A Page -- Jan. 30, 2010

Magnificat fast break offense 

streaks to win the Battle Across 

the Bridge; St. Joe shooting as 

cold as the frozen Rocky River; 

Emily Sterba's 19 pace Mags 

Jan. 30, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




ROCKY RIVER -- In today’s Battle Across the Bridge here, Magnificat parlayed a well-executed fast-break offense with a cold-shooting St. Joseph team and came up with a 63-38 varsity girls basketball win in front of 1,000 fans.


Four West Side grade schools (St. Mark, St. Mary of the Falls, St. Raphael and Our Lady of Angles) had at least one girl on each varsity roster playing against one another as former teammates and classmates, defining the nature of the rivalry of the two school on opposite sides of the Rocky River and why so many fans turned out, most of whom were here three hours before the start of the varsity game.


“It’s nice because a lot of these girls are friends,” said Magnificat coach Meghann Hubach. “It is not just same strange person in another uniform. They might be on the other team, but they are familiar with one another in one respect for another.”


Emily Sterba, a product of St. Mark’s just a few blocks from St. Joe’s in West Park, poured in a game-high 19 points for the Blue Streaks, who came into the weekend ranked 25th in the state. The Sterba name is one that dates back several decades in the athletic lore of St. Edward, the all-boys school that has served as a connector between these two all-girls schools.


When the Jaguars were in a 2-3 defensive zone early in the game, Sterba was matched up against Graine Mangan, also a St. Mark grad. St. Joe had the inside track early, leading most of the first quarter, but Sterba found the mark, first giving the Streaks their second lead of the game, 9-8, at 2:10 of the opening quarter and then their third lead of the game, 11-9, with a two at the 1:20 mark of the first quarter.


Maggie Berry, a Division II college recruit, tied it at 11 with a basket at the start of the second quarter, but that would be the last of any semblance of an offensive attack anyone would see form St. Joe for a long, long time.


What broke the backs of the Jaguars was three-point shooting rampage that had Stephanie Haas, Clare Schirmer and Christine Ferry go bang-ban-bang from three-point land to spark a 15-2 run that led to the final gun at the end of the second quarter.


“Absolutely those three threes destroyed us,” said St. Joe coach Marianne Mangan. “We should have gone to the man before that.”


First Haas, who came off the bench, was done warming the wood and instead sizzled the nets with a 25-foot bomb at 5:45 to make it 16-11. Also off the bench, Schirmer than nailed one from a few feet beyond the top of the key to make it 19-11. Then Mangan called timeout and went to a man-to-man defense.


Then Ferry, a starter, clinked in a three from the right corner to double up the score at 22-11 with 2:52 to go in the half. The long-range rockets were long distance from the larger contiguous circle around the school grounds courtesy of Rocky River (Schirmer is a St. Chris alumna), Bay Village (Hass, St. Raphael) and Westlake (Ferry, St. Bernadette).


After Berry’s early basket in the second quarter, St. Joe went the final 6:35 of the second half and the first 6:25 of the second half without making a field goal.


“We knew we had to do it with defense so we practiced the shell drill every day,” said Hubach. “It was a matter of how we would be able to contain Berry because she is an outstanding scorer, but also Alex Austin, who has been their leading scorer lately. We did a good job of stopping both of them from keeping the ball out of the hole, but I would liked to have seen us give them fewer chances at the line.”

Maggie Berry

At the line was the only spot Joe’s could manage any scoring during the gut segment of the game. Berry, an OLA alumna, did put through all three tries on a three-shot foul to start the quarter, but could not manage a second half field goal and wound up with only seven points.


“We just missed too many layups and our foul shooting was not on either,” coach Mangan said. “You have to give them credit. They set the screens and they were able to convert on our turnovers. They were more emotional than us this time. There is a lot of competition between the two schools. Hopefully we see them in the district tournament again.”


Farrell O’Malley, a Lakewood Catholic Academy grad, finally ended the scoring spell for Joe’s with a bucket at 1:35 of the third. However, the Jaguars went on another six-minute dearth until Austin, an alumna of St. Ignatius of Antioch on West Boulevard, broke the second field goal drought with a pair of back-to-back baskets 12 seconds apart of each other.


Hustling plays off the transition like the one in which Paige Wise was falling down at the top of the key, only to shovel the ball to Sterba, who also fell down while letting go of the ball, were the kind that enable the Streaks to build their big lead. Sterba made the shot on the play, was fouled and made the free throw, which gave the hosts a 43-23 lead with 7:20 to play.

Mags' JV unit overcomes 

vaunted St. Joe press and 2 1/2 

quarter deficit to win junior

battle of the bridge; St. Joe's 

Hannah Smith pulls rabbit 

out of the hat with two-second, 

six-point play

Jan. 30, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




ROCKY RIVER – Magnificat’s JV basketball team figured out St. Joseph’s full-court press to overcome a first-half deficit and post a 53-48 victory over the Jaguars here this afternoon.

In the Battle Across the Bridge triple header, swept by Mags, the anomaly play of the day came from St. Joseph sophomore Hannah Smith, who magically turned in a six-point play singlehandedly in two seconds.


With Mags leading, 42-39, Smith nailed a three-point goal from behind the arc to tie it with 3:50 to go. Then on the inbound, Smith stole the ball, scored the basket and was knocked to the ground. After a timeout she converted the free throw for old-fashioned three-point play to give the Jaguars a 45-42 lead with 3:48 to play.


Hannah Smith runs gamut on kinds of three-point scores

The Blue Streaks made the final run in the last two minutes to tuck away the victory in a game in which St. Joe led all but a couple of minutes (early in the first quarter) in the first half and then led the first three minutes of the third quarter. In the second half, the game was tied five times and the lead changed hands five times.

Sophomore Rachael Trujillo was 4 of 4 at the line in the final 1:20 while Maggie Given was 3 of 4. 

Helen Farnan, a St. Raphael alumna, scored at 2:10 of the fourth on a bounce pass across the lane from Trujillo  to pull the hosts to within one, 47-46. The Blue Streaks then made 7 of 8 free throw attempts in the final 1:20 to pull ahead and seal the victory.


St. Joe opened up a 15-8 lead on a basket by OLA alum Mackenzie Dunn. Mags was able to narrow on a scoring trifecta of a free throw, field goal and three-point goal by fellow OLA alumna Isabelle Ruccella in a three minute span in the second quarter.


Kaylee Habeeb finally brought the Blue Streaks even, 34-34, with an old-fashioned three-point play in with 5:12 to go in the third. Smith gave the Jaguars the lead three times with free throws late in the third and early in the fourth. A pair of St Angela’s alumnae, Emily Velten and Maggie Given gave Mags a 42-39 lead with a pair of baskets before Smith went on her six-point play serenade in the fourth.

Alexis Setta's 19 points lead 

Mags freshmen to conquest of 

St. Joe

Jan. 30, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





ROCKY RIVER – Alexis Setta scored 19 points to lead Magnificat’s freshman basketball team to a 42-19 triumph over West Side rival St. Joseph this morning here.


Setta, an alumna of the now-defunct St. Clement in Lakewood, led the scoring attack for the 11-3 Blue Streaks who were aided by an eight-point effort from Madeline Comer, who hails from Avon Lake St. Joseph, another grade school now no longer in existence after closing its doors last year.


Sarah Schwind from OLA and Katie Battaglia from St. Albert the Great led the Jaguars with six points apiece.


The game represented was represented by alumnae from about a dozen different West Side grade schools, but three (St. Albert the Great in North Royalton, St., Raphael in Bay, St. Joe in Avon Lake), had at least one freshman girl on each team.

Yellow Jacket Men’s 

Basketball Team Rallies to 

Defeat Marietta, 83-73, in 

Berea; Lakewood High alum 

Kevin Knabb scores

game-high 30 points 

for Pioneers

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- Junior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./ Fairview) scored 16 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team came from seven down late in the second half to defeat Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College, 83-73, today (Saturday, January 30, 2010) at Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 11-8 overall and 6-6 in the OAC. The Pioneers fall to 8-11 overall and 4-8 in the OAC.

Kevin Knab

Kevin Knabb

In addition to Meeder for B-W, freshman forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) scored 12. Marietta was led by Kevin Knab with a game-high 30 points.

Zane Meeder

In the first half, B-W trailed 8-6 before starting a 7-0 run that ended in a three-pointer from senior forward Kyle Brown(Strongsville) and a layup from Meeder to make the score 13-8 at the 16:06 mark. Marietta then outscored B-W 18-13 over the next 8:52 and tied the score at 28-28 when Kevin Knab connected on a jumper at 7:14. The two sides exchanged leads in the final minutes of the period but B-W was able to finish on a 7-2 run ending in a jumper from sophomore point guard Promis Cabbil (Elyria/ Senior) at the buzzer to lead 43-36 at the break.

Strongsville alum Kyle Brown\

In the second half, B-W scored the first five and led by a game-high 12 points at 48-36 when Ameen completed a three-point play at 17:43. The Pioneers responded with a 22-10 run and eventually tied the score at 58 apiece on a Duan Lutes layup at 9:10. After several ties, Marietta moved ahead and eventually built its lead to a high of seven at 71-64 when Knab completed a three-point play at 4:11.

B-W answered with a 15-0 run led by Ameen, Meeder and freshman forward Ed Householder (North Jackson/ Tallmadge) and led 79-71 with 40 seconds left to play. The Pioneers were unable to respond as the Jackets held on for the 83-73 victory.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Wednesday, February 3 when they host OAC rival Heidelberg University at 7:30 p.m. in the Ursprung Gymnasium of the Higgins Center in Berea.

Polar Bears Top the Berg


By  Nathan LaRiccia

Tiffin, Ohio – January 30, 2010 – The Heidelberg University women’s basketball team fell to Ohio Northern University, 75-48. Heidelberg drops to 4-15 overall and 3-9 in the OAC, while the Polar Bears improve to 12-7 and are 7-5 against league foes.


Ohio Northern had a 29-13 lead with four minutes left before halftime. However, Heidelberg would go on a 9-2 run, which included junior Jenny Miller (Tiffin, Ohio / Clyde) finding senior Stacey Barker (Grove City, Ohio / Grove City) for a three-pointer with two minutes left.


The Polar Bears would go into halftime leading 33-23.
In the second half, Ohio Northern would shoot 60% (15-25) from the court compared to Heidelberg’s 32% (8-25) and it would be too much for the Berg to overcome.


For Heidelberg, Barker led the team with 10 points. Backing Barker was Miller and sophomore Lyndsey DaVault (Orrville, Ohio / Orrville) who each contributed with nine points.


Senior Alyssa Esposito (Brecksville, Ohio / Brecksville-Broadview Heights) scored seven points, while senior Stacey Richard (Galloway, Ohio / Central Crossing) had five points to go along with three rebounds.

Former Bee Alyssa Esposito


Miller led the team on the glass with six boards.


Heidelberg is back in action when its hosts Baldwin-Wallace College, Wednesday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m.





HEROICS, 68-66

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  Junior guard Antonio Kidd (Cleveland, Ohio/Lakewood) hit a jumper from the left side with 0.7 seconds left to give the Lake Erie College men’s basketball team a 68-66 win over Ohio Dominican today (Jan. 30), snapping a three-game losing streak.


The game’s top scorer, John Trew (19 points) had hit a jumper with 13 seconds left on the previous possession to tie the game at 66-66.  After running down the clock, Kidd drove to his left and hit a jumper over two defenders for the win.

Junior guard Ethan Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio/Harmony Prep) led the Storm (7-15) with 18 points.  Senior forward Darnell Campbell (Cleveland, Ohio/Collinwood) had 16 and freshman Eric Worthey (South Euclid, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) added 10. Kidd finished with nine points.

In addition to Trew, Zak Kapron scored 13 points for Ohio Dominican (8-14).  After shooting 56 percent in the first half (14-of-25), the Panthers shot just 13-of-36 (36%) in the second. 

Lake Erie, meanwhile, shot 55.6% (15-of-27) in the second half to erase a four-point halftime deficit (33-29).  The Storm also turned the ball over a season-low eight times. 

Yeomen Outlast Earlham For First NCAC Win
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By Mike Mancini
Oberlin, Ohio –
 In a game that featured 14 ties and 16 lead changes, it was the Oberlin College men’s basketball team that ended on top as it held on to beat Earlham College 71-68, earning its first North Coast Athletic Conference win of the season. 

Oberlin, which had eight different players with at least four points, was led byJosh Merritt and Andrew Fox with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Merritt did nearly all of his damage at the free throw line as he made 13-of-16 charity tosses – including a pair in the final five seconds to help preserve the win. Rookie Johnathan Nelson added 12 points and after missing the last four games with an injury, sophomore Dahsan Gary returned to the lineup and contributed nine points on 4-of-5 shooting. 

“This was a great win that we were able to gut out in the end,” Head CoachIsaiah Cavaco said. “I am happy for the guys for getting it done today and for how hard they have worked all season.”

The Yeomen led 69-65 with 16 seconds left to play, but Earlham’s A.J. Sutherlin connected on one of his seven triple-hits on the day as he rose up from the far wing and knocked down the shot with a man in his face, but just six seconds remained on the clock. A quick foul sent Merritt to the line where he calmly made both freebies for the three-point lead. Earlham’s final chance came on Ryan Taylor’s long distance heave that found nothing but glass to clinch the Yeomen win. 

The victory snapped a nine-game skid for the Yeomen, whose last win came all the way back on December 11 against Alma. It also extended the Quakers’ losing streak to 12 games. 

Oberlin (5-14, 1-9 NCAC) held a 38-31 cushion at the break, but a 7-0 Earlham spurt to start the second half tied the game for the eighth time with 17:04 remaining. From that point on, no more than four points would separate the two foes. 

Earlham (3-16, 1-9 NCAC), which was led by Sutherlin’s game-high 27 points, shot 46.8-percent (22-of-47) from the floor. Oberlin was even more impressive than that as it dialed in on 23-of-40 shots for a 57.5-percent success rate. 

The Yeomen benefited from a large discrepancy at the free throw line as they hoisted 32 charity tosses – cashing in 24 for 75-percent, while the Quakers went to the stripe just 12 times – making 10 for 83.3-percent. 

Oberlin also controlled the interior as it out-rebounded Earlham 30-18 and had a 36-8 advantage in points in the paint.

The Yeomen will look to make it two in a row when they travel out to Kenyon College on Wednesday night. Tip-time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Women's Swimming/Diving 

- Mount Union Defeats Penn 

State-Behrend 136-84

By Ryan Fishleigh

(ERIE, PA)-- Mount Union's women's swimming and diving team notched a 136-84 victory over Penn State-Behrend today in Erie, PA.

Sophomore Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow) won the 200 yard Backstroke (2:17.89) and won the 400 yard Medley Relay (4:20.51) with teammates freshman Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional), sophomore Allison Davila (Middleburg Heights/Midpark), and freshman Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone).  Alkire also won the 400 yard IM (4:59.03).
Midpark alumna Allison Davila

Junior Kellie Seward (Coshocton/Coshocton) won the 1000 yard Freestyle (11:55.90).  Sophomore Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley) won the 200 yard Freestyle (2:02.63) and won the 200 yard Butterfly (2:24.30).  Freshman Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow) won the 50 yard Freestyle (26.50).  Senior Kelly McMahon (Solon/Solon) won the 100 yard Freestyle (59.35).
Stow's Jennie Cicantelli

Mount Union will host Westminster (PA) College next Saturday (Feb. 6) at 1 pm at the Hammond Natatorium inside The MAAC in Alliance.
Solon High alumna Kelly McMahon

Men's Swimming and Diving – Mount Union Haulted By Penn State-Behrend 122-108

By Ryan Fishleigh

(ERIE, PA)-- Mount Union's men's swimming and diving team lost its dual match against Penn State-Behrend 122-108 today in Erie, PA.

Freshman Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) won the400 yard IM (4:35.50) and the 200 yard Butterfly (2:05.80).  Ben Davies (Willoughby/Willoughby South), Ian Perry (Perry/Perry), Andy Neiman (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview) and Ben Haren (Lisbon/David Anderson) won the 400 yard Medley Relay (3:52.00).  Haren also won the 200 yard Backstroke(2:04.86).


Mentor's Rob Brocious

Junior Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) won the 1000 yard Freestyle (10:39.04) and the 500 yard Freestyle (4:58.96).  Freshman Mike Greisl (South Euclid/NDCL) won the 50 yard Freestyle (22.85).

Mount Union will host Westminster (PA) College next Saturday (Feb. 6) at 1 pm at the Hammond Natatorium inside The MAAC in Alliance.

Rookie Duo Carries Oberlin Past Earlham
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The first-year 1-2 punch of Allison Anderson and Kelly Warlichcombined for 42 points to help the Oberlin College women’s basketball team earn a 57-51 come-from-behind victory over Earlham College this afternoon. 

Anderson, who has scored at least 15 points in each of the last four games, finished with 23 points to go along with six steals, six assists and six rebounds. Warlich dialed in on 5-of-8 triple-tries as she finished with 19 points and one rebound shy of her fourth double-double of the season with nine boards. 

Oberlin (4-15, 3-7 NCAC) trailed by 12, 34-22, with 18:35 left to play, but a 19-4 run that featured four Warlich triple-hits would put the Yewomen on top 41-38 at the 13:05 mark. 

From then on the game was played very closely and a lay-up by Earlham’s Kate Franks would get her team within one, 52-51, with just over two minutes to play. At that time little did anyone know that those would by the last two points scored by the Quakers. Oberlin would add insurance tallies in the closing moments as Emily Chu Finkel sandwiched a lay-up in-between two pairs of Anderson free throws.

“This was another very nice win for us as we battled back through some adversity in the first half and were able to finish the job,” second-year Head Coach Kerry Jenkins said.

The win snapped a three-game skid for the Yeowomen and improved Jenkins' record to 4-0 all-time against the Quakers. 

After a slow shooting first half (26.5%), Oberlin shot a blistering 56.5-percent (13-of-23) in the second session – including 6-of-9 (66.7%) from long range. Earlham (2-17, 1-9 NCAC) shot 34.4-percent (21-of-61) in the contest. 

Oberlin will look to make it two in a row when it travels out to Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday night. Tip-time is set for 7 p.m.






B-W Women Beat Marietta, 73-

46, in Marietta for 10th Straight 

Victory and Remain in First Place

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference center Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College, 73-46, today (Saturday, January 30, 2010) in the Ban Johnson Arena in Marietta for its 10th straight victory and remains in first place in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets are now 15-4 overall, 11-1 in the OAC not lost since December 21 and has now beaten Marietta 31 straight times dating back to 1994. With its loss, Marietta falls to 3-16 overall and 1-11 in the conference.
Ariel Brough

In addition to Brough, this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week, sophomore forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace). Marietta was led by freshman forward Aleisha Guiler with a game-high 14 points. Keys to the Yellow Jacket victory included holding a 42-26 rebounding advantage, outscoring the Pioneers 24-10 from the foul line and forcing 23 Marietta turnovers.

In the first half, the two teams traded the lead back and forth until B-W gained a five-point advantage at 20-15 with 8:02 left when junior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) made a layup. Stack led B-W with eight rebounds off the bench. The largest first stanza lead was seven points at 24-17 when freshman guard OLivia French (Bucyrus/ Senior) made two ful shots. B-W also led at halftime, 24-19.

In the second half, Marietta got as close as three points at 24-21 when Guiler made the first basket of the stanza. The Yellow Jackets continually built their lead and outscored the Pioneers 49-25 to build their largest lead at the end of the game The final score of 73-46 lit up as the time went to zero when freshman guard Jen Calhoon (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) made a basket.
Lake Catholic alumna Jen Calhoun

B-W is back in action on Wednesday, February 3 when it travels to Tiffin to play OAC-rival Heidelberg University in the Seiberling Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. The next home game is next Saturday, Feb. 6 when the Yellow Jackets host second place Capital University in the Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Bere at 3:00 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 at www.wbwc.com.

The upcoming Saturday, February 13 B-W men’s basketball game versus Muskingum University is designated as Al Sirat Grotto Day with partial gate proceeds going to benefit children affilicted with cerebral palsy. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

In addition, the February 20, 2010 men’s 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. The women hosted a similar event on January 

Gilmour goes for a three-for 

tomorrow -- could wind up 

leaving Indiana undefeated 

against the top three ranked 

hockey teams in the state

Jan. 30, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





Gilmour’s hockey team controls its own destiny and can win the Hamilton Southeastern Invitational Hockey Tournament this weekend with a win over Carmel tomorrow.


The Lancers would not only win the tourney, but would add more spring into their steps coming home as it would mean a clean sweep over the top three ranked teams in Indiana.


Last night they tied No. 1 HSE, 3-3, today they whipped No. 2 ranked Culver Military Academy, 5-1, tomorrow get No. 3 Carmel, which lost to both Culver and HSE in the first two rounds.


“They were beaten in both games but both were close,” said Gilmour coach John Malloy. “We would like to beat the third best team, but really we just came here for the experience, to learn some things and to improve.”


The Lancers bolted out to a 3-0 lead it the first 16 minutes of the game against the tourney hosts on a goal by Gordon Wells two by Matt Panzo. Wells scored in the third minute with assists coming from Matt Grider and Zach Buehner, while Panzo’s first period goal in the 13th minute was assisted by Jordan Robinson and who had been called up from the Varsity B team.


“Jordan’s been playing really well, so we have kept him up,” Malloy said.


Panzo’s second-period goal came in first minute of the frame with first line linemates Eddie Asher and Spencer Antunez assisting.


The Royals then got hot in the second period to score three goals and tied it. Gilmour had to kill three penalties in the third period, including one in the final minute.


“We did not get to play Hamilton in our tourney because they wound up playing Padua in the title game, so we were happy to see how we could do against them,” Malloy said. “It is an indication we are moving along if we are playing well against good teams.”


Graham Boduszek saved 30 shots in goal.


Kevin Rizzo also moved up from the B team and scored two goals in the win over Culver, a team that beat Gilmour in the St. Ignatius Christmas Tournament and went on to win the Brooklyn tourney. Asher, Joey Lencewicz, and Panzo also scored goals. Brad Baker had two assists,. Grider, Zach Buehner, Panzo, Lencewicz, Brian Anton, and Robi.nson had one. Asher’s score came just about the time a power play ended.


Boduszek 18 saves.


“That’s what is great about having a program in which we have an A and B team and can bring up the guys when we need them and we know they will be ready.” “We’ve had some injuries, so we’ve brought up and both have been playing well,” Malloy said. “We were using our B attack a lot.”


Oliver Flesher will spell Boduszek in goal for Gilmour tomorrow. Flesher did get a shutout in the varsity B tournament in Hamilton today,


Going into tomorrow’s final round, Gilmourr is 1-0-1, Culver is 1-1, Hamilton 0-1-1 and Carmel 2-1. There is no championship game.







Lake Erie tied the single-season 

school record with its 16th win,

Ames becomes 5th Storm to

reach 1,000

Jan. 30, 2010

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Senior guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) reached the 1,000-point plateau and the Lake Erie College women’s basketball team matched a pair of school records in a 84-53 rout of Ohio Dominican this afternoon.

Bedford High alumna Renese Ames

The Storm (16-8) won for the eighth straight time, tying the school record for both wins in a single season and consecutive wins.  Both marks were set by the 2007-08 team that finished 16-11.

Ames needed just eight points to become the fifth player in school history to score 1,000 career ponts and hit the mark by scoring nine points in the first 4:14 of the game.  She finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Freshman guard Sarah Wojciechwoski (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) led the Storm with a game and career-high 21 points off the bench.  Sophomore center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) recorded her fifth double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds and classmate Jen Caiola (Chagrin Fals, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) added 16 points.  Wojciechowski and Caiola each hit four three-pointers as the Storm went 10-of-25 from distance.

Wojciechwoski -- career-high 21 off the bench

Ohio Dominican (12-9), which had its six-game winning streak snapped, shot just 33 percent overall, including three-of-18 from three-point range.  Shelley Warren led four Panthers in double figures with 12 points off the bench.

Lake Erie also set a school single game record by turning the ball over just five times.  The Storm shot 30-of-65 (46%) in the game. 

#22 Mount Union Goes Cold 

at Wilmington in 66-60 


Jan. 30, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(WILMINGTON, OH)--No. 22 Mount Union shot just 29-percent for the game and took just its third loss of the season in a 66-60 loss at Wilmington today in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup at Fred Raizk Arena in Wilmington.

Kortney Kin had a game-high 24 points to lead the Quakers who evened their record at 6-6 in the OAC and now 10-9 overall.


Westlake High alumna Rosa LaMattina

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) had 13 and Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 11 points to pace the Purple Raiders, who are now 16-3 overall and 9-3 in the OAC and have failed to win at Wilmington since the Quakers joined the conference in 2000 (0-13).


North Olmsted High grad Kori Wiedt

Mount Union stayed in the game as they forced 31 Wilmington turnovers, but the poor shooting did not allow the Raiders to convert on those opportunities.

The Raiders found themselves down 21-14 midway through the first half but forced five straight turnovers to spark a 11-0 and an Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) basket and free throw gave Mount Union a 25-21 lead with seven minutes left in the half. 

The score was tied at 27 with 4:15 left in the frame when Wilmington finished the half on a 11-2 run to take a 38-29 lead at the break.

Mount Union would rally opening the second half on a 7-2 run to get back to within four, 40-36 with 17 minutes to play.  The Quakers came back with seven straight points to get the lead back out to 11 points and extended the lead to 16, 56-40 with nine minutes left.

The Raiders came all the way back as a Wiedt three pointer with 25 seconds left closed the gap to 62-58, but Wilmington went 4-of-4 from the line to put the game away.

Mount Union returns home to the MAAC for a pair of OAC games next week hosting John Carroll Wednesday (Feb. 3) at 7:30 pm and Ohio Northern Saturday (Feb. 6) at 3 pm.

Panthers win last four races 

to earn comeback win over 

Padua; EC girls roll against 


Jan. 30, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





In a North Coast League swim meet today at Oberlin College, Elyria Catholic’s boys squared off with Padua in a tight battle that had the Panthers emerge victorious, 95-84, while the EC girls were also winners over Padua, 140-39.


The Bruins had the lead in the boys’ division, but EC won the last four races to post the dual victory. Wins by the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Luke Fenik, Matt Pierce, Ian Poper and Mike Haupt; Fenik in the 100 backstroke; Pierce in the 100 breaststroke; and Ben Sleva, Budi Connor, Dan Newman and Fenik in the 400 free relay juxtaposed the comeback victory for the Panthers.


Haupt also won the 100 free and Fenik the 200 free.


Padua chalked up firsts from Brian Neuman in the 200 individual medley, Chris Wasco in the 50 free, Ryan Capp in the diving, and Brian Frac in the 500 free.


EC’s girls were led by Caroline Hamp’s double individual victory in the 100 back and 100 fly. Jennifer Buckley won the 200 free, Jenna O’Dell the 200 IM, Rachel Buckley the 50 free, Mackenzie Tweardy the diving, Taylor  Sustersic the 100 free, Sarah Peters the 500 free, and Kelly O’Dell the 100 breast.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeats Ohio Wesleyan University Led by a Pair of Career-Tying High Point Performances

January 30, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Junior guards Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) and Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) both equaled their career marks in points scored with 18 and 16 points respectively to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team past Ohio Wesleyan University, 79-71, today (Saturday, Jan. 30) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.

With the win, the Terriers improve to 9-10 overall and 6-4 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops now have indentical records of 9-10 overall and 6-4 NCAC.

Hiram looked to make a statement early in the first half and avenge an earlier season loss to the Bishops by leading by as many as 10 points, 18-8, at the 12:47 mark thanks to a three-pointer by freshman guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth). 

 OWU answered with an 8-0 scoring run and eventually tied the game at 19-19 with 10:14 left to play in the period.  The Terriers never relinquished the lead and had a six-point advantage on several occassions in the final minutes, including a 40-34 margin with 20 seconds left on a successful layup by sophomore forward Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush).  The Bishops recorded the final points of the half on one-of-two free-throws as Hiram led 40-35 at the intermission.

Brush's Jamaal Watkins

In the second half, Hiram looked to take control with a 12-point lead, 53-41, thanks to another triple by Sheppard with 14:56 left to play.  But OWU would not go away and cut the lead to 56-53 at the 9:41 mark.  With the margin remaining three points, 61-58, with just under five minutes to go, Hiram put the game away for good with an 11-0 run that ended in a pair of free-throws by junior forward 

Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) that gave the Terriers their largest lead of the game of 14 points, 72-58, with 2:40 to play.  The Bishops got to within single figures in the final minutes, but the earlier Hiram lead was too great as the Terriers went on to the 79-71 final.

Both teams shot well from the floor for the game with the advantage going in favor of Hiram who shot an impressive 56.3 percent (27-of-48) overall and 50.0 percent (10-of-20) from three-point range.  OWU shot 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from the field, including 85.7 percent (12-of-14) from the free-throw line.  Hiram also out-rebounded OWU, 34-24.

The Bishops were led by Tim Brady with 15 points on six-of-14 shooting (42.9 percent).  Andy Winters and Andrew Martin both rounded out the Bishop high scorers with 12 points each.  In addition, Pat Pellerite grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.

[ Pat Pellerite ]

Olmsted Falls native son Pat Pellerite

Hiram was led by Campbell’s 18 points on seven-of-11 shooting (63.6 percent).  Milton was second with his 16 points, including shooting four-of-five (80.0 percent) from behind the arc.  Junior All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) was the other Terrier in double figures with 12 points and dished out five assists.  In addition, junior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) tallied a game-high six assists and junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) pulled down a team-high seven boards.

Hiram will play its next two games on the road beginning with a NCAC showdown against Denison University on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in Granville.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Yellow Jacket Swim and Dive Teams

Swept by John Carroll 

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were swept by Ohio Athletic Conference andCleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University today (Saturday, January 30, 2010) in University Heights.

The Yellow Jacket men lost, 127-116, and the women lost, 146-65. The B-W men fall to 3-11 overall and are 1-3 in the OAC, while the women are 0-14 overall and 0-4 in the OAC.

For the men, junior four-time All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) placed first in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events with totals of 498.38 and 478.79 points, respectively. Also freshaman Tony Tijerina (Napoleon) finished third in both the one-meter dive and three-meter dive. Junior Hector Diaz (El Paso, Texas/ Cathedral) placed first in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:07.91. Junior Ryan Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.12 seconds. Freshman Nate Brown (Columbia Station/ Olmsted Falls) placed first in the 500-yard free in a time of 5:31.33.

In addition, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Nic Null (Shelby/ Mansfield St. Peter’s), senior Mark Andrasek (Parma/ Normandy), junior Mike Demitrieff (Parma/ Normandy) and senior Jordan Irwin (Westerville/ Westerville South) placed first with a time of 1:32.17.

For the women, freshman Julie Pinter(Broadview Heights/ Brecksville Broadview Hts.) placed first in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events with final scores of 467.53 and 446.92 points, respectivley. Also placing in the one-meter dive was Erin O’Donnell (Perry) who ranked second with a final score of of 424.73 points.

Perry's Erin O'Donnell

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Kelsey Richards (Wadsworth), freshman Lauren Schaefer (Westlake), sophomore Katie Cvelbar (South Euclid/ Regina) and freshman Gappy Parker (Girard, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy) placed first with a time of 1:48.16.

Wadsworth native Kelsey Richards

The Yellow Jackets are back in action rom Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 18-20 at the 2010 OAC Championship Meet at the University of Akron. Preliminarys begin each day at 11:00 a.m. with the finals for each of those events contested each evening at 6:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball - Mount 

Union Knocks Off First Place 

Wilmington 75-65

By Ryan Fishleigh

(ALLIANCE, OH)-- Sophomore Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) tallied a career high 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead Mount Union to a 75-65 win over first place Wilmington in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup today at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance, Ohio.

Mount Union improves their overall record to 8-11, and even their record in the OAC at 6-6.  Senior Sam King (Masury/Brookfield) also had 13 points, all of which were scored in the first half.

Tyler White had 21 to lead Wilmington, 14-5 overall, that is now in a tie for first place with John Carroll at 9-3 in the OAC.  The Purple Raiders travel to John Carroll next Wednesday (Feb. 3) for an OAC game at 7:30 pm.

Wilmington out paced the Raiders early with its up tempo style as they jumped out to a 15-8 lead.  Mount Union would claw their way back and take the lead on a 12-2 run capped off by a three pointer from Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) to put the score at 36-29 with just under three minutes to play in the first half.

The opportunistic Raiders squad would extend that lead to 41-34 heading into halftime.

Mount Union would keep Wilmington at arms length as the Quakers would close the margin to three points twice the second half, the last of which coming at the 4:19 mark.  The Raiders would go on a 10-3 run down the stretch and cruise to a 75-65 victory.

Wrestling - Hoban alum Schindel 197 

Champion and #28 Mount Union Finishes 

11th in Wheaton Pete Wilson Invite

By Lenny Reich

(WHEATON, IL)--Mount Union All-American junior Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) won the 197-pound title and led the Purple Raiders to an 11th place finish at the Pete Wilson Invitational at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago, IL.



Schindel, who knocked off Troy Carlson of the University of Chicago, 6-4 in the finals, was one of three place winners for Mount Union as freshman Riki Reynolds (Marion/Marion Pleasant) placed fifth at 125 pounds and senior Richie Clark (Solon/Solon) placed seventh at 149 pounds.

Junior John Piechuta (Alliance/Marlington) missed being a place winner after a tough 4-3 loss to Tim Pope of Mt. St. Joseph in the final match in the wrestleback bracket.

The Raiders finished with 57.5 points which was just a point behind 10th place Ohio Northern.  NCAA Division II Wisconsin-Parkside won the event for a second consecutive season with 175.5 points.

Mount Union travels to Wilmington for an OAC dual next Tuesday (Feb. 2) at 7:30 pm in Wilmington, Ohio.

Pete Wilson Invitational (Wheaton, IL)
Team Standings
1. UW-Parkside 175.5, 2. Heidelberg 108.5, 3. UW-LaCrosse 92, 4. North Central 89, 5. Elmhurst (IL) 86.5, 6. Indianapolis 79.5, 7. UW-Platteville 75, 8. Trine (IN) 69.0, 9. UW-Whitewater 61, 10. Ohio Northern 58.5, 11. Mount Union 57.5, 12. Wabash (IN) 56.5, 13. Lakeland (WI) 51, 14. Messiah (PA) 49.5, 15. Truman State (MO) 44, 16. Olivet (MI) 39, 17. Elizabethtown (PA) 38.5, 18. UW-Oshkosh 36, 19. John Carroll 35.5, 20. Chicago 24.5, 21. Case Western Reserve and UW-Eau Claire 23, 23. Mt. St. Joseph 21, 24. Wheaton (IL) 15, 25. Augustana (IL) 14.5, 26. Milwaukee-Engineering 9.5, 27. Muskingum 6.5, 28. Concordia (WI) 6, 29. Knox (IL) 5, 30. Manchester (IN) 1.5

Mount Union Individuals
Riki Reynolds (MTU) d. Tom Laskowske (Elmhurst, IL) 12-4 (maj. dec.)
Zach Mueller (UW-Oshkosh) d. Reynolds (MTU) 8-6
Reynolds (MTU) won by forfeit
Reynolds (MTU) d. Will Bentley, pin 1:42
Reynolds (MTU) d. Zach Mueller (UW-Oshkosh) 7-4 (Fifth place match)

Tom D'Alessandro (Heideberg) d. TJ Arnone (MTU), 5-2
Arnone (MTU) won by forfeit
Arnone (MTU) d. Mike Halko (Muskingum), 7-3
Ethan Harris (Indianapolis) d. Arnone (MTU), pin 3:29

Alex Dahl (UW-LaCrosse) d. Josh Malave (MTU), 3-1
Malave (MTU) d. Tim Yee (Knox, IL), 15-4 (maj. dec.)
Malave (MTU) d. Josh Wengerter (MSOE), 8-1
Thomas Pompei (Trine, IN) d. Malave (MTU), 4-1

Richie Clark (MTU) d. Virgil Pope (MSOE), 5-4
Clark (MTU) d. Isaac Roberson (Lakeland, WI), 9-4
Charlie Curran (Elmhurst, IL) d. Clark (MTU), 8-3
Clark (MTU) d. Andrew Johnson (Heidelberg), 16-4 (maj. dec.)
Clark (MTU) d. Alex Maus (Truman State, MO), 4-0 (Seventh place match)

Zach Mizer (Heidelberg) d. Bryan Skoff, pin 1:52
Skoff (MTU) d. Jon Ames (UW-Eau Claire), 6-3
Dan Hamilton (Elmhurst, IL) d. Skoff (MTU) by forfeit

John Piechuta (MTU) d. Tyler Dempsey (Augustana, IL), 8-4
Piechuta (MTU) d. Adam Harris (Muskingum), 5-3
Trent Zempel (Messiah, PA) d. Piechuta (MTU), 8-0 (maj. dec.)
Tim Pope (Mt. St. Joseph) d. Piechuta (MTU), 4-3

Ryan Renon (Lakeland, WI) d. Mike Manypenny (MTU), 7-4
Shely Mappes (Indianapolis) d. Manypenny (MTU), forfeit

Andy Jenkins (MTU) d. Bryan Hugo (Wabash, IN), 6-2
Gabe Youel (North Central, IL) d. Jenkins (MTU), 12-4 (maj. dec.)
Brenden Faust (UW-LaCrosse) d. Jenkins, 13-5 (maj. dec.)

Bill Schindel (MTU) d. Zach Haynes (Truman State, MO), 15-2 (maj. dec.)
Schindel (MTU) d. Alex Fleet (Trine, IN), 11-5
Schindel (MTU) d. Adam Latella (UW-Whitewater), 14-2 (maj. dec.)
Schindel (MTU) d. Troy Carlson (Chicago), 6-4

Derrick Hesson (MTU) d. Steve Nguyen (MSOE) pin 4:34
Adam Sutter (Lakeland, WI) d. Hesson (MTU), pin 5:51
Hesson (MTU) d. Jake Ceslick (Olivet, MI), 11-6
James Malechek (UW-Parkside) d. Hesson (MTU), 6-5

B-W Women Finish Fourth, Men 

Tied for Sixth at OAC Relays 

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College indoor track and field teams hosted the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Relays today (Saturday, January 30, 2010) on the Harrison Dillard Track in the Lou Higgins Center. The Yellow Jacket women placed fourth of 10 teams with 89.5 points and the men finished tied for sixth with 72points.

Highlighting the day for the women was a first-place finish by the distance medley relay team of senior All-OAC runner D’Arcy Hlavin (Berea), sophomore Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield/Medina Buckeye), freshman Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/South) and junior All-OAC runner Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) who won with a time of 12:40.74. Chinn, Kotesovec and Hlavin combined with senior Brittany Giesken (Ottawa/Ottawa-Glandorf) to win the 4x800 meter relay in a time of 9:58.28. Senior Erin Norton (Lakewood/Senior) won the weight throw exhibition with a throw of 46’6.75”, but the event was not scored.

Medina Buckeye's Julie Kotesovec 

For the men, All-OAC throwers senior Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) and junior Kevin Phipps (Reynoldsburg/Watkins Memorial) finished first and second respectively to win the shot put relay with a mark of 101’4.25”. Patrick threw 51’3” and Phipps 50’1.25”. Phipps also won the weight throw exhibition in 55’11.75”