A Page -- Jan. 25, 2011

Mike Bartley

Shaker Heights icon Mike Bartley and 

Red Hot Red Raiders set to make history 

this weekend; long time-coach has gone 

through many red jackets in amassing 

583 wins; could tie Jim Cooper's all-time 

record against Matt Bartley's Explorers

Jan. 25, 2011 

By Norm Weber 
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 


SHAKER HEIGHTS – This weekend legendary Shaker Heights High Head Hockey Coach Mike Bartley could reach a coveted milestone in his career and with how “red” hot his Red Raiders are playing this year, it is likely to happen. 

Bartley, now in his fourth decade as the Red Raiders coach, is two wins away from Jim Cooper in terms of all-time wins by a high school hockey coach. Going into Friday’s game against Mentor, Bartley’s Shaker teams have amassed 583 wins. 

“Coop,” the counterpart to Bartley on the west end of the state, was the coach of the program at Northview High, a public school that had teams that consistently stayed tough in a sport otherwise dominated by private schools. Before passing the torch on to his Godson upon his retirement three years ago, “Coop,” a true ambassador to the sport, prepped teams that garnered 585 wins. 

Now Bartley is about to become the winningest coach of all time, and ironically, with another public school program. While the Red Raiders teams struggled in the middle of the last decade and had to drop down from the elite Red North, the last two seasons under Bartley Shaker has been more characteristic of traditional Red Raider hockey. 

Shaker has already reached the 20-win plateau this season and to say the least has been “red hot,” matching its coach’s trademark sports jacket. A class act all the way, Bartley could be seen at any Red Raider game, in Thornton Park or elsewhere, “sporting” one of his bright red suit jackets, at minimum, even in this “dress-down” era. 

The jacket (always red and it is not publicized how many copies he has of it) is hardly the same as the flashy and fancy ones former sports caster Lindsey Nelson made famous (or infamous), but then Bartley, a rather reserved kind of gentleman, does everything in a direct manner with nothing fancy but rather just the facts, ‘mam, more in the Jack Webb mold. \


A tradition prior to Red Raider games is for the trainer to pass out little fire balls – red jaw breakers – candy to be dissolved in the mouth prior to the game for good luck. Off the ice everything is done in the Red, but on the ice, it is all in the Black – profitability in terms of far more wins than losses. 

At 22-2, the Red Raiders are on their way to having one of their best seasons since 2004-05, when they qualified to the state championship game before losing to St. Ed. The Red Raiders should win the Red South this season and move back into the Red North again next year after a four-year absence. 

It has been 10 years since one of Bartley’s Shaker teams has won a state champion when the 2000-01 Red Raider club won it with a 3-1 victory over Padua in the state title game, but certainly he would like to get another one before finally retiring if that day ever arrives. 

Bartley’s Red Raiders were also state champions in 1993 with a 2-1 win over Bowling Green and in 1981 with a 10-4 win over Roosevelt. Also no coach has won more Baron Cup titles than Bartley and his Shaker teams have won. 

One cool thing about this is that Bartley’s Shaker team could tie the record for him with a win Sunday in Hoover Arena against Hudson, the team that is coached by Matt Bartley, his son and former assistant before becoming the head man for the Explorers. Of course, they would have to win over the Cardinals Friday first before that could happen. 

Also creeping up on the all-time list is Padua’s Doug Hauser, who just passed the 550-win mark and could move into second place behind Bartley some time next season. Gilmour’s John Malloy is about a dozen wins away from reaching the 500-win mark, which is a compilation of wins from his teams at Cleveland Heights, Rocky River and with the Lancers.

Ordeal of first-period jinx behind them, 

US skaters looking to shake second-

period blues and lunge into second place 

against Lake Catholic tomorrow

Jan. 25, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MENTOR – With St. Edward and Strongsville both idle for the night, University School’s hockey team could move into second place in the Red North Division with a win here tomorrow evening against Lake Catholic.

The Preppers have nine points in the standings, one point behind second-place St. Edward and three behind league leader St. Ignatius.

Meanwhile, Lake Catholic right now has the inside track on the fifth and final Baron Cup tourney slot from the division. Five instead of the previous four from the Red North will qualify for the Baron Cup since the division expanded by one team this year.


The Cougars have seven points, one behind fourth-place Strongsville and two behind third-place US. Padua is one point behind Lake in sixth place.

While US has been able to break a pattern that was a nemesis early in the season, which was failing to bounce back from slow starts, the Preppers have yet found the formula to bounce back from the mid-game blues.

Prior to the start of the new year, the Preppers were 0-5-1 in games in which they were trailing after one period, but then turned that around and went 2-0-1 in the next three games when they were in a similar situation, learning to avoid giving up when down early.

 Now they need to overcome the second stage of that “playing for the full 45 minutes” coaches keep pounding into the heads of all Student/Athlete skaters, which, if played right by Lake Catholic, could be the impetus to a Cougar win on home ice tomorrow. On the other hand, the found antidote or the avoidance of the situation altogether could mean a Prepper win.

In games in which they are trailing after two periods, US is 0-6-2 this season. On the other hand, when leading after two frames, the Preppers are 9-0-1 this season.

The difference in this mathematical equation really plays out in the third alternative in the scenario. In games in which they are even after two periods, the Preppers are a very down-the-middle 3-3-1 this season.


This came out in a real-life example over the weekend for the Preppers. After giving St. Edward two early breaks with a couple penalties in the first period, the Preppers were able to kill both Eagle power plays and then before the period ended took advantage of their own power-play opportunity with an Ian Robertson goal that sent them to the break room with a 1-0 advantage and the momentum on the late-period goal juice.

Killing the penalties and then cashing in on their own came with the movement this month to bouncing back from early setbacks from not bouncing back from them in the first month of the season, and in this case bouncing back early.

However, the early-period/late-period goal theory became a wash when St. Ed tied it with the second period 10 seconds old. Now they were faced with the challenge of keeping the Eagles from going ahead for the next 14:50 or face the consequences of the unfavorable odds of coming back when down after two.


They stood to the task, keeping it 1-1 and then winning it on Andrew Preiser’s power-play goal in the third to even their record on the season when tied after two periods.

The next night on the same ice in The Pond also kept the other side of the trend intact. The Bruins were able to score a goal in each of the first two periods and held a 2-1 lead after two. While the Preppers did do a fairly nice job of breaking the third-period jinx and granting the coaches’ wishes of a full, hard 45 minutes and had the bounce-back in them to tie it on a third-period Preiser goal, the 45-minute-plus factor got lost in the equation and Padua coughed up the overtime goal for the difference.

Now the overtime deal is right down the middle, too, as the Preppers are 1-1-1 in OT games.

George Chapman assisted on both goals against the Bruins. Robertson scored the first one and now has a team-leading 24 goals. His 28 assists and 52 points are also team bests.


Preiser has now moved into the No. 4 spot with 20 points, nine behind the injured Matt Wipper and 13 behind Connor Clemens.

The Preppers do their best when Clemens on the ice as he leads the club with a +23.

Chapman leads all defensemen when it comes to protecting the goalie with 26 minutes of penalty time.

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 1/24/11


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Alan Cephus, Cleveland, 1/18, Maple Heights Lanes;

Chris Burz, Fairview Park, 1/19, Buckeye Lanes;

Kenneth Bruening Jr., Strongsville, 1/19, Buckeye Lanes;

Michael Clark Jr., Lakewood, 1/19, Buckeye Lanes;

Brian HoganOlmsted Township, 1/19, Buckeye Lanes;

Matthew Taunton, Berea, 1/19, Buckeye Lanes;

Tracie Nedoma, Medina, 1/19 Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Steven Stone, Middleburgh Heights, 1/20, Yorktown Lanes;

Frank Riba Jr., Strongsville, 1/20, Yorktown Lanes;

Daniel Guinn, Brook Park, 1/19, Brookgate Lanes;

David Boyle, Strongsville, 1/21, Red Circle Lanes;

Jim Taylor, Parma, 1/21, Red Circle Lanes;

Kenneth Keshock, Seven Hills, 1/21, Seven Hills Lanes;

Tim Gallagher, Cleveland, 1/21, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Phil Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 1/21, Buckeye Lanes;

Matt Sommers, Medina, 1/23, Roseland Lanes;

Ulysses Rand, Jr., Maple Heights, 1/23, Roseland Lanes;

Travis Podvorac, Cleveland, 1/23, Brookgate Lanes;

KeyAndre Kelly, Cleveland, 1/21, Ambassador Superior;

Eric Selzer, Brunswick, 1/22, Pawnee Lanes;

Kenneth Mackulin, Parma, 1/24, Red Circle Lanes;

James Walter, Maple Heights, 1/24, Southgate Lanes;



    299 Games

Brian McFadden, Fairview Park, 1/17, Fairview Lanes;

Greg Ponchak, North Royalton, 1/21, Seven Hills Lanes;



    298 Games

John Kurtz, Independence, 1/19, Seven Hills Lanes;

Kevin Cwiklinski, Parma, 1/20, Seven Hills Lanes;



    800 Series

Jeff Kasunic, Chagrin Falls, 1/18, Roseland Lanes (835);

Dick Seegert, Parma, 1/18, Freeway Lanes of Parma (807)

Chris Burz, Fairview Park, 1/19, Buckeye Lanes (820);

Matt Sommers, Medina, 1/23, Roseland Lanes (813);

Jason SmithGarfield Heights, 1/22, Pawnee Lanes (804);


Baldwin-Wallace Wrestlers Win Sixth 

Straight Match and Beat Wilmington, 26-


Jan. 25, 2011

By Kevin Ruple

WILMINGTON, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team won its sixth straight dual match as the Yellow Jackets defeatedOhio Athletic Conference foe Wilmington College, 26-22, tonight (Tuesday, January 25, 2011) in the Fred Raizk Arena in Wilmington.
Orange alumnus Phil Payne

The Yellow Jackets, now 9-7 overall and 2-0 in the OAC, received a pin from senior 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge) and major decisions from senior 133-pounder Phil Payne (Woodmere/ Orange), 19-5 and senior 165-pounder Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/ Pymatuning Valley), 11-3. Wilmington is now 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the OAC.

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Last Second Free-Throws by Bedford's 

Tiffany Shields Gives Hiram College 

Basketball Win Against Ursuline College

Jan. 25, 2011

By Jeff Hoedt

PEPPER PIKE -- Junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) connected on a pair of free-throws with nine seconds left in the game to give the Hiram College women's basketball team a 70-68 win tonight against Ursuline College in a non-conference game in Pepper Pike. [Game Stats]
Jaylene Taylor
Taylor (left) and Shields (right)

Massillon High alumna Jaylene Taylor had 19 points for Ursuline while Shields had a game-high 20 for the Terriers.

With the win, the Terriers improve to 11-7 overall and the Arrows fall to 5-17 overall for the season.

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No. 10 ranked Mount Union flattens John Carroll in all-Cleveland college wrestling dual

January 25, 2011 

ALLIANCE -- No. 10 ranked Mount Union shut out John Carroll, 34-0, in an Ohio Athletic Conferencewrestling dual tonight in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders are now a perfect 11-0 on the season and remain in first place in the OAC with a 3-0 record, while John Carroll falls to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in the OAC.

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Mount's Thomas gets OAC Track Man of the Week

January 25, 2011 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week.

Thomas won the 55 meter dash (6.52) and finished second in the 200 meters (22.75) as he helped lead the Purple Raiders to a third place finish at the Ohio Wesleyan Quad Meet this past Saturday.

St. Ignatius "un-slices" pieces of first-

place pie, but Red North has gotten 

stickier with not more than two points 

separating each team from the next in 

entire seven-team stack up

Jan. 25, 2011 
By Norm Weber 
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Still bunched together from top to bottom, the Red North Division of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League shook out a bit from how it stood for two weeks going into the start of last week, ushering in the second half of the league season. 

The two-week layoff from league play had three teams tied for first (St. Edward, St. Ignatius, Strongsville) and the fourth-place team, University School, only one point behind the three leaders. Now, going into this week’s games, things are more defined, but at the same time it has gotten tighter with all seven teams in the division now crowed together due to some upsets over the weekend. 

For the Wildcats, Miles McQuinn (top left), Liam Geither (top right) and Mike Abood (below Geither and McQuinn) each scored two goals in an 8-1 rout of Strongsville.

In a way, some of these so-called upsets, might no longer even get perceived as “mild upsets” since there is no dominant team and no patsy and the jockeying is going on from day to day, as the teams keep trading spots in the standings with the frequency that the average person changes undergarments. 

Defending Red North and state champion St. Ignatius has emerged as the divisional leader after sweeping a pair of games over the weekend, taking Padua and Strongsville, both on the Hoover Ice, in Strongsville’s IceLand USA, leaving both the Bruins and Mustangs thinking, “so much for home-ice advantage.” 
vs Rocky River (won 3-2)

The Wildcats, who are now on seven-game winning streak overall that included a 5-0 showing over the state border by way of winning the Bulldog Invitational in Meadville for the second year in a row, have two points on second-place and arch West-Side rival St. Edward, which, incidentally, is the last team to have claimed a victory over the Cats. 


The Eagles kept pace with the Cats and improved their own lot with a win over Strongsville last week that knocked the Mustangs down to third place for one day, but then took it on the chin from US the following night, which was succeeded a few hours later the same evening with Iggy’s win over the Stangs, further “un-slicing” the pie pieces in the first-place tie but yet leaving the stack up stickier than it already was.

For the next 14 hours or so, St. Ignatius had first place all to itself with St. Ed two points behind in second and US in third three points behind Iggy and one behind Eds. The Preppers had a chance to move within one of the Cats and grab sole possession of second, but Padua, led by veteran, wily coach Doug Hauser had other ideas, the ideas of playing like the Padua of old and getting into the mix of the race. 

Hauser, the third winningest coach of all time in Ohio behind Jim Cooper and Mike Bartley with 553 wins, had his troops read to go cross town to Geauga County and pull the upset in The Pond, 3-2, in overtime over the Preppers. 

So now, we have St. Ignatius leading the division with 12 points, followed by St. Ed with 10, US with nine, Strongsville with eight, Lake Catholic with seven, Padua with six and Walsh Jesuit with four. 

Although the three all-boys schools and Strongsville might have emerged early as an upper tier of the division and the other three a second level, it certainly is no reflection that the competitive level drops off after the No. 3 or No. 4 spot. This is still the Red North and all seven teams are fighting for positioning now and later to attain their Baron Cup and State Tourney goals. 

With the Red North expanding from six to seven teams this season and the two other Red Divisions merging into one (Red South) this season, it means that instead of four Red North teams qualifying for the Baron Cup, five will qualify for the first time this season. 

So that No. 5 spot is a significant placing since it means the difference between playing in the Baron Cup and not playing in it. 

While Strongsville might have dropped from first to fourth within a 24-hour time span, the Mustangs still have a great shot at swiping one of the top three spots from one of the all-boys schools, sitting a point behind one, two points behind another and four points behind the league leader. 

Hauser’s teams at Padua have been known to have strong starts and weak finishes and weak starts and strong finishes and weak middles and strong finishes or any other imaginable combination so the Bruins cannot be counted out of this thing, especially after beating US and sitting only two games out of fourth and one out of fifth. With two wins this week, Walsh, would also be at eight points and decent shot at being No. 4 or 5 or a share of one. 

Right now, it could be anyone anywhere. 

Lake Catholic and Walsh could thrust forward this weekend as both have dates with the league leader, the Warriors Friday in the all-Jesuit battle and the Cougars Saturday. 

The Cougars are also hosting US tomorrow night. The Preppers close out the week with a Friday night home date against Strongsville, which will then in turn go up against Padua the next night in an All-Hoover Arena-tenants battle. 

Padua will play at St. Edward Friday while the Eagles will follow with a Saturday date at Walsh. Two more league games will remain for each team after this weekend.

Wildcats, Eagles, Preppers still hold the 

two, three and four spots in state hockey 


Jan. 25, 2011 
By Norm Weber 
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


For the fourth week in a row, St. Ignatius, St. Edward and University School, the three schools who have claimed the last three state championships, claimed the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 spots in the state hockey poll that was just released tonight.

In the fifth poll this season (the Eagles and Wildcats were in the top three in the first poll and the Preppers moved up a couple notches from the first poll in December and have remained there), St. Ignatius did close the gap but despite the seven-game winning streak could not overtake St. Francis for first place. The Cats did get one first-place vote and wound up with 63 points, while the Knights had the other six first-place votes and 69 total points.

Gilmour, Padua, Strongsville and Shaker claimed the 7-10 spots while Holy Name was among the “others” receiving votes.



1.  Toledo St. Francis                             69 (6)

2.  Cleveland St. Ignatius                        63 (1)

3.  Lakewood St. Edward                        51 

4.  Hunting Valley University School        40

                                    5.  Toledo St. John’s                              38

6.  Sylvania Northview                             37

7.  Gates Mills Gilmour Academy            35                   

8.  Parma Padua                                    18

9.  Strongsville                                       16

                        10. Shaker Heights                                10


Others receiving votes: Dublin Coffman, Parma Heights Holy Name and Dublin Jerome.

CSU men's basketball team heads to 

Chicagoland for the weekend

Jan. 24, 2011

By Brian McCann

The Vikings will head to Chicago this week for a pair of games with the hopes of staying atop the Horizon League standings. CSU opens the week by taking on UIC on Thursday, Jan. 27 beginning at 7:00 p.m. CST (8:00 p.m. in Cleveland) in the UIC Pavilion.

 The Vikings have won three straight games to improve to 18-3 overall and 7-2 in league play, moving into a first place tie with Valparaiso in the league standings and a game ahead of both Butler (6-3) and Wright State (6-3). 

CSU, which is ranked 32nd in the latest RPI and 38th in the Sagarine, received three votes (36th place) in the latest ESPN/USA Today poll and moved up to second in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. UIC (5-15, 0-8) has struggled to find wins during the first half of the league slate under first year head coach Howard Moore, but the Flames did knock off No. 12 Illinois and have lost five games (three league games) by three points or less.

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Storm Track & Field Teams Crack Regional Ranking

LEC men highest ever rank at 6th, Women in top 10 for first time

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE -- In the first regional rankings of the indoor season released by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), both Lake Erie College track and field teams earned spots in the top 10, with the men achieving their highest ranking to date and the women breaking into the top 10 for the first time.

Storm T&F S/A Jamil Dudley from Massillon

The Storm men currently are ranked sixth, just behind Missouri University of Science & Technology and well ahead of seventh-ranked Hillsdale College.  Last weekend, Lake Erie placed eighth overall among Division I and II teams at the All-Ohio Championships at Kent State University.

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 Mount's Mahoney named T&F Athlete of the Week in the OAC

January 25, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week.

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Mount Looking to Bounce Back from B-W Loss Monday against another team from same county, John Carroll

January 25, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will try avenge one loss while rebounding from another when it visits Ohio Athletic Conference foe John Carroll on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.

The Purple Raiders (14-3, 7-3), who dropped an 84-82 decision at home to the Blue Streaks on Dec. 8, are looking to bounce back from Monday's 74-53 loss to Baldwin-Wallace

North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) remain as Mount Union's top scorers. Both are averaging 11.3 points

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 Rocky River and Elyria Catholic split 

in swimming; EC's Caroline Hamp, 

River's Mike Kariotakis, Dan Parris

each involved in four firsts

 Jan. 25, 2011

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Elyria Catholic and Rocky River split in high school swimming tonight, the Pirates winning the boys’ meet, 137-47, and the Panthers winning the girls’ meet, 126-57.

Caroline Hamp, Rachel Buckley, Brooke Bartlebaugh, Shelby Snow, Taylor Sustersic each swam on two of the three relays that won tonight for the Panthers. Kelly O’Dell and Jenna O’Dell each swam one of the relays that one or two of the other five did not swim on to also chip in for the relay sweep.

EC also had as individual winners Sarah Peters, Hamp, Mackenzie Tweardy,  Jenna O’Dell, and Snow.

Turning in winning times for River in either individual or relays were Mike Henry, Zach Kacpura, Mike Kariotakis, Jess Goepfert, Pat Mahoney, Dan Parris, Chris Grant, Megan Autenbergs, Andrew Goecke,  Kevin Arnold and Tom Moran.

Kariotakis, Parris and Hamp were each involved in four firsts.

Twinsburg's Lauren Macer, Wellington's 

Katie Stumphauzer lead Notre Dame to 

17th win

By: Rudy Roediger
1/25/2011 8:31:13 PM
SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame (17-5) handed NCAA-II Salem International (W.Va.), their 15th consecutive loss of the season, 90-30, this evening at the Murphy Gymnasium. (Box)

After a slow start, Lauren Macer hit a jumper from the wing extending the Falcons lead to five, (15-10) with 9:58 remaining in the opening 20 minutes. The Fighting Tigers would never draw closer as Notre Dame went on an 18-0 run over the next four minutes (28-10). The Blue & White would close the half on an 11-5 run for a 39-15 lead going into the locker room.

The Falcons used an alternative lineup tonight, enabling Wellington High alum Katie Stehmphauzer to score a game-high 19 points and Twinsburg's Macer to score 15.

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