A Page -- Jan. 26, 2011

John Carrol's basketball team warms up before the game

North Olmsted High alumna 

Kori Wiedt spurs 94-point 

outburst to lead Mount 

Union  to win against John 


Jan. 26, 2011, 9:07 p.m. EST

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS – Nationally ranked Mount Union’s basketball team shook off a tough loss to Baldwin-Wallace across town earlier this week and avenged a December loss to John Carroll, exploding for a 54-point first half on the way to a 94-79 win over the Blue Streaks ad here in the Tony DeCarlo Varisty Athletic Center.

Perry Township native Taylor Hartung, North Olmsted High alumna Kori Wiedt, Westlake’s Rosa LaMattina and Green alumna Lauren Forquer all hit double figures in scoring for the Raiders.

Wiedt led the way for the Raiders with 18 points. Stow High alumna Lee Jennings had a game-high 39 points for John Carroll.

Fans knew something was up right after the opening jump ball.

Mount coach Suzie Venet might have come close to an NCAA record for fastest timeout. Venet called timeout with the game only two seconds old. If that was not enough, she did the same thing at the 19:58 mark of the second half.

If the fans thought the two quick timeouts was rude, Venet heightened the level of aloofness by shielding her players from post-game interviews despite their sterling performance on the night.  

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It was enough to get a good look, as the Raiders rolled out to an 18-10 lead by the time the game hit the 14:10 mark in the first half, Erin Schmidt hitting a three from the right corner to make it an eight-point game and force John Carroll coach Kristie Waravalli to call a timeout.

John Carroll narrowed it down to four points on a Missy Spahar basket, but an old-fashioned three-point play by Taylor Hartung began an 11-0 run by the Purple Raiders, who opened up a 15-point lead, 29-14, by the midway point of the first half.

After Brunswick native Katie Crider gave Mount a 37-25 lead, Lee Jennings cut it to 12 with a couple baskets for the Blue Streaks., but hat would be as close as they would get the rest of the half.

First, Westlake High alumna Rosa LaMarttina, the rookie of  the year in the OAC last year, flipped a pass to Crider, who canned a trey with three  minutes to go for Mount’s first 20-point lead and then LaMattina drove the lane on the next trip down to make it 49-27 with two and a half minutes to go.

In the offensive onslaught, Wiedt was the hottest shooter in the first half, scoring 11 points to lead the Raiders. Jennings had a game-high 19 by halftime. Lake Catholic alumna Missy Spahar  had 10 points in the first half..

Lake Erie's basketball team returns home Friday

Following a four-game road trip, the Lake Erie women return home to host Findlay, the first place team in the GLIAC South Division... the Storm has played just once at the Osborne Center since mid-December and is looking for its first win overall since.

The Storm's Liz Stephens from North Royalton

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By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND– The Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs rank sixth and seventh in Division III, respectively, in the latestCollegeSwimming.com/ Avidasports Performance rankings. The rankings measure each team’s improvement against past performances and compare that metric to those of other programs.

Spartan Sarah Evans from North Olmsted

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Massillon Native Tom Straughn selected as 

NAIA's best wrestler of week nationally

Notre Dame grappler earns 

high marks for 5-0 performance in Ashland


SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame's Thomas Straughn has been named the NAIA National Wrestler of the Week, the national office announced today.



Straughn, a senior from Massillon, Ohio, was tabbed for the honor based on his performances from Jan. 17 - 23. The reigning national champion at 157 pounds earned the 157-pound title at the Simonson Open hosted by Ashland University on Jan. 22.Straughn went 5-0 at the event, earning two majors and four wins over NCAA Division I foes. In the championship bout, he edged Josh Demas of Ohio State, who was wrestling unattached, 5-4.

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Lake Erie Men's basketball team to host 15-1 

Findlay tomorrow in Painesville

Jan. 27, 2011

By Jason Tirotta

Lake Erie returns home following a four-game road trip to host 5th-ranked Findlay tomorrow night.

Storm's Jimmy Kerrigan, a Midpark grad

The Storm has dropped two in a row, most recently a 65-53 setback at Saginaw Valley State Saturday… senior Ethan Bradshaw scored 18 off the bench against SV while freshman Riley Thomas scored 20, including six three-pointers, in the previous game at Lake Superior State.

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By Nick Minerd

Case Western Reserve University volleyball head coach Karen Farrell describes Alexandria Drake as a, “save-the-world,” type of kid. That’s anything-but-modest praise for the sophomore defensive specialist, who ventured to University Circle all the way from Phoenix, Arizona


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Solon's Kourtney Brown about to break Buffalo school scoring record tonight

Jan. 26, 2011

Erin Dugan

Buffalo at Central Michigan, 12 pm

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The Bulls remain on the road for the second of two straight games and their fifth road conference game out of their first seven. 

Senior Kourtney Brown has her eyes on the school record book as she will look to break both the career scoring and rebounding records today. Brown is just six points away from the school record of 1,703, which was set by Brenna Doty.

Following her 13-rebound performance against Toledo, Brown is tied with Janet Lilley for the school record. Brown already has the school record for career blocks and career field goals. She is second in Mid-American Conference history in blocked shots with 208. Brown is currently 10th in the nation in scoring, fourth in rebounding and seventh in field goal percentage. Brown is also tied for fourth in doubles-doubles. The Chippewas feature one of the highest scoring offenses in the country, averaging 82.8 points per game. They are led by Kaihla Szunk

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North Olmsted's Katey Hull has high

game and high series, but Rangers still

win on the lanes

Cassie Pawlak led North Ridgeville to a high school bowling victory over North Olmsted tonight by rolling for better than a 200 average, putting together a two-game series of 215-193-408. 

Others for North Ridgeville: were Shauna Shields 122-122-244, Samantha Crist 151-100-251, Devan Freeman 143-152 -295, and Ashley Schoonover 196-194-390. 

The Eagles’ Katey Hull led all bowlers with a 180-233-413. Also for North Olmsted it was Heather Thomas 163-116-279, Cali Gulan 134-99-233, Amanda Pfeiffer 102-130 -232, and Becky Szabo 124-156-280.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Basketball Team Defeats Heidelberg, 67-43, For Fifth Straight Victory

BEREA –  Sophomore guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) scored a career-high 14 points as the first place Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 67-43, tonight (Wednesday, January 26, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Picks Up Win Against Oberlin College

January 26, 2011

OBERLIN, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team ended a two-game losing streak with a 77-57 blowout victory against Oberlin College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 26) in aNorth Coast Athletic Conference game at Phillips Gymnasium in Oberlin.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 9-9 overall and 3-6 in the NCAC.  The Yeomen fall to 1-18 overall and 0-10 NCAC.

Heidelberg Men Defeat Baldwin-Wallace, 83-62, in Tiffin in OAC Action

BEREA, OHIO –  Sophomore guard Dane Givner scored a game-high-tying 20 points as the Heidelberg University men’s basketball team defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 83-62, tonight (Wednesday, January 26, 2011) in the Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin. The win was Heidelberg’s second straight and fifth in its last seven contests. B-W lost for the fourth straight time.