A Page -- Jan. 27, 2010

Glenville alumnus, Bedford 

resident Randal Holt has the 

"swagger" to hit the key threes; 

Kent freshman has overcome 

knee injuries to make an impact

Jan. 27, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




KENT – For a student/athlete to become a regular as a freshman at a Mid American Conference school, a basketball player has to have some special skills.


Glenville alumnus and Bedford resident Randal Holt appears to be on one of those paths as the alternating point guard for Kent State.


Holt, who averaged over 24 points a game for the Tarblooders last year, is one of the top free throw shooters on the Golden Flashes and has been a contributor with his steals and assists.


“Randal is a big part of our team because we have only two point guards on our roster,” Kent coach Geno Ford. “He and Rodriguez Sherman have been giving us good minutes and doing a great job of spelling each other.”


Holt and teammate Tyree Evans hit key three pointers on back to back possessions last night that enabled the Flashes to blow the game open midway through the second half and on the way to a 69-49 win over Toledo in Savage Arena.


 Ford was unsure of how soon he might be able to use Holt, since he had undergone two knee surgeries within the last year, but appeared to be 100 percent when he was first inserted into the lineup in November.


“Unfortunately, he has been slowed by injures, but we knew he would miss time with those two knee surgeries in March of last year,” Ford said. “In the MAC, it is tough to be freshman who is a point guard, since a guy is already asked to run the floor without having much experience in the college game, but Randal has handled it well.”

Glenville alum Randal Holt


Like most college freshmen, Holt needs to shed some of his high school physical stature.


“Randal needs to get stronger by getting in the weight room,” Ford said. “He has been in the weight room. His body weight needs to increase and he plans to do this after the season.

He’s been fighting the injuries and a few other things and considering that, he has done a great job for us.”

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Holt has played in 16 of Kent’s 20 games, averaging between 14 and 15 minutes per game. He is shooting 81 percent from the free throw line.


“Randall does a lot of things for us as a point guard,” Ford said. “He can guard on defense, and make the threes. He’s a guard that can give us the feel that we can go on runs offensively because of his savvy.”


Holt is third on the team in three-point goals, possessing an air of confidence when letting the ball rip from long range.


“The most noticeable attribute about Randall is that he has unbelievable confidence,” Ford said. “He can be 0-for-4 and shoot the fifth one and be the one guy in the building with the most confidence that it will go in. He might be the only one in the world to think it will go. I don’t think he ever takes a shot that he does not think will go.”


This confidence the coach sees is not run of the mill amongst MAC ball players.


“There is a real beauty to that because a lot of players don’t have it,” Ford said. “The players call it swagger. I don’t know the coaches’ word for it, but he is a confident player. Right now, his confidence is above his stats. That said, right now as coaches we have confidence that that will turn around, and we feel he is going to have a really good finish for us.”


The confidence was evident last night when he shot 60 percent from the field on 3 of 5 and 50 percent from behind the arc.


The Flashes are now on a three-game winning streak. Holt scored 11 to help with his scoring in the win over Buffalo that began the streak.

Cleveland State picked to win 

2010 Horizon League Softball 


UIC voted as runner-up in coaches poll; Wright State picked third


Jan. 27, 2010

By Mike Laninga

Horizon League Office

INDIANAPOLIS  Cleveland State University has been picked to win the 2010 Horizon League softball championship in balloting by the conference¹s nine head coaches, the League office announced Wednesday (Jan. 27).


The Vikings collected seven first-place votes and 63 points in the preseason poll as coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams.

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UIC was second in the voting with 57 points while Wright State garnered a tally of 46 to place third.  Butler and Loyola totaled 38 points apiece to tie for fourth just edging sixth-place Valparaiso with 37 points.


Rounding out the poll were the Green Bay in seventh (22 points), Youngstown State in eighth (15) and Detroit in ninth (eight).


Last season, Cleveland State (35-18) captured its first League crown since the 1997 season and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.  The Vikings will be led this season be two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Amanda Macenko.  The senior right-hander helped CSU post a League-record 17 conference wins in 2009.

Horizon League


The Flames (27-26) finished league play at 16-4 last season to claim the Horizon League¹s regular-season championship.  UIC general Michelle Venturella was named conference Coach of the Year and welcomes back two first-team All-League performers from last year¹s squad.


Softball action begins on Friday, Feb. 12, with conference play commencing on Saturday, March 27.  The 2010 Horizon League Softball Championship will be hosted by the regular-season champion May 6-8.



2010 Horizon League Preseason Coaches Poll

Rank    Team                             Points

1.         Cleveland State (7)        63

2.         UIC (1)                          57

3.         Wright State (1)             46

4-t.       Butler                             38

4-t.       Loyola                          38

6.         Valparaiso                     37

7.         Green Bay                      22

8.         Youngstown State         15

9.         Detroit                           8

B-W’s Brett Scarl and Ryan 

Clokey Named to 


Senior Bowl Roster

Jan. 27, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College offensive tackle Brett Scarl (North Olmsted) and safety Ryan Clokey (Massillon/ Perry) have been named to the North roster for the Inaugural OhioCollegeFootball.com Senior Bowl on Saturday, April 17 at Marv Moorehead Stadium in Columbus.

Scarl, a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection and a 2009 team captain, was named B-W’s Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2009. He started all 10 games at left tackle for an offense that ranked third in the OAC at 200.5 rushing yards per game.

Clokey was named B-W’s Ray E. Watts Most Valuable Defensive Player this season. He started all 10 games at safety and served as one of B-W’s captains. He ranked second on the team with a career-best 73 tackles and recorded three key interceptions. For his career, Clokey finished with 178 tackles and five INT.

Ryan Clokey

A total of 90 Ohio players were selected to play in the OCF Senior Bowl and will represent Division I-FCS (Football Championship Subdivision), Division II and Division III institutions from throughout the state.

The game will kickoff at 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio


Tisdale, Bond and Maragas return for 2nd Season”


Jan. 27, 2010

By Nicolle Meyer

Avon, OH— The Lake Erie Crushers are pleased to announce the return of three players from last season’s Frontier League Championship team.  Former rookies, first baseman Eddie Tisdale, outfielder Wayne Bond and catcher Nick Maragas will all report to Avon in May for their sophomore seasons with the Crushers.   


“We have high expectations for this group of players,” said field manager John Massarelli. “They had solid rookie seasons and played a large role in helping our team to a championship. The bar has been set high for them. They are no longer rookies, but experienced players and we expect big things out of them.”


Tisdale joined the Crushers last June after a successful collegiate career at Winthrop University. In his senior season, he hit .393 with 53 RBI and ten home runs. The first baseman played 64 games in the Crushers pinstripes. He was fifth on the team in hitting with a batting average of .292. He also recorded 37 runs scored, 62 hits, ten doubles, four homeruns and 37 RBI. Tisdale’s successful season was recognized by Baseball America this past fall. The rookie was one of only seven Frontier League players to make the annual “Top 20 Prospect” list of all independent league players.

Eddie Tisdale


Bond will return to outfield for the Crushers in 2010. He played 86 games for the Crushers last season, racking up 49 runs scored, 74 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, seven homeruns and 52 RBI. He graduated from Ball State University in 2008, where in his senior season he hit .327 in 52 games with 52 runs scored. He led his team in homeruns (14), RBI (55), and hits (69).


This past season, Maragas split the catching duties with Brad Griffiths. Maragas made his professional debut in the Crushers’ inaugural season opener against the Washington Wild Things, hitting a home run in his first at bat. He finished the season batting .167 with 12 runs, 12 hits, three doubles and seven RBI. Maragas played his senior year of collegiate baseball at University of Louisiana – Monroe.


In other transactions this week, the Crushers received outfielder Matt Sutton from the Washington Wild Things in a trade for future considerations. Sutton played three seasonsfor Washington, including one season under Crushers field manager John Massarelli.


The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website atwww.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.



By Mike Preston

IFAF Wire Services

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 - USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, announced today that the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Reebok have joined the list of partners for USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 12 p.m. ET.  The game will be televised live by NFL Network.

The game will feature St. Ignatius quarterback Mark Myers.


USA Football's 2010 Junior National Team - 45 of the country's top high school seniors - will face a World Select team composed of the best players aged 19 and under from outside the United States spanning eight countries on four continents. Showcasing the world's top high school-aged players from across the globe, the Jan. 30 contest will follow AFC and NFC All-Star practices at Lockhart Stadium. Admission to the NFL All-Star practices and "Team USA vs. The World" game is free of charge.


The Andrews Institute, USA Football's official sports medicine provider, will supply athletic training and medical care for USA Football's Junior National Team and the World Team during this week's practices and Saturday's game. A world-class institute for orthopaedics and sports medicine in Pensacola, Fla., the Institute opened its doors in 2007. Renowned orthopedic surgeon and Andrews Institute founder DR. JAMES ANDREWS will serve both teams on the sideline on gameday.


Reebok is a global brand in the sporting goods and apparel industry, manufacturing and marketing sports, fitness and lifestyle products. The company will provide cleats and footwear for the game's players, coaches and officials. Reebok's addition to the list of supporters marks the first time that the NFL partner has teamed up with USA Football.


"The Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Pensacola, Florida is proud to be the official sports medicine provider for USA Football," says Dr. James R. Andrews. "Our mission compliments the efforts of USA Football to educate coaches, parents and athletes on safety and injury prevention. We are proud to support the Team USA vs. The World game and look forward to providing this same service at future events."


JAN JENMERThead coach of Sweden's national football team, is the head coach of the 45-man "World" roster, which is selected from eight countries on four continents: American Samoa, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and Sweden.


The head coach of USA Football's team is CHRIS MERRITT, head coach of Miami Christopher Columbus High School. Merritt was the 2009 USA Football Junior National Team's defensive backs coach that earned a gold medal in Canton, Ohio, this past July in the eight-nationInternational Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship.


Delivering NFL Network game commentary for the multi-national noon ET kickoff on Jan. 30 will be RICH EISENDEION SANDERS, and SCOTT KENNEDYSideline reporter STACEY DALES will contribute on-field insight.


USA Football's "Team USA vs. The World" game, presented by Riddell, is also supported by numerous USA Football corporate partners, including GameWear Team Sports, Shock Doctor, Gatorade, and Cutters.

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

All four North Ridgeville High 

bowling teams finish perfect 

regular seasons; claim all 

four North Shore High 

School League 

titles with wins over Dukes

Jan. 27, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


All four North Ridgeville High bowling teams were winners tonight as each team finished the regular season 13-0 for a combined record of 52-0. At Strike Out Lanes in Wellington tonight, the Ranger boys’ varsity was a 2.421-2,103 winner, 2,100-1,628, the JVB girls a 1,463-987, victor and the boys’ JV’s a 2,196,1763 conqueror


Heather Hill rolled a 403 series to pace the Ranger varsity girls, Adam Kotas a 468 t charge the varsity boys of Ridgeville, Leiah Malinkey a 289 to spur the JV girls and Matt Sas a 427 to front the JV boys.


The Dukes were led by Hannah Rutherford (304), Zach Vermilion (437), Jackie Kakos (256), and Jacob Drennan (390).

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With the wins, the Rangers win the North Shore High School League championship in all four divisions.



North Ridgeville:


Becca Lamb            177-198    375

Ashley Schoonover   155-146    301

Heather Hill               211-192    403

Cassie Pawlak          160-202    362

Tabitha Hill                171-187    358


game total                 874-925    1799

baker games             159-142      301


TOTAL                      1033-1067    2100    


High Game:  Heather Hill    211

High Series:  Heather Hill    403





Hayley Prunty        122-132    254

Samantha Block     128-140    268

Kathleen Plummer   114-137    251

Kateland Kacic        103-158    261

Hannah Rutherford    156-148    304


game total                623-715    1338

baker games            178-112      290


Totals                      801-827    1628


High Game:    Kateland Kacic    158

High Series:    Hannah Rutherford 304


Boys Varsity:

North Ridgeville

Brandon Becka          235-173 (408)

Ricky Cayet                     185 (185)

Adam Kotas              239-229 (468)

Collin Oliva                247-210 (457)

Mike O'Sullivan          201-192 (393)

Joe Sas                    199       (199)

Baker Games            160-151

Games:                    1281 - 1140 (2421)



Brandon Fraley          130       (130)

Lucas Riggar             156-180 (336)

Kevin Sounders          181-164 (345)

Zach Vermillion          242-195 (437)

Michael Hicks            212-179 (391)

Ryan Roberts                   138 (138)

Baker Games            162-164

Games:                    1083 - 1020 (2103


JV Girls
North Ridgeville

Meaghan Hogue             109-88 (197)

Jessica Keaton               100-113 (213)

Stacy Bohr                     117-131 (248)

Kari Cook                       136-133 (269)

Leiah Malinkey                127-170 (297)

Baker Games                  100-139

Games                            689-774 (1463)




Kylee Charles                107-142 (249)

Angela Gaetano                    102 (102)

Jackie Kakos                 144-112 (256)

Katelyn Mondak             117-93 (210)

Baker Games                 87-83

Games                           455-532 (987)


Boys JV

North Ridgeville

Logan Gedeon           126-128 (254)

Ryan Kordish             245-169 (414)

Scott Bednarski         152-200 (352)

Matt Sas                   226-201 (427)

Glenn Waligora          178-214 (392)

Baker Games            148-205

Games:                     1075-1117 (2192)




Brandon Wallace         134       (134)

Tyler Reitz                  158-150 (308)

Brandon Varner           120       (120)

Jacob Drennan            183-207 (390)

Ryan Smith                 179-147 (326)

Mitchell Farr                      105 (105)

Levi Hunter                        121 (121)

Baker Games              138-121

Games:                      912-851 (1763)

Caroline Hamp wins twice in 

individual races as EC 

Panthers win again; boys

edged by St. Mary's

Jan 27, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Elyria Catholic’s swim teams split tonight with St. Mary’s Central Catholic, the girls winning 124-36, and the boys team just getting edged, 90-79.


Caroline Hamp won the 500-yard freestyle race and 200 individual medley to lead the gals. Other individual winners for the girls were Rachel Buckley in the 200 free, Jennifer Buckley in the 50 free, Jenna O’Dell in the 100 butterfly, Brooke Bartlebaugh in the 100 free, and Kelly O’ Dell in the 100 breaststroke


Taking individual firsts for the Panther boys were Ben Sleva in the 500 free and Mike Haupt in the 200 free.

B-W Women Beat John

Carroll, 74-62, for Ninth 

Straight Victory and

Remain in First Place

BEREA, OHIO --  Junior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) scored a game-high 21 points with four three-pointers as theBaldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 74-62, tonight (Wednesday, January 27, 2010) in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea for its season-high ninth straight victory and remain in first place in the OAC.

The Yellow Jackets are now 14-4 overall, 10-1 in the OAC and tied for first place with Capital University. B-W has now beaten JCU in 35 of the last 36 meetings and leads the all-time series, 40-19. With its loss, JCU falls to 9-8 overall and 6-5 in the conference.

In addition to Schroeder for B-W, senior center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty) recorded a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. JCU was led by Lee Jennings and Caitlin Sureck with 18 and 16 points, respectively.
Keys to the Yellow Jacket victory included holding a 44-25 rebounding advantage and shooting 81.9 percent from the free throw lineand 50.0% from the field.

In the first half, B-W led 20-15 when freshman point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) nailed a long jumper from the corner at the 9:35 mark. The Blue Streaks scored the next 10 points and led 25-20 at 3:55 when Hamilton banked a three-pointer. The Jackets were able to hold JCU to only two points for the remainder of the half as part of a 9-2 run and led 29-27 when Schroeder connected on a free throw with 41 seconds left in the period.
In the second half, JCU scored four quick points and led 31-29 on a Caitlin Sureck layup at 19:03. B-W came right back with a 10-3 run ending in a Schroeder triple at 16:52 that put the Jackets ahead 39-34. The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 12 at 50-38 when sophomore forward Katie Heinlen (Bucyrus/ Wynford) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a layup at 12:35.
B-W’s lead never slipped below seven the rest of the way and reached a high of 16 on a Rossman fast-break layup at 9:33.
B-W is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 30 when it travels to Marietta to play OAC rival Marietta College in the Ban Johnson Arena at 3:00 p.m.


Men’s Basketball - King's Season High Nets Mount Union First Road Win of the Season at Marietta, 65-62

Author: Leonard Reich, Sports Information Director

(MARIETTA, OH)--Mount Union senior guard Sam King (Masury/Brookfield) scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Purple Raiders to their first road win of the season, 65-62, tonight at Marietta.

Junior guard Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) had 13 while freshman forward Matt Kiger (Williamstown, WV/Williamstown) continued his strong play off the bench with 10 points as Mount Union snapped a seven-game road losing streak dating back to last season to improve to 7-11 overall and 5-6 in the OAC.

Kevin Knab had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as he led three Pioneers in double figures as Marietta rallied from 15 points down in the final nine minutes before coming up short and falling to 8-10 overall and 4-7 in the OAC.

Marietta opened up a 7-2 lead in the game's first four minutes before Mount Union would come back and take a 15-14 lead after a Hodkinson jumper with 9:48 left in the period.  Six lead changes and three ties would highlight the remainder of the half and a Hodkinson layup with just under a minute left gave Mount Union a 30-28 lead at the half.

The Raiders opened the second half on a 9-4 surge and a Hodkinson three-pointer made it 39-32 with 17 minutes left.  Mount Union would push the lead to as many as 15 points, 58-43, with 8:44 to play before Marietta went on a 15-2 run over a five minute span to close to within two, 60-58 with 3:55 to play.  King would hit a pair of late jumpers and Hodkinson a free throw, while a Marietta made four free throws and three pointer at the buzzer was no good as Mount Union held on for the win. 

Yellow Jacket Men’s Basketball

Team Falls to John Carroll, 80-67

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Sophomore guard Corey Shontz scored a game-high 18 points as the John Carroll University men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland crosstown rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 80-67, tonight (Wednesday, January 27, 2010) in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center in University Heights. An 18-0 second half run propelled the Blue Streaks to the win. 

With the win, the Blue Streaks improve to 12-5 overall and 8-3 in the OAC. B-W drops to 10-8 overall and 5-6 in the OAC.

In addition to Shontz for JCU, sophomore guard Chris Zajac added 17 points. The Yellow Jackets were led by senior All-OAC forwardKyle Brown (Strongsville) with 16 points, freshman forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) with 10 points and seven rebounds and freshman guard Brandon Schmidt (Wellington) with a career-high 10 points. 

In the first half, B-W jumped out to an 8-3 lead at the 16:08 when Ameen made a layup. B-W extended the lead to double digits at 20-10 with 9:45 remaining in the half when Schmidt made a layup off an assist from sophomore point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/Senior). B-W’s largest lead of 18 points came at the 1:47 mark when Brown converted three of three free throws. However, JCU went on a 9-2 run over the remainder of the half to cut B-W’s halftime lead to 43-32.

In the second half, B-W took a 15-point lead at 47-32 when Ameen scored on a layup with 18:14 left. Then, JCU scored 18 straight points and took the lead at 50-47 with 11:42 remaining as freshman forward Stephon Seton made three of three free throws. John Carroll maintained the lead the rest of the game and led by as many as 15 on two separate occassions with the last coming at the 1:49 mark when senior forward Rudy Kirbus made two shots from the line.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, January 30 when they host OAC rival Marietta College at 3:00 p.m. in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center in Berea. B-W also is home to play Heidelberg University on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. 

Cardinals Second Half Effort Downs the Berg


By Nathan LaRiccia

Westerville, Ohio – January 27, 2010 – The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team suffered a 74-53 setback to Otterbein College in an Ohio Athletic Conference match up. The loss drops Heidelberg to 4-14 overall and 3-8 in the OAC, while the Cardinals improve to 8-10 and are 5-6 against league foes.


Otterbein would be up as much as six points with eight minutes left before halftime. However, Heidelberg would battle back and would take a commanding 34-27 lead, when seniorStacey Barker (Grove City, Ohio / Grove City) found Lyndsey DaVault (Orrville, Ohio / Orrville) for a three-pointer as time expired in the first half.
In the second half, the Cardinals came out very strong and would take a 39-37 lead within five minutes and would never look back.


For Heidelberg, DaVault led the team with 12 points while shooting 4-6 behind the three-point arc. Senior Alyssa Esposito (Brecksville, Ohio / Brecksville-Broadview Heights), junior Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde), and junior Kristen McConkey (New Carlisle, Ohio / Tecumseh) would each have six points.. Sophomore Chelsey Calhoun (Ashland, Ohio / Black Riverscored a career-high five points to go along with four rebounds.


Barker, senior Stacey Richard (Galloway, Ohio / Central Crossing), senior Betsy Shrider (Mount Blanchard, Ohio / Riverdale), and freshman Jordan Ickes (Wooster, Ohio /Triway) would each contribute with four points. Shrider led the team on the glass with six boards. Backing Shrider and alongside Calhoun with four rebounds was Esposito, Richard, Miller, and McConkey.


















Group contracts to purchase nine-acre site for 

an indoor multi-use recreational facility

for track cycling and other recreational 




By Allen Pfenninger

CLEVELAND, January 27, 2010 – Fast Track Cycling, Inc., a Cleveland-based, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a real estate purchase option agreement with the City of Cleveland to acquire a nine-acre vacant site formerly occupied by St. Michaels Hospital in Slavic Village . Fast Track plansto develop and operate an indoor recreational facility which will include a velodrome – a custom-built, banked bicycle track – as part of its mission to support track cycling and other recreational opportunities and promote health and wellness as well as youth programming


Track cycling is a bicycle racing sport that is featured in the Olympic Games and held on specially built banked tracks or velodromes.  Cleveland ’s will be only the third indoor velodrome of the 25 in the United States , along with those in California and Colorado .


The project will help to revitalize the Slavic Village neighborhood as well as provide recreation, wellness and other services to children and adults. Current plans are to construct a 150,000-square-foot, air-supported dome structure that will house a 250-meter wood track, 75,000 square feet of turf field, 20,000 square feet of sport court, and other amenities.  In addition to cycling, the facility will accommodate a multitude of recreational and sports activities including soccer, track and field, football, baseball, volleyball, basketball, running, walking, among many others.  Fast Track has established strategic relationships with Sports Facilities Marketing Group (corporate sponsorships), Edward Howard (public relations), GPD Associates (project engineer) and Vocon Partners (project architect).

A detailed budget and operational projections have been developed. Overall project costs are estimated at $6,500,000. Fast Track is seeking naming rights sponsors, corporate sponsors, foundation grants, federal/state/local grants, and charitable donations from the cycling community. 


To date, Fast Track has been funded by a $30,000 grant from Civic Innovation Lab and other donations totaling $7,000 while another $45,000 has been pledged for the capital campaign. 


Fast Track is collaborating with Slavic Village Development Corporation and has received positive responses from the Mayor’s Office, members of City Council, and the Cleveland


Planning Commission. Fast Track plans to work closely with various neighborhood groups including Sokol Greater Cleveland


“The sale and use of this vacant City Land Bank property for a Sports/Olympic-style cycling training center is a welcomed economic opportunity and major boost for Cleveland ’s Slavic Village neighborhood,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “With the makings of both a regional and national draw, the proposed cycling center will cast a new light on Slavic Village by generating a sense of pride with benefits that will include job creation, business opportunities, health benefits, and more.”


“Bringing a velodrome and recreational facility to the Broadway/Slavic Village community will not only add an important recreational amenity for residents,” said Ward 5 Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland, “but it will also bring in visitors and economic growth to the area.”


“This is a terrific opportunity for Slavic Village ,” said Marie Kittredge, Executive Director of Slavic Village Community Development Corporation. “The velodrome is a perfect fit for us, because of our central location, and our community’s commitment to active lifestyles and physical fitness.  The velodrome will complement our two new athletic fields, the First Tee Golf Course and our Morgana Bike Trail.”


The Slavic Village site is located at McBride Avenue and Broadway Avenue (southeast of the intersection of East 49th Street and Broadway) and offers proximity to all of greater Cleveland , with excellent freeway access to I-77, I-90, I-71, I-490 and I-480.


The 14-member volunteer Board of Trustees has legal, business and finance, political, non-profit, fundraising, construction, and cycling backgrounds. Four board committees include:

  • Site Selection/Acquisition
  • Fundraising/Corporate Sponsors
  • Governance
  • Facilities/Operations.


Project Benefits


  • Health & wellness – all abilities, all access, all community
  • Youth programming
  • Urban redevelopment
  • Year-round community, recreational, elite and regional use
  • Nationally unique venue to attract and retain young, active adults to Northeast Ohio
  • Appeal to a growing market – Cleveland area cyclists
  • Ability to host regional, national and international events throughout the year
  • Potential training center for Olympic and professional cyclists (road and track)

St. Edward Alum Anthony 

Gardner, Massillon Perry

Grad Ryan Clokey named

grid MVPs for B-W

Jan 27, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College Head Football Coach John Snell announced the 2009 Yellow Jacket award winners at the team’s recognition banquet on Sunday, January 24 at the Strosacker College Union in Berea.

Among the 12 awards presented, eight were given to B-W seniors, including quarterback Anthony Gardner (Rocky River/ Lakewood St. Edward) and safety Ryan Clokey (Massillon/ Perry), who were named the Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively.
Ryan Clokey

In addition to Gardner and Clokey, awards were presented to senior offensive tackle Brett Scarl (North Olmsted), senior defensive end Brandon Fast (Ashland/ Senior), senior wide receiver Matt Dash (Medina/ Senior), junior linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Marion Steele), junior safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor), junior running backs Kyrell Crook (Columbus/ St. Francis DeSales) and John McGraw(North Ridgeville), sophomore RB Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior), senior defensive backs Pete Taylor (North Olmsted) and Alex Robbins (Canton/ GlenOak) and senior QB Zach Haudenschild (Rocky River).
Anthony Gardner

Gardner, who recently signed to play professionally in France, was named the Ray E. Watts Most Valuable Offensive Player. The two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection (2008 and 2009) completed 170-of-273 passes (62.3 percent) for 1,773 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 370 yards in 91 attempts with three TD.

Clokey was named the Ray E. Watts Most Valuable Defensive Player. He started all 10 games at safety and served as one of B-W’s captains. He ranked second on the team with a career-best 73 tackles and recorded three key interceptions.

Scarl, a two-time All-OAC selection and a 2009 team captain, was named the Dick Van Almen Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He started all 10 games at left tackle for an offense that ranked third in the OAC at 200.5 rushing yards per game.
North Olmsted alumnus Brett Scarl

Dash was named the Outstanding Receiver and received the Lee J. Tressel Academic award. He had 20 receptions for 239 yards and also was named ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV this fall with a 3.801 grade point average in criminal justice.

Kish, also a 2009 All-OAC selection, was named the Outstanding Linebacker. He led the team with 90 tackles, including four for loss, and totaled seven QB hurries. He also totaled a team individual game-high of 21 tackles in B-W’s season finale at Capital University.
Amherst's Ryan Kish, top Jacket LB

Dugan, also a 2009 All-OAC pick, was named the Outstanding Defensive Back. He moved to safety this season after playing primarily at the cornerback position in 2008. He led the OAC with six interceptions despite missing the first two games of the season due to injury. He also recorded 49 tackles and six pass break-ups.
Mentor alum Ryan Dugan, top B-W DB

Crook, McGraw and Miker shared the Bob Packard Outstanding Offensive Back award. Crook led the team in rushing with 559 yards with six TD and had 14 receptions for 134 yards and a score. McGraw had 486 yards rushing and a team-high nine TD and Miker had 543 yards and four scores.

Taylor was named the A.B. Bonds Outstanding Special Teams Player. In addition to starting all 10 games at cornerback, he was the team’s top return man and averaged 23.7 yards per kick return.

Robbins received the Eloise Tressel “J-A-C-K-E-T” award. He totaled 48 tackles with a forced fumble and a team-high 10 pass break-ups. Haudenschild received the Roy E. Seitz Yellow Jacket award. He served as B-W’s back-up quarterback in both 2008 and 2009. Each award is given to a player who demonstrates the type of character, integrity, work ethic and commitment that is expected of a B-W football student-athlete.

The Yellow Jackets open the 2010 season on Saturday, September 4 versus traditional rival the College of Wooster on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea.

Hiram’s Humphrey Caswell, a Brush Alumnus, Selected to Inaugural OhioCollegeFootball.com Senior Bowl

January 27, 2010

By Jefff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Hiram College football player and senior defensive lineman Humphrey Caswell (South Euclid/Brush) has been selected to play in the inauguralOhioCollegeFootball.com Senior Bowl that will be played at Marv Moorehead Stadium in Upper Arlington on Saturday, Apr. 17 and will be televised on Sports Time Ohio (STO). 

Brush alum Humphrey Caswell

Caswell is one of 90 total players chosen to play in the game and will be a member of the North roster.  The game is sponsored by OhioCollegeFootball.com and GameDay Management, Inc. and will feature senior players from schools all around Ohio at all divisions (NCAA Div. 1-A, II, III and the NAIA).  Caswell will be joined by other players from schools that include Toledo, Youngstown State, 

Ashland, Findlay, Mount Union, Case and Wooster to make up the North squad.  The South roster will be made up of representatives from Ohio StateCincinnati, Miami, Ohio University, Otterbein, Capital, WittenbergOhio Wesleyan and Denison.

Caswell ended a standout four-year career that saw him become the first Terrier to earn first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference accolades, his fourth All-NCAC award overall, in addition to earning All-Ohio honors.

This past fall, Caswell led the team in tackles for loss with nine-and-a-half for 41 yards. He finished second overall in total tackles at 55 (25 solo and 30 assists) and quarterback sacks with three. In addition, he recorded one fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

For his career, Caswell recorded 212 tackles (94 solo and 118 assists) and 10-and-a-half sacks. He also posted 30-and-a-half tackles for a loss of 106 yards to go along with two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Caswell and the North Team will be coached by former Ohio State quarterback Greg Frey.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on April 17.

Cleveland State Weekly Athletics

January 20, 2010                                          

By Brian McCann

The Viking Report. . .

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State 


All Nine Teams Are Back In Action...
Basketball, Wrestling & Fencing Each Are At Home

The winter athletic schedule continues ahead in full gear this week as all nine winter sports are in action this week, two competing at home and the rest playing in five different states.

The men's basketball team will be at home to start the second half of the Horizon League schedule 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 CSU fans being able to purchase $8 seats for just $5 by wearing green to the game.  The contest is also being televised nationally on ESPNU.

The women's basketball team, which begins the week in a first place tie in the Horizon League standings will play a pair of games on the road.  CSU opens the week on Thursday (Jan. 28) with a 5:00 p.m. game at Wright State and then heads to Detroit to face the Titans on Saturday (Jan. 30) at 1:30 p.m.

The men's and women's swimming teams will be in Rochester, MI for a dual meet with Oakland on Friday (Jan. 29) at 6:00 p.m.

The wrestling team continues its Eastern Wrestling League schedule with a pair of matches on the road.  The Vikings will wrestle against Lock Haven on Saturday (Jan. 30) at 1:00 p.m. and the face off against Bloomsburg on Sunday (Jan. 31) at 1:00 p.m.

Fresh off a win over Michigan State, the men's tennis team returns home for three contests this week.  The Vikings will host Xavier on Saturday (Jan. 30) at 2:00 p.m. and both Duquesne (2:00 p.m.) and Robert Morris (6:00 p.m.) on Sunday (Jan. 31).  All three matches will be played at the River Oaks Racquet Club in Rocky River, OH.

The women's tennis team will be on the road this weekeend, playing at Purdue on Saturday (Jan. 30).

The men's and women's fencing teams will be on the road for the first time this semester, competing at the Northwestern Duals in Evanston, IL.  The two day event begins on Saturday (Jan. 30) and is completed on Sunday (Jan. 31).

Men's Basketball Hosts Youngstown State
Vikings Start Second Half Of League Slate In Third Place Tie

Fresh off a pair of exciting home wins, the men's basketball team will remain at home this week when the Vikings open the second half of the league schedule against Youngstown State on Saturday (Jan. 30) at 4:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game will televised nationally on ESPNU.

The Vikings took different routes to sweeping a pair of Horizon League games last week to move into a third place tie in the league standings.  CSU led from wire-to-wire, routing second place Green Bay, 64-50, on Friday (Jan. 22).  Two days later, the Vikings rallied from 14 points down in the second half to defeat Milwaukee, 73-72, on a Norris Cole three-pointer with 6.9 seconds left.
Norris Cole
Norris Cole

"This was a pretty good week for us," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "We defended our home court and defeated two teams that are in the Horizon League title hunt.  More importantly, we learned that we are capable of overcoming adversity and winning a tough game.  Now, we need to continue to win at home and do our best on the road so that we can continue up the league standings."

It was Norris Cole week as the junior captain from Dayton, OH was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time in his career after scoring 22 points in each game.  In the process, he became the 18th player in CSU history to score more than 1,000 points in a career.  He now has 1,005 points.

Women's Basketball Heads To Wright State & Detroit
Viking Begin Week In First Place Tie In League Standings

Cleveland State heads back out on the road for the first time in two weeks when the Vikings play a pair of contests this week, beginning with a 5:00 p.m. contest at Wright State on Thursday (Jan. 28). The Vikings then head north to Detroit for a 1:30 p.m. game on Saturday (Jan. 30).

CSU has won four straight and five of its last six contests to improve to 10-8 overall and 5-2 in the Horizon League, a mark that has allowed the Vikings to climb into a four-way tie for first place in the league standings with Green Bay, Butler and Detroit.

"There was a huge shakeup in the league standings last week and that allowed us to work our way into a tie for first place," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "It's a great feeling, but we know there is a lot of basketball to be played, starting with two big road games this week at places that we have struggled at in the past. We have to continue to go out and play hard and compete for 40 minutes."

The Vikings win streak reached four with a 57-43 win at home over Youngstown State on Friday (Jan. 22) in CSU's lone contest of the week. Freshman Shalonda Winton recorded her first career double-double in the win with 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Viking defense held the Penguins to a season-low in points by a league opponent.
Shalonda Winton

Senior Kailey Klein continues to lead the league in scoring at 15.9 points per game and is now just 52 points shy of breaking the all-time scoring record at CSU.

Wrestling Continues EWL Schedule

Following a hard fought loss against No. 18 Pittsburgh last Thursday (Jan. 21), the Vikings will take to the road and face Lock Haven and Bloomsburg in two EWL meets this weekend. CSU will face Lock Haven on Saturday (Jan. 30) and Bloomsburg on Sunday (Jan. 31) with both meets starting at 1:00 p.m.

Fairview High alumnus Corey Carlo was the lone Viking to record a victory against the Panthers, with a 7-3 decision in the 157 pound weight class. Marcus Effner and Rob Michaels both dropped one point decision matches, Effner in the 174 pound weight class and Michaels in the 165 pound class.
Corey Carlo
Fairview alum Corey Carlo

"Although we aren't seeing the results that we want, the improvement that everyone has made since the beginning of the season is incredible," head coach Ben Stehura said. "Hopefully everyone will notice this and create some confidence going into this weekend when we face two tough EWL opponents on the road."

CSU is now 2-11 on the season, and ranked fifth in the Eastern Wrestling League with an 0-1 record.

Men's Swimming To Compete At Oakland

The Vikings will travel to Rochester, Mich. this Friday (Jan. 29) to face Oakland and attempt to get back on the winning track, as they dropped just their third dual meet of the season at Wright State. CSU fell 149-94 against the Raiders last Saturday (Jan. 23), and is still one win shy of tying the school record for wins in a season (14).

Mark deSwardt led CSU once again, winning the 1,000 free (9:37.16) and finishing second in the 200 fly (1:56.62). Deni Gasparin ( 200 IM, 1:58.00), Pierre De Waal (200 fly, 1:54.10) and Josh Gonzalez (3-meter diving, 317.32) were also first place finishers for the Vikings at Wright State.
Josh Gonzalez
Brunswick High alum Josh Gonzalez

"We are going to have two tough meets in a row including the trip to Oakland this weekend," head coach Wally Morton said. "We are also in the midst of some of our hardest training, so still being able to put good swims out there shows a lot for this group of athletes and what they are able to accomplish."

Going into Friday's meet the Vikings are 13-3, needing one more win to tie the record for most wins in a season which is 14, set by the 1996-97 squad.

Road Trip To Oakland Is Next For Women's Swimming
After falling to Horizon League foe, Wright State last Saturday (Jan. 23) the Vikings are set to take on Oakland in search of their 13th dual meet win of the season. CSU dropped a 150-91 decision against the Raiders despite five individual victories in swimming and diving events.

"We knew the meet against Wright State was going to be tough and I think everyone put forth their best efforts," head coach Wally Morton said. "The schedule will not get any easier for us, as we travel to Rochester to face a deeply talented Oakland team this weekend."

Joanna Olsson led the swimmers with victories in the 200 IM (2:08.60) and the 200 fly (2:07.44), while Kacey Cummings once again swept the diving events with 252.15 points in the 1-meter event and 267.82 points in the 3-meter board. The last victory of the day came from Alice Sommerville in the 50 free (24.79).
Joanna Olsson

The Vikings have an overall record of 13-4 this season, with three dual meets left on the year before Horizon League Championship action begins.

Fencing Travels To Northwestern Invitational

After hosting their only home event of the season, the Vikings will travel to Evanston, Ill. to participate in the Northwestern Duals on Saturday (Jan. 30) and Sunday (Jan. 31). Both the men's and women's squads were successful at the CSU Invitational last Saturday (Jan. 23), the men topping Bowling Green, 17-4 and Case Western 14-13, while the women beat Bowling Green 4-3 and fell to Case Western 21-3.

Liran Gross, John Marshall and Steve Montgomory recorded perfect 6-0 records on the day, while Matt Itomlenskis was a perfect 1-0 at the invitational. Brooke Snyder led the women's team with a record of 5-1 on the day, 3-0 in the foil and 2-1 in the epee.
John Marshall
Lakewood High alum John Marshall

"I was very happy with the way that everyone fenced at the invitational, and look forward to travelling to the Northwestern Duals and facing some great competition," head coach Andy Tulleners said. "We will just take everything one meet at a time and see how we can improve from meet to meet."

CSU will face 12 schools at the Northwestern Duals, including Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Princeton, Northwestern and Duke.

Women's Tennis To Play At Purdue

The schedule slows down this week for the Cleveland State women's tennis team as the Vikings only match of the week comes on Saturday (Jan. 30) at 9:00 a.m. at Purdue. It will be CSU's fourth of eight straight road matches to open the season.

"We put together a tough early season schedule in hopes that it will prepare us for the Horizon League," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "While the results may not be there in terms of wins, I think we have been competing hard and showing signs of improvement. We do have a long way to go as a team, but we are going to continue to work hard and improve in every aspect."

CSU opened its spring campaign by dropping all three of its matches last week. The Vikings dropped a 7-0 decision at Ohio State on Tuesday (Jan. 19) before falling 6-1 at Western Michigan (Jan. 22) and Michigan State (Jan. 23).
Cartrine Bjerrehus

Sophomore Catrine Bjerrehus picked up the Vikings lone win against WMU, earning a three-set win at No. 1 singles, while junior Sanda Bjelan won in three sets at No. 5 singles against the Spartans.

Men's Tennis Returns Home For Three Matches

The early season spring slate heats up for the Cleveland State men's team this week as the Vikings will host three matches at River Oaks Racquet Club, beginning with a 2:00 p.m. contest against Xavier on Saturday (Jan. 30). The Vikings will also host Duquesne at 2:00 p.m. and Robert Morris at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 31).

CSU opened the spring season with a thrilling 4-3 victory at Michigan State on Saturday, Jan. 22, giving eighth-year head coach Brian Etzkin his first victory over a Big Ten opponent.

"Getting a win over a Big Ten school was such a great feeling and other than the league championship matches, I think this might be the biggest win that I have been associated with," Etzkin said. "But we have to understand that this is just one match and we have a long season ahead of us. If we continue to work hard and play our style of tennis, I think we have the ability to have a very successful season."
Phil Orno
Phil Orno

The Vikings won two of the three doubles matches against MSU to win the doubles point and then split the six singles matches to earn the win. Senior Phil Orno and junior John Haley both went 2-0 on the day with Orno winning at No. 1 singles and Haley at No. 5 singles.

Viking High Fives

John Haley: The junior college transfer won both his singles and doubles matches against Michigan State, helping the Vikings to a 4-3 win over the Spartans.

Angel Roque: The women's basketball senior has elevated her play of late, averaging 11.3 points per game over the last four, all CSU wins.

Corey Carlo:  Sophomore wrestler recorded the lone Viking victory against the No. 18 Pittsburgh Panthers last week, and is now 2-0 against Pittsburgh in his career.

Tim Kamczyc:  The men's basketball freshman picked a great time to make his first career blocked shot, rejecting a Ja'Rob McCallum shot with 1.1 seconds left to preserve Sunday's win over Milwaukee.

The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings

Jan. 28        Thursday         Women's Basketball at Wright State       Fairborn, OH     5:00 p.m.
Jan. 29         Friday   Swimming at Oakland      Rochester, MI    6:00 p.m.
Jan. 30         Saturday         Men's Basketball hosts Youngstown State Wolstein Center 4:00 p.m.
               Women's Basketball at Detroit    Detroit, MI      1:30 p.m.
               Fencing at Northwestern Duals    Evanston, IL     All Day
        Men's Tennis hosts Xavier        River Oaks Racquet Club 2:00 p.m.
               Women's Tennis at Purdue         West Lafayette, IN       9:00 a.m.
               Wrestling at Lock Haven Lock Haven, PA   1:00 p.m.
Jan. 31         Sunday   Men's Tennis hosts Duquesne      River Oaks Racquet Club 2:00 p.m.
               Men's Tennis hosts Robert Morris         River Oaks Racquet Club 6:00 p.m.
               Wrestling at Bloomsburg Bloomsburg, PA   1:00 p.m.
               Fencing at Northwestern Duals    Evanston, IL     All Day

Women's Basketball - #22 Mount Union Turns Over Marietta For 63-55 Win; Westlake's LaMattina scores career-high 18; Green's Forquer sinks 12 in a row

Published On: 1/27/2010 10 pm

By Leonard Reich, Sports Information Director

(ALLIANCE, OH)--No. 22 ranked Mount Union scored 27 points off 30 Marietta turnovers to score a 63-55 Ohio Athletic Conference women's basketball victory tonight at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The defensive effort was need to fight off a Marietta (3-15, 1-10 OAC) squad that out-rebounded the Purple Raiders, 42-28 and got a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds from freshman Aleisha Guiler.

Mount Union won its fourth game in a row and improved to 16-2 overall and remains a game out of first place at 9-2 in the OAC.  Freshman Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored 13 of her season-high 18 points in the second half to go along with four assists and four steals and junior Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) went a perfect 12-of-12 from thefree throw line as part of a 14 point, six rebound effort to lead the Purple Raiders.


Everything started off well for the Raiders as they hit five of their first nine shots including a Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) three pointer to lead 16-7 just six minutes into the game.  Mount Union would then score just eight points over the next 12 minutes and Marietta would get back into the game tying things up at 24 with 2:35 left in the half.  The Raiders would score the final five points of the period to lead 29-24 at the half.

Marietta would rally to tie the game again at 34 with 13:28 remaining. Mount Union had a 40-38 lead with 9:30 and would go on an 11-3 run capped by a pair of Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) free throws to give the Raiders their largest lead of the game, 52-41 with 3:48 left.  Mount Union would go on to the 63-55 final.

The Purple Raiders go back on the road traveling to Wilmington for a key OAC matchup Saturday at 3 pm.

NOTES - Lauren Forquer's 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line was the most consecutive free throws in a game since Stephanie Gianni hit an OAC record 15-of-15 in a game against Ohio Northern during the 2003-04 season.

Strongsville's Caitlyn Ruese scores career-high 16 to lead Hiram past The College Of Wooster; Avon Lake's Kym Wenz leads all scorers

January 27, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  — Junior forward Caitlyn Ruese (Strongsville) scored a career-tying high 16 points and sophomore guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds as the Hiram College women’s basketball team ended a four-game losing streak with a 64-63 victory against The College of Wooster tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 27) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.

Caitlyn Ruese

With the win, the Terriers improve to 3-15 overall and 2-7 in the NCAC.  The Fighting Scots fall to 7-11 overall and 4-5 NCAC.

Hiram took an early lead in the first half, but an 8-0 scoring run by Wooster gave the Scots an 8-4 lead at the 14:09 mark and never trailed in the period again.  The Scots led by as many as seven points on two occassions, including a 24-17 edge with 7:21 left in the half.  After almost a two minute scoring drought by both teams, junior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) sparked a 6-0 mini scoring run to cut the deficit to 24-23 with 4:26 left before the break.   Wooster responded by building its lead back to six points with just under two minutes to go, but Hiram fought back again and tied the game at 31-31 thanks to a pair of free-throws by junior forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby Hills/South) with 44 seconds on the clock.  Wooster scored the final points of the period for a 33-31 advantage at the break.

In the second half, the period featured nine lead changes and four ties.  Hiram recorded its first lead since early in the game at the 18:03 mark on a layup by Ruese making the score 35-34.  Wooster would later find itself with its familiar six-point lead, 47-41, with 13:18 left to play, but eight unaswered points by the Terriers that ended in a jumper by senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) gave Hiram a 49-47 edge with 10:25 to go.  Both teams exchanged leads and Hiram took the lead for good with 6:01 left on a triple by Cowan and led by as many as four points on several occassions, including a score of 64-60 thanks to what turned out to be two critical free-throws by Mayle with four seconds left.  Wooster would connect on its desperation three-point shoot as time expired, but the two earlier free-throws by Mayle gave Hiram the 64-63 victory.

Wooster had two players in double figures led by Kym Wenz’s game-high 28 points on nine-of-19 shooting (47.4 percent), including a perfect seven-of-seven from the free-throw line.  She also grabbed eight rebounds.  Kaitlin Krister was the other Scot player in double digits with 20 points in addition to grabbing nine rebounds and blocking four shots.

Hiram was led by Ruese’s 16 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent).  Cowan rounded out the Terrier high scorers with 14 points and shot seven-of-10 (70.0 percent) from the charity stripe.  Durichko’s 13 boards was a game high and also dished out a game-best seven assists.

Hiram will travel to Meadville, Pa. for a NCAC game against Allegheny College on Tuesday, Feb. 2.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Cold Shooting in Second Half Gives Hiram College Men’s Basketball Loss Against No. 24 The College of Wooster

January 27, 2010

WOOSTER, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team trailed by two points at halftime, but cold shooting in the second half resulted in a 67-43 loss against No. 24 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 27) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Timken Gymnasium in Wooster.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 8-10 overall and 5-4 in the NCAC.  The Fighting Scots improve to 14-4 overall and 9-0 NCAC.

Hiram led by as many as five points on two occassions in the first half, including a 16-11 mark thanks to a three-pointer by junior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) with 8:49 left in the period.  Wooster then went on a 13-2 scoring run to take the lead, 24-18, with 2:10 left before halftime.  Hiram cut the lead to a basket on a pair of free-throws by junior All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) to end the scoring in the half to trail 26-24 at the intermission.

The Terriers struggled in the second half as Hiram shot just 23.1 percent (six-of-26) from the floor.  Wooster quickly jumped out to a seven-point lead, but the Terriers battled back to make it a one-point game, 31-30, on a jumper by junior guard Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) at the 17:18 mark.  But the Scots then began to pull away and recorded their first double-digit lead, 43-32, with 13:37 left to play.  Wooster led by as many as 24 points on two occassions including the final score of 67-43.

Hiram ended up shooting 30.0 percent (15-of-50) from the field for the game to Wooster’s 44.6 percent (25-of-56) shooting.   The Terriers also shot just 11.8 percent (two-of-17) from three-point range.

The Scots had three players score in double figures led by Ian Franks’ game-high 18 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent).  Nathan Balch was second with 16 points and Justin Hallowell added 12 points.  In addition, Bryan Wickliffe grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

Hiram had one player score in double digits in sophomore forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) with 10 points on four-of-eight shooting (50.0 percent).  He also grabbed a team-best nine boards.