A Page -- Jan. 3, 2010

Padua hockey team wins 

second tourney title in six days; 

clips top-ranked Ohio team and 

top-ranked Indiana team in 

Gilmour's Brother James 

Tourney; Nick Placko's OT goal 

the decider in title game

Jan. 3, 2010


Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor





GATES MILLS – Padua’s hockey team might not have been the No. 1 ranked team in the state when the polls came out last week, but there certainly is a better than75 percent chance if not more when the new one comes out Wednesday.


The Bruins (16-2-3) just won the Brother James New Year’s Invitational today here at Gilmour Academy in a tournament in which they beat the No. 1 ranked team in Ohio (Toledo St. Francis) and the No. 1 ranked team in Indiana (Hamilton Southeastern) to give them two championship titles in six days.. They just won the St. Edward tourney Tuesday, a tournament that included the state champs here from last year (University School) and the one from two years ago (St. Ed).


“We are winning, but the only thing we have to improve on now is consistency,” said Doug Hauser, the Padua head coach the past three decades. “Sometimes we start off well and then stop playing. Other times we don’t start off well and then all of a sudden score a bunch of goals and then stop. Sometimes we play great defense most of the game and then all of a sudden give up a bunch of goals.”


Such was the case today in the championship game against HSE, which is also the defending state champ in the Hoosier state. The Bruins went up 4-1 and appeared to be coasting along to the title in the third period when the Royals exploded for three goals to send the game into overtime, the tying one coming at 13:33.


Nick Plako scored the game winner at 1:51 on an odd man rush, wristing it home from the top of the left circle. Three of the four games the Bruins won in the tournament were in overtime.


“It’s nice to win those, but those bounces could have gone the other way too,” Hauser said. “Still, I am very happy to be where we are now in terms of winning and losing.  I knew we had talent, but to suggest that we might be 16-2-3 at this point, I might have questioned whether it could be done. Now we head in to the hard part of the season, but at least we know what we have to do to keep it going.”


The Bruins had a similar start a few years ago when Bobby Walzer came out of nowhere and was playing scratch goalie, and the Bruins started off the season 9-0.


“He was the only goalie on the team that year, which made it even more amazing because no one was pushing him,” Hauser said. “That was a different kind of fast start. This team is more talented than that one; we really were not supposed to rattle off all those wins like that. This one is capable of that; it is just a matter of whether they want to do it or not. So far they have.”


Most of the players on this Padua team were on it last year with only a handful departing through graduation and other means, but is almost a complete overhaul in personnel from two and three years ago. This same unit finished 9-21 last year.


“We do have most of the same guys as last year, but the difference is that we are playing as a team now,” said goalie Justin Goebel, who was named the tournament MVP. “There was too much individuality last year. Everyone was kind of doing their own thing. When we come together like this, great things can happen.”


Goebel comes from a very prominent hockey family in Cleveland. His grandfather, father and uncles were all instrumental in starting and building the Padua and Junior Barons programs and also have provided the transportation service for the Junior Jacks.


“There is a little bit of pressure because of the family pride, but more so because of Padua pride,” Goebel said. “We have always had a winning program at Padua and wanted to bring that back this season. I am honored to get the MVP, but I didn’t like giving up three goals late like that to get it. I understand it was for playing well in the whole tournament.”


Goebel did have to stand tall in two overtime victories in which his mates had to skate in a 3-on-3 situation in one and one-on-one in the other (tournament rules call for such sudden death scenarios in round-robin games.


Against HSE, Zach Seither scored two goals, while Dan Metz and Dom Acciarri scored the others. Matt Hartman also had two assists. John Connor Redmond, Josh Goebel, Pat Haws, and Acciarri had assists. Acciarri, Mike Palasics and Seither made the all-tournament team, as did HSE’s Brad Davis, Mike Meyers and Alex Dobrzeniecki.

Wildcats take third at Gilmour 

with win over St. Francis;

Paddy Spellacy, John 

Jeziorowski, Chris Knoth make 

all tournament team

Jan. 3, 2010


Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor





GATES MILLS – Toledo St. Francis came into the Brother James Tourney ranked No. 1 in Ohio and did fairly well against the No 1 ranked team in Indiana, Hamilton Southeastern with a 5-0 win, but had its hands full against the Cleveland teams, culminating with today’s 5-2 loss to Ignatius.


The Wildcats earned third place in the tourney with the win and went back to the West Side 2-2 in the tourney. St. Francis also lost to eventual tourney champ Padua and was trailing most of the game against Gilmour before finally winning in the end.


“This ends a long stretch of games for us,” Iggy coach Pat O’Rourke said. “We’ve played 14 games in the last two weeks. This was kind of a get-away game – we could have just played it and got on the plane (metaphorically speaking) or we could have closed it out with the win and we chose the latter.”


Ignatius was the No. 1 ranked team statewide two weeks ago and were ranked third last week. Both the Bruins and Wildcats are sure to move up this week.


Paddy Spellacy, Chris Knoth and John Jeziorowski made the all-tournament team for the Wildcats as did Connor Fry and Scott Loy for St. Francis. In the consolation game, Spellacy scored the third ‘Cat goal, taking the puck right off a faceoff and scoring quickly.


“We don’t have to do much with Paddy; he can make things happen in any situation,” O’Rourke said. “He’s learned to just walk away from penalties and not let them get to him.”


Asa Frebes, Liam Geither, and Nolan Schade also scored goals t build a 3-0 and then 4-1 leads. Schade’s was a power-play goal. Frebes finished it off with an open netter for his second goal of the game. Josh Potts gave Matt Kovesday a rest and played the whole game in the crease to get the win in net. Spellacy, Mike Abood, Knoth, and Mike Wells had assists.


“We did well in this tourney considering we had a couple guys out with injuries,” said O’Rourke.

Storm Women Claim 4th 

Classic Title of Season With 

Comeback Win at Fairmont 


Mentor's Stephanie Rogers 

records her fourth double-double of  

season in LEC's 67-64 Win

Jan. 3, 20009

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Sophomore guard Jen Caiola (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to seal the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team’s third straight victory with a 67-64 win over host Fairmont State University today (Jan. 3) at the Fairmont State Alumni Classic.  The win gave Lake Erie its fourth classic title of the season.

Chagrin's Jen Caiola seals victory

The  Storm (11-8) trailed for most of the second half before taking the lead with 21 seconds to go on a short jumper by senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford). After Fairmont State’s Ashley Vavrek split a pair of free throws and sophomore Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) corralled the rebound, Caiola closed out the win from the line.

Double-double gal Stef Rogers of Mentor

 Rogers led Lake Erie with her fourth double-double of the season. She scored 20 points, going seven-of-10 from the field, and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.  She was also a perfect six-of-six from the foul line, as the Storm once again took advantage of the free toss by converting 20-of-25 (80%) as a team.

The Falcons (6-3) built a 12-point lead late in the first half, but the Storm cut the deficit to just six points at the break, 35-29, on a three-pointer at the horn from freshman guard Sarah Wojciechowski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo).  Lake Erie got within two early in the second half, but Fairmont State quickly pushed the advantage back to eight on a three-pointer by Lauren Streicher.

Streicher hit four three’s in the game and the Falcons were 10-of-26 overall from three-point range. 

The lead was seven at 60-53 with 5:25 to go when the Storm began to chip away.  A free throw by sophomore forward Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) capped a  8-0 run that put LEC up briefly at 61-60.

Stow's Allison Pavkov

Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) fouled Streicher on a three-point attempt and she responded by hitting all three free throws to put the Falcons back on top with 1:37 to go. Ames tied it on the Storm’s next possession with two foul shots of her own and after each team failed to convert on the next three possessions, put Lake Erie in front with her jumper in the lane.

Junior forward Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) blocked the potential tying three-pointer by Streicher at the buzzer.

Ames finished with 16 points while Wagers added 11.  Rogers, who surpassed the 500-point and 300-rebound mark for her career in the game, had four steals and blocked four shots on defense. 

After shooting a season-low 23 percent in a win over Concord University on Saturday, the Storm improved to 44.7% (21-of-47) against the Falcons.

Vavrek led all scorers with a game-high 23 points for Fairmont State.  Kaitlin Snider added 18 points and Streicher had 12 in a losing effort.

The Storm, whose 11 wins are tied for the second-most in school history, will look to match its season-long four-game winning streak next Saturday, Jan. 9, when it travels to Central State University.  



Ford City again champs in 

Brother James Varsity B

tourney at Gilmour

Jan. 3, 2010


Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor





GATES MILLS -- Ford City out of Pennsylvania won the Brother James Varsity B Division tourney at Gilmour today with a 5-1 win over University School’s JV team, in a tournament with a mixture of Varsity B and JV teams.


It was the second year in a row that Ford City has won the B Division. US brought only its JV team to the two-tournament event here this weekend. The Preppers’ varsity team is in a Chicago tourney this weekend.


In other games, Gilmour beat St. Ignatius, 6-3, US topped Padua, 7-1, Ford blitzed Hamilton SE, 5-1, US trounced Iggy, 5-1, Ford City bettered Gilmour, 5-1, HSE beat Padua, 3-1, Ford City bumped Iggy, 3-1, US nosed out Hamilton in OT, 3-2, ,and Gilmour doubled up Padua, 3-2.


“The B Division also has mostly competitive programs in it,” said Gilmour B coach Mike Tiniik, formerly the Varsity A coach at Mentor. “The players are not at the level of those in the A tournament, but they are good programs and in development for the varsity teams. Usually we have a mix of Varsity B, JV and AAA teams in here. Most of our schedule is like that. We try to schedule all varsity teams, but when we do schedule JV teams we make sure it is against teams from good programs.”


Nick Aleva was in on six goals with either the goal or the assist in the tournament for the B Lancers. Kevin Ruzzo added four points and Joey Lencewicz anchored the defense.


“Jason Musarra also had a good tournament in goal for us,” Tinik said. “We only have one goaltender on the B team so he carries a lot having to shoulder all the duties. Most coaches like to rotate goalies in tournaments, but when that luxury is not available a coach has to rely on his goalie to have several good games in just two days. For a freshman, Jason handled that well.”


The entire Gilmour program has been riddled with injuries so both the A and B teams were playing in these tournaments with scaled down units, with a dozen skaters for each team and three goalies between the two of them.


“That is unusual here,” said Tinik. “We usually have a lot of hockey players around here. When we skate with one and a half lines, we have to make most of the energy each player brings us.”

Brian Anton is back for injury-

riddled Lancers, scoring two 

goals in shutout over McDowell 

in Brother James Tourney; 

coach Malloy learning new 

things with lineup shuffling

Jan. 3, 2010


Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor





GATES MILLS – Considering it has been without most of its offensive production, Gilmour’s Varsity A hockey came out of its own tournament, the Eighth Annual Brother James Invitational, with bookend victories, closing out today with a 5-0 win over Erie McDowell to earn fifth place.


The Lancers are still playing without Billy Davis, the team’s leading scorer the last two seasons who was shelved with a broken hand in the season’s fifth game, and Matt Panzo, who then took over as the top scorer but has been sidelined with a nagging shoulder injury.


The injury bug has allowed Coach John Malloy to experiment with other players in different positions for this tournament and last week’s St. Ignatius Christmas tourney. The Lancers bounced back from the two losses earlier in the week to Iggy for an overtime victory over the Wildcats to start the tourney but then let a lead slip away against St. Francis and endured an overtime loss to eventual tourney champ Padua. He has moved forward Nathan Burke back on defense to help jump start the team.


“We are making small steps; each game we are learning a little more about each player,” Malloy said. “Moving a senior like Burke from forward to defense is going to pay dividends down the road. Some players are starting to step up and make an impact.”


At least Brian Anton has returned to the lineup, making an immediate impact with two goals in the victory over McDowell. Gordon Wells also scored two goals and Eddie Asher one.


“Brian is getting healthier and Wells is a very talented player we would still like to get up to the level he is capable of playing at more often,” Malloy said. “This weekend he was starting to turn the corner. He can be a Billy Davis type of scorer with that type of hockey speed and strength. He needs to start using it all the time. Once he understands it is not wasted energy to keep going at it, he will have good opportunities.”


Zach Buehner, Jordan Robinson, Jamie Young, Anton, and Brad Baker had assists. Graham Boduszek had the shutout in goal. Wells, Buehner and Asher made the all-tournament team.


“Overall, it was a good tournament; we’ve had a lot of positive comments about the play,” Malloy said. “We had four overtime games and the shots for both teams in most games were fairly even.”


Malloy has been concerned with the team’s lack of finishing games this season, going into the third periods leading and then end up losing. He said they did the opposite one night earlier in the OT loss to Padua, coming out flat for two periods and then exploding offensively in the third to force extra minutes.


“I was not as much concerned with how the game ended as I was in our having the confidence to come back after being down and tying it up in the third period like that,” Malloy said. “We can become better than what our record shows right now.“


Although there is a less than 50 percent chance Davis could return this season, there is still a chance that he could and it would probably be just at the right time – the beginning of February. Davis was a force early on, scoring five goals in five games.


“We have not had a game yet with our top three scorers in the lineup,” Malloy said. “We are a completely different team with Billy Davis in the lineup. We have to play though as if he were not coming back. If he does get the OK to return and has enough time to prepare for the playoffs and be 90 percent of what he was, it would be great. With him in, we will score at least one more goal per game, but it adds a different dimension in that opposing teams know they have to keep an eye on him, freeing up other sections of the ice and other opportunities we can create.


“We were 2-6 over the last week and it is probably the best thing that could have happened to us. Whether Billy comes back or not, we have shown that we can put five guys out there who can play and score. Panzo is another one who we can count on for at least an assist or goal per game and we know in hockey one goal can make a big difference.”

Kyle Brown

Strongsville's Kyle Brown nails five 

three pointers as Baldwin-Wallace 

Men Defeat Alma, 73-63, in Alma, 

Michigan for Third Straight Victory

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Kyle Brown (Strongsville) made five three-pointers and scored 17 points and freshman center Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated hostAlma College, 73-63, today (Sunday, January 3, 2009) in Alma, Michigan. The victory was the third straight for the Yellow Jackets (7-5 overall).

Walsh Jesuit alumnus Chris Ameen

In addition to Brown and Ameen for B-W, sophomore guard Scott Voiers (Westlake/ Lutheran West) had 12 points and sophomore guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) had 11 points. The Scots (3-8) were led by junior guard Jordan Redditt with 10 points, but have lost two straight games.

Lutheran West grad Scott Voiers

Keys to Yellow Jacket victory were outrebounding the Scots, 45-33, including 19 on the offensive boards, and made 92.3 percent of its free throws by canning 12-of-13.

In the first half, Alma began the game with three leads of two points each with the last at 8-6 with 17:50 left when junior forward Jake Weiss made a three-pointer. B-W tied the game and 8-8 and 10-10 and then took control by outscoring the Scots 13-6 to build its third straight 7-point advantage at 23-16 with 9:33 left before halftime when Brown made a 17-foot jump shot. The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to nine points on two occasions with the last at 31-22 with 6:58 left when freshman guard Brandon Schmidt (Wellington) canned a three-pointer.

Alma then went on a 5-0 run to close the lead to 31-27 with 5:16 left when freshman guard Greg Silverthorn.  B-W went on a 4-0 run of its own to move the lead to eight point at 35-27 with 4:01 left before halftime when Cabbil made a layup. The Scots outscored the Jackets 6-2 the remainder of the stanza and trailed by just 37-33 at the break.

In the second half, Alma continued with nine straight points to run its streak to 12 straight points and turn a four-point deficit into a five-point lead at 42-37 with 18:27 left when Redditt made a steal and layup.  Undaunted, B-W scored eight straight points to retake the lead at 45-42 with 14:31 left when Schmidt canned another trey. The Yellow Jackets then went on a 18-5 run and the lead grew to 16 points at 63-47 with 8:27 left when Voiers made a pair of foul shots. The largest lead was 17 points at 71-54 with 3:12 left when junior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) made a pair of foul shots. The closest Alma was able to get was the final score.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when they host the Mount Union College Purple Raiders (5-7, 3-2) in an Ohio Athletic Conference contests in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea at 7:30 p.m.

Media and fans can listen LIVE to all Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s basketball games on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet atwww.wbwc.com.  B-W resumes Ohio Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 6 when it hosts arch-rival Mount Union College at 7:30 p.m. in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.

In addition, the upcoming February 20, 2010 game versus Otterbein College will be taped by S&S Video Productions and telecast on SportsTime Ohio.  The Feb. 20 game also is the Second Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. For more information on that game, please call Meg Carney in the B-W Athletic Department at 440-826-2140 or visit the “Take a Kid to the Game” web site at www.bw.edu/athletics/takeakid10.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeated by Marymount (Va.) University

January 3, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

ARLINGTON, VA.  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Marymount University, 71-67, today (Sunday, Jan. 3) in the consolation gameof the Marymount Holiday Classic in Arlington, Va.  [Game Stats]

Following today’s game, the Terriers are now 5-6 overall, while the Saints improve to 6-6 overall for the season.

Hiram opened the first half by scoring the first six points and reached its largest lead of the game, 9-2, at the 17:05 minute mark on one-of-two free-throws by junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter).  Marymount answered with five straight points to make it a one possession game at 9-7 with 16:21 left in the half.  The Terriers never relinquished the lead and had a 29-23 margin thanks to a three-pointer by freshman guard Tom Herchek (Randolph/Waterloo) with 3:25 left before halftime.  The Saints outscored Hiram, 7-2, to end the half as Hiram had a slim 31-30 lead at the break.

Marymount took the lead for the first time at the 18:15 mark with the score of 33-32 and neither team would lead by more than four points during the remainder of the half.  The score would be tied a total of nine times and both teams exchanged leads 13 times throughout the period.  A layup by Eniola late in the game gave the Terriers a 67-66 lead with 29 seconds left to play.  But Marymount would score the final five points of the game to go on to a 71-67 victory.

Both teams shot well from the field for the game, with the edge going in favor of Marymount who shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) and Hiram converted on 43.1 percent (22-of-51) of its attempts.

The Saints had two players score in double figures with Stephen Simoneau and Sam Sentz both scoring 13 points.  Davon Speight grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

Hiram had four players score in double digits led by junior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) with a season-high 14 points on four-of-seven shooting (57.1 percent).  Freshman guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) was second with 12 points as all of his points came from three-point range and shot four-of-six (66.7 percent) for the game.  Junior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) and sophomore forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) rounded out the high scorers with 11 points each.  Russo also recorded a game-high six assists.

Hiram will travel to Crawfordsville, Ind. for a North Coast Athletic Conference game against Wabash College on Friday, Jan. 8.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.