A Page -- Jan. 28, 2011









Jan. 28

By Nick Minerd

CEDARVILLE, OH – Five Case Western Reserve University soccer players have been tabbed as Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Academic All-Ohio, announced the OCSA on Friday, January 28. Each squad produced a first-team selection.


Junior defender Kristina Vaci (Mentor, OH/Mentor) was a first-team selection for the women, while sophomore midfielders Deena Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) and Kendra Simmons (Medina, OH/Walsh Jesuit) were chosen as second-team and honorable mention, respectively.


For the men, junior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, OH/Mason) was a first-team pick, while senior forward Jordan Fox (Bexley, OH/Bexley) garnered second-team acclaim.

Vaci, a biomedical engineering major with a 3.3 grade point average, helped lead the Spartans to eight shutouts. She also earned second-team All-University Athletic Association honors in the fall.

Levey, a nursing major with a 4.0 GPA, finished third on the team in points (11), goals (4) and assists (3). She also earned second-team All-UAA status earlier this year.

Simmons, a medical anthropology major with a 3.4 GPA, led the squad in points (17) and goals (8) en route to earning second-team All-UAA honors.

Wimalasena, a chemical engineering major with a 3.71 GPA, was tabbed as a first-team ESPN Academic All-District IV selection in the fall and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-East Region scholar. In 19 games at defender, he totaled a goal and an assist and helped lead the Spartans to six shutouts en route to being named second-team All-UAA.  

Fox, a biomedical engineering major with a 3.41 GPA, was chosen as honorable mention All-UAA in the fall. He finished his career with his highest scoring season as a Spartan, playing in all 19 matches and totaling six goals with an assist (13 points). Fox wrapped up his career with 15 goals.

All five selections were also chosen to the UAA All-Academic team back in November.

Lake Erie hosting Wayne State

Jan 28

By Jason Tirotta

QUICK NOTES: Lake Erie hosts Wayne State on Take a Kid to the Game Day presented by Fifth-Third Bank. 

All fans 12-and-under will be admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket and the first 75 kids will receive a complimentary gift bag courtesy of Lake Erie Athletics and Fifth-Third Bank... the Storm dropped a 73-49 decision Thursday night at home to Findlay, despite double figure scoring efforts from Stephanie Rogers (Mentor), Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls) and Brittany Zele (Geneva)... Wayne State has lost six-of-seven... the two teams met back on Dec. 2 in Detroit, a 78-72 win by the Storm in their first ever GLIAC game.

NCAA Division II Women's Basketball
Wayne State University (4-13, 4-7 GLIAC) at Lake Erie College (2-14, 1-9 GLIAC)
When: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011
Tip-Off: 3 p.m.

Venue: Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center
Broadcast: LakeErieStorm.com (Craig Deas, play-by-play)
UP NEXT FOR LAKE ERIE: Thursday, Feb. 3 at home vs. Hillsdale

Vikings basketball team to play Guins 

tomorrow in Youngstown

Jan 28

By Greg Murphy

The Cleveland State women's basketball team begins a three game roadtrip when the Vikings play their lone game of the week on Saturday (Jan. 29) at Youngstown State at 1:05 p.m. The Vikings enter the game at 11-8 overall and are tied fourth place in the Horizon League with UIC and Milwaukee at 4-4 after defeating Detroit (61-51) and falling to Wright State (58-42) last week at home. The Vikings are one game behind Wright State (5-3) for third place in the league with Green Bay (8-0) and Butler (7-1) atop the standings. 

Youngstown State is 3-16 overall and 1-7 in league play, having lost to Wright State (64-61) and Detroit (66-57) last week. Saturday's game will be the 54th all-time meeting between the two schools with the Penguins holding a 31-22 lead in the series. However, CSU has won seven straight in the series.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad guided the Vikings to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. 

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (14.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. 

She is joined in the starting backcourt by juniors Janelle Adams (11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.8 apg) and Takima Keane (8.5 ppg, 3.2 apg). Sophomore Honesty King (5.2 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg) have also figured into the rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (11.4 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.2 apg) and junior Destinee Blue (9.9, 7.1) are the starters in the frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg), who is recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.3, 0.7) and Haley Schmitt (0.4 ppg, 0.4 rpg), have also fought for minutes.

VIKINGS IN THE NCAA STATS: Cleveland State received several mentions in the latest NCAA statistics that were released on Monday (Jan. 23). The Vikings are 64th in the nation in three point field goal defense (.287), 74th in free throw percentage (.718), 75th in field goal percentage defense (.370), 80th in assists (14.5) and 90th in steals (9.7). Individually,Shawnita Garland ranks 25th in the nation in steals (2.9), while Shalonda Winton is 44th in rebounding (9.4).

GARLAND SCORES CAREER HIGH: Shawnita Garland scored a career-high 33 points in the Jan. 20 win over Detroit, hitting 11-of-16 from the field, including all eight of her three point attempts. Garland's 33 point effort shattered her old career high of 26 points against Lake Erie earlier this season (Dec. 28) and was the second most points scored by a player in the league this season. It was also the most points scored by a CSU player in a game since Lori Johnson went for 34 points against Milwaukee on Feb. 3, 1994.

Pfaff, Hellickson, Stoffer, Hodermarsky 

inducted into Olmsted Falls Wrestling 

Hall of Fame

Jan. 28, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS -- Four champions from days gone by were inducted into the Olmsted Falls High School Wrestling Hall of Fame tonight.

Among those inducted were Nick Pfaff (Bulldogs class of 1999), Kyle Stoffer ((’01), T. J. Hellickson (’97), and Paul Hodermarsky (’99).

Hellickson was 117-32 as a Bulldog, earning all state twice with fifth-place showings in 1996 and ’97.

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Hodermarksy was 110-26 in his career with a fifth in the state in ’98 followed by a third in ’99.

Pfaff etched out a 124-24 record here also taking fifth as a junior and third as a senior.


Stoffer has one of the best career records in school history, finishing his career with a loss total in single digits, carving out a record of 122-8 and was the school’s first state champion when earning the title at 103 pounds in 2000 with a perfect 39-0 record.

He also placed two other times, taking a fifth and a third.

Some of the alumni on hand for tonight's meet

Coach Bill McGrain was also presented with an plaque by the school principal for earning his 300th career win in December. McGrain has been named the SWC coach of the year 12 times and the Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year three times.  He was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mount Union to take on Capital

 January 28, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team will host Ohio Athletic Conference foe Capital for a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday.

It will be "PACK the MAAC DAY" at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex as fans are encouraged to wear white for a white-out. The game is part of a full day of activities in the facility, including a swimming and diving meet against Penn State Behrend (Pa.) and a men's basketball game against Capital at 4 p.m.

Admission to everything is FREE, but Mount Union is collecting donations for the Alliance chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Other activites include face painting and sign-making stations in the lobby.

The game will be broadcast on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online while also being shown on television via tape delay on WIVM Ch. 52 (Canton) on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and SportsTime Ohio on Sunday at 12 p.m.

The Purple Raiders (15-3, 8-3), who are ranked 18th by D3Hoops.com and tied for 22nd on the ESPN/USA Today poll, have won five of their last six games, including Wednesday's 94-79 decision over John Carroll.

Mount Union won its previous matchup with Capital -- a 65-44 final -- when Brittany Kilgore(Northfield/Nordonia) recorded a double-double, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Kilgore, who is averaging 9.6 points and 5.3 rebounds, is one of four Raiders who has put in at least nine points per game.

Leading scorer Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) is scoring 11.7 points per game while and Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) is at 11.2 points, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals. LaMattina rates third in the OAC in steals.

Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) also contributes to the scoring department, averaging 9.4 points and ranking third in the OAC with 2.1 three-pointers per game.

Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) has a rebounding average of 5.1.

As a team, the Purple Raiders lead the OAC in a number of categories including scoring margin (+11.2), assists (15.5), turnover margin (+5.33) and 3-pointers per game (7.33).

Mount Union rates second in scoring offense (70.9) and steals (10.17).

Capital has lost its last two games -- both on the road -- to John Carroll (76-70) and Wilmington (58-52).

Stacy Timmerman and Hilary Kuhns are the Crusaders' leading scorers with 12.4 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. Kuhns also averages 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Other statistical leaders include Elizabeth Ladrach, with 5.3 rebounds per game; Lauren Geroski, averaging 3.6 assists; and Brea Tackett, who ranks third in the OAC with a .414 three-point percentage.

As a team, Capital (11-6, 6-5) ranks first in the OAC in 3-point percentage (.347) and second in assists (14.88).

Spartan Women Downed at Nationally-

Ranked Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – Four players scored in double-figures, but the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team dropped its second straight University Athletic Association road contest in an 81-61 loss against #13/14 University of Chicago on Friday, January 28 at the Ratner Center.

Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) led the Spartans with 17 points and added six rebounds as the team fell to 10-7 overall and 4-2 in the University Athletic Association. Sophomore guards Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) and Erica Iafelice (North Canton, OH/Canton Hoover) added 12 and 11 points apiece, respectively, while senior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) contributed 10.

Taylor Simpson had game-highs of 23 points and 19 rebounds for the Maroons, who improved to 14-3 overall and 6-0 in the UAA.

Chicago led the entire way, as the Spartans did not get on the board until the 17:34 mark on an Iacono jumper that brought the score to 7-2. The Maroons did not let Case get any closer than seven during the first stanza, taking a 24-point lead, 44-20, into the locker room.
The Maroons pushed their advantage to a game-high 27 points, at 47-20, in the early stages of the second half. Case managed to cut the lead to 15 on a layup by sophomore center Emily Mueller (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) with 7:43 to go, but the Spartans would get no closer the rest of the way.

The Spartans will be back in action, taking on another Top 25 UAA foe in #8/9 Washington University (MO) on Sunday, January 30. Tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CT.

Cleveland State men to play at Loyola 


Cleveland State will close this short, two-game road swing through Chicago on Saturday, Jan.29 when the Vikings play 1 3:00 p.m. CST (4:00 p.m. in Clevelnad) contest at Loyola.  The Vikings have won four straight games to improve to 19-3 overall and 8-2 in league play, moving into sole possesion of first place, a half-game ahead of Valparaiso (7-2), and CSU will be out to record he eighth 20-win season in school history (and third in the last four seasons). 

CSU, which is ranked 32nd in the latest RPI and 38th in the Sagarine, received three votes (36th place) in the latest ESPN/USA Today poll and moved up to second in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.  Loyola (13-8, 4-6) has won three straight league games to move into eighth place but just one win out of fifth place.  The Ramblers own a 22-16 lead in the all-time series, but the Vikings have claimed the last six meetings, including a 73-55 decision in Cleveland on Dec. 30.  CSU is just 4-13 in games played at Loyola but the Vikings have won two straight decisions.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable the return of all five starters and nine lettermen from last year's team has helped the Vikings jump out to a 18-3 start.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (20.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.0 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (11.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.

 Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) has not played following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (3.1, 2.9) and Josh McCoy (5.0, 2.7), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.8, 6.2) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.9, 3.8) opening the year as the starting power forward. Junior Joe Latas (2.0, 2.1) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.6, 1.6) and Devon Long (2.4, 0.9) help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside.

Findlay 73, Lake Erie 49 (Womens Division II Basketball)

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Kendra Elam hit five three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points off the bench to lead the visiting University of Findlay to a convincing 73-49 victory over the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team Thursday night (Jan. 27) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division action at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.


The Storm (2-14, 1-9 GLIAC) did had three players score in double figures, led by Stephanie Rogers’ (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) 12 points, but went just six-of-26 (23.1%) and scored only 17 points in the opening half in trailing by 16 (33-17) at the break.


Lake Erie led just once, at 4-2 six minutes into the game, but from that point on it was all Findlay (13-4, 8-2 GLIAC).  The Oilers went on an 11-2 run to take control. The Storm never got closer than seven the rest of the way.  Findlay extended the lead to 20 early in the second half and the Storm got within 11 midway through the period on a three-pointer by sophomore Sarah Wojciechowski ( Randolph , Ohio / Waterloo ).  But a quick spurt that including three three’s by Elam , propelled the Oilers to their sixth win in seven games.


In addition to Rogers , who also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and blocked five shots, classmate Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and senior Brittany Zele ( Geneva , Ohio / Geneva ) each scored 10.


Elam was one of four players in double figures. Saira House scored 13, Laura Bardell 11 and Clare Aubry 10 for the victors, who shot 47.6% in the second half. 


The Oilers held a 49-30 edge on the boards and went 25-of-35 from the foul line, compared to just 12-of-17 for Lake Erie .


The Storm hosts Wayne State University on Saturday, Jan. 29, for Take a Kid to the Game Day at the Osborne Center .  Lake Erie defeated Wayne State earlier this season, 78-72 on Dec. 2, in Detroit .








Falls wins the battle of the 

Olmsteds in Southwestern 

Conference wrestling; Chase 

DuPratt, Nick Asadorian come 

from behind for key wins to 

open up commanding lead 

against arch-rival Eagles

Jan. 28, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS – Olmsted Falls High School moved closer remained in first place in the Southwestern Conference with a league win over North Olmsted, 51-13, tonight here on the mats in the high school’s athletic complex.

The tri-meet had Olmsted Falls wrestling North Olmsted in a Southwestern Conference match and both the Eagles and Bulldogs battling Chardon in non-conference matches. In addition to the JV and varsity matches, the North Olmsted and Olmsted youth clubs also wrestled in a dual on one of the mats.

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