A Page -- Jan. 4, 2011

Thirteen different Cleveland High 

Schools have placed 

Student/Athletes on the Miami 

roster for the Go Daddy Bowl

Jan. 4, 2011

By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Mentor High alumnus Brad Bednar, Bedford High graduate Jason Earle, Berea High alum Bob Gulley, the now-defunct South High alum John Steele, Strongsville High grad Brandon Stephens, Shaker Heights High product Roman Lawson, Madison’s Rich Krotz, Canton native Rob Reiland, Westlake resident Pat Hinkel from St. Ignatius, Hoban alumnus Brian Slack, Hoover product Ken Staudinger, Massillon High’s Robert Partridge, and Holy Name’s Nate Williams will be representing the Cleveland area for Miami of Ohio in the GoDaddy.com Bowl game in Mobile Thursday.

Brad BednarJason EarleBob Gulley

Left to right -- Bednar, Earle, Gulley

The RedHawks will be playing Middle Tennessee State in the game beginning at 8.

Bednar is a 6-4, 282-pound sophomore offensive lineman. He has been the starting center in each of the past two seasons. Earle made the team this season as a walk-on freshman wide receiver. Gulley is another 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman. 

Pat HinkelRoman LawsonRobert Partridge

L to R -- Hinkel, Lawson, Patridige

Hinkel, who earned a gold medal playing for the World Junior Champion national team in Canton in 2009, is rated as the most natural safety in the Miami program by the RedHawk coaches.

Hinkel ranked third on the team in interceptions and in tackles with 59.

The versatile Lawson has been used at both fullback and tailback by the Hawks this season. He does 330 pounds in the power clean max.

Mitch Krotz    Rob ReilandBrian Slack

L to R -- Krotz, Reiland, Slack

Former Tiger Patridge is third on the depth chart at quarterback. Partridge punted 12 times this season for a 33-yard average and long of 49 yards.

Krotz is a red-shirt freshman linebacker. Reiland, a Jackson High alum, is a three-year letterman at tight end, at both the Y and H positions. Slack is also a tight end.

Ken StaudingerJohn SteeleBrandon StephensNate Williams

L to R -- Staudinger Steele, Stephens, Williams

Staudinger is a 6-5, 265 offensive lineman. Steele was a full time student last year and then joined team this year as an S/A as an lineman.

Stephens and Williams are mainstays on the club. Stephens earned his fourth letter at cornerback. Williams was a All-MAC Honorable Mention pick as year another 300-pound offensive lineman.

Stephens is 11th on the team in tackles and has one interception. Williams has been the starting right guard.

CSU men's basketball team travels

to Butler Friday

Jan. 4, 2011

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State faces its toughest test of the season this week when the Vikings travel to defending league champion and Final Four participant Butler on Friday, Jan. 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST in historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler campus.  The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU with Jim Barbar and Dave Kaplan providing the commentary.  The Vikings enter the week having won three straight games to improves to 15-1 overall and 4-0 in Horizon League play.  CSU, who is No. 27 in the most recent RPI and No. 35 in the Sagarin rankings, remained in the top spot for the fifth straight week of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, receiving 25 of the 31 first place votes and 762 total votes.  The Vikings also received two votes in the Associated Press poll this week (37th place) and one vote in the ESPN/USA Today poll (38th). Butler (10-5, 2-1) saw its Horizon League record 22 game winning streak (both regular season and including post-season games) come to an end on Monday when it dropped a 76-52 decision at Milwaukee. Butler owns a 27-7 lead in the all-time series, including 18-2 in Hinkle with the last CSU series win being a 57-54 decision in the 2009 Horizon League Championship game.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable the return of all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team has helped the Vikings jump out to a 15-1 start.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (20.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.9 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (13.8 ppg,  3.9 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.  Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is out until early January following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (3.6, 3.1) and Josh McCoy (5.1, 2.7), who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (7.8, 6.6) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (4.3, 3.6) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (2.4, 2.1) and freshmen Luda Ndaye (1.6, 1.6) and Devon Long (3.1, 1.1) help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside.

Tim Kamczyc

Strongsville product Tim Kamczyc

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received numerous mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Jan. 3).  Individually, Norris Cole ranked 18th in the nation in steals (2.4), 20th in the nation in scoring (20.9) and 53rd in assists (4.9) while Trey Harmon was 53rd in steals (2.1).  As a team, the Vikings were in the top 50 in eight categories, ranking eighth in won-loss percentage (.938), ninth in turnover margin (+5.4), 22nd in turnovers (11.4), 29th in scoring defense (59.9), 33rd in three-point defense (.293), 34th in field goal defense (.390), 38th in scoring margin (+13.4) and 42nd in steals (8.7).

VIKINGS REMAIN ON TOP THE MID-MAJOR POLL:  A pair of league wins last week enabled the Vikings to remain in the top spot for the fifth straight week of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Monday (Jan. 3).  The Vikings received 25 of the 31 first place votes and 762 total points to own a 31-point lead over second place St. Mary's (731 points).  Wichita State is third with 713 points followed by Gonzaga in fourth (682) and Butler in fifth (653). Valparaiso (22) and Loyola (6 points) also received votes.  A new poll is released every Monday throughout the season.

HARMON NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  For the second time in his Viking career, junior Trey Harmon has been tabbed as the Horizon League Player of the Week.  In wins over UIC and Loyola last week, Harmon averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 steals 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists, shooting .650 from the field (13-20), .556 from three-point (5-9) and .700 from the line (7-10).  He scored career high 24 points in the win over UIC.

Collinwood alum Cecil Shorts III invited to NFL combine

January 4, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

All-American Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) has been invited to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine scheduled for February 23 - March 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


The very best college football players will be invited to participate in front of top executives, coaching staffs, player personnel departments and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams that will be on hand to evaluate players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Shorts played in 55 games at Mount Union and had 259 receptions for 4,705 yards and 63 touchdowns.  He had 75 rushing attempts for 492 yards with 12 TD's on the ground along with two punt returns and a kickoff return for touchdowns.  In total, he accounted for nearly 6,000 all-purpose yards (5,989 yards/108.9 yards per game).

His 63 receiving touchdowns is second all-time in NCAA Division III history just ahead of the 60 of his former college teammate and current Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon.  Garcon was the last Purple Raiders that participated in the NFL Combine.

The 4,705 receiving yards is the third highest total in Division III history.

Shorts is a three-time All-American, the 2008 and 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference Ed Sherman Award Winner (given to the conference's top wide reciever) and the 2009 D3football.com National Offensive Player of the Year. 

Wildcats, Preppers, Eagles take 

2-3-4 spots in second state hockey 


Jan. 4, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – In the second state coaches’ hockey poll that came out tonight, three Cleveland all-boys schools --  St. Ignatius, University School and St. Edward – claimed the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 spots behind St. Francis, which was ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

St. Francis was ranked No. 1 most of the season last year too, but failed to make it to the Frozen Four. St. Ignatius, which also appeared as No. 1 a few times last year , wound up winning state, but lost an overtime battle to US Sunday.

Gilmour, Padua, Strongsville and Shaker are also in the top 10.




1.  St. Francis                             97 (9)

2.  St. Ignatius                        90 (1)

3.  University School        68

4.  St. Edward                        67

5.  Northview                             65

6.  St. John                                 45

7.  Gilmour Academy            35

8.  Strongsville                                       31

9.  Padua                                    21

10.-T  Olentangy Liberty                           6

10.-T  Shaker Heights                               6


Others receiving votes: Dublin Jerome, Dublin Coffman, Findlay, Walsh Jesuit and Holy Name

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Basketball 

Team Defeats Massachusettes-

Boston, 82-71, In Championship 

Game of the ECAC Holiday Classic

By Jeff Miller

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – Freshman guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland) scored a career-high and team season-best 26 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated non-league foe University of Massachusettes-Boston, 82-71, today (Tuesday, January 4, 2011) to capture the championship of the ECAC Holiday Classic at the Kissimmee Convention Center.  The victory was B-W’s third straight and marked the first meeting between the Beacons and the Yellow Jackets.

For B-W, now 6-7 overall,  Fairhurst was 8-of-12 (.667) from the field, including 7-of-11 (.636) from three-point land and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the foul line.  In addition for the Yellow Jackets, freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 19 points and grabbed a game-high tying seven rebounds while sophomore forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/Walsh Jesuit) tallied 13 points and grabbed five rebounds  For Massachusettes-Boston, now 6-5 overall, senior forward Pat Joseph scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high tying seven rebounds.

In the first half,  the Beacons jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a layup by senior forward Pat Joseph just 13 seconds into the game. Neither team would score over the next three minutes until Mass-Boston increased its lead to 4-0 on a pair of free throws by junior guard Michael Mitchell, Jr. at the 16:33 mark.  B-W got its first points of the game and cut the lead in half, 4-2, when sophomore forward Ameen scored on a layup at 16:22.   The Yellow Jackets took their first lead of the game, 5-2, when Ameen converted the traditional three-point play with 15:34 remaining.

Walsh alum Chris Ameen

The Beacons regained the lead at 6-5 on a jumper by freshman forward Dontreal Thomas at 14:57.  B-W then went on a 23-0 run that was sparked by Fairhurst and Payne who combined for 19 of the 23 points. Fairhurst scored 11 of the first 13 points and started the run at 14:41 on his first of three three-pointers.

The Beacons snapped a six minute scoreless streak, 28-8, when Joseph scored on a layup at 8:07.  Mass-Boston then converted a pair of free throws by Thomas to cut the lead down to 18 points, 28-10, with 7:23 remaining.   The Yellow Jackets would snap a three minute scoreless streak, 30-10 at the 6:55 mark when freshman guard Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/Holy Name) hit the jumper.

Holy Name alum Kevin Krakowiak

B-W would outscored the Beacons 11-7 over the remainder of the first half and led 41-17 at the intermission.  The Yellow Jackets were led by Payne with seven points and Krakowiak with four during that stretch.

In the second half,  Mass-Boston came out of the break on a 12-2 run to cut the lead down to 14 points, 43-29, on a jumper by Mitchell, Jr. with 15:23  left in the game.  The Beacons would  outscored B-W 54-41 in the second half but could get no closer than eight points on six occasions with the last coming on a pair of free throws by Mitchell, Jr. with 25 seconds left.  The Yellow Jackets led by a game-high 25 points  on a layup by Payne with 21 seconds remaining in the first half.

Spartan Hoops Team Uses Second 

Half Surge to Defeat Hiram in Non-

Conference Finale; Chardon alumna 

Erin Hollinger Scores Game-High 

20 Points

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) scored a game-high 20 points and the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team outscored Hiram College by 16 in the second half en route to a 60-44 victory in the Spartans’ non-conference finale today, January 4, in Horsburgh Gymnasium.


With the win, the Spartans improve to 6-5 heading into their University Athletic Association opener at Carnegie Mellon University(PA) on Saturday, January 8 at 3:00 p.m. Hiram has its four-game win streak snapped and falls to 8-4 overall.

In addition to Hollinger, senior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) recorded 16 points and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) totaled 12 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The Spartans held the Terriers scoreless for the first 4:36 and built a 9-2 lead when Hollinger hit a jumper at the 15:14 mark. Hiram came back with a 16-4 run of their own and led 18-13 when Emily Smerchansky hit a free throw at 8:25. Case answered with six straight from Hollinger on a pair of three-point plays and led 19-18 with 7:40 remaining in the half, but Hiram was able to quickly regain the lead with a 6-0 run and led 24-19 when Cowan scored a layup at 5:06.

After that, both sides went cold on offense and Case was able to chip away and tie the score at 24 on a Henry three-pointer with 1:30 left before intermission.

Hiram got the first two points of the second half before the Spartans started a 17-3 run, ending in an Iacono three-pointer that made the score 43-29 with 13:09 left to play. Case’s lead grew to a high of 24, at 58-34, when Henry hit a pair of free throws at 6:59.

Brunswick's Durichko

Hiram senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) was the only Terrier to score in double-figures with 12 points on three-of-11 shooting (27.3 percent), including four-of-six from the charity stripe (66.7 percent).  In addition, she also tallied a game-high 11 rebounds.  Junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) recorded her third straight game with 10 or rebounds with 10 boards tonight against Case.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 1/04/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Joseph Hower, Parma, 10/21, Brookgate Lanes;

Troy Fitzpatrick, Willowick, 11/3, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Robert Zadrovec, Parma, 11/4, Red Circle Lanes;

Richard Slaby, Brooklyn, 11/4, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Steve White, Warrensville Heights, 11/5, Ambassador Superior;

Bert Bednar, Avon, 11/5, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Frank Nordstorm, Euclid, 11/5 Roseland Lanes;

Benjamin Blondin, Brook Park, 11/6, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Bob Gindlesperger, Newburg Heights, 11/7, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Scott Sonnenborn, Elyria, 11/8, Buckeye Lanes;

Carly Graham, Cleveland, 11/7, Roseland Lanes;

Steven Waters, Macedonia, 11/7, Roseland Lanes;

Al WagnerOlmsted Township, 11/9, Seven hills Lanes;

Joe Slusareck, Bedford, 11/9, Pawnee Lanes;



    299 Games

Michael PierceMiddleburg Heights, 11/4, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Brandon White, Cleveland, 11/4 Cloverleaf Lanes;

Todd Stadler, Seven Hills, 11/5, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Matt Molzan, Cleveland, 11/7, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Gary Lorenz, Parma, 11/8, Buckeye Lanes;

Steve Chatter, Elyria, 11/9, Brookgate Lanes;



    298 Games

Jeff Goetz, Cleveland, 11/3, Cloverleaf Lanes;

John Brister, Cleveland, 11/3, Twin Lanes;



    800 Series

Bert Bednar, Avon, 11/5, Cloverleaf Lanes (803);

Wayne Rolen, Grafton, 11/6, Buckeye Lanes (825);

Bret VanDyke, Cleveland, 11/7, Freeway Lanes of Parma (846);

Matt Molzan, Cleveland, 11/7, Freeway Lanes of Parma (814);

Bernard Warren, Cleveland 11/8, Roseland Lanes (803);


In battle of the unbeatens, Aurora

goes to 8-0 with win over Cuyahoga 

Heights; Greenmen already have 

equaled win total from all of last year

Jan. 4, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AURORA –  Aurora’s varsity basketball team remained undefeated on the season with tonight’s 41-32 win over Cuyahoga Heights in a Chagrin Valley Conference crossover game here in the gym on the campus of Aurora High School.

The Greenmen are now 8-0 and have equaled their win total for all of last season while the Redskins go down in defeat for the first time this season against six wins.

Watch a few short videos from tonight’s Aurora-Cuy. Hts. basketball game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The big league game is coming up next week against Kenston for the Greenmen, who are vying for their first league title since 1927.

Aurora opened up three four-point leads in the first quarter and held an 11-7 advantage by the end of the period. Transition baskets were the key in the period for the Greenmen, Allison Blackley scoring on a fast break and Allison Howard scored five points in the quarter with quick, strong inside play.


Listen to post-game interview with Aurora Student/Athlete Allison Howard, conducted by Norm Weber after tonight’s Greenmen-Redskins game, by clicking and downloading


Carly Stock came out in the second quarter with the hot hand and dropped in seven points in the period to enable the Redskins to push forward and tie the game by halftime, 18-18.

Redskins coach Al Martin goes over strategy during timeout

Aurora opened up its biggest lead of the half, 18-11, when Camilla Brown scored on the put-back, was fouled and followed with the free throw with 3:03 to go in the half.


Cuyahoga Heights then scored the half’s final seven points, five by Stock, who connected on an old-fashioned three-point play with 2:20 go and then dropped in the final two points of the half with seven seconds to play.


The Redskins’ leading scorer and rebounder, Deana Lewis, scored the team’s first five points of the game and then came back with four more in the second quarter, but as the Greenmen’s defense worked on keeping her in check, the path opened for Stock to do the alternate-scorer number.

Contradicting the colors of the respective uniforms of the two teams, the Greenmen came out hot and Redskins cold in the second half, Aurora jumping out to a 24-18 lead in the first two minutes of the third quarter on a pair of Brown hoops and one by Jaclyn Taylor.


Listen to post-game interview with Aurora Student/Athlete Jaclyn Taylor, conducted by Norm Weber after tonight’s Greenmen-Redskins game, by clicking and downloading


The Redskins were able to get it going eventually in the period with scoring from Stack and Lewis, but the Greenmen opened up an eight-point lead, 31-23, on a three-point shot by Heather Schroeder from the top of the key.


Listen to post-game interview with Aurora Student/Athlete Heather Schroeder followed by Greenman S./A Allison Blackley, conducted by Norm Weber after tonight’s Greenmen-Redskins game, by clicking and downloading


Taylor scored off her on steal to give the hosts a five-point lead a couple minutes earlier.

Brown finished with 13 points, Howard with 11 and Schroeder with eight.
Lewis led the Redskins with 14 while Stock had a dozen.

Aurora Pep Band

Cuyahoga Heights JVs come from 

behind to win one in OT over Aurora; 

Maggie Simmons' late scoring effort 

was the "hook" for the Redskins

Jan. 4, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AURORA -- Cuyahoga Heights’ JV basketball team overcame an 11-point deficit to post an overtime win this evening over Aurora, 34-32.

Erica Seneski’s two free throws with 11 seconds to go in the overtime period proved to be the difference in the game.

Watch a few short videos from tonight’s Aurora-Cuy. Hts. JV basketball game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Charging the comeback was the scoring of Maggie Simmons, who scored five points in the third quarter and six in the overtime period.

Maggie Simmons

Using a basic hook shot as her No. 1 weapon, Simmons kept coming up with the key baskets, first in the late comeback and then in the taking of command in the extra minutes.  

Aurora led nearly the entire first half, gaining as high as an nine-point advantage, but the Redskins kept narrowing the deficit and keeping it a game going into the locker area at the halfway point, trailing 19-14.

After holding a 9-6 lead, Aurora scored the first five points of the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead. The Greenmen were aided by Cuyahoga Heights’ penchant for fouling Hanna Garnek on the way to the basket.

In the second quarter alone, Garnek went to the line four times, connecting on four of eight free throws. Also the aggressive play of guard Heidi Gable was a factor. She stole two balls that she took all the way herself for layups for four of the Greenmen’s 19 first-half points.

Beth Schaefer hit key baskets for the Redskins in the first half. Her basket with five minutes to go in the half cut the Aurora lead to six points and then her trey with 1:35 to go made it a 17-11 game. An old fashioned three-point play by Olivia Sokolowski with 32 seconds left in the half made it 17-14.

The Greenmen increased it to a double-digit lead in the third quarter. Garnek’s old-fashioned three-point play made it 24-14. The hosts led by nine at the end of the third quarter.


A pair of Simmons baskets brought the Redskins to within seven, 25-18, and an Elizabeth Cox 15-foot shot from the baseline made 25-20 with two and a half minutes to go in the game.

Cuyahoga Heights then made its move, scoring five points in two minutes to tie it and eventually send it into overtime.

A Lucy Mervar basket brought the guests to within two and then Nina LiPuma tied it, 25-25, with a half minute to go into regulation.

A Gable basket early in the OT period gave Aurora its only lead in the period, 27-26. She followed with an old-fashioned three-point-play to make it a one-point game and then Kali Bachman tied it, 32-32, with a free throw a few moments later.

Mount to host undefeated, Kevin Knab-led Marietta club

January 4, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union hosts the hottest team in the Ohio Athletic Conference in undefeated and No. 24 in the nation Marietta Wednesday at 7:30 pm at The MAAC.

The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM in Alliance.

The Pioneers, 12-0 overall, 5-0 in the OAC, are ranked for just the second time in school history and for first time in 11 seasons.  They are the OAC's top shooting team (52.6-percent), top three-point shooting team (41.7-percent) and are second in scoring at an impressive 82.5 points per game.

Kevin Knab


Junior Kevin Knab, a Lakewood native, at 15.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game along with fellow junior and Malvern native Trevor Halter at 15.2 points per game lead Marietta, but the addition of freshman point guard Tyler Hammond has been a key difference for the squad.  Hammond averages 12.2 points per game, has a team-best 49 assists and leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.23). 

The Purple Raiders, 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the OAC, have not been pretty good themselves the last two weeks as they have won three of their last four games with the only loss coming in a 68-65 overtime loss to LaRoche (Pa.).

Mount Union has four players averaging double figures in scoring led by junior Jimmy Wood(Wintersville/Indian Creek) at 14.5 points per game.  

Senior Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) is averaging 12. 8 points per game and is among conference leaders in rebounding with a team-best 8.2 per game.

Senior Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central) averages 12.0 points per game, is one of the conference's best three-point shooters (45.9-percent) and is coming off a career-best 22 point effort in the Raiders 98-92 double overtime win over Waynesburg (Pa.) last week.

Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) rounds out the double digit scorers at 10.3 points per game.

The last time Mount Union hosted a nationally ranked team was a year ago when they upset then No. 2 ranked John Carroll, 67-62.

The current four-game homestand continues Saturday as the Raiders host Ohio Northern at 4 pm in the second half of an OAC men's and women's doubleheader.