A Page -- Jan. 26, 2012

Alex Bastock

Hudson's Alex Bastock Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Wright State's Alex Bastock of the women's tennis team has been selected as the Horizon League's first Player of the Week this season, it was announced Tuesday by the league office.

Bastock (Hudson, OH/Hudson) won both matches in #2 singles as the Raiders open the spring portion of the schedule last weekend at St. Louis and SIU Edwardsville.  She won 6-4, 5-7, 14-12 against St. Louis and 6-2, 6-2 versus SIU Edwardsville.

Bastock also posted a win in #2 doubles against the Cougars, teaming with Amy Nini for an 8-4 decision.

Wright State (0-2) returns to action on Friday, January 27, with a 1:00 match at Ball State.

Storm looks for upset at Findlay

Lake Erie College Storm (7-9, 2-7 GLIAC) at University of Findlay Oilers (13-4, 7-3 GLIAC)
When: Thursday January 26, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Croy Center – Findlay, Ohio
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/findlay
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LAKE ERIE LOOKS TO SNAP STREAK IN TOUGH ROAD TESTS: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team (7-9, 2-7 GLIAC) looks to snap a four-game losing streak as it travels to face two of the top teams in the GLIAC South this week facing the University of Findlay Thursday and Wayne State University Saturday.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Sophomore center Rich Austin (Cleveland, Ohio/St Ignatius scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds but it was not enough as Lake Erie dropped its fourth straight GLIAC contest to Saginaw Valley State, 68-51

SERIES NOTES: Lake Erie has never beaten Findlay in 12 meetings dating back to the Storm's first season of basketball in 1988-89. The closest meeting came just two weeks ago (Jan. 12) when the Storm fell to the Oilers in overtime, 67-64 in Painesville.

OPPOSITION POSITION: Findlay (13-4, 7-3 GLIAC) is second in the GLIAC South, having closed the gap last game giving first-place Hillsdale its first conference loss Saturday, 90-73. The Oilers are 10-1 at home this season and have won 114 of their last 115 regular season home contests.   Findlay is led by senior guard Kyle Caiola (cousin of LEC women's basketball player Jen Caiola) with 14.2 ppg.

AUSTIN ALL-IN: Sophomore Rich Austin has made a huge leap after a solid freshman season. Austin is averaging 12.6 ppg. and 6.3 rpg., leading the team in both categories. He has reached double figure scoring in 11-of-16 games this season. The Cleveland St. Ignatius grad averaged 6.0 ppg. as a freshman.

BEST YET?: In its three seasons as a member of NCAA Division II the most single season wins Lake Erie reached was 11 in 2009-10.  With 10 games remaining, the Storm has a strong chance to exceed that total this season.

THREE-POINT THWARTING: Lake Erie is leading the GLIAC in three-point defense this season, holding opponents to just .309 (84-of-272) on attempts from behind the arc.

CSU Basketball returns home for two contests

Game 19
Wright State (12-7, 5-2) at Cleveland State (8-10, 3-4)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site: Wolstein Center - Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Cleveland State leads, 30-23
Last Meeting: Wright State 58, Cleveland State 42 (1/22/11)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more

Cleveland State will return to the Wolstein Center to begin a four-game homestand on Thursday (Jan. 26), as the Vikings are set to host the Wright State Raiders in a 7:00 p.m. contest. Wright State (12-7, 5-2), who is currently tied for second in the league standings, has won five out of its last seven contests, all of which have come against league opponents. The Vikings on the other hand have split their last seven contests, as they are currently sixth in the league standings with a 3-4 record.

Thursday's contest will be the 54th meeting between the two teams, with the Vikings holding the slight edge in the overall series record, 30-23. CSU has won four out of the last five contests, and seven out of the last 11.

Mark the fifth CSU victory out of the past six contests…Make the Vikings .500 in the league…Give head coach Kate Peterson Abiad her 115th career victory, tying her for the most wins in program history.

After recording double-digit points for the seventh straight contest with 14 points at Green Bay (Jan. 21), Shalonda Winton now leads the Horizon League averaging 21.6 points per contest during league games only. Winton has been the Vikings top scorer during six of the seven league contests this year, while she has also been the top rebounder during six games.

In league games only, Winton ranks second with 10.3 rebounds per contest and is one of three players to rank in the top-five in both scoring and rebounding (Brandi Brown, YSU & Jasmine Bailey, UIC). She is also tied for second in offensive rebounds (4.0) and ranks fifth in defensive rebounds (6.3).

Freshman Cori Coleman, who has posted 73 of her 105 points during league contests this season, ranks 24th in the Horizon League averaging 10.4 points per league contest. Coleman is one of just five freshmen to be ranked in the top-25 in scoring, while she is also tied for sixth in steals, averaging 2.0 per game.

Honesty King was one-shy of tying her career-high at Green Bay after posting a team-high 19 points against the Phoenix. King, who was 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from behind the arc, scored CSU's final 11 points of the first half, knocking down three three-pointers and a jumper during the final 8:21. Saturday's contest marked the second time that King has led the Vikings in scoring this season, also doing so against Ole Miss (Dec. 21) when she tallied a career-high 20 points.

The Vikings have tallied 30 or more rebounds in seven of the last eight contests, including their last four outings. During that eight game stretch, CSU recorded at least 40 rebounds three times; 44 vs. UIC (Jan. 12), 41 at Valparaiso (Jan. 5) and 47 vs. Lake Erie (Dec. 28). Shalonda Winton led the Vikings with 78 rebounds during that time, while Kiersten Green added 41 and Imani Gordon posted 37.

Shalonda Winton ranks second in the league with eight double-doubles on the season, with five of them coming against league opponents. For her career, Winton has tallied 21, with 12 coming as a sophomore and one as a freshman. Green Bay's Julie Wojta, who has nine double-doubles on the year, is the only league player to have more double-doubles than Winton this season.

With a 23-for-50 performance from the floor, CSU became the first team to shoot 46-percent or better against the Phoenix in league play, and just the third team to shoot 40-percent or better (Youngstown State, .452 & UIC, .421) against them. On the season, Green Bay has held their opponents to a .395 clip from the floor and a .390 clip during league contests.

Shalonda Winton continues to climb the CSU all-time career rebounds list, as she currently ranks 13th with 634. Winton needs eight more rebounds to move into 12th place, which is held by Megan Williams (1993-97) who posted 641. Winton also ranks seventh in defensive rebounds with 412 and eighth in offensive rebounds with 222.

Lake Erie tracksters ranked 13th

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Despite a NCAA provisional qualifying performance over the weekend, the Lake Erie College men's track and field team dropped two spots in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division II Indoor Top 25 Computer Rankings released Tuesday (Jan. 24).

The Storm men are currently ranked 13th, down from 11th in last week's rankings, and are one of four Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) teams in the Top 25.  Lake Erie is 10th in the Midwest Region. 

Last week's SPIRE North Coast Open was the team's first competition of 2012 and the first since Dec. 10.  Headlining Lake Erie's performance was freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chilli) who set school records in the long jump and triple jump, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships in the latter.

The USTFCCCA national team rankings will be complied by mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists and data taken from previous seasons.  The preseason ranking and early-season rankings, data is taken from previous seasons as well as the current season.

According to the USTFCCCA, the purpose and methodology of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national-team race.

 The Storm is back in action this weekend at the SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track and Field Open Friday and Saturday, Jan., 27-28, at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

PAC Honors 375 Student/Athletes on Fall 2011 Academic Honor Roll; 23 S/A’s on the Roll Have NE Ohio Ties

WEXFORD, Pa. - A total of 375 Student/Athletes have been named to the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2011 semester. The PAC Academic Honor Roll honors Student/Athletes on fall varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. 

Bay Village's Tanner Liptrap (L) and Hunter Liptrap (R)

Akron's Danielle Van Devere (L) and Medina's Samantha Killmeyer

The Fall 2011 total represents a 4.5 percent increase from the Fall 2010 PAC Academic Honor Roll, which featured 359 honorees.

Padua grad Alex Mey (L), Elyria's Emily Bestor (R)

Waynesburg University led the 10 league schools as 62 Yellow Jacket Student/Athletes earned PAC Academic Honor Roll laurels in the fall, followed by Geneva College (53), Grove City College (49), Saint Vincent College (45), Westminster College (36), Bethany College (31), Washington & Jefferson College (29), Thiel College (28), Thomas More College (28) and Chatham University (14).

Of those, 23 hail from the Greater Cleveland area and were previously S/As at local high schools.

The Following local S/A’s made the list

Jeff Amstutz        Sr.    Computer Science        Football                Wooster, OH/Wooster

Heidi Steiner        Fr.    Engineering        Women's Cross Country        Alliance, OH/Marlington

Chris Gibbs        So.    Molecular Biology        Football                Akron, OH/Revere

Clayton Hall        Sr.    Business Management    Football                North Canton, OH/Jackson

Tyler Kwasnicka        Sr.    Biology            Football                Louisville, OH/Louisville

Megan Bennett        Sr.    Finance            Women's Tennis        Poland, OH/Poland

Emily Bestor        Jr.    English            Volleyball            Elyria, OH/Home School

Hillary Wilson        Jr.    Elementary Education    Women's Cross Country        Solon, OH/Solon

Tanner Liptrap        Fr.    Undecided        Football                Bay Village, OH/Bay

Hunter Liptrap        Jr.    Business Admin./Marketing    Football                Bay Village, OH/Bay

Nicole Jeschelnig    Fr.    Biology            Women's Soccer        Madison, OH/Madison

Jacob Plummer        Fr.    Pre-Engineering        Men's Soccer            N. Olmsted, OH/Corpus Christy Acad.

Brett Axner        Sr.    Business Administration    Football                Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls

Alexander Mey        So.    Economics        Men's Cross Country        Cleveland, OH/Padua Franciscan

Adam Moses        Jr.    Psychology        Football                Fairview Park, OH/Lutheran West

Tatum Marucci        Fr.    Undeclared        Women's Soccer        Youngstown, OH/Poland Seminary

Dana Griesmer        Sr.    Neuroscience        Women's Tennis                 Canfield, OH/Canfield

Nathaniel Horgan    Sr.    Public Relations        Football                Geneva, OH/Geneva

Samantha Killmeyer    Sr.    English            Women's Soccer        Medina, OH/Highland

Rocky Radeff        So.    Political Science        Football                Sheffield Lake, OH/Brookside

Lindsay     Speidel        Sr.    Biology            Volleyball            Ravenna, OH/Southeast

David Wright        Jr.    Business Administration    Football                Solon, OH/Solon

Danielle Van Devere    Fr.    Occupational Therapy    Women's Tennis        Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary

Lake Erie seeks to extend winning streak to 

three games

PAINESVILLE, OHIO --  After bouncing back with a pair of home wins last weekend, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team goes on the road this week for two important Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contests, looking to enhance their postseason positioning.  The Storm (12-4, 6-3 GLIAC), currently in fifth place in the overall GLIAC standings, will travel to sixth-place University of Findlay (12-5, 6-4 GLIAC) on Thursday night, Jan. 26, and then play at eighth-place Wayne State University (10-8, 5-6 GLIAC) Saturday afternoon, Jan. 28. 

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie had its worst offensive output of the season, scoring just 44 points on 28.6% shooting, but a terrific defensive effort pushed the Storm to a 44-36 win over Saginaw Valley.  Alyssa Wagers and Stephanie Rogers each scored 10 points and combined to grab 17 rebounds.  Rogers also blocked three shots and had six of the team's 17 steals. LEC limited SV to just 30% from the floor and forced 23 turnovers.

ON TO THE NEXT 200: The 67-43 win over Lake Superior State on Jan. 19 was the 200th of head coach Bob Booher's college coaching career. Now in his 13th season of college coaching, Booher has compiled a 201-151 record at Lake Erie and Lakeland Community College.     

NO LONG DISTANCE SERVICE:  The Storm defense has not allowed a three-point basket in its last two games, with Lake Superior and Saginaw Valley going a combined 0-for-17 from deep.      

WAGERS NEXT UP FOR THE 1,000 POINT CLUB:  The Storm has already had two players reach the 1,000-point mark for their career this season and Alyssa Wagers has a chance to join them as early as this weekend.   Wagers has 984 points in her career and is just 16 away from becoming the eighth player to reach that mark in school history. Stephanie Rogers reached the milestone on Nov. 15 against Salem International and Jen Caiola scored her 1,000th point Dec. 1 against Wayne State. 

WINNING WAYS: The 12 victories this season are the third most in a single season in school history, trailing only the 2009-10 (18 wins) and 2007-08 (16) squads. One more win would clinch the program's fourth .500 or better season – and third in the last five years. 

BLOCK PARTY:  Stephanie Rogers currently ranks 13th nationally, averaging 2.6 blocked shots per game. She has five games this season with four blocks. Rogers is third overall in the GLIAC in that category and Lake Erie is first as a team (4.7).  Her 244 career blocks are second most ever at LEC and just three shy of the school record.          

OPPOSITION POSITION:  Findlay has won three straight, a streak that started with a 71-69 victory over the Storm in Painesville Jan. 12.  The Oilers took out Hillsdale College 63-48 in their last game Jan. 19.  Junior wing Kayla Brown leads the team in seven statistical categories, including scoring (13.5 ppg.) and rebounding (5.2 rpg.). Freshman forward Lacey Kessler has scored 39 points in her last two games.  

The Warriors, meanwhile, bounced back from a three-game losing streak with a 74-70 win at Ohio Dominican University on Saturday.  Junior guard Paige Sickmiller scored 20 points in that game.  Junior D-I transfer Juanita Cochran leads the team in both scoring (12.7 ppg.) and rebounding (10.1 rpg.), just ahead of All-GLIAC forward Phaebre Colbert (11.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg.). 

A LOOK AHEAD: Lake Erie wraps up its three-game road trip Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Hillsdale.