A Page -- Jan. 28, 2010

Glenville alumnus Justin 

Dobbins has added a "healthy" 

number of points to the Eastern 

Michigan output that could land 

him somewhere next year;

Euclid grad Jamel Harris

picking up freshman minutes, 

set to take over Cleveland 

presence in Ypsilanti

Jan. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Although he has been sidelined with injuries throughout his career and particularly earlier this season, Glenville alumnus Justin Dobbins has a strong chance of extending his basketball career upon completing his college eligibility years for Eastern Michigan at the end of this season.

Dobbins returned to the Eagle lineup two weeks ago and immediately picked up where he left off before going down with injuries.

Although an NBA career might not necessarily be on the horizon for Dobbins, EMU coach Chuck Ramsey believes he has the tools to move on in the roundball game after graduating.

Justin Dobbins
Glenville's Justin Dobbins

“He has the size at 6-7 and 245 to go somewhere,” Ramsey said. ‘His main thing is going to be to stay healthy. That’s been our biggest problem in that he has always had to play these back-and- forth games. He was just coming back again last week. If he continues to get stronger and stay healthy, the European route can bring him some decent money for playing basketball in coming years.”


In last night’s three-point loss to Bowling Green, Dobbins scored a team-high 17 points, including a bunch of baskets early that enabled the Eagles to bolt out to a 16-3 lead early in the game. He had a team-high 18 points in a four-point win over Ball State over the weekend. A week ago, he had 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting in a loss to Central Michigan.

Eastern Michigan University

He was healthy all of last year, playing in all 32 games including starting 27, averaging 10 points and five rebounds per game. In 12 of the 19 games the Eagles have played this year, Dobbins is averaging a dozen points per game and is shooting better than 60 percent from the field. He leads the team with 13 blocked shots.

Justin Dobbins

Jamell Harris, who played high school ball for Sean O’Toole at Euclid, is a second Clevelander who is now a member of the Eastern Michigan fold. The freshman has been quickly worked into the Eagle lineup, incorporating some of the things he learned as a Panther while getting acclimated to and learning the college game.

Jamel Harris 

“Jamell has tremendous size and strength; he truly is a blessing in disguise,” Ramsey said. “When we recruited him, he was 6-7. Now he is closer to 6-10.  He is our most athletic player. His play is unique. The only thing holding him back is his youth.

Harris’ minutes have been increasing as the Eagles have moved into the MAC portion of their schedule.

“He gave us some great minutes against Ball State,” Ramsey said. “Like most freshmen, he had a great pre-season and by now he has learned how to accomplish things at the collegiate level.”

Harris is tied for second on the team in blocked shots with 11.



Jan. 28, 2010

By Mike Preston

IFAF Wire Services

PLANTATION, FL -- The World team of American football completed an encouraging third day of practices at the PAL Stadium in Plantation, Florida, in preparation for Saturday's Team USA vs. The World game, presented by Riddell.


The game will feature St. Ignatius quarterback Mark Myers.

St. Ignatius senior Mark Myers

The 45 players selected from eight countries and four continents, led by head coachJan Jenmert, will face USA Football's Team USA on Saturday, January 30 atLockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.  The contest kicks off at 12pm and will be televised live by NFL Network.


"The players we have selected are here because they are the best players in the world," said offensive line coach GREG MARSHALL. "They are all motivated and very intelligent, so they pick up things well.  The team has made great improvements since day one."


During the morning practice, kicker TYLER CRAPIGNA (Ottawa Myers Riders) impressed with his accurate and powerful kicks and punts and when the offense took to the field quarterback BRANDON BRIDGE (St. Marcellinus High School) connected with multiple receivers throughout the day.


"My coaches are doing a good job of teaching us the plays in a very short amount of time," explained Bridge.  "Another challenge we have is the language barrier on the team.  We use a lot of body movement to communicate and that seems to be working well.  We have a lot of talented and smart athletes so that definitely makes it easier."


Bridge was also on the Canada team that claimed the silver medal in the 2009 IFAFJunior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, losing to Team USA in the final.


"Some of us got the opportunity to play the United States in the championship game, which I feel will be beneficial for this game," he added. "We got to see the type of competition we might face here and learned where we measure up against the U.S. players."


Defensively, DYLAN HOLLOHAN (St Francis Xavier University) and CAMERON WADE (Acadia University) produced interceptions for the second consecutive day during the team scrimmage session.  American Samoa linebacker Beck Coulter showed his speed and intensity, collecting numerous tackles.  


"The biggest challenge for a team like this is to get all your systems ready," added coach Marshall.  "Football has so many different parts to the game; special teams, defense, offense, and we also have to overcome the language barrier.  We have to do this all in a very short amount of time, so there are challenges, but certainly the American team has the same challenges we do."


Delivering NFL Network game commentary for the noon ET kickoff on January 30 will be RICH EISENDEION SANDERS, and SCOTT KENNEDYSideline reporterSTACEY 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.


Jan 28, 2010

By Nicolle Meyer

Avon, Oh—The Lake Erie Crushers announce their 1st Annual Youth Baseball Camps to be held at All Pro Freight Stadium, instructed by the Crushers players and coaches. 

The Crushers will host three two-day camps this summer.  The dates for the 2010 Youth Baseball Camps are:

·         Camp 1: Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22

·         Camp 2: Monday, June 28 and Tuesday, June 29

·         Camp 3: Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20. 

Each will run from 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.

“The baseball camps will focus on the fundamentals of the game and position specific training with professional instruction by Crushers players and coaches,” said hitting coach Dave Schaub. 

For $75 per camp, campers will receive two days of instruction, a camp t-shirt, a Crushers water bottle and a general admission ticket voucher for a 2010 season home game. 

For more information and to print off a registration form, visit www.lakeeriecrushers.com or contact Amy Focareto at 440.934.3636 or by email at afocareto@lakeeriecrushers.com.

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 at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.

Yeowomen Go Cold In Gator Country

By Mike Mancini

Meadville, Pa. – Cold shooting hindered the Oberlin College women’s basketball team as it dropped a NCAC road game at Allegheny College 70-49. 

The Yeowomen connected on just 17-of-63 shots (27%) – including 2-of-19 (10.5%) from downtown in the loss, while the Gators shot a much more efficient 40.6-percent as they dialed in on 28-of-69 attempts. 

The rookie duo Allison Anderson and Kelly Warlich combined for 28 points to lead the Oberlin offense. Anderson added seven steals to go along with her 15 points, while Warlich contributed five boards in addition to 13 points. 

Oberlin (3-15, 2-7 NCAC) grabbed an early 9-4 lead, but from that point on the Gators took control as they led 34-23 at the break. 

Allegheny (7-10, 4-4 NCAC) led by 18, 46-28, with 15:23 remaining in the game, but a pair of Warlich free throws got Oberlin to within 10, 51-41, with just over 10 minutes to play. Unfortunately, the Yeowomen would get no closer the rest of the way. 

On a positive note, a stiff Oberlin defense played in a role in 20 Allegheny turnovers, which led to 16 Yeowomen points. The Yeowomen also converted 13-of-17 free throws for a 76.5-percent success rate.

The Yeowomen will look to complete the season sweep of Earlham when the Quakers come to town on Saturday for a 1 p.m. conference clash.


Strongsville's Mike Matlock 

to sign letter of intent to U 

Mass; Academic All-

American Matt Griesinger 

to sign his to play scccer

 at Bowling Green

Jan. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Two Strongsville Mustang Boys Soccer players have agreed to continue their education and soccer careers in college.  Senior Captains Mike Matlock(University of Massachusetts) and Matt Griesinger(Bowling Green State University) will sign their National Letters of Intent next Wednesday, February 3 in Strongsville High School.
Matlock, Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Player of the Year, finished his Strongsville career leading the Mustangs to a State Semi-final appearance this past fall.
2009 Mustang Captain Mike Matlock

He finished third on the 'Stangs' All-Time list in games played with 77, seventh on the top ten list in assists earned with 23 and 10th in goals scored(28) and points earned(79).

 In addition to being named 1st Team All-Greater Cleveland and 1st Team All-Ohio, Matlock received NSCAA All-Region honors.  He is one of only 15 players in Mustang history to be a four-year letterman.
Griesinger, was named to the NOC Valley Division All-Conference team and Second Team All-Greater Cleveland.  Also a four-year letter winner, he played in 79 games over his career, placing him first on the All-Time List in games played.
Scholar All American Matt Griesinger

"His captaincy and leadership in the back was instrumental in the Mustangs trip to the OHSAA State Final Four in 2009," said veteran Mustang coach Tobey Cook.

Best yet, Griesinger was also recognized as an NSCAA Scholar All-American, just the 2nd player in Strongsville history to be so honored(Scott Marguglio was honored in 2004). 




11-13 IN CANTON 

NDCL alum Ryan Radtke, Solon alumna 

Alisha Vereschagin, Forge's Kelsey 

Covell, Kirtland grad Mackenzie 

Saywell, Lakewood alumnus Neil 

Anderson, St. Ed graduate Zach Turk, 

Lyndhurst native Nathan Eckersley,

Twinsburg alumna Katie Pierdomenico

among featured swimmers  
Jan 28, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE – The 26th annual North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s & Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships will be held February 11-13 at C.T. Branin Natatorium, in Canton, Ohio. The 2010 meet, hosted by Allegheny, is held at an off-campus site to accommodate overwhelming spectator response to the top NCAA Division III swimming and diving conference championship. 

The Denison men’s and women’s squads are the defending champions. The Denison men are the only team to have beaten the Lords in the NCAC meet when they claimed titles in 1997 and 2009, while the Denison women snapped the Ladies’ 19-year hold on the crown in 2004 and took it again last winter. Kenyon has won 23 of the 25 NCAC crowns contested in both men’s and women’s competition.


DENISON has two-time NCAC Swimmer of the Year Olivia Zaleski (Corry, PA/Corry Area) as the top returnee among all swimmers at the 2010 North Coast championships. She is a two-time defending champion in the 100 butterfly, and a one-time defending champ in the 50 free and 100 back. Sophomore Hillary Callen (Oswego, NY/Oswego) not only won both the 500 and 1650 freestyles as a freshman, but also set a conference record in the former. Other event champions who are back to defend their North Coast titles are sophomores Laurel Brabson (Boonsboro, MD/Boonsboro) in the 200 fly and Emily Schroeder (Fishers, IN/Hamilton Southeastern) in the 200 back. Freshman Alyssa Swanson (Aurora, CO/Regis Jesuit) is a contender in the sprint freestyles.

KENYON senior Tina Ertel (Halle, Germany/Sportgymnasium Halle) is a six-time all-conference performer and four-time event champion. She was named NCAC Swimmer of the Year in 2007. Junior Kaitlyn Meirs (Cream Ridge, NJ/Peddie) is the defending champion in the 200 free after placing second in the event two years ago, and is a six-time all-conference swimmer. Sophomore Kellyn Caldwell (Gambier, OH/Mt. Vernon) is the defending champion in both individual medleys, and holds the conference record in the 400 IM. Sophomore Alisha Vereschagin (Solon, OH/Solon) returns as the defending champ, and the NCAC-record holder in the 200 breastroke.
Alisha Vereschagin

ALLEGHENY freshman Ariana Lyons (Plainfield, NJ/Wardlaw-Hartridge) is a contender in the 50 free and 100 freestyles. Junior Megan Knox (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) is a solid performer in the distance freestyles, and should score in the 1650 free. Junior Ashley Whitehead (Conneaut Lake, PA/Meadville Area) and sophomore Christine Smith (Henderson, NV/Cornado) are swimmers to watch in the sprints and distance events, respectively.

WOOSTER freshman Kate Hunt (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) could score in the sprints as she ranks among the NCAC’s top times in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles. Freshman Caroline Hanson (Gaithersburg, MD/Magruder) is a swimmer to watch in the breaststroke and distance freestyle. Freshman Samira El-Adawy (Cairo, Egypt/Lycée du Sacré Coeur) and sophomore Melissa Haug (Lexington, KY/Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study) are potential point-scorers in the individual medley. El-Adawy is a contender in the backstroke, while Haug could also contribute in the butterfly.

WITTENBERG junior diver Megan Subitowski (Columbus, OH/Watterson), who earned all-NCAC honors after she finished third in three-meter diving last winter, is back. Sophomore Rachel Lee (Hickory, NC/Hickory) has the North Coast’s best time in the 200 free, while freshman Ward McNulty (Glencoe, IL/New Trier) is among the conference leaders in the 50 free and 100 free. Sophomore Megan Tassone (Cincinnati, OH/Ursuline) has an NCAC top-10 time in both breaststroke events and classmate Keaton Hannon (Peachtree City, GA/McIntosh) is a contender in the butterfly. 

OBERLIN freshman sensation Grace Aheron (Newport, OR/Newport) is a contender to earn all-conference honors in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley, as she has the league’s second-best and third-best times, respectively, in those events entering the championship. She could also score in the 100 fly and 400 IM, and is a strong distance freestyler. Junior Sara Kadi (Oakland, CA/Piedmont) should score in the butterfly and the sprint freestyle. Senior Laura Fries (Bow, NH/Bow) is having a fine season in the backstroke.

OHIO WESLEYAN senior diver Erin Hanahan (Madison, OH/Perry) is having a strong season. She has an excellent chance for a repeat all-conference performance on the one-meter board, and could challenge on the three-meter board as well. Senior Kendra Klosssner (Naperville, IL/Nequa Valley) is the Battling Bishops’ top threat in the sprints and backstroke. Junior Marisa Obuchowski (Baltimore, MD/Pikesville) will contribute in the breaststroke and IM, and sophomore Marina Metzler (Columbia, MD/Hammond) is the team’s top swimmer in the butterfly.

HIRAM is led by senior Katie Pierdomenico (Stow, OH/Twinsburg), who is the team’s top sprint freestyler. Juniors Kelsey Covell (Parma Hts., OH/Valley Forge) and Mackenzie Saywell (Kirtland, OH/Kirtland) and senior Gillian Millwood (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) are other leading swimmers for the Terriers.


DENISON sophomore Dan Thurston (Ann Arbor, MI/Huron) is the defending champion in the 400 IM and was all-conference in the 200 fly in 2009. Sophomore Robert Barry (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher’s School) is the defending champion in the 200 back after he set the conference mark in the event last winter. Junior Jake Lewing (Yardley, PA/Pennsbury) is a contender in the breaststroke and individual medley. The Big Red are traditionally strong in the diving events. Sophomore Philip Meyer (River Forest, IL/Oak Park-River Forest) and junior Cody Smith (Ardmore, PA/Haverford) are both returning all-conference divers who aim to keep that history intact. 

KENYON sophomore Zachary Turk (Strongsville, OH/St. Edward) is one of Division III’s best sprint freestylers in 2009-10. He was an All-NCAC performer in the 50 free as a freshman, and has the nation’s top effort in the event this year. Junior Michael Mpitsos (Newport, OR/Newport) appears to be the swimmer to beat in the backstroke events. He was runner-up in both events last season and third in both two years ago. Sophomore Joseph Pysnik (Murraysville, PA/Franklin Regional) is a leading contender in the butterfly and distance freestyle. Senior Kegan Borland (Vandergrift, PA/St. Joseph) and junior Nathaniel Smith (Knoxville, TN/Central) are each returning all-conference performers in the distance freestyle. Borland is a two-time defending champion in the 1650.
St. Ed alum Zach Turk

WITTENBERG is led by seniors Neil Anderson (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) and Taylor Smith (Mansfield, OH/Senior). Anderson is the Tigers’ top contender in the sprints and backstroke, while Smith excels in the distance freestyles and butterfly. Junior Chris Culkin (Novi, MI/Northville) is another distance freestyler who could score. This season, senior diver Matt Erenpreiss (Columbus, OH/Centennial) set the school record in the one-meter diving.
Neil Anderson
Former Ranger Neil Anderson 

WABASH junior Evan Rhinesmith (McCordsville, IN/Mt. Vernon) is among the North Coast elite in the breaststroke and could also score in the individual medley. Senior Craig Vetor (Indianapolis, IN/Franklin Central) has posted the Little Giants’ best times in every freestyle event from the 50 to the 500. Junior Eric Vaughn (Burlington, Ontario/Peters Twp.) is a contender in the backstroke, while juniors David Birrer (Indianapolis, IN/Brownsburg) and Adam Current (Veedersburg, IN/Fountain Central) are threats in the butterfly.

A trio of seniors lead WOOSTER into the 2010 NCAC Championships. Eric Babbitt (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA/Santa Margarita Catholic) is a Fighting Scot leader in the sprints and butterfly. Ryan Radtke (Willoughby, OH/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) has been a reliable performer in the distance freestyle and individual medleys. Logan LaBerge (Towson, MD/Towson) has the potential to score in the 200 and 500 freestyles as well as the backstroke. 
Ryan Radtke
Willoughby native Ryan Radtke

Freshman sensation Brandon Intrieri (Erie, PA/McDowell) is ALLEGHENY’S top threat in the sprints and the butterfly. Veterans Ashton Kinney (Sewickley, PA/Sewickley Academy) and Josh Sesek (Pittsburgh, PA/Brentwood), both seniors, are contenders in their respective specialties. Kinney is among the top distance freestylers in the conference, while Sesek leads in the breaststroke and individual medley. Freshman Brandon Staley (Niles, OH/Liberty) and sophomore Mirno Pasquali (Laconia, NH/Laconia) are swimmers to watch in the distance free and backstroke, respectively. 

Versatile OBERLIN sophomore Nick Lashway (Leeds, MA/Northhampton) tops the list of swimmers for the Yeomen. He could score in the freestyle, backstroke, butterfly or individual medley. Freshman James Foust (Madison, WI/Madison West) could score in the sprints. Junior Jon Vimr (Savoy, IL/Champaign Central) is a swimmer to watch in the backstroke, while sophomore Dimitri Macris (Woodlands, TX/Woodlands College Park) will contribute in distance events.

Senior David Gatz (Delaware, OH/Hayes) heads the list of standouts for OHIO WESLEYAN. He is the defending NCAC champion in both breaststroke events, and is a contender in both again this year. He could also score in the butterfly and individual medley. Senior Kevin Fahey (Delaware, OH/Hayes) will contribute in the IM, while sophomore Nathan Eckersley (Lyndhurst, OH/Mayfield) is a potential scorer in the distance events.
[ Nathan Eckersley ]
Mayfield alum Nathan Eckersly

Three HIRAM juniors lead the Terriers into the 2010 North Coast meet. Santiago Morales (Mexico City, Mexico/Colegio Bilboa) has the team’s top effort in the 50 free, and could also compete in the fly and IM. Travis Subda (Spring, TX/Klein Collins) has been a consistent scorer in the breaststroke and sprints. Zach Wegman (Knoxville, TN/Bereon) has carried the team in distance events and contributed in the backstroke, butterfly and IM.