A Page -- Jan. 29, 2011

Dreher (L) and Day

Dreher, Day, Sirl combine for 48 of 

62 Namer points in Holy Name's 

NCL win over Trinity

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Dan Dreher’s 22 points led an offensive attack with three double-figure scorers enabling Holy Name’s boys’ basketball team to post a 62-48 win over Trinity in North Coast League play.

Complementing Dreher on the offensive end was Seamus Day with 14 points and Sean Sirl with 12 points.

The win moved the Namers a game above .500 at 7-6 and a game away from the break-even mark in NCL play at 3-4.

Jason Labroo's 17 points lead Westlake 

to SWC win over Amherst

Jason Labroo’s 17 points led Westlake to a 55-34 boys’ basketball win over Amherst.

Grant Gase added 10 points to help out in the Demons’ Southwestern Conference win.

Shawn Turn also had 10 points for the Westlakers.

Chris Cromity drops in 29 to lead 

Comets past Rangers in NOC action

Chris Cromity’s 29 points led Solon’s boys’ basketball team to a 94-74 Northeast Ohio League win over visiting Lakewood.

All 29 of Cromity’s points came from the field with five from three-point land and seven from the inside the arc.

Pete Nelson was the Rangers’ high scorer with 16 markers.

Olmsted Falls' Rachel Rossman scores career-high 13 

points, but first-place B-W stunned by Wilmington

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA –  Freshman center Chelsea Meckstrom scored a team-high 12 points as the Wilmington College women’s basketball team upset first place Baldwin-Wallace College, today (Saturday, January 29, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea .  This was the first game of a women’s and men’s doubleheader. The Yellow Jacket and Quaker men tip off at 4:00 p.m.

With its win, Wilmington won its fifth straight game and  improved  to 10-9 overall and 7-5 in the OAC. B-W, now 15-4 overall and 10-2 in the OAC, was led by sophomore guard Rachel Rossman’s (Olmsted Falls) career-high 13 points. The Yellow Jacket loss ended a five-game winning streak.

Rachel Rossman

Lutheran East alumna Bria Eslick had 10 points, two steals, two assists and four rebounds for the Quakers.

Bria Eslick Player Pic

Bria Eslick

In the first half, Wilmington senior guard Olivia Waters made one of two foul shots to open the scoring, B-W freshman guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) then scored four straight point to give the Yellow Jackets a 4-1 lead at the 17:56 mark. Wilmington then came back and scored the next 10 points to retake the lead at 11-4 with 10:01 left.  Lairson, who had 11 points, ended the drought at 9:54 with a jumper and then sophomore guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton Hoover) made a three-pointer at 9:36 to make the score 11-9.

Following a Quaker basket, B-W freshman forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) grabbed a rebound and scored and on its next possession Rossman made two foul shots to tie the game at 13-13 with 7:47 left.
A 6-3 run by the Quakers gave them back the lead at 19-16 before Rohrbach made a pair of foul shots at 5:18 to make the score 19-18. A three-pointer by Wilmington senior guard Amy Bricker at 4:43 and a jumper by Waters at 4:02 gave the Quakers a 24-18 lead. Another 4-2 run, capped by a Meckstrom layup at 2:33, gave Wilmington its largest lead at 28-20. A basket by Lairson at 2:08 was the final points of the first stanza.

In the second half, B-W opened with a 5-0 run as Lairson canned a trey at 18:51 and Rossman stole the inbounds pass and fed Carpenter for a layup at 18:38 to cut Wilmington’s lead to 28-27.  B-W then scored eight of the next 14 points to take a 35-34 lead at the 15:13 mark when Rossman made a jump shot.

Undaunted, Wilmington regained the lead at 44-35 with 10 straight points before Head Coach Cheri Harrer called a timeout. A 6-2 run by B-W cut the lead to 46-41, but the Quakers came right back with four points of their own to push it back to a nine-point lead at 50-41. 

Claude Gray's 21 points lead Avon in 

rout of Fairview

Claude Gray scored 21 points and Marvin Coleman chipped in with a cool 16 to lead Avon to a 73-36 West Shore Conference win over Fariview.

Sean Faska and John Doherty reached double figures for the Warriors with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Eagles moved to 11-3 overall and remain a game behind Rocky River in the chase for the WSC title.

Mount clubs Capital in OAC 


Jan. 29

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- The nationally ranked Mount Union women's basketball team set an early tone with its defense and then poured on the offense for a 77-52 victory over Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Capital today at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) finished with 19 points and six rebounds while Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) contributed 18 points and five assists for the Purple Raiders, who took a 40-17 lead into halftime.

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Spartan Wrestlers Place 20th at Wilson 

Invitational; Dukes Runner-Up at 149

By Nick Minerd

WHEATON, IL – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed 20th of 32 teams competing at the two-day Pete Wilson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College on Friday and Saturday, January 28-29 at King Arena. Junior defending national champion Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) finished runner-up at 149 pounds and suffered only his second loss of the season – both coming against non-Division III opponents.


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Wilmington Men’s Basketball Team Defeats Baldwin-Wallace, 75-68, in 


BEREA –  Junior forward Tyler White scored 24 points as the Wilmington College men’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference foe Baldwin-Wallace College, 75-68, today (Saturday, January 29, 2011) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.  This was the nightcap of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.


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Padua alumna Jessica Grzybowski

Denison tops Hiram on the hardcourt

January 29, 2011

Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team suffered a 65-49 loss to No. 15 nationally-ranked Denison University today (Saturday, Jan. 29) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Padua alumna Jessica Grzybowski had four points, two steals and two assists for the Big Red. 

Coverntry alumna Calysia Smyers hit three three-pointers for Hiram.

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Large Second Half Gives Hiram College Men’s Basketball Win Against Denison University

January 29, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team outscored Denison University, 46-28, in the second half as the Terriers defeated the Big Red, 78-60, this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 29) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers move above the .500 mark with a 10-9 overall record and 4-6 in the NCAC.  The Big Red fall to 6-14 overall and 3-8 NCAC.

The first half looked to be all Denison as the Big Red relinquished its lead for only a brief moment early, but led for the remainder of the half, including its largest margin of eight points on multiple occassions with the last one being an 18-10 score with 10:07 left before the break. 

Chanel alum Nick Russo

Hiram then began to chip away at the Denison lead and outscored the Big Red, 22-14, in the final 10:07 that included a three-pointer by senior guard Nick Russo 

(Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) with 37 seconds left that tied the game at 32-32 heading into the locker rooms.

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Oberlin Men's Basketball Falls on Senior Day
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Oberlin, Ohio – Sophomore Andrew Fox recorded his eighth-career double-double and third of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Oberlin College men’s basketball team fell to the visiting Wittenberg University Tigers 75-47 on Senior Day for the Yeomen.

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Spartan Track & Field Teams Edged by Rival 

CMU in Battle for the Obelisk; Kline Sets Indoor 

Shot Put Record

CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University track & field teams were edged by one point, 127-126, in dual meet action versus rival Carnegie Mellon University (PA). The Spartan women won their side of the meet, 79-47, but the men fell, 80-47, giving CMU the higher combined point total and claim to the Obelisk Trophy. 

Junior Amanda Kline (Lancaster, OH/Lancaster) highlighted the day for the Spartans with an indoor school-record throw in the shot put.

The Obelisk Trophy is awarded to the winning school in what has become an annual dual meet between the two programs started by head coach Steve Rubin.

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams Competed at the OAC Relay Meet at Capital

BEXLEY, OHIO –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men and women indoor track and field teams place first at the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Relay Meet today (Saturday, January 29, 2011) in the Capital Center at host Capital University in Columbus.  This was the second week of winter competition.

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B-W's Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Teams Place First at the OAC Relay Meet at Capital

BEXLEY, OHIO –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men and women indoor track and field teams both place first at the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Relay Meet today (Saturday, January 29, 2011) in the Capital Center at host Capital University in Columbus.  These first place finishes keep both the men and women’s record perfect at 16-0 and 15-0, respectively. The men scored 90 points and the women scored 106.50 to win both teams first.

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Six Mount wrestlers place at Pete Willson

January 29, 2011 

WHEATON, Ill. -- No. 9 ranked Mount Union posted six placewinners to finish in fifth place at the Pete Willson Invite this weekend at Wheaton (Ill.) College in suburban Chicago.

The Purple Raiders 92.5 points made them the second-best NCAA Division III team in the 32-team field as only No. 2 ranked Wisconsin-LaCrosse placed ahead of them with 109.5 points in second place. 

NAIA Lindenwood (Mo.) won the event with 131 points while NCAA Division II teams Wisconsin-Parkside (102.5) and Indianapolis (100.5) were in third and fourth respectively.

Mount Union got a pair of second place finishes from No. 3 ranked Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) at 197 and No. 6 ranked Riki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) at 125.  Schindel had a pair of major decisions and pair of technical falls to get to the title match before taking his first loss of the season, while Reynolds took a narrow 3-2 loss in the finals.

Other top finishes for the Raiders included a fourth place finish from Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West) at 141, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) placed sixth at 184, Joe Spooner (Willoughby/Willoughby South) placed seventh at 157 and Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) finished eighth at 149.

Mount Union is back on the mat Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Heidelberg for a key Ohio Athletic Conference dual.  Heidelberg is the defending conference champion, while Mount Union has placed second each of the last two years.  The match will start at 7:30 pm in Tiffin.

Team Standings

1. Lindenwood (Mo.) 131, 2. Wis.-LaCrosse 109.5, 3. Wis.-Parkside 102.5, 4. Indianapolis 100.5, 5. Mount Union 92.5, 6. Trine (Ind.) 84, 7. Olivet (Mich.) 80.5, 8. Elmhurst (Ill.), 9. Wis.-Whitewater 61.5, 10. North Central (Ill.) 58.5, 11. Wabash (Ind.) 12. Heidelberg 55.5, 13. Ohio Northern 54.5, 14. Augustana (Ill.) 43.0, 15. Elizabethtown (Pa.) 37.0, 16. Messiah (Pa.) and Wis.-Oshkosh 35, 18. Lakeland (Wis.) 31.5, 19. Manchester(Ind.) 27.5, 20. Case Western Reserve 26, 21. Milwaukee School of Engineering 23.5, 22. Muskingum 23, 23.John Carroll and Mount St. Joseph 22, 25. Chicago (Ill.) 18.5, 26. Wis.-Platteville 16.5, 27. Wheaton (Ill.) 16.0, 28. Wis.-Eau Claire 13.5, 29. Morrisville State (N.Y.), 30. Concordia (Wis.) 6.0, 31. Knox (Ill.) 5.5, 32. Maranatha Baptist (Wis.) 0.  


Capital tops Mount in men's hoops

January 29, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's basketball team suffered its third consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference loss falling 77-65 to Capital on Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) led all scorers with a season-high 22 points while Dave Pellerite(Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) contributed 15 points and six rebounds for the Purple Raiders, who led by as many as seven points in the first half.

Trailing 39-30 in the second half, Mount Union battled back with an 11-3 run. Pellerite had four points during the rally and T.J. Gillespie (Toledo/Toledo-St. John's) buried a 3-pointer to pull the Raiders within 42-41 with 14:58 remaining.

Capital's Adam Johns then answered with nine points -- all on 3-pointers -- to trigger a stretch in which the Crusaders outscored their hosts, 17-5. At that point, Capital held a 59-46 lead with 9:38 left.

The Raiders pulled within 10 points three separate times, but could not lessen the gap any more.

Mount Union built an early 13-6 advantage, but the Crusaders cashed in seven straight ducats to knot a 13-all tie.

The Raiders held leads of five-or-more points on five separate occasions; the game also saw five different ties before Capital pulled into the lead with 1:43 left in the first half. Tyler Munro hit one of his five three-pointers for the visitors to give them a 32-29 edge before the contest went into halftime at 33-30.

Johns led the Capital (14-5, 9-3 OAC) attack with a season-best 20 points off the bench and Munro put in 17. Spencer Niekamp and Scott Robertson put in 12 points apiece and Kelly Winter grabbed six boards as the Crusaders (14-5, 9-3) outrebounded Mount Union, 34-21.

The Purple Raiders (8-11, 6-6 OAC) return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 2 when they host OAC foe Muskingum for a 7:30 p.m. start at The MAAC

Mount women roll in the water

January 29, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's swimming and diving team dominated Penn State Behrend, 169.5-96.5, on Saturday in the Hammond Natatorium.

Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow) paced the Purple Raiders with wins in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200 backstroke with times of 1:59.73 and 2:14.77, respectively.

Seven other Mount Union performers won individual events while another swam an event's fastest time.

In freestyle competition, first-place Purple Raiders included Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional), Kamiren Veisz (Youngstown/Boardman) and Megan McDonough (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Falls). Gaydos won the 50 free (:26.34), Veisz took the 500 (5:56.11) and McDonough touched first in the 1,650 (19:50.97).

Also for the Purple Raiders, Shelbey Mitchell (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) won the 100 backstroke in 1:02.60;Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross) claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.54; and Victoria Ljubi(Powell/Olentangy Liberty) touched first in the 200 breast with a time of 2:38.49.

In diving, Jamie Hays (Brookville, Pa./Brookville) won both 1-meter events and recorded an 11-dive score of 329.45.

Mount Union's 200 medley relay team earned first-place points, clocking in at 1:56.43. It consisted of Mitchell,Allison Davila (Middleburg Heights/Midpark), Julia Kaszycki (Solomon, Kan./Salina) and Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia).

The Purple Raiders also recorded the top times in two exhibition runs: Harrison in the 400 individual medley (4:55.54) and the 200 free relay team of Cabel, Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), Gaydos and Kolesar.

The Purple Raiders (7-2) have one final dual meet next Saturday, February 2 at 1:00 p.m. They will take on Westminster (Pa.) -- the alma mater of head coach Eric Mojock.

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