A Page -- Jan. 24, 2010

Lutheran West Grad Scott 

Voiers carries on the 

basketball bloodlines at 


Jan. 24, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --   Former Lutheran West High graduate and standout Scott Voiers embodies the old addage of it's not the dog in the fight, it's the fight in the dog. And the Baldwin-Wallace College sophomore is proving he has plenty of fight.

Recently at practice, Voiers was injured when he fell on his tailbone. It caused him to miss a pair of games. It also caused him to think too.

"It really made me think how lucky I am to play the game of basketball at the high school level and now collegiately," said Voiers, who is scoring 6.0 points and grabbing 1.7 rebounds a game for the 10-7 overall Yellow Jackets who play at OAC and cross-town rival John Carroll University on Wednesday and then host Marietta College on Saturday, January 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the Ursprung Gymnasium.  "You really miss it when you can't play it."

So, as soon as the doctor's cleared Voiers to play, he was back out on the court running, jumping, hustling and diving and making key shots for 10 points in six minutes of action against Ohio Northern University on January 13. But even in those six minutes, you could see the grimmace on his face when he dove for a loose ball and when he saved another with a leap and pass that took him out-of-bounds.

"Scott plays very hard," said second-year B-W Head Coach Duane Sheldon, who prepped at Strongsville, played collegiately at B-W, coach at the high school level at Midpark and also collegiately at OAC-rival Heidelberg University.  And Sheldon would know. When he played at B-W, he was know for his hustle, defense and intensity.

"Scott is strong and quick and a good athlete," said Sheldon. "He definitely has the scorer mentality, and he's a good rebounder too.

"Scotty comes from a basketball family," continued Sheldon. "He knows how to play the game. He knows how important it is to hustle and make the big plays. Our key now is to get him to play at a high level every night.  The first few weeks were a struggle, but we're pleased with his progress and know consistency is the key."

When Voiers left Lutheran West for college, he thought he'd have the opportunity to make an impact at The College of Wooster. But after one season at Wooster, he yearned for home in Cleveland and a place closer to home to play.  So, now it's happening at local B-W, and no one is happier about it than Voiers.

"I have no ill feelings about Wooster and nor do I regret the decision to originally go there," said Voiers, a 6'3" shooting guard who also has 15 assists, 10 three-pointers and five steals in 13.2 minutes per contest.  "It just didn't work out.

"I really like it here at B-W," continued Voiers.  "It was a good move for me. I like the people and teammates who I have met and everyone gets along well, the pre-med program is challenging and there is just a lot more to do in Berea and Greater Cleveland. Plus, it's much closer for my parents and friends to come watch me play.

"In addition, Coach Sheldon likes to run an up-tempo style and I certainly like that style of play too," said Voiers. "I am hoping to just keep working hard, hustle and try to help the team every time I step on the floor."

"We rececruited him hard out of high school," said Sheldon, who also knew Voiers grandfather, the legendary Rich Voiers of Bay High School, one of the winningest coaches in the history of Cleveland area scholastic basketball. "A friend of his grandfather called me and said Scott was going to get a self release from Wooster and would I like to talk with him. I said sure. As soon as he gets the release, have Scott call me."  The rest is "water under the bridge" according to Voiers.
Ohio Coaches Hall of Famer Rich Voiers

"The past few weeks, I am getting the feel for what the coaches would like me to accomplish when I'm on the court," said Voiers.  "I can better understand the pace of the game.  "I'm starting to get it."

While at Lutheran West, shooting definitely was Voiers fortay.  The two-time All-Ohio selection, who was twice All-District and the Patriot Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player as a senior, averaged 25.2 ppg. as a senior with a career-high of 39 points against Oberlin H.S. As a junior, he averaged 18 ppg. and scored 34 in a regional semifinal game. In the classroom, he also was an Honor and Merit Roll student.

"This is a good fit for Scott," said Sheldon. "He a good kid who has the talent and ability to be a really good student andbasketball player. We are glad t have him at B-W."

Also of note, the long-time assistant to Voiers's grandfather at Bay was Dick Scott, a member of the B-W Athletic Hall of Fame and who just retired a few years ago as an educator at Bay High.

B-W also is home next Wednesday, February 3 to play Heidelberg University at 7:30 p.m.

Tow Important Dates for area resdents. On Saturday, February 13, B-W will host its Annual Al Sirat Grotto Day game when it hosts Muskingum University at 3:00 p.m. Partial gate proceeds will go to benefit children with cerebral palsy.

Bay boys edge Elyria Catholic, 

Panther girls are winners 

behind Caroline Hamp's four 


Jan. 24, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


In a tight battle, Bay’s boys’ swimming team just edged out Elyria Catholic last night, 91-84, while Panther girls were winners over the Rockets, 107-76. The Panthers’ boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay team won the last race, but it fell just short of overcoming the Rocket lead.

Adam Figliuzzi clinched it for the Rockets by winning the last individual race, the 100 breaststroke. Other winners for the Rockets were John Grady in the 500 free, Duncan MacMillan in the 100 and 200 frees, Tom Bricmont in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and Rhett LaRiccia in the one-meter diving.

While Bay dominated the individual events, EC swept the relays. Luke Fenik, Matt Pierce, Mike Haupt, Ben Sleva and Ian Poper were each on two winning relay teams for the Panthers. Two guys named Dan, Metelsky and Newman, were on the winning 200 free team with Sleva and Poper.

Haupt also won the 50 free and Fenik the 100 backstroke.

EC’s girls were led by Caroline Hamp, who anchored the winning 400 free relay team, swam the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay team, and won the fly and back.

Other individual winners for the Panthers were Jenna O’Dell in the 200 IM, Rachel Buckley in the 50 free, and Sarah Peters in the 500 free. Taylor Sustersic was on both winning relay teams with Hamp. Kelly O’Dell and Brooke Bartlebaugh joined the on the 200 medley team, while Jennifer Buckely and Shelby Snow were on the 400 team with them.

Bay won the 200 free relay with Rachel Ritzenthaler, Lauren Ritzenthaler, Jennifer Norehead and Audrey McDonald. McDonald also won the 100 breast and 200 free, Norehead the 100 free and Nikki craft the diving. 

Case Reserve women fall to 


By Creg Janzt

CLEVELAND, OH (January 24, 2010) - The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team played to a draw for 37 minutes, but could not get over the hump in the final three as they lost today, 72-67, to the No. 24-ranked University of Chicago at Horsburgh Gymnasium, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest.

The Spartans are now 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the UAA and are in action next when they travel to Boston to take on UAA foe Brandeis University, Friday at 8:00 p.m. 

For the first time this season, Case Western Reserve had two players crack the 20-point mark.  Sophomore forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH) connected for a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds, after scoring 22 against Washington (Mo.) University on Friday, and junior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA-pictured) added 20 points, going 4-of-5 on three-pointers. 


Evy Ianoco

The game was tied five times in the first nine minutes, as a jumper by freshman Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH) knotted the score at 15-15 at 11:20.  The Maroons then proceeded on an 8-0 run in the next 1:29 but the Spartans clawed back to take the lead at 29-28 at 2:58 on a Henry three-pointer.  Chicago closed the half on a 7-1 run to take a 35-30 advantage to the break.

The Maroons picked up where they left off, as a 10-1 spurt to start the half gave Chicago a 45-32 advantage at 17:16 when sophomore guard Bryanne Halfhill made a three-pointer.  After the teams traded foul shots, the Spartans answered with 11 straight points to get within two at 46-44 on a layup by senior forward Kristyn Atkins (Naperville, IL) with 12:44 to play and Case Western Reserve eventually took the lead at 49-48 on a Henry three-pointer at 9:40.  Neither team led by more than two in the next seven minutes and an Iacono layup knotted the score for the twelfth time on the afternoon at 59-59 with 2:50 to play.  Chicago pulled away with seven straight points and the Spartans could get no closer than four in the final minute. 

Case men nipped by Blues 

City men; St. V alumnus Alex 

Hildebrandt scores caeer-high 

16 points

By Creg Jantz 

CLEVELAND, OH (January 24, 2010) - Case Western Reserve University junior forward Alex Hildebrandt (Akron, OH-pictured) scored a career- and team-high 16 points this afternoon in Horsburgh Gymnasium, but the Spartan men lost to the University of Chicago, 72-69, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest.

St. Vincent St. Mary grad Alex Hildebrandt

Hildebrandt recorded a double-double as he also had a team-high 10 rebounds.  Case Western Reserve had five players in double figures as junior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH) and senior guard Bryan Erce (Berwyn, IL) each scored 15 points while junior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA) and freshman guard Robert Scott (Paoli, PA) added 10 points each.

Robert Scott 

Sophomore guard Matt Johnson gave Chicago a six-point cushion, 14-8, at 13:18, but a 8-2 run finished off by a Hildebrandt layup at 8:58 brought Case Western Reserve back within one, 17-16, at 8:58.  The Maroons took their biggest lead of the half, 25-18 (seven points), at 6:05, but Anderson ended the half with a three-pointer that tied the game at 30-30. 

Sophomore guard Chase Davis' layup finished off a 12-4 run to open the half that put Chicago back up eight, 42-34, at 15:28.  The Maroons shot 53.6 percent from the field in the last 20 minutes and forced the Spartans to turn the ball over seven times.  The closest Case Western Reserve got was three points in the end of the game

Olmsted Falls graduate Pat 

Pellerite is named Men's 

Basketball Player of the Week 

in the North Coast

Jan. 24, 2010

By Sue Penicka

WESTLAKE -- Olmsted Falls alumnus Pat Pellerite, a forward on Ohio Wesleyan, was named the North Coast Athletic Conference player of the week, the league annuonced today here.

NCAC Men's Basketball
Player of the Week
 - Pat Pellerite, Ohio Wesleyan
Games Played: 2
Points: 33 (16.5 per game)
Rebounds: 23 (11.0 per game)
Assists: 4 (2.0 per game)
Steals: 1
Blocks: 2

Sophomore post Pat Pellerite (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) had double-double in both of Ohio Wesleyan¹s conference victories last week. In an 80-63 decision over Dension, Pellerite posted 14 points and 10 rebounds.
[ Pat Pellerite ]
OWU's Pellerite

He then added a team-high 19 points with 12 rebounds in a 70-62 decision over Earlham.


Twinsburg alumna Katie Pierdomenico, Iggy alumnus Zach Turk each win three events in college waters

Jan. 24, 2010

By Sue Penicka

North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming Recap:

WESTLAKE -- In three dual meets last week, HIRAM went 1-2 in both men’s and women’s competition. Senior Katie Pierdomenico (Stow, OH/Twinsburg) won three events during the week. She took the 50 free in 29.99 in a 140-87 loss to Wooster, then won the 200 free (2:20.27) and 100 free (1:04.53) in a 145-96 victory over Baldwin-Wallace.

Iggy alum, Strongsville native Zach Turk

KENYON’S men were paced by sophomore Zachary Turk (Strongsville, OH/St. Ignatius) in a 164-114 loss to Oakland. He won the 50 free (21.13) and 100 free (47.22) and was part of the first-place 200-free and 200-medley relays.

Oberlin Swimming Completes Perfect Weekend
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – One day after beating John Carroll University in a dual meet, both Oberlin College swimming and diving teams were winners again on Saturday as the Yeomen and Yeowomen each beat Notre Dame College and Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon at Robert Carr Pool. 

Using invitational style scoring, the Yeowomen registered 685 points while the Falcons checked in second with 444 points and the Bishops in third with 341 points. The Yeomen recorded 519.5 points with Ohio Wesleyan coming in second with 489 points. NDC tallied 291.5 points in the meet.
NCAC Sportsmanship

“This was a great way to end our regular season and prepare us for the conference meet,” Head Coach Mark Fino said. “Both teams really performed well and responded nicely with having a meet yesterday.”

On day when she and the other three seniors were honored before the meet,Laura Fries was a part of three wins - taking the 100-yard back in 1:01.69 and 200-yard back in 2:12.35. She also swam the leadoff leg of the winning 200-yard medley relay team (1:55.64). 

Sophomore Grace Aheron once again recorded multiple wins as she touched in first in both the 200-yard fly (2:12.11) and 400-yard IM (4:45.19). 

Junior Sara Kadi joined both Fries and Aheron on the 200-yard medley relay. She also added wins in the 100-yard free (55.61) and 100-yard fly (1:01.24).

Shannon Gallagher the other senior female swimmer won the 50-yard free in 26.18 and swam the anchor leg of the victorious 200-yard medley relay. 

The Yeowomen also got wins from Kelsey Sherman (1000-yard free/11:28.90);Lily Wennberg (200-yard free/2:06.61); Jane McIntyre (200-yard breast/2:37.68); and Kate Melanson (500-yard free/5:28.63).

On the guy’s side, sophomore sensation Nick Lashway was a part of five total wins on the day as he was a member of both 800-yard free relay (7:31.57) and 200-yard medley (1:39.75) teams. The Leeds, Massachusetts, native also bested the field in the 200-yard free (1:50.25), 200-yard back (2:03.20) and 400-yard IM (4:21.64). 

Second-year swimmer Dimitri Macris added a win in the 1000-yard free as he completed the course in 10:58.97. 

Junior Corey Spiro was victorious in the 100-yard fly with a mark of 55.89 and freshman James Foust won the 100-yard free in 50.18. 

Male senior swimmers Dan Holm and Jacob Wishart were also recognized before the meet. 

Oberlin will now prepare itself for the NCAC Championship Meet, which runs from February 11 through the 13th at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio.

Baldwin-Wallace Men's and 

Women's Indoor Track and 

Field Teams Open Season 

with Mid-January Meet

Jan. 24, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams opened their 2010 seasons today (Saturday, January 23) at the B-W Mid-January Meet on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center.  The meet was not scored. Overall, B-W earned a total of five first-place finishes.

Highlighting the meet for the men was All-Ohio Athletic Conference junior thrower Kevin Phipps (Reynoldsburg/Watkins Memorial) who won the weight throw with an NCAA-provisional qualifying mark of 57 feet, five and one half inches. Phipps’ toss also broke his own school record of 56’6.50”, which he set last year. Also in the throws for B-W, senior All-OAC performer Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) won the shot put with a mark of 51’0.00”. Patrick’s 51’0.00” throw was also an NCAA provisional mark.

Three women won an individual event. Junior All-OAC runner Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) won the one mile run with a time of 5:20.10. In addition, senior Erin Norton (Lakewood/Senior) won the weight throw with a toss of 47’8.50” and junior Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) won the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.99.
Lakewood's Erin Norton

The B-W track and field teams will be back in action next Saturday, January 30, 2010 when they host the Ohio Athletic Conference Relays on the Harrison Dillard Track. The meet is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m.