half dozen local contributors including St. Ignatius alumnus Chris Greve, former St. Ed and Rocky River forward Johnny Plagens, Concord Township resident Tim Okicki, Rocky River native and St. Ed alum Taylor Foy, Strongsville’s Allen Schneider, Willoughby resident Bill Fetsko, and Mentor’s Shane Burgoch.


Okicki has already scored more points (26) than he did all of last season (25) for the Buckeyes. He also has three more assists (20) than he had last year. He had a playmaker in an 8-2 win over Cincinnati.


Plagens has three assists and three goals, including one on the power play for the Buckeyes.



Schneider has been in goal 16 times this year, posting an 11-4 record while posting a 2.22 goals against average and 0.92 saves percentage. In facing 445 shots, he’ given up 35 goals and has four shutouts. He also has an assist.


Greve has scored nine goals, including two on the power play, and has seven assists. He had an assist and a goal in an 8-5 win over Cincinnati. Greve scored a goal in a 7-4 win over Minnesota.


Fetsko is tied for fourth on the team in goals scored with 14 and also has nine assists. He had 22 points last year and 39 two years ago so he is more on his 2007-08 scoring path this season. A forward, Fetsko is second on the team in penalty minutes with 30. He had two goals and an assist in an 8-0 win over Wright State.

Burgoch, a defenseman, has four points in 20 games.

Nikki Rose named first Lake Erie 

College swimming coach

Former Wheeling Jesuit assistant 

picked to build start-up program


Jan. 22, 2010

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Nicole M. Rose, an all-conference performer as a student-athlete at Wheeling Jesuit University , has been named the first swimming and diving coach in Lake Erie College history.  Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann formally announced Rose today.


“We are excited to name Nikki Rose as our swimming and diving coach. With her experience, she will be able to mold the program into a respected one,” Zimmermann said. “She was a very important part of rebuilding the program at Wheeling Jesuit and many of the student-athletes she recruited there continue to perform well and have great success. We are confident that she'll lay a strong foundation for our program as well.” 

Image of assistant coach Nikki Rose.

 Nikki Rose

The Storm men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, as well as men’s wrestling, will begin varsity competition during the 2010-11 school year, joining the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) at that time. 


“I’m thrilled to begin a tradition of excellence in swimming and diving at Lake Erie College , and I am grateful to Griz Zimmermann and President Victor for this opportunity,” Rose said.  “I aspire to build and sustain a program that honors and supports the history and success of the College and becomes an integral part of a growing athletic department.”


Most recently, Rose was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at her alma mater.  During her tenure, the team underwent a rebuilding process that turned a squad of just two returners into 40 swimmers.  The 2009 teams posted their top dual-meet records in four seasons.


“We will attract student-athletes that excel in the classroom and are enthusiastic about competing at the Division II level,” she said.  “High school swimming in Northeast Ohio is fantastic and I look forward to meeting coaches and student-athletes, both locally and throughout the state, and introduce them to Lake Erie swimming and diving.”


Among her administrative duties, she was responsible for practice and meet administration, fundraising, team travel arrangements and worked specifically with the distance, breaststroke and individual medley swimmers. 


Prior to returning to Wheeling Jesuit, Rose coached at the high school level, including one season as the head coach at Staunton River High School where she guided the teams to their highest district finishes and broke 10 school records.  She also served as an assistant coach at Steubenville High School for three seasons.


Rose swam for Wheeling Jesuit from 1999-2004, serving as a team captain her senior year and was an All-Bluegrass Mountain/West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection.  She has worked numerous swim camps and clinics as a counselor and instructor, including camps at the University of Texas , California University ( Pa. ) and Hartwick College .     


Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Wheeling Jesuit in 2004.  She recently completed work on her master’s degree, also from Wheeling Jesuit, in business administration.

Six MAC men's games slated

for tomorrow

Jan. 22, 2010

By Jeremy Guy

MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Saturday, January 23

Akron (13-5, 3-1 MAC) at Kent State (11-7, 2-2 MAC)

Noon • ESPNU • Kent State leads series 66-61

• Coming off the most impressive offensive performance of the season, Kent State  turns its attention to local rival Akron in a national televised ESPNU contest on Saturday. The Golden Flashes stayed in the Mid-American Conference title hunt and ended a two-game losing skid in emphatic fashion with an 89-54 win over Buffalo on Wednesday night.  KSU had six players score in double figures and produced season highs for points (89) andfield goal percentage (57.4 percent), which included an eye-popping 74.1 percent (20-27) effort in the second half....With a 3-1 league record, Akron is tied with Buffalo for first place in the MAC East Division.   Chris McKnight had 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Zips posted a 69-49 win over Miami on Wednesday.  Akron is averaging 70.2 ppg, but has just one scorer in double figures.  With 10.4 ppg, Brett McKnight leads a group of seven players averaging over seven points an outing.  



Ball State (8-8, 2-2 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (9-8, 1-3 MAC)

2 p.m.• Ball State leads series 55-34

• The Cardinals wrap up the first set of games against the Mid-American Conference West Division Saturday as they travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., for a matinee contest against Eastern Michigan. The Cardinals have won back-to-back games with victories over Toledo and Western Michigan ... BSU is averaging 58.5 points per game this season and is holding opponents to 60.0 points per game. The Cardinals are out-rebounding opponents by a 34.1-31.5 margin this season... Eastern Michigan enters Saturday’s game with a 9-8 overall record and a 1-3 mark in Mid-American Conference play. The Eagles have dropped two straight and are 0-3 this season on the road in the MAC. Forward Brandon Bowdry leads the team in scoring at 17.8 points per game and leads the MAC in rebounding at 10.4 boards per game .


Buffalo (10-5, 3-1 MAC) at Ohio (9-9, 0-4 MAC)

2 p.m. • FS Ohio • Ohio leads series 20-6

• Buffalo is coming off an 89-54 loss at Kent State on Wednesday night. Max Boudreau led the Bulls with a 15 points. The Bulls have been outrebounded in each of the last two games marking only the second time is a span of 66 games that the Bulls were outrebounded in consecutive games. John Boyer is settling in nicely as the Bulls’ starting point guard this season. Boyer leads the MAC in assists per game (5.4) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0). Boyer had 43 assists to only seven turnovers over the last eight games...Ohio is coming off a 65-57 loss at Bowling Green on Wednesday night. The Bobcats are led by Armon Bassett who is averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.


Toledo (3-15, 0-4 MAC) at Western Michigan (10-7, 2-2 MAC)

2 p.m.• All-MACcess • Toledo leads 76-51

 Toledo looks to rebound from Wednesday’s hard-fought 58-54 defeat to MAC West Division leader Northern Illinois when it visits Western Michigan Jake Barnett is UT’s top scorer and the MAC’s top-scoring newcomer as well with 14.3 ppg. Griffin has become the Rockets’ second scoring option behind Barnett, averaging 11.3 ppg in conference play...The Broncos will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s 75-68 setback at Ball State... Senior G David Kool is leading the conference in scoring with 20.1 points per game, with senior G Martelle McLemore (11.8 ppg) and sophomore F Flenard Whitfield (10.1 ppg) also scoring in double figures.


Bowling Green (9-7, 2-2 MAC) at Miami (5-12, 2-2 MAC)

3 p.m. • Miami leads series 74-47

• Bowling Green is right back in the race for the MAC East Division following a two-game winning streak. The Falcons’ 65-57 win over Ohio, paired with a Buffalo loss, puts Bowling Green just one game out of first in the division. Miami, also 2-2 in the MAC, is in a similar position but the RedHawks are coming off of a loss to Akron. Sophomore Scott Thomas has turned up his productivity in the past three games, scoring at least 16 points in each contest. He is averaging 21.3 points and 7.3 rebounds during the stretch... The RedHawks are 11th in the MAC in turnover margin (-2.6 per game) and last in both rebounding margin (-1.4 per game) and offensive rebounding (9.12 per contest). With limited possessions, Kenny Hayes is a legitimate scoring threat, ranking seventh in the league at 14.2 points per game.


Northern Illinois (8-8, 4-0 MAC) at  Central Michigan (8-8, 3-1 MAC)

6:30 p.m. • All-MACcess • Northern Illinois leads series 47-41

Northern Illinois will look to sweep the first-round of Mid-American Conference West Division play Saturday, when the Huskies travel to Mt. Pleasant, Mich., to take on host Central Michigan. NIU is coming off Wednesday’s 58-54 win over Toledo. Xavier Silas poured in a game-high 19 points, including three-consecutive three-pointers with under eight minutes remaining, and the Huskies held the Rockets to just a 33.3 percent shooting effort in the second half... Central Michigan has won four-of its last five overall, including Wednesday’s 71-63 win over rival Eastern Michigan at Rose Arena. The Chippewas are led offensively by senior guard Robbie Harman, who is averaging 14.4 points per game on a near 43 percent (.427) effort from the field.

Avon Lake resident Reid 

Anderson registers 13th 

double-figure game, but Case 

Reserve falls a few points 

short of fourth-ranked Wash U

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND, OH (January 22, 2010) - Case Western Reserve University junior guard Reid Anderson's (Avon Lake, OH-pictured) 13thdouble figure performance of the season wasn't enough to stop No. 4-ranked and two-time defending National Champion Washington University tonight in Cleveland as the Bears (13-2, 3-1) defeated the Spartans (9-6, 1-3) 66-61 in University Athletic Association(UAA) action.  Anderson led Case Western Reserve with a team-high 16 points.

St. Edward alum Reid Anderson  

Also in double figures for the Spartans were senior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA) with 15 points and senior guard Bryan Erce (Berwyn, IL) with 10.

Eric Duerr

The Spartans host the University of Chicago Sunday at Horsburgh Gymnasium in the Veale Center at 12:00 p.m.  Case Western Reserve defeated the Maroons in both meetings a year ago.

There were four lead changes in the first half as Case Western Reserve out rebounded Washington 22-20, but turned the ball over eight times and trailed 34-26 at the intermission.  After a 9-9 tie at 14:03, the Spartans went on 11-2 run and took a nine-point lead, 20-11, on a Erce layup at 10:22.  Less than five minutes later (5:27), the Bears finished off their own 11-2 run with a junior forward Spencer Gay that tied things 22-22.  Washington continued their run, outscoring Case Western Reserve 12-4 in the remainder of the half.

The Bears' lead extended to a game-high 12 points at 42-30 on a layup by senior forward Cameron Smith with 16:32 to play  Case Western Reserve proceeded on a 14-3 run to get within one at 45-44 at the 9:31 mark with a layup by junior forward Alex Hilderbrandt (Akron, OH).  The Bears would lead by no more than six the rest of the way, but the Spartans could not take the advantage.  Case Western Reserve closed back within two at 63-61 on an Anderson layup with 15 seconds to play, but three free throws by Gay sealed the victory for Washington.

Yeoswimmers Sweep Blue Streaks
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Final Results

University Heights, Ohio –
 The Oberlin College men’s swimming and diving team avenged an early season loss to John Carroll and the Yeowomen knocked off the Blue Streaks for the second time this season on Friday night. 

The Yeomen won their second dual meet of the season by the score of 124-108, while the Yeowomen were victorious by a count of 141-96. 

“This was a great meet all the way around,” Head Coach Mark Fino said. “After a tough week of practice the team responded really well and I am proud of their efforts.”

Sophomore Nick Lashway was a part of three wins on the night as he claimed the top spot in the 200-yard IM (2:01.92) and 200-yard back (2:02.56). The Leeds, Massachusetts, native also swam of the leadoff leg of the winning 200-yard medley relay team (1:40.81). 

Junior Jon Vimr joined Lashway with a pair of individual wins as he won the 200-yard free with a timestamp of 1:50.23. He also tapped in first in the 500-yard free – stopping the clock at 5:08.55.

Senior Dan Holm also had a fine meet as he touched the wall first in the 200-yard breast with a mark of 2:20.30 and also placed second in the 200-yard IM at 2:06.66.

Sophomore Chris Canning added a win in the 50-yard free (22.26) and rookieJames Foust added to his impressive season with a victory in the 100-yard free (49.38). 

On the women’s side, Grace Aheron was a double winner with victories coming in the 200-yard free (1.59.82) and 200-yard back (2:12.33). 

Junior Sara Kadi also registered a pair of wins in the 200-yard IM (2:15.44) and 200-yard fly (2:17.48). 

Senior Shannon Gallagher was victorious in the 50-yard free as she went down and back in 26.29. 

Junior Christine Martin won both diving events – taking the 3-meter with 2:03.85 points and the 1-meter with 178.65. 

Oberlin will have little time to celebrate the win as it host Ohio Wesleyan University and Notre Dame College tomorrow at 11 a.m.




Massillon Perry's Courtney 

Ingersoll serving 14-4 Toledo 

well as sixth man

Jan. 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 When the Mid American Conference basketball tournament comes to downtown Cleveland in fewer than six weeks, Toledo should be one of the challengers to win the women’s title and one can be sure several will make the trip up from Massillon if the Rockets remain a major contender.


Rocket’s sixth man Courtney Ingersoll is from Perry Township and has been one of the key players in the Rockets success this season that has led to a 7-1 record in the MAC.


Ingersoll has played in all the games for the 14-4 Rockets, starting four of them and averaging 25 minutes per game. The former Panther is second on the team in three point shooting, connecting on 24 of them. She is shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc, just under 50 percent on all field goal attempts and 80 percent at the line.


The versatile Ingersoll is third on the team in assists, second in steals, and fourth in rebounds.

Courtney Ingersoll had 11 points, six rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes off the bench vs. Northwestern on Friday.

She had 11 points, six rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes off the bench against Northwestern.

Against Cleveland State, the Rockets trailed, 33-32, but Ingersoll hit a three to start a 22-6 run and one to end it and blow open the game for Toledo.


Toledo sophomore Courtney Ingersoll

A pair of steals and an assist by Ingersoll also helped the Rockets go on a run and blow open the game against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne. 

Regina's Riley McCormick

Regina alumna Riley McCormick has seen limited playing time for the Rockets, getting in nine games. McCormick is one of four freshmen on the team. None of the four are averaging more than 10 minutes per game..

More important, Riley received State Board of Education Award of Merit, Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Scholar-Athlete Award, Team's Sportsmanship Award and Student Council Leadership Award. She received academic honors all four years as a student/athlete at Regina.

Chardon's Erin Hollinger 

scores game-high 22, but Case 

Reserve falls just shy of 

third-ranked Washington

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND, OH (January 22, 2010) - The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team gave No. 3-ranked Washington University all it could handle tonight, but could not hand them their first University Athletic Association (UAA) loss as the Bears (14-1, 4-0) topped the Spartans 65-57 in Cleveland

Sophomore forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH-pictured) had a game-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds.  Hollinger has scored in double figures in 13-of-15 games this season and 28-of-40 in her young career.  She fell just shy of her single game career-high of 24 points, which she did twice this year.

Erin Hollinger

Also in double figures for Case Western Reserve was senior guard Ashleigh Tondo (McDonald, OH) with 12 points and freshman guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH) with 10.

Photo: Women's Basketball

Ashleigh Tondo

The Spartans (11-4, 2-2 UAA) host the University of Chicago in Horsburgh Gymnasium on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Chicago is currently ranked No. 24 in the nation by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Washington jumped out to a early 5-0 lead via a three-point play by sophomore guard Bethany Morrison and after a 13-13 tie at 12:45, the Bears went on an 11-2 run to go up by nine, 24-15, on a senior guard Zoe Unruh jumper at 6:21.  Case Western Reserve proceeded to put a run of its own together as a Hollinger layup with 1:19 left in the half tied things 30-30 and completed a 15-6 run.  Hollinger finished the half with 14 points as the Spartans trailed 31-30.

Case Western Reserve came out of the half firing and scored the first five points via a three-pointer by junior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA) and a pair of free throws by Iacono to take its largest lead of the night, 35-31, with 18:13 to play. Washington responded with a 9-0 run capped by a junior forward Kathryn Berger layup to take a 40-35 advantage at 13:45. The Bears would never relinquish the lead and extended it to a game-high 14 points when a jumper by senior forward Janice Evans made the score 53-39 at 7:17. The Spartans cut that lead in half as a pair of free throws by Tondo made the score 61-54 with 1:56 to play, but it was as close as the Blue and White would get. 

Caitlin Henry

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's and women's swimming and diving teams were swept at Hiram College this evening (Friday, January 22, 2010) at Alumni Memorial Natatorium in Hiram. The Yellow Jacket men lost 159 to 130 and the women fell 145 to 96.

The B-W men fall to 3-8 overall and the women 0-11 overall heading into tomorrow's dual meet versus Ohio Athletic Conference rival Ohio Northern University at 1:00 p.m. at the B-W Natatorium in Berea.

Nic Null

For the men, sophomore Nic Null (Shelby/ Mansfield St. Peter's) placed first in the 50-meter breaststroke at 33.75 seconds. Junior four-time All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) won the one-meter event with 299.70 points and freshman Tony Tijerina (Napoleon) placed first in the three-meter dive at 154.45 points.

Gabby Parker

The 200 free relay team of senior Jordan Irwin (Westerville/ Westerville South), Null, junior Matt Diamond (Ashtabula/ Lakeside) and junior Ryan Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) touched the wall first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:44.94.

For the women, freshman Gabby Parker (Girard, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy) placed first in the 50 freestyle at 30.54. Freshman diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville Broadview Hts.) won the one-meter event with 225 points and the three-meter event with 215 points. Freshman Hillary Stahl (Granville) also won the 100 breaststroke at 1:33.11.

Hillary Stahl

Following tomorrow's meet versus ONU, the Jackets are idle until Friday, January 29 when they host Allegheny (Pa.) College on Seniors' Night at 6:00 p.m. in Berea.

Lancers top Walsh in non-

league game at GA

Jan. 22. 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Gilmour’s hockey team carried the momentum it gained earlier in the week at the Bethel Park Tournament into home ice tonight and blanked Walsh Jesuit, 5-0. The Warriors have also been riding high after winning their own tournament in Kent Monday


The Lancers have now won 19 games and can break the 20 victory mark tomorrow against Meadville, a Keystone state power that is a bit down this season.


Spencer Antunez scored two goals while Zach Buehner, Matt Lindley and Jordan Robinson each scored one. Graham Boduszek had 24 saves in goal.