A Page -- Jan. 5, 2010


Otto Orf's HandsOnSoccer 

foundation night at the Vortex 

match slated for Saturday; 

proceeds to benefit local

underprivileged youth wishing

to enter soccer 

development domain


Jan. 5, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete Cleveland Editor

 

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

 

 

CANTON – Saturday night at the Canton Civic Center it will be HandsOnSports Foundation Night when the Ohio Vortex soccer team takes on St. Louis at 7.

 

HandsOnSports is the youth soccer development organization that is owned by Otto Orf, who led the Cleveland Crunch to several championships in the 1990s when he was the goalie.

 

Not only will fans be treated to a quality pro soccer game with plenty of local soccer talent but proceeds from the evening will go to the HandsOnSports Foundation (501.c3) to help bring soccer programming to the youngsters of inner city Akron and Cleveland.

 

“All proceeds going toward a great cause and this team afford local soccer talent a chance to break their way into the pros,” Orf said. “This is how I got my start those many years ago on a local team in Buffalo, NY making $50 a week. Those were the days.”

 Otto Orf

Here are the details:

 

Tickets are only $11 and $13. Each fan receives a free poster to with every ticket purchased. Players will sign autographs after game!

Tickets may be purchased in the following manner:

·                                 www.handsonsoccer.com and click the Vortex logo.

·                                 Call the Ohio Vortex (Jodi Wable) at 330-327-7167. www.OhioVortex.org

·                                 Tickets are available at the gate on the night of the game.

·                                 Call the Canton Civic Center (surcharge applies).  

·                                 ALL tickets left under last name at WILL CALL.

The best part of the Vortex as that most of the players played at Cleveland area high schools or colleges and with Northeast Ohio club teams, and most of the coaches have local ties. Here is a list:


Denzil Antonio, COACH, AMFC, Canton Invaders.
Nate Rausch, Cuyahoga Falls HS, Hiram College.
Mike Furlong, Jackson HS, Boca United Coach, Canton United Coach.
Oliver Condell, HOS Futsal Instructor.
Adam Campellone, Cleveland, Cleveland United, Cleveland State, Clev. Force.
Allen Eller, Cleveland, University of Akron, Clev. Croatia, Cleveland Crunch.
Andrew Tipton, Wadsworth HS.
Steve Gillespie, Brecksville HS, Mount Union CollegeCleveland City Stars.
Israel Jones, HandsOnSoccer/GFS instructor, Southern Methodist University.
Lucas Martorana, Warren, University of Buffalo, Internationals, Akron GFS.
Wes Sechrist, LakewoodPennine Coach, Cleveland Crunch.
Michael Pertz, Medina HS, University of Akron and Mount Vernon Naz. Univer.
Ryan Scull, Mayfield,  Lakeland CC, Cleveland Internationals.



Cleveland Amateur Bowling Honor Roll

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 1/4/10

 

Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center

 

    300 Games

Voncia Lyde, Cleveland, 12/27, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Cory Moehring, Cleveland, 12/30, Meszar’s Lanes;

Robert Wolf III, Medina, 12/30, Red Circle Lanes;

Kenneth Bruening Jr., Strongsville, 12/30. Buckeye Lanes;

Chuck Daugherty, Parma Heights, 1/3, Brookgate Lanes;

Al Chuhay, Parma, 1/4, Brookgate Lanes;

Den McGhee, Lakewood, 1/4, Brookgate Lanes;

Steve Clutter, Elyria, 1/4, Brookgate Lanes;

A. J. Wallace, Lakewood, 1/4, Buckeye Lanes;

Sam Gedeon, Cleveland, 1/4, Buckeye Lanes;

 

 

    299 Games

Sylvester Cook, Maple Heights, 12/31, Southgate Lanes;

James Patz,  Garfield Heights, 1/4, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

 

 

    298 Games

LaSalle Smith, Cleveland, 1/2, Ambassador Superior;

 

 

    800 Series

David Ignatius, Lakewood, 12/20, Buckeye Lanes (805);

Jeffrey Shewell, Elyria, 12/30, Buckeye Lanes (834);

Brian Kouns, Cleveland, 1/3, Buckeye Lanes (811);

Randy TaylorCleveland, 1/1, Brookgate Lanes (816);c


Oberlin Mourns the Loss of Mary J. Culhane
Mary J.  Culhane
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College athletics department and entire campus community would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mary J. Culhane, who passed away on December 31, 2009. 

Culhane served the College for three decades after arriving at Oberlin in 1956. She was a pioneer in creating women’s athletics at the school. During her tenure, she served as women’s athletic director and also coached track and field and volleyball. 

Culhane also played an integral role in the formation of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), the nation's first co-educationally structured conference to compete at the collegiate level.

The Oberlin College Softball Field, which was originally dedicated to Culhane when the team started play in 2000, will be rededicated to her with the addition of a commemorative sign before the start of this season.

In addition to coaching athletics, she was an impressive athlete herself, competing as a swimmer in the Senior Olympics in 1980’s when she won multiple gold medals. Culhane was also an avid golfer and tennis player. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 9, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Oberlin.


Mount Union to Offer Youth Softball 


Clinics in February

 

Mount Union College will host a pair of softball clinics in February, pitching/catching and hitting clinic on Feb. 14 and an infield/outfield and hitting clinic on Feb. 28.  Both clinics are open to girls in grades 1-12 and will be held in the Peterson Fieldhouse on campus.  For more information contact Sandy Douglas, Head Softball Coach at (330) 823-4779, emaildouglass@muc.edu and online at  www.muc.edu/softball

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Yellow Jacket Wrestlers 


Edged by Wilmington, 25-


22, in OAC Match 


Jan 5, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team lost to Ohio Athletic Conference foe Wilmington College, 25-22, tonight (Tuesday, January 5, 2010) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in its 2009-10 OAC dual match opener. The Quakers won with a decision in the final match of the night.

The Yellow Jackets fall to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in the OAC and next compete on Wednesday, Jan. 7 versus perennial NCAA Division III power Central College of Iowa at 1:00 p.m.

Wilmington improves to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the OAC and hosts Central tomorrow in Wilmington at 7:30 p.m.

For the Yellow Jackets, junior Phil Payne (Orange Village/ Orange) won by a 10-4 decision at 133 pounds and senior Eric Schubert (Oberlin) won by a 19-7 major decision at 141.
Eric Schubert

Junior Cody Quick (Mount Vernon) won by forfeit at 184 pounds as did sophomore Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) at 197 pounds.

Schubert on top

The Quakers got wins from Donny Herrington at 125, Richard Armand at 149, Thomas Bohrer at 165 and Brendan Leal at 174. Adam Salyers clinched the match with a 4-2 decision at 285.

Following its match versus Central Iowa, B-W is idle until Tuesday, Jan. 12 when they travel to New Concord, Ohio to face OAC rival Muskingum University in the Muskingum HPER Center at 7:30 p.m.

Media and fans are reminded that the 24th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament will take place on Saturday, February 6 in the Higgins Center Fieldhouse at 10:00 a.m.

Also, don’t forget to catch Yellow Jacket men’s basketball action at home tomorrow night (Wednesday, Jan. 6) when B-W, 7-5 overall, hosts OAC rival Mt. Union in Ursprung at 7:30 p.m.

Ashley Schoonover leads 

North Ridgeville girls to lanes 

win over Buckeye

North Ridgeville's varsity girls' bowling team won a Northshore Conference match with a total pin count of 1,965 to 1,656 for Medina Buckeye.  High game was bowled by NR with 861 and high series of 1,965.  High game and series for the ladies was Ashley Schoonover with a 207 and high series of 363.
 
Scores for North Ridgeville:
 
Becca Lamb            127-X     = 127
Ashley Schoonover   207-156  = 363
Heather Hill               135-190 = 325
Tabitha Hill               140-170  = 310
Cassie Pawlak          167-187 = 354
Devan Freeman           X- 158 =158
 
game total                 776-861 = 1637
Baker games             159-169 =   328
 
Total                                          1965
 
Scores for Buckeye:
 
Lexi Wredberg            91-131=  222
Samantha Spencer    139-159 = 398
Allison Dieter              146-143  = 289
Victoria Amburgey       134-150 = 284
Alex Tippie                  113-124 = 237
 
game total                   623-707 = 1330
baker games                 121-205 = 326
total                                            1656
 
North Ridgeville's next match is Wed. at Rebman rec against Amherst.  Currently NR is 7-0.

Oberlin Women's Basketball Falls in Overtime
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By Mike Mancin

Oberlin – Oberlin and Allegheny went toe-to-toe for 40 minutes, but the Gators controlled the overtime period to leave town with an 80-69 victory over the Oberlin College women’s basketball team on Tuesday night. 

In a game that featured 12 lead changes and 12 ties, the closing moments of regulation had everyone on the edge of their seat. A strong left-handed finish at the rim by Kayla Brandt got the Yeowomen within in two, 61-59, with 32 ticks left on the clock. Following a defensive stop, first-year Ellen Neumann would tie the game with a 15-foot baseline jumper. However, an ill-advised OC foul with just six seconds to go sent Jill Gregory to the line where she made both free throws. But the Yeowomen would not go down without a fight as rookie Megan Leary threw a long pass inside to Allison Anderson whose step-through lay-up with two seconds left touched every piece of the rim before it went down to send the game into the extra session. 

Unfortunately, Allegheny (4-7, 2-1 NCAC) quickly built a seven-point lead just two minutes into overtime and never looked back. Oberlin went just 2-of-7 from the field in OT while the Gators were 4-of-6 from the floor and 7-of-10 at the charity stripe as they outscored the Yeowomen 17-6 in the stanza.

“Sure we would have loved to pull this one out tonight,” Head Coach Kerry Jenkins said. “But we are getting there. This team is making a lot of progress and we are improving everyday.” 

Anderson finished with a career-high 23 points to go along with seven assists, five steals and four boards. Classmate Kelly Warlich notched her second-career double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Neumann added eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. 

Allegheny led 30-29 at the break and throughout the second half no team led by more than five points. 

Oberlin (2-10, 1-2 NCAC) shot 38.9-percent (28-of-72) overall and 38.1-percent (8-of-20) from 3-point land. Allegheny checked in at 38.2-percent (29-of-76) and after a 2-of-11 start from long range in the first half, the Gators ended 8-of-20 for a 40-percent success rate. 

The Gators ruled the battle of the boards with a 55-39 advantage – including a 22-11 edge on the offensive end. Allegheny, which outscored the OC bench bunch 33-8, also benefited from a large discrepancy at the charity stripe where it went 14-of-20 compared to just 5-of-9 for Oberlin. 

The Yeowomen will look to bounce back on Friday night when Ohio Wesleyan comes to town for a 7 p.m. NCAC battle.
 

 

Sizzling Padua team still has 

not reached the top ranking,

but St. Ignatius recaptures 

No. 1 spot in state hockey poll


Jan. 5, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

 

COLUMBUS – Despite winning two tournaments in six days that involved the No. 1 ranked teams in both Ohio and Indiana and the defending state champs in both states, Padua still has not done enough to earn the top ranking and the state high school polls that were released tonight.

 

On the positive side, at least a Cleveland team has moved to the top with St. Ignatius reclaiming the No. 1 spot it held the first week, but lost last week when Toledo St. Francis claimed the top spot.

 

Padua defeated Sr. Francis in the Brother James Tournament at Gilmour that concluded Sunday and went on to beat Indiana top dog Hamilton Southeastern in the championship game to roll its record to 16-2-3. St. Ignatius finished third in the same tournament, but the Bruins and Wildcats never met in the tourney.

 

Padua also won the St. Edward tourney earlier in the week, which also included University School, Walsh Jesuit and perennial Pennsylvania power Meadville. St. Ignatius finished third at its own tournament as well, which also included Indiana power Culver and Ohio northwestern heavyweight Sylvania Northview.

 

St. Francis dropped only one notch, which was aided by wins over Gilmour and HSE in the James tourney.

 

Iggy received four first place votes, while the Bruins and Knights each received two. US dropped from second to fourth and St. Edward fourth to fifth. Gilmour claimed the No. 8 spot and Walsh No. 9.

 

A hot Rocky River team received some votes as did Strongsville, Hudson and Lake Catholic.

 STATE POLL

1.    Cleveland St. Ignatius -------------------- 74 (4)
2.    Toledo St Francis -------------------------- 68 (2)
3.    Parma Padua -------------------------------- 67 (2)
4.    Hunting Valley University School ----- 52
5.    Lakewood St. Edward -------------------- 37 
6.    Sylvania Northview ------------------------- 36
7.    Toledo St. Johns ---------------------------- 34
8.    Gates Mills Gilmour Academy --------- 33
9.    Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit ---------- 19 
10.  Dublin Coffman -------------------------------  5 

Others receiving votes: Findlay, Hudson, Strongsville, Bowling Green, Mentor Lake Catholic and Rocky River





CINCINNATI - COLUMBUS - DAYTON POLL

1.    Dublin Coffman ----------- 119 (11)
2.    Dublin Jerome ------------    95
3.    Cincinnati Moeller --------    83 (1) 
4.    Cincinnati Sycamore -------  75
5.    Olentangy Liberty ---------   58
6.    Beavercreek --------------   48
7.    Centerville ----------------   44
8.    Upper Arlington ----------   32 
9.    Springboro ---------------   30
10.  Columbus St. Charles -----  24 

Others receiving votes: Oxford Talawanda, Olenatangy Orange, Olentangy, Troy, Cincinnat St. Xavier, Gahanna Lincoln and Thomas Worthington 




Women's Basketball – Mount Union Moves Up to No. 16 in D3Hoops.comTop 25 Poll; Case Reserve also among those receiving votes


Jan. 5, 2010


By Lenny Reich


(MINNEAPOLIS, MN)--Mount Union's women's basketball team has moved up to No. 16 in this week's D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll.

Mount Union is off to a 12-0 start to the season and 5-0 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.

Two weeks ago the Purple Raiders entered the poll at No. 25 and then the following week moved up to No. 20. 

 

Mount Union hosts Baldwin-Wallace in a key OAC matchup Wednesday at 7:30 pm at The MAAC.

2009 D3Hoops.com Top 25 Women's Basketball Poll (Jan. 4, 2010)


#   Team                    W-L  Pts.  Last Week
1   Illinois Wesleyan (18) 11-0   618    1
2   Amherst (7)            10-0   594    2
3   Washington U.           9-1   572    3
4   Kean                   13-1   540    5
5   Bowdoin                 9-0   538    4
6   Hope                   10-1   463    6
7   Marymount              12-0   457    7
8   Scranton                7-2   402    9
9   William Paterson       13-0   369   13
10  Muhlenberg              7-1   365   11
11  Carthage               10-1   346   15
12  George Fox              8-2   290   16
13  UW-River Falls         12-0   288   18
14  Thomas More            10-1   258    8
15  Tufts                  10-1   235   17
16  Mount Union            12-0   227   20
17  Messiah                 9-1   210   10
18  Moravian                9-2   198   19
19  UW-Whitewater           9-3   194   14
20  Calvin                 11-1   170   21
21  Chicago                 8-3   115   22
22  Louisiana College       8-1   105   25
23  Emmanuel                8-1    90    —
24  Howard Payne            9-2    60    —
25  UW-Stevens Point        8-3    58    —

Dropped out: No. 12 Trinity (Texas), No. 23 St. Norbert, No. 24 Randolph-Macon.



Others receiving votes: Brandeis 55, Gettysburg 47, Christopher Newport 45, St. Benedict 42, Puget Sound 40, Simpson 27, Trinity (Texas) 22, Mississippi College 21, Lewis and Clark 19, St. Norbert 15, Washington and Jefferson 11, Cal Lutheran 10, Southern Maine 6, Case Western Reserve 3.

The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.


Vikings to host 11-2 Loyola 


of Chicago Thursday in 


Goodman Arena/Wolstein 


Center


Jan. 5, 2010


By Brian McCann


CLEVELAND STATE BASKETBALL:


Game 16
Loyola (11-3, 2-2) at Cleveland State (5-10, 1-2)
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None Live, Highlights on the Viking  Basketball Report with Gary Waters,  Weekly on SportsTime Ohio
Series: Loyola Leads, 22-12
Last Meeting: CSU 83, @LU 70, 2/7/09
Tickets: $8, $15 & $25

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State returns home for the first time in Horizon League play, hosting Loyola on Thursday, Jan. 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The Vikings (5-10, 1-2), who snapped a four-game losing streak when they routed Youngstown State, 70-48, on Saturday in Youngstown, will be out to snap a three-game Wolstein Center losing streak that includes losses to Wichita State (69-54), Robert Morris (78-70) and No. 6 West Virginia (80-78). Loyola (11-3, 2-2), which was picked to finish last in the 10-team league this season, has claimed league wins over Milwaukee and Wright State this year to rank fifth in the current league standings.  This will be the 35th meeting between CSU and Loyola with the Ramblers owning a 22-12 series lead, including a 9-8 record in Cleveland.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.8 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (7.1, 5.1), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (10.9, 1.5 apg) and Trevon Harmon (10.4, 2.1) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.0, 1.0 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (2.1, 0.9) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (0.8, 0.3 apg) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.5, 2.2 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he and  JC transfer Jared Cunningham (7.6, 3.4) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (7.0, 6.6) at center.  First-year sophomore Nigel Ajere (6.0, 4.0) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) are both capable of seeing minutes.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Tuesday (Jan. 5).  As a team, the Vikings are 11th nationally in steals (10.3 spg), 29th in turnover margin (+3.9) and 71st in free throw percentage (.718).  Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 11th and Norris Cole 68th nationally in steals.

DEGREE WORK:  Sophomore center Joe Latas will begin the spring semester needing just 24 hours to graduate and when he finishes his coursework at the end of summer, he will have done so in just three years.  Latas, who is taking 16 hours this semester, will take the final eight during the summer to earn his degree in both communications and religious studies.

Joe Latas

North Olmsted native Joe Latas quick with the books

COLE PASSES 900 POINT MARK:  Norris Cole's 20-point effort at Youngstown State on Saturday allowed the junior to surpass the 900-point mark for his career.  With 903 career points, he is well on his way to becoming the 18th player in CSU history to score 1,000 career points.  In 15 games, he leads the team and ranks fourth in the league, averaging 16.3 points a game (244 total).

A TOUGH SCHEDULE:  The 2-8 record that CSU put up against non-conference Division I teams this year is a little misleading. After all, not only were four of the teams ranked in the top 15 at the time CSU played them (Kentucky No. 5, West Virginia No. 6, Ohio State No. 12 & Kansas State No. 12), but the 10 opponents have combined to post a 90-36 (.714) record in non-conference games with six games left to play.

POGUE CLEANS THE GLASS:  The 16 rebounds by sophomore Aaraon Pogue at Youngstown State on Saturday was the most by a Viking since Pape Badiane grabbed 18 caroms at Florida A&M on Nov. 25, 2003.  He shares the highest rebounding game in the Horizon League this season with Loyola's Andy Polka (16 vs. St. Francis, Ill).

COLE KEEPS STARTING STREAK GOING:  When Norris Cole takes to the court against Loyola on Thursday, he will be starting his 52nd consecutive game at CSU.  Cole became the 14th player in Viking history to accomplish the feat when he started the Dec. 22 game at Ohio State.  One of three players to start a school-record 37 games last year, Cole is the only player to go from playing in every game as a reserve in one season (34 games as a freshman in 2007-08) to starting every game the next in school history.

MONTGOMERY NAMED ATHLETE OF THE MONTH:  December was a good month for Jeremy Montgomery as the sophomore was selected as the CSU Male Athlete of the Month.  In seven games last month, the sophomore from Chicago, Ill. averaged 14.0 points, shooting .574 (31-54) from the field, .484 (15-31) from three-point and .875 (21-24) from the line. He scored in double figures in six of the seven games, including back-to-back games of 25 points at Ohio State and 20 points at Kansas State.

. . . AND MONTGOMERY HAS BEEN EVEN BETTER OF LATE:  Over his last four games, three of which have come against ranked opponents, Montgomery is averaging 17.5 points while shooting .524 from the field (22-42) and .464 from three-point (13-28).  He started the stretch with 13 points against No. 6 West Virginia, including a driving basket with 13 seconds left that tied the game at 78-78.  He came back to score a career-high 25 points, on five-for-eight shooting from three-point, at No. 12 Ohio State, and scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half at Kansas State.  He finished the run with 12 points at Youngstown State.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?  Junior forward D'Aundray Brown has returned to the floor this season, showing no ill effects from the two injuries that sidelined him for 13 games last season, including the final five games of the postseason.  In the 13 games since coming back, Brown is averaging 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds a game, leading the team and ranking 10th in the league averaging 31.8 minutes a game.  More importantly, he keys the Vikings' pressure defense, leading the league with 42 steals.

. . . AND BROWN IS PASSING HIS BOARDS:  After averaging 5.7 rebounds a game a year ago, D'Aundray Brown was being counted on to help the Vikings offset the loss of 64% of their rebounding from a year ago. Brown however started slowly, grabbing just 47 caroms in the first 12 games (3.9 rpg).  He has caught fire of late, averaging 10.0 rebounds over the last three games to rank 11th in the league with a 5.1 average.  He has been dominant on the offensive glass, grabbing 17 offensive boards over that span to move up to fifth in the league, averaging 2.7 offensive rebounds a game.

CHARITY STRIPE HAS BEEN KIND:  One strength of the Vikings this year has come at the foul line where CSU is on a pace to challenge the school record for free throw percentage.  Through 15 games, the Vikings have gone 219-for-305 from the line (.718), which is slightly behind the record .724 set in 1979-80.  Jeremy Montgomery (31-35, .886) and Norris Cole (58-73, .795), rank third and 10th in the league, respectively, in free throw percentage.  D'Aundray Brown (11-13, .846), Nigel Ajere (18-22, .818), Tim Kamczyc (10-13, .769) and Jared Cunningham (17-24, .708) are each above 70-percent.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL:  Another area in which the Vikings have excelled this season is in turnovers where CSU ranks second in the Horizon League with a +3.9 turnover margin.  In 15 games, the Vikings have committed 208 turnovers (13.9 tpg), including seven games of 12 or fewer.  The season low was set against Wichita State on Nov. 28 when the Vikings committed just eight miscues.  At the other end of the spectrum, CSU has forced 266 miscues (17.7 tpg), including 17 or more eight times.

IT HAS BEEN A STEAL:  The Vikings have found success predicated on their defense over the last three seasons and the early season results to date have been extraordinary.  In 15 games, CSU has forced 266 turnovers (17.7 tpg), making 155 steals (10.3 spg).  D'Aundray Brown leads the league with 42 steals (2.8 spg) while Norris Cole is fourth with 30 thefts and Trevon Harmon in seventh with 26 steals (1.8 spg).  In addition, Jeremy Montgomery has 18 steals (1.2). Norris Cole made seven steals vs. Wilmington, the seventh-highest single game total in school history.  CSU's 10.3 steals a game is easily tops in the Horizon League, ranking 11th nationally in the latest NCAA stats.

SUCCESS 401:  The fourth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player by John Maxwell as the course text.  Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed.  Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success.  In 2007-08, Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough to instruct the Vikings and then turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength for a text last year.  The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players over the summer and preseason months.

THE FIFTH DEGREE:  All five of the Viking seniors on last year's roster have graduated.  J'Nathan Bullock, Cedric Jackson, Renard Fields and George Tandy each earned their sheepskin during spring commencement ceremonies with Chris Moore picking up his degree in August after taking a couple of classes during summer session.

VIKINGS ADD TWO DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD:  Gary Waters has already taken time to look ahead to next year when he announced the signing of two student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend CSU and play basketball starting next fall.  Devon Long (Detroit, MI/Crockett) and Ludovic Ndaye (Montreal, Quebec/Westwind Prep) each signed with CSU and will be freshmen with four years of eligibility remaining.  Long, a 6-8, 270-pound forward, earned first team all-league honors last year after averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds a game.  He is currently ranked as the second-best center and ninth-best player in the state of Michigan by Prep Spotlight.  Ndaye, a 6-9, 220-pound forward from Montreal, Quebec, has played four games this season at Westwind Prep in Phoenix, AZ, averaging 12.1 points and 6.2 rebounds a game.

NEXT UP:  The Vikings remain at home to close this brief two-game homestand, hosting UIC on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

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