A Page -- Jan. 25, 2010

Heights High alumnus Reggie 

Keely responds favorably

during freshman start in 

OU's win over the weekend

Jan. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



When Cleveland Heights alumnus and University Heights resident Reggie Keely embarked on a Division I college basketball career at the end of last summer, he knew he would eventually get playing time but he did not know when.


The time is now for the Ohio University freshman, who got his first start for the Bobcats last week after getting significant minutes in the coming-off-the-wood role in most of the previous 18 games.


Keely scored the first four points of the game, helping the Bobcats to an early lead and eventual 99-77 Mid American Conference victory over Buffalo Saturday. He is part of a freshman class building a future for the Bobcats but in some ways as George Allen, Sr. once said, “The future is now” for the fast-growing Keely.


“He has gotten a lot better,” said OU coach John Groce. “I am in a unique situation at OU. In looking at the stat sheets of the other 11 MAC schools, one can see that maybe 10 freshmen around the league are playing 15 minutes or more a game. We have four guys like that, including Reggie.”


The leading shot blocker on the team, Keely had a big block late in the first half that led to the basket that enabled the Bobcats to open up a double digit lead. Then he got things started in the second half by taking a feed and slam dunking the ball to increase the lead to 18 points.

Ohio's Reggie Keely

“Reggie’s main challenge is in being consistent,” Groce said. “There have been times he has not been very good, but at times like when we played Buffalo Saturday, I thought he has played well. He did some things well. It is important for Reggie and the rest of our guys to take every possession seriously and not taking a possession off.  Doing detailed things like setting a screen on a certain possession is vitally important.


“He needs to believe he can do those things to the point of executing them well. He’s gotten better at it the last few weeks. I felt good about him toward the end of the week, which is why I started him Saturday. He probably put his best two practices of the season together back to back and ironically I talked to him before the game and said, ‘Hey, just play like you practiced.’ He did just that.”


Keely did some things to the coach’s liking, but needs to cut back on turnovers.

Reggie Keely

Heights' Keely

“The turnovers are due to some footwork that we are going to be working on with him,” Groce said. “He had a presence in the game Saturday, maybe the best he has had to this point.”


A McDonald’s All American at Heights last year, Keely reached double figures against Buffalo with 10 points, connecting on 4 of 7 from the field and 2 of 2 at the line. He also had four rebounds. Keely’s effort along with those of his teammates enabled the Bobcats to snap a four-game losing streak.


In the previous game, he came off the bench to score six points in a loss t Bowling Green. He was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field with three blocked shots against Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis, which was the last OU win before the four-game losing streak, indicating that the Bobcats have been winning when Keely has put up the numbers and played relatively well.


Keely’s 16 blocked shots lead the team and his 28 offensive rebounds ranks fourth on the team. He did start in three other games before the Buffalo contest and is averaging nearly 15 minutes a game in both his starts and his reserve appearances.

He started off with a bang at OU. In an exhibition game to start the season in November, Keely scored a game-high 15 points in a 63-53 win over Ashland.



45 World Team Players Arrive in South Florida 

from Eight Countries and Four Continents

Jan. 25, 2010

By Mike Preston

Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Miami Dolphins center DWIGHT STEPHENSONwill join former NFL All-Star MOSI TATUPU and Cincinnati Bengals defensive linemanJONATHAN FANENE as honorary captains for USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday, January 30 at 12 p.m. ET.

The game will feature St. Ignatius quarterback Mark Myers.

NFL Network will televise the game live when the world's top high school-aged players from around the globe follow AFC and NFC All-Star practices at Lockhart Stadium. Admission to the NFL All-Star practices and "Team USA vs. The World" is free of charge. 


The 45 players who will represent the World against USA Football's Team USA arrived in South Florida on Sunday, arriving from destinations including Mexico City, Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo and Vancouver.  They will hit the practice field at the Plantation Athletic league Stadium for two practices under the guise of Swedish head coach JAN JENMERT on Monday at 9am and 3pm.


"We have minimal time to prepare the best 45 American football players from around the world to try to win a game against Team USA, so we will need to be sharp and focused," said Jenmert.  "The goal is to win and also enjoy what is a unique and unforgettable experience for everyone involved." 


Before the game kicks off Lockhart Stadium on Saturday, Tatupu and Fanene, both American Samoan natives, will share honorary captain duties for the World team, which features three American Samoan players including Aiulua Fanene, Jonathan's younger brother.

Tatupu was the first American Samoan to play in a Pro Bowl (1986).  The four-year Southern Cal. letter winner played 14 NFL seasons (1978-91) as a fullback for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams and was part of the 1986 Patriots team that advanced to Super Bowl XX.  Tatupu is the father of Seattle Seahawks standout linebacker LOFA TATUPU.

A veteran of five NFL seasons - all with Cincinnati - Fanene was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He played in all 16 games for the AFC North champion Bengals this season, registering a career-high 36 tackles, 6.0 sacks, and an interception which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown.

Stephenson is the honorary captain of USA Football's Junior National Team (Team USA).  Considered among the finest centers in NFL history, the former Dolphin (1980-87) was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.  Coached by legendsPAUL "BEAR" BRYANT (Alabama) and DON SHULA (Miami Dolphins), Stephenson played in five Pro Bowls (1982-87) and helped the Dolphins advance to two Super Bowls (1982, '84 seasons).  Stephenson and his wife, Dinah, founded The Dwight Stephenson Foundation in 2007, which generates funding for various charitable organizations including The Urban League of Broward County (Fla.).

Calling the action on January 30 for NFL Network's live 12 p.m. ET telecast will beRICH EISENDEION SANDERS, and SCOTT KENNEDYSideline reporter STACEY DALES will contribute on-field insight.


For more about USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, visit www.usavworld.com.

North Royalton High 

Alumnus Todd Richert 

Named OAC Diver 

of the Week for the Sixth

Time in his B-W Career

Jan. 25, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College junior four-time All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week for his performance in two meets this past weekend. The weekly honor is the sixth in Richert’s career.

Richert won all three events he competed in during dual meets on Friday (January 22) and Saturday (January 23).

Versus Hiram College on Friday night, he won the one-meter voluntary dive with 299.70 points. Versus rival Ohio Northern on Saturday afternoon, he won both the one-meter optional (173.65 points) and one-meter voluntary (287.80 points).

Richert owns every school diving record and has earned All-America honors in both the one and three-meter dives in each of the last two seasons. He also is provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship Meet this season.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Friday, January 29 versus Allegheny (Pa.) College on Seniors’ Night at 6:00 p.m. at the B-W Natatorium in Berea.

In the unofficial women's 

basketball championship of 

Cleveland, John Carroll

will try to upset

first-place Baldwin-Wallace, 

now on an eight-game

winning streak

Jan. 25, 2010

By Chris Wenzler

John Carroll vs. Baldwin Wallace The John Carroll Blue Streaks (9-7, 6-4 OAC) visit the Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jackets (13-4, 9-1 OAC) in an Ohio Athletic Conference regular season game. The Blue Streaks are 5-2 on the road this season, while Baldwin Wallace is 7-2 at home. JCU is coming off a 102-66 win against Marietta while Baldwin-Wallace’s 59-58 win at Wilmington was its eighth consecutive victory.

History: This is the 58th meeting between the two schools with Baldwin Wallace owning a large 38-19 advantage in the all-time series. The Yellow Jackets have won the last four match-ups by an average of 15 points, including a 75-61 triumph in a game played on December 2 in University Heights. JCU’s last win was an 80-73 decision on January 16, 2008.

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JCU's Katie Mahoney had 3 3-point goals against 'Berg

John Carroll Season At-A-Glance: John Carroll has faced a very difficult schedule through the first 16 games of the season, but may ultimately benefit from running through that gauntlet. The Blue Streaks’ four conference losses are to teams with a combined record of 50-18, but JCU also has quality wins over Muskingum, Wilmington and St. Vincent. JCU has won eight of its last eleven since a 1-4 start.

Baldwin Wallace Season At-A-Glance: The Yellow Jackets have had quite the season so far. They started off a little rough with a record of 4-4 to start the season but since then have rebounded to win eight straight games. Leading the charge for the Yellow Jackets will be Amanda Schroeder and Ariel Brough who both are averaging double digit points. The Yellow Jackets look to keep their number one spot in the OAC.

Ohio Athletic Conference Update: Baldwin-Wallace and Capital share the top spot in the OAC, each with a 9-1 record. Mount Union is alone at third, while John Carroll is alone in fourth with a record of 6-4.

Who Has The Edge? John Carroll comes into tonight’s game sporting the second highest scoring offense in the OAC, averaging 70.0 points per game. The Yellow Jackets however have the second best scoring defense in the league giving up only 59.6 points per game.

Rock n’ Roll control: The Blue Streaks are tops in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio with a mark of 0.95. In addition, the Streaks lead the league with the fewest turnovers in 16 games (220).

Jennings 2010

Stow alumna Lee Jennings

More Bang For Your Buck: The Blue Streaks three players who average at least 28.2 minutes or more per game (Lee Jennings – 35.0, Sadie Zander – 33.5 and Caitlin Sureck – 28.2) do the most with what they’re presented with. Each averages at least .435% shooting from the floor and additionally, the trio has combined to shoot .460% (238-517) on the season.

Sureck 2010

Walsh Jesuit alumna Caitlin Sureck

Quick Lee: Junior Lee Jennings is one of the top offensive threats in the Ohio Athletic Conference, as her average of 19.7 points per game leads the league. Worth noting, however, is the fact she leads the league in assists with 5.8 per game and assists-to-turnover ratio (1.79), in addition to fourth in steals per game (2.0).

Vikings and Guins to meet 

again in second Horizon 

League, NE Ohio bragging 

rights game

Jan. 25, 2010

By Brian McCann

Game 22
Youngstown State (7-12, 2-8) at Cleveland State (9-12, 5-4)
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2010
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST
Site:  Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: ESPNU (John Sanders & Jim Chones)
Sponsors: WKNR & Marous Brothers Construction
Promo: Green The Stein (Wear Green & purchase $8 tickets for $5)
Family Value Saturday: Free Kid Zone & Dollar Dogs At Concession Stands.
Series: Series Tied, 36-36
Last Meeting: CSU 70, @YSU 48, 1/2/10
Tickets: $8, $15 & $25

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State concludes this brief, three-game home stand when the Vikings host Youngstown State on Saturday, Jan. 30 beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game is "Green The Stein" night with fans who attend the game wearing green being able to purchase an $8 ticket for $5.  The contest will be televised nationally on ESPNU with John Sanders and Jim Chones providing the commentary.  The Vikings (9-12, 5-4) completed the first half of the Horizon League schedule last week by sweeping home games against Green Bay (64-50) and Milwaukee (73-72) to move into a third place tie in the league standings.  Youngstown State (7-12, 2-8) has dropped four straight games, including home losses to Milwaukee (69-59) and Green Bay (69-55) to slip into eighth place in the league.  This will be the 73rd meeting between the schools, making YSU the most often played opponent in CSU history.  The Vikings claimed the first meeting this season, a 70-48 decision in Youngstown on Jan. 2 in which CSU led from wire to wire.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.6 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (7.9, 5.7), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.7, 1.9 apg) and Trevon Harmon (10.6, 2.0) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.0, 1.0 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (1.5, 1.3) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (0.8, 0.2 apg) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.1, 2.3 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he, along with  JC transfers Jared Cunningham (6.2, 3.0) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.6, 6.0) at center.

TV TIMEOUT:  Saturday's game will be televised live by ESPNU, making it the 11th of what should be at least 13 games that will be available to Viking fans on either a national or regional basis and the second of two games on ESPNU.  ESPNU also broadcast the Dec. 3 road game at Wright State.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Jan. 25).  As a team, the Vikings are 16th nationally in steals (9.6 spg), 43rd in turnover margin (+3.2), 45th in free throw percentage (.732) and 95th in three-point field goals per game (7.1).  Individually, D'Aundray Brown (2.6 spg) ranks 14th and Norris Cole 80th nationally in steals (1.9 spg).

VIKINGS RUN HOME LEAGUE WIN STREAK TO 12:  The wins over Green Bay and Milwaukee last week extended CSU's home winning streak against league opponents to 12 straight, tying the school record for longest ever.  After losing on a last second shot to Butler in December, 2008, CSU ran off seven straight wins to close the regular season and then defeated Detroit in the opening round of the league tourney.  The Vikings have won all four games this year to tie the current mark of 12 games, wich was originally set from Jan., 1985 to Jan., 1987.

COLE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Junior Norris Cole was rewarded for his strong play on Monday (Jan. 25) when he was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time in his career.  Cole previously earned the honor on Feb. 16, 2009.  In two games last week, Cole averaged 22.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists, shooting .514 from the field (18-35) and .444 from three-point (4-9).  He scored 22 points with eight assists in the win over Green Bay and came back to score 22 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 6.4 seconds left, against Milwaukee.

COLE PASSES 1,000 POINT MARK:  A 22-point effort against Milwaukee on Sunday allowed junior guard Norris Cole to become the 18th player in CSU history to score 1,000 points in a career.  Cole now has 1,005 points to rank 18th all-time in scoring.  In 21 games, he leads the team and ranks second in the league, averaging 16.5 points a game (346 total).

JACKSON GETS HIS NBA SHOT:  Good news from the Alumni Department came on Jan. 23 when former guard Cedric Jackson, who had been playing professionally this season for the Erie BayHawks of the NBDL, signed a 10-day contract to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA.  Jackson became just the fourth Viking to make it to the NBA, joining Franklin Edwrds (1981-90), Clinton Smith (1986-97 & 1990-91) and Darren Tillis (1982-84).  In 23 games with the BayHawks, Jackson was averaging 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game.  Jackson played two minutes in his NBA debut vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 23.

A TOUGH SCHEDULE:  The 2-8 record that CSU put up against non-conference Division I teams this year is a little misleading.  After all, not only were four of the teams ranked in the top 15 at the time CSU played them (Kentucky No. 5, West Virginia No. 6, Ohio State No. 12 & Kansas State No. 12), but the 10 opponents have combined to post a 93-37 (.715) record in non-conference games with one game left to play (not counting any BracketBusters matchups.  According to the latest Sagarine ratings, CSU played the 12th most difficult schedule this year while it is ranked 23rd in the RPI.

FINISHING THE FIRST HALF STRONG:  The win over Milwaukee on Sunday (Jan. 24) allowed the Vikings to finish the first half of the Horizon League schedule on a positive note.  After opening the year with a pair of road losses, CSU bounced back to win five if its next seven games to move into a third place tie with Detroit, Wright State and Valparaiso with a 5-4 record.  The Vikings, who were just 4-5 in the first half of the league slate a year ago, will play five of their nine games at home in the second half of the league schedule.







Midpark alumnus Jim 


Earns OAC Weekly Honor as 

Men's Basketball Player of 

the Week

By Nathan LaRiccia

Austintown, Ohio – January 25, 2010 – Senior guard Jim Smalley (Middleburg Heights, Ohio / Midpark) of the Heidelberg University men’s basketball team has been selected today as the Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of January 25, 2010. It is the first player of the week honor of Smalley’s career.  


Smalley helped lead the men’s basketball team to a 1-1 record last week. He averaged a team-leading 12.5 points a game, to go along 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. Most recently, Smalley contributed with 12 points and a team-leading 3 assists in a 76-70 victory over Mount Union College on Saturday.

Middleburg Heights native Jim Smalley


For the year, Smalley leads the team with 11.4 points per game and 34 steals.


Heidelberg (11-6 overall, 7-3 in the OAC) is currently in third place in the OAC standings, following behind Wilmington College and John Carroll University.

 Smalley Earns Weekly Honor


Next up for the Berg and second-year head coach Anthony Gholson is a home conference game against Otterbein College sponsored by Coaches vs. Cancer, Wednesday January 27, at 7:30 p.m. 

Cleveland State’s Cole 

named Men’s Basketball 

Player of the Week

Junior guard averaged 22 points in two Vikings’ wins, reached 1,000 career points


Jan. 25, 2010

By Will Roleson

Horizon League Office

INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland State junior guard Norris Cole has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 24. 


A native of Dayton, Ohio, Cole averaged 22 points, 6.5 assists and three rebounds per game as the defending League-champion Vikings (9-12, 5-4 Horizon League) moved above .500 in League play for the first time this season with victories over Green Bay (64-50) and Milwaukee (73-72) last week.


In the win over Green Bay, Cole had game-highs of 22 points and eight assists as Cleveland State led wire-to-wire.  He also scored 22 against Milwaukee, including the game-winning three-pointer with 6.4 seconds remaining.  Cole had seven of CSU’s last nine points to rally the Vikings from a 14-point second-half deficit.  In the process, he became the 18th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points, finishing the night with 1,005.

 Norris Cole

A preseason All-Horizon League pick, Cole ranks second in the League with 16.5 points per game and fourth with 3.6 assists per contest.  He is the only player among the top five in both categories.