A Page -- Jan. 30, 2012

Scott Ahren
Olmsted Falls moves to 19-1 on the season 
Olmsted Falls' wrestling team moved to 19-1 with a 62-13 win over arch-rival North Olmsted this weekend.

"The squad made the ten-minute drive to North Olmsted and came home with a victory" said Coach Bill McGrain . "The ten-minute drive was inviting as the kids have wrestled a lot of matches the past few weeks with the Clyde and Dies Tournaments, so a light weekend was good for the kids.

"We look forward to a couple hard matches this weekend and we prepare for the tournament season.  We are all excited as we near the tournament run."  
L to r -- Dupratt, Asadorian, Bevilacqua


Winning matches Friday were: David Lance, Chase DuPratt, Adam Salti, Nick Asadorian, Alex Bevilacqua, Scott Ahern, Nick Sommer, Scott Linville, Travis Devericks, Jordan Lee, Aaron Bridge, and Mitch Dailey.
L to R -- Sommer, Lance, Hansinger

The JV Squad Wrestled in the Varsity Elyria Duals on Saturday and went 1-4, defeating Mentor in the final match. Top Records at Elyria were: L.J. Yurick 4-1, Mike Hansinger 4-1, Brian Chitester 4-1. 

Brian Chitester has been named our Teams "Wrestler of the Week" with his 4-1 finish at Elyria

SENIOR NIGHT: This Friday is Senior Night with Falls' HOME Super Tri-Meet versus Copley, Mantua Crestwood, and Bay. Seniors will be introduced with their parents at 5:50 p.m. Then at 6:00 p.m. we take on Copley, and Mantua Crestwood and Bay will wrestle. Then the winners of that round will compete in round 2, and the first round losers will compete.

Balanced Scoring Attack Lifts Spartan Women Past NYU in Defensive Battle

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A balanced offensive effort with nine different scorers coupled with a dominant defensive performance lifted the Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team to a 55-47 victory versus New York University in University Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon inside the Jerome S. Coles Center.

Following two-straight conference weekends on the road, the Spartans (10-8, 3-4 UAA) return home next Friday evening on a two-game win streak to welcome the Judges of Brandeis University (Mass.) into Horsburgh Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m. as part of CWRU's seventh annual Throwback Weekend. With the loss, the Violets fall to 9-9 overall and 1-6 in the Association.

The Spartans got out of the gate quick and scored the contest's initial seven points on three-consecutive possessions with a lay-up by senior forward Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%20927u> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon), a three-pointer from junior Marissa Miles<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/miles%20marissa%20q0xb> (McDonald, Pa./Fort Cherry) and a pair of free throws from senior Chelsea Peck<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/peck%20chelsea%20dkys> (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic) at 17:07. The hosts answered with a 15-2 run covering nearly the next eight minutes, grabbing on to a 15-9 advantage with 9:27 left. The Spartan women responded with an 8-2 run of their own, knotting the contest at 17-17 with 5:20 left as freshman guard Rachel Beaty<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/beaty%20rachel%20djbh> (Carrollton, Texas/Hebron) hit two free throws. Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net for the rest of the opening stanza as NYU took a slim three-point advantage (24-21) into the locker room.

In the second half, the visitors slowly chipped away at the Violet advantage eventually knotting the contest at 26-26 on another triple by Miles with 16:30 left. Over the next 3:38 of play, the Violets ripped off a 9-2 run of their own making the score 35-28. Not done, Spartan freshman Brooke Orcutt<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/orcutt%20brooke%20bsso> (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) converted an old-fashioned three-point play, junior guard Erica Iafelice<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/iafelice%20erica%20psuy> (North Canton, Ohio/Canton Hoover) buried a jumper and Beaty knocked down a shot from beyond the arc, giving the Spartans their first lead (36-35) since the 5:20 mark of the first half.

That surge continued for the Spartans as they went on a 16-7 run capped off by bucket in the paint by junior center Emily Mueller<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wbkb/2011-12/bios/mueller%20emily%20axdl> (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) on an assist from Hollinger, giving the visitors their largest lead of the contest (52-42) with just 1:46 left. NYU never threatened from that point as the Spartans picked up their 10th win of the season.

Orcutt led nine Spartan scorers with nine points, while Hollinger, Miles and Peck each chipped in with eight points. Peck added a team-high seven boards as the Spartans won the rebounding battle, 45-35, while Iafelice added five points, four rebounds and a team-high five assists.

Tana Bertino recorded a game-high 12 points in the setback for NYU, while Makenzie Hirz posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Additionally, the Spartan defense limited NYU to just 26.3 percent shooting (15-of-57) from the floor. It is the 14th

time this winter it has limited opponents below 40 percent shooting and third time under 30 percent.

Second-Half Comeback Attempt Falls Short as No. 17 NYU Outlasts Spartan Men

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Despite a furious comeback attempt late in the second half and a season-high 26 points from junior forward Austin Fowler<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/fowler%20austin%207uzw> (Farmington Hills, Mich./Birmingham Brother Rice), the Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team suffered an 89-80 setback versus No. 17 nationally-ranked New York University in University Athletic Association action on Sunday afternoon inside the Jerome S. Coles Center.

The Spartans (8-10, 0-7 UAA) will play at home for the first time in three weeks next Friday evening versus Brandeis University (Mass.) at 6:00 p.m. as part of CWRU's seventh annual Throwback Weekend. With the victory, the Violets improve to 15-2 overall and 5-2 in the Association.

In the first half, NYU scored the first four points and eventually jumped out to a 14-6 advantage with 14:21 showing on the clock. Back-to-back three point field goals from Fowler late in the half got the Spartans to within 34-24 with 4:17 left before intermission. A quick 6-0 NYU run spanning 1:45 of play pushed the lead back to 16, but the Spartans were once again able to cut the deficit to 10, at 42-32, on Fowler's third trey of the half with 56.2 seconds remaining on the clock. NYU then got the final bucket of the period on a triple by Kyle Stockmal to make the score 45-32 at the break.

In the second half, the Spartans hung tough but trailed by double-digits for the most of the period. NYU built its lead to 19, at 70-51, when Andy Stein hit a layup at 9:57. Undaunted, the Spartans chipped away with a 23-13 run over the next 8:02 and cut the deficit to nine when freshman point guard Jordan Dean<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/dean%20jordan%20t9at> (St. Johns, Fla./Creekside) recorded a steal and made the ensuing lay-up to bring the score to 83-74 with 1:55 left. NYU hit a bucket on the next possession before Spartan freshman forward Dane McLoughlin<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/mcloughlin%20dane%20310f> (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) knocked down a triple with an assist from Dean shrinking the lead to eight (85-77) with 1:15 left.

After a Spartan foul, NYU's Ryan Tana hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts to push the score to 86-77. The Spartans then raced the ball up the court and junior guard Robert Scott<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/scott%20robert%206als> (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) knocked down another three making the NYU lead just six with 51 seconds left. However, the Violets were able to hit 3-of-4 from the line while holding the Spartans without a bucket on their final two possessions.

Fowler's 26 points were accompanied by 13 rebounds for his third-consecutive double-double and ninth career. Sophomore center David Thompson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/thompson%20david%206iaw> (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) and senior forward Tom Summers<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mbkb/2011-12/bios/summer%20tom%206z6i> (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) wound up in double-figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively, while McLoughlin added 11 off the bench.

Andy Stein paced four Violets in double-figures with 25 points, while Tana and Stockmal added 13 apiece.

Case Reserve track and field sports veteran group with eight seniors

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 2012 edition of Case Western Reserve University women's track & field will feature a veteran group consisting of eight seniors and nine juniors as the squad aims to build on a program-best finish last season  and continue its rise in the standings of the University Athletic Association this spring.

Last season, the Spartans turned in a fourth-place showing (55 points) at the UAA Indoor Championship, tying what was then the best conference finish in program history. The team then surpassed that performance at the UAA Outdoor Championship with a school-record third-place finish (133 points).

"Improving our standings in the UAA and continued improvement on daily basis are two of our main team goals," noted fifth-year Head Coach Steve Rubin. "We have a great group of seniors and captains who will share their experiences and really lead the way during championship season."

Pacing the seniors, Rubin's first recruiting class, will be two-time All-American high jumper Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon).

A two-sport standout at CWRU in track and basketball, Hollinger placed fifth in the nation in the high jump last season with a mark of five feet, five and three-quarter inches at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship meet. She swept both the UAA Outdoor and Indoor High Jump Titles -- the indoor coming just one day after the conclusion of the Spartan women's basketball season. Also a significant scorer in the pole vault and hurdle events, the three-time Capital One Academic All-American placed third in the UAA in the pole vault with a team-best mark of 10'2" and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 15.48 seconds.

"Erin is a high-energy individual who constantly has to be involved in something," noted Rubin. "To be successful at two sports, let alone being an All-American in and out of the classroom, says a lot about her character. In terms of her skills on the track, she really takes time to work her craft. The events in which she is involved take a lot of fine tuning and technical development, and she does it very well both academically and athletically."

Along with Hollinger, the Spartan roster is loaded with top performers in field events.

"We are very fortunate to have one of our strengths be our throwers and our overall field program," said Rubin. "Coach (Ryan) Breon has done a fantastic job of continually developing that aspect of our team in the fact that we can cover all of the throwing events with solid depth."

The throwing duo of senior Amanda Kline (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) and junior Emily Tran (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge) return following successful championship seasons in 2011.  

Kline, a team captain, took home a UAA Outdoor Championship in the discus throw with a mark of 134'9" – nearly nine feet better than her next closest competitor. She also notched a quartet of second-place finishes with a pair indoors in the shot put (41'3.5") and the weight throw (46'2"). During the outdoor championships, she duplicated her silver medal performances in the shot put (42'8.75") and the hammer throw (141'4").

"Amanda (Kline) really was at her best at the end of the season, and she came very close to landing a spot at nationals," said Rubin. "We're expecting her to continue to lead by example and take that next step this spring."

Tran outdistanced the competition at the UAA Outdoor Championship in the javelin throw with a winning toss of 119'6". She also recorded championship podium finishes indoors during the shot put event (5th/34'2.25") and the weight throw finals (6th/37'8") as well as outdoors in the shot put (7th/31'9.5").

Also a versatile scorer in field events, junior Jenna Pansky (Parma, Ohio/Beaumont) returns with a seventh-place showing in the indoor triple jump (34'4.50") and outdoor triple jump (33'8") as well as a sixth-place showing outdoors in the shot put (32'11").

On the track, seniors Leslie Stanard (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) and Nataija Brown (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) are expected to lead the way in sprint events.  

Stanard finished third at the UAA Outdoor Championship in the 100m dash (12.54) and fourth in the 200m dash (25.88) while also placing fifth-place indoors in the 55m dash (7.53) and sixth in the 200m dash (27.34).

Brown crossed the line fifth in the 55m hurdles indoors (9.66) and sixth outdoors in the 100m hurdles (15.68).


A trio of local products in senior captain Samantha Friedman (Beachwood, Ohio/Beachwood), junior Alyssa Harker (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and sophomore Gavriella Pora (Nampa, Idaho/Liberty Charter) along with a talented group of newcomers are also expected to provide significant contributions this spring.

In distance competition, sophomore Brooke Simpson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) is back following a successful rookie campaign in 2011. The second-year Spartan recorded a seventh-place finish at the UAA Indoor Championship in the mile run (5:16.77). During the outdoor championships, she turned in fifth-place showings in the 1,500m run (4:49.96) and 3,000m steeplechase (11:23.27).

Senior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), fresh off a fourth-straight nationals appearance during the cross country season, returns to track roster after studying abroad during the spring semester a year ago. She is also expected to help fill the void left by the graduation of national-qualifier Justine Jeroski.

The entire squad begins its quest for another school-record season at the GaREAT Collegiate Open on Friday-Saturday, January 27-28, at the GaREAT Sports Complex in Geneva, Ohio. The team then hosts the annual "Battle for the Obelisk" with rival Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) on Saturday, February 4. The UAA Indoor Championship is Feb. 25-26 at Armory Track & Field Center in New York City and the UAA Outdoor Championship is April 28-29 at Gesling Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Larry Kehres named Ohio Coach of the Year for 

record eighth time

By Mark Znidar

The Columbus Dispatch

In 1999, Mount Union's all-divisions college record for most consecutive victories ended at 54 in a loss to Rowan in an NCAA Division III semifinal.

A reporter tried repeatedly without success to get Raiders coach Larry Kehres to comment about the anguish and disappointment.

What will Mount Union learn from this defeat, the reporter asked?

Without hesitation, Kehres said in a calm voice, "Grace and humility."

The Raiders have been the symbol of excellence in small-college football, having won 10 national championships, as well as owning the two longest winning streaks in any division (54 and 55 games) and the longest regular-season winning streak in any division (110 games). Through it all, Kehres has remained the same humble, grounded man who was hired as coach at his alma mater 26 years ago.

"My father does practice what he preaches, and that is being consistent in everything you do and rolling up your sleeves every Monday and going back to work," said Vince Kehres, the team's defensive coordinator. "You always know what to expect from him. We talk about grinding out good days, and he has done that for a long time."

Larry Kehres, 62, was voted The Dispatch Ohio College Football Coach of the Year for a record eighth time by his peers. He was tied for the most awards with former Youngstown State and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

Mount Union won a 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference championship this past season and finished with a 14-1 record after a third straight loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the national championship game.

Otterbein coach Joe Loth said Kehres ranks among the greatest coaches in the sport's history.

"Larry Kehres never walks into the room like he owns the place, but he walks into the room the smartest person," Loth said. "He is sharp. He does such a great job in every facet of football and academics. Larry is the benchmark.

"Coach Kehres has done something that will never be duplicated in the history of college football with the 10 championships. That won't ever be done — ever. You look at those two winning streaks, and what is astonishing is, they were back-to-back. One streak ended and another began."

Mount Union is so successful that anything less than a national championship is looked upon as a disappointment by its players and fans.

Defensive tackle Chris Favazzo, a St. Charles graduate from Blacklick, said he had an empty feeling on the bus ride home from the loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the 2010 national championship game.

"A 14-1 record sounded so bad," he said. "It was almost as if the rest of the season didn't matter."

Favazzo has said that Kehres is successful because the players absorb everything he says.

"Coach is so organized," he said. "Every single minute on the practice field and meetings is accounted for. We go into games so prepared that all we have to do is play like we've been coached."

A major part of the Mount Union system, Vince Kehres said, is not letting emotions run too high or too low.

"Coach does a good job of taking emotions out of the game," he said. "He does want someone who is passionate about football, but we try to have few peaks and valleys. We don't want to set ourselves up for a drop-off. We don't have a lot of rules, but you must follow the few that we have. You act like a man and we treat you like a man."