A Page -- Jan. 26, 2010


Shaker Heights High alum Nick 

Winbush shaking nerves and 

noise to oil three-point shooting 

track for Miami; North 

Ridgeville's Drew McGhee

in midst of RedHawk red-shirt 

plan

Jan. 26, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

 

One of the mainstays in the Miami of Ohio men’s basketball program the past four years, Shaker Heights High alumnus Nick Winbush was slumping earlier this year, but has turned it around last week for the RedHawks now that he has been given the vote of confidence by Coach Charlie Coles to shoot the ball more.

 

Winbush scored 13 points with an accurate eye and touch that left him making 5 of 7 from the field, including 3 of 4 from the three-point zone.

 

“Nick had been in a slump until Saturday,” said Coles. “He had that great game against Kentucky and he must have thought, ‘Wow. This is it.’ I had to remind him, ‘No, it is not.’ It wasn’t . The thing I want to do with Nick is that I want Nick to be scoring more.”

 

In a 72-70 loss to Kentucky in November, Winbush shot the lights out of Rupp Arena by making 8 of 10 three-point attempts, which turned out to be the backbone of his posting a game-high 26 points. He also tied for team high in rebounds with six. The eight successful threes tied him for the third best in a single game in Miami history.


Junior forward Nick Winbush scored 25 points Sunday night, one shy of the career-high 26 he totaled last Monday at Kentucky.
Former Red Raider Nick Winbush

The 6-7 junior followed that with a 25 point effort (including five treys) against New Mexico and was named to the World Vision/Travelers All Tournament Team, but then became inconsistent with five points in a loss to Dayton, his first career double-double in a two-point loss to Temple, three points in non-starting role and loss to Colorado, nine points in an overtime win against Kent, and then no points in a 69-409 loss to Akron.

 

 “When we played Akron, he just had two shots,” Coles said. “I told him on Friday in front of the team before the Bowling Green game that it was my fault that he took only two shots that game.

‘It’s not your fault, but my fault,’ I told him. ‘We need you to be shooting the ball in order for our team to win more games.’”

 

But it goes both ways. Coles then told him, “We need you, Nick, as a player, to get open more.”

Nick Winbush
Winbush 

Coles is concerned that Winbush has been too nervous on the floor.

“I told him that good shooters should not be nervous,” Coles said. “Good shooters are not noisy. It gets quiet before they shoot. He understood what I was talking about. He had a good game on Saturday. He works hard and is a wonderful person, but I have to calm him down at times to get him going. Sometimes he forces up shots. If he relaxes, he can hit a better percentage of his shots.”

North Ridgeville sensation Drew McGhee is redshirting this year and when next season begins will be a “freshman” on the eligibility ledger, despite with his proven academic abilities probably already be a sophomore academically.

Drew McGhee 

Drew McGhee

“We decided way back, regardless of whether we needed him or not, that we were going to red shirt him,” Coles said. “I did not want to tear him down this year. It was not a good year for my temperament. I like the kid. He has such a great, goofy kind of personality. Can he be different at times, but I say that with praise.”

 

Coles is as high on McGhee as he was last winter when McGhee inked his letter of intent while the coach was with the team in a tournament at UCLA.

 

“He’s got good post moves,” Coles said. “He needs to get some strength and learn our program more. He likes our campus and is a good student.”


GYASI COOPER OF 


STRONGSVILLE, IGGY TO 


RECEIVE 


CLEVELAND CLINIC 


COURAGE 



AWARD




 

By Jenny Popis


CLEVELAND, OH – January 26, 2010 – Gyasi Cooper, a senior at St. Ignatius High School and resident of Strongsville , will be honored at the 2009 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

 

Gyasi’s physical therapist, Amanda Gordon MPT, nominated him for the Cleveland Clinic Courage Award because despite all he has been through over the past two years, he continues to have a positive attitude.

 

“Someone else could have let this situation defeat him, but Gyasi continues to set goals such as running again,” says Ms. Gordon. “He has a great attitude about the whole situation that most 17-year-olds would not have.”

 

Gyasi was a member of the track and field team at St. Ignatius High School and in July 2008, sought help from a physical therapist for heel pain. Months went by but things did not get any better so doctors performed a biopsy and detected a high-grade osteosarcoma in Gyasi’s left heel. Until recently, treatment for this rare form of childhood cancer was not often successful.

 

Gyasi went through several challenging months of chemotherapy. His doctors then recommended amputation below the left knee as his greatest chance for cure. Gyasi continued to face obstacles with further surgeries. In addition, during his final course of chemotherapy, he developed kidney failure necessitating hemodialysis.

 

Since then, he has steadily improved and is regaining his health. After missing an entire semester of school, Gyasi is back in class full-time. He is working hard and will graduate on time this spring. He is also continuing his physical therapy.

 

Throughout his ordeal, Gyasi has kept a positive outlook, which he attributes to his relationship with God, and the support of his family, his church family and many friends. His father, Antonio Cooper, his mother, Denise, and his brother, Adom, have constantly been at his side. His maturity and appreciation of life have also aided his recovery.

 

The Cleveland Clinic Courage Award honors exceptional student athletes who have faced a medical challenge in his or her life and approached the situation with courage and determination to get back in the game. Gyasi faced his diagnosis with grace and valor and is a living example of someone who displayed courage in the face of danger, uncertainty and fear. He is yet to get his prothesis but wishes to run again once he regains his strength. In the meantime, Gyasi is planning to attend college and to major in computer engineering.

 

The 2009 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.  This star-studded event features fine dining, sports celebrities, silent and live auctions that benefit the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. This year, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will also celebrate “Ten Years of Sports” reflecting on the many achievements since the Sports Commission’s refounding in 2000.


Track Garners Three NCAC Awards
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By Mike Mancini

Westlake – Three Oberlin College track and field members earned NCAC Runner of the Week honors, the league office announced on Sunday evening. 

Senior Madeline Schultz, junior Joanna Johnson and sophomore Ben Schildwere recognized for their efforts at the Baldwin-Wallace Mid-January Invite on Saturday.

Johnson, a native of Chico, California, was named NCAC Women's Middle Distance/Distance Runner of the Week as she won the 3,000 meters with a new school-record time of 10:16.64. 

Schultz was tabbed as the NCAC Women's Sprints/Hurdles Runner of the Week as she won the 400 meters (1:02.29) and was part of the first-place 4x400 relay (4:10.53) and second-place 4x200 relay (1:52.54) at the event. 

Schild, a product of Prescott, Arizona, was named as NCAC Male Middle Distance/Distance Runner of the Week as he placed fourth in the 3,000 meters after completing the course in 8:52.22.

Oberlin will be back in action on Saturday at the NCAC Relay Meet on the campus of Denison University.


College Wrestling - Mount 

Union Scores 38-6 Win at 

Baldwin-Wallace


Jan. 26, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(BEREA, OH)--Mount Union's wrestling team scored a 38-6 win at Baldwin-Wallace in an Ohio Athletic Conference match Tuesday night in Berea.
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Solon's Richie Clark

Mount Union (8-3, 3-1 OAC) scored wins in eight of the 10 matches and tallied pins by Riki Reynolds (Marion/Marion Pleasant) at 125, Richie Clark (Solon/Solon) at 149, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 and Derrick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285.
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Stow native Andy Jenkins

The Purple Raiders also got major decisions from John Piechuta (Alliance/Marlington) at 165 and Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) at 197.
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Hoban alum Bill Schindel

Baldwin-Wallace falls to 4-12 and 0-4 in the OAC.
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Marlington's John Piechuta

Mount Union travels to the Wheaton (IL) Pete Wilson Invite this weekend.



Baldwin-Wallace vs. Mount Union

Tuesday, January 26 | Ursprung Gymnasium | Berea, Ohio

FINAL:   Mount Union -- 38, Baldwin-Wallace -- 6

Exhibition 133 lbs: Colin Dennis (MUC) dec. Danny Huffman (B-W) 6-2

125 lbs: Riki Reynolds (MUC) pinned Tyler Erwin (B-W) 4:03

133 lbs: Phil Payne (B-W) dec. TJ Arnone (MUC) 3-2

141 lbs: Josh Malave (MUC) dec. Eric Schubert (B-W) 7-3

149 lbs: Richie Clark (MUC) pinned Grant Steward (B-W) 5:27

157 lbs: Bryan Skoff (MUC) dec. Korey Leonhard (B-W) 3-1 (OT)

165 lbs: John Piechuta (MUC) maj. dec. Mike Hosta (B-W) vs.  17-5

174 lbs: Andrew Scavuzzo (B-W) dec. Mike Manypenny (MUC) 4-2

184 lbs: Andy Jenkins (MUC) pinned Cody Quick (B-W) 1:58

197 lbs: Bill Schindel (MUC) maj. dec.Tristan Stoll (B-W) 13-3

285 lbs: Derrick Hesson (MUC) pinned Ryan Jones (B-W) 1:43

WORLD TEAM GROWING IN CONFIDENCE ON THE PRACTICE FIELD IN SOUTH FLORIDA


Jan.26, 2010


By Mike Preston

IFAF Wire Service


The World team returned to the practice field at the PAL Stadium in Plantation, FL, with two sessions that delighted head coach JAN JENMERT and his coaching staff.

 

"We are not quite there in football terms, but where being focused and determined to get things right are concerned, the team is in great shape," said the Swedish coach, whose 45 players from around the world will take on USA Football's Junior National Team this Saturday.

 

The January 30 contest, which kicks off at 12pm and will be televised live by NFL Network, will follow AFC and NFC All-Star practices at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.  Admission to the NFL All-Star practices and "Team USA vs. The World" game is free of charge.


Watch the latest video updates from South Florida at www.IFAF.org

 

"I was impressed how we approached practice mentally and physically," added Jenmert.  "The players come from eight different countries and many of them speak different languages, but they are already bonding as a team."

 

Taking to the field for the third and fourth time since arriving in South Florida, the World team executed plays during Tuesday's two practices as if they had been teammates for weeks rather

 

Defensive backs DYLAN HOLLOHAN (St Francis Xavier University) and CAMERON WADE (Arcadia University) produced interceptions when the squad scrimmaged, but only after quarterback JEREMI DOYON-ROCH (Vanier College) had moved the ball downfield with passes to JULIAN BAILEY (Vanier College) and as running backSTEVEN LUMBALA (Calgary University) made gains on the ground.

 

"We have very different set-ups to our practices here," said Hollohan of the relatively short World team practices that do not run more than 90 minutes following an unorthodox warm up session.  "I really like it though.  I am being open-minded about it. I think the coaches are doing a great job.  I am confident in them and I feel they are confident in us.  I think it going to be good.

 

"With our team, there is definitely a language barrier.  There are some players that do not speak English that well, but overall we are able to overcome it and it has been going pretty well so far.  All of my teammates seem like they want to be became a family over this week.  Everyone is cooperating, so it is good."

 

 

Jackson Alumna Aubrey Loy 

Named OAC Women's Field 

Athlete of the Week


Jan. 26, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union senior Aubrey Loy (Canton/Massillon Jackson) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's FieldAthlete of the Week.
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Polar Bear alumna Aubrey Loy

The former Polar Bear qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the long jump as she won the event with a mark of 18-5 in the season opening B-W Mid January Meet Saturday at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.

Loy's mark was the best of the season in NCAA Division III so far and just barely missed the facility record of 18-5.5 which is held by another Purple Raider, Kenya Shipp in 1997.

Loy and the rest of the Purple Raiders return to Berea this Saturday to compete in the OAC Relays.

Storm nipped by Davis & Elkins


By Brendan Bittner


PAINESVILLE, Ohio – P.J. Turner's last-second shot doomed the Lake Erie Storm on Monday (Jan. 25) night as the Davis & Elkins College Senators downed Lake Erie, 79-77. The Storm had five players score in double figures for the first time this season and senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) turned in his second straight double-double.

 

The Storm (6-15) trailed for much of the game, until taking a two-point lead off a pair of free throw makes by junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) with 2:42 to play.

 

The Senators (8-6) went on a 7-0 blitz from there to take a five-point lead, 77-72. Lake Erie rallied back as senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) converted a pair of free throws and Bradshaw connected on a three-pointer with 13 seconds left to tie the game at 77-77.

 

But Turner came up with the clutch basket in the final second to fend off the Storm's late rally.

 

The game was tight for much of the first half, though the Storm held just one lead (12-11) until late in the second half. The Senators eventually went up by 10 and took a 36-30 lead into halftime.

 

Davis & Elkins carried its lead into the second half behind a game-high 36 points from Tim Turner – the highest total for an individual against the Storm this season.

 

Lake Erie was behind by 10 with just under 13 minutes to play when Campbell caught fire as he notched 16 of his 18 points in the second half. The 6-foot-6 swingman scored Lake Erie’s next eight points, including three jumpers and a dunk, cutting the Senators’ lead to four, 61-57.

 

Junior guard Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) followed that flurry with a three-pointer to cut the lead to one. After the teams traded baskets, freshman center Garrick Sims’ layup with 3:43 left tied the game at 66.

Lakewood High alumnus Antonio Kidd

 

After a Turner layup and free throw by Sims, Kidd buried another three-pointer to give the Storm that 72-70. From there, the Senators out-scored the Storm, 9-2, for the win.

 

Kidd tallied 18 points for the Storm and Campbell turned in his third double-double of the season adding a season-high 12 rebounds to his 18 points. Bradshaw scored 15 and Sims and freshman forward Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) each added a dozen points.


CVCA grad Eric Worthey

 

The Storm got just two points from its bench on a night in which the starters all totaled at least 26 minutes.

 

Turner was outstanding for the Senators, knocking down 9-of-15 threes and 12-of-23 shots overall. Lake Erie out-shot (44 percent to 41 percent) and out-rebounded Davis & Elkins (54-34), but the Storm forced just seven turnovers and was out-scored from the three-point line 33-18.

 

The Storm is winless on the road since a win at Gannon in late November. Lake Erie has dropped four tight road games since then, including three two-point losses (two to ranked teams).

 

Lake Erie returns home on Saturday for its first home game since Jan. 4 on Saturday (Jan. 30) when the Storm will play host to the Ohio Dominican Panthers at 4 p.m. The game follows the women’s game against the Panthers. It will be the Winter White Out at the Jerome T. Osborne Center with the first 50 students at the games receiving a free t-shirt.


US upset of Iggy shakes up


this week's state hockey


rankings

Jan. 26, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

University School’s upsetting previously top-ranked St. Ignatius in overtime shook up the state hockey rankings. In the new rankings released by the various coaching associations this evening, St. Francis, which will have a free pass into the state title game if it wins it district, has replaced the Wildcats as the No. 1 ranked team in Ohio.

 

US jumped up to No. 3 while Iggy dropped down to No. 2. Despite a convincing 5-0 win over Walsh, Gilmour is ranked eight and despite winning its own tourney and beating St. Edward a week earlier, Walsh is ranked ninth.

 

Padua is fifth, Eds eighth and Lake Catholic 10th. Strongsville received some votes after a big win over Hudson.

 

STATE POLL

 

                        1.    Toledo St. Francis                           78 (6)

                        2.    St. Ignatius                      69 (2)

                        3.    University School      59

                        4.    Toledo St. John                             49

                        5.    Padua                                  44

                        6.    Sylvania Northview                           31

                        7.    St. Edward                      30

                        8.    Gilmour Academy          28

                        9.    Walsh Jesuit           23

                        10.   Lake Catholic                      13

 

 Others receiving votes: Bowling Green, Findlay, Dublin Coffman and Strongsville

 

 

 

 

CINCINNATI - COLUMBUS - DAYTON POLL

 

                        1.    Dublin Coffman                    189 (18)

                        2.    Cincinnati Sycamore           146 (1)

                        3.    Cincinnati Moeller                143

                        4.    Dublin Jerome                     131

                        5.    Olentangy Liberty                113

                        6.    Beavercreek                        82

                        7.    Centerville