A Page -- Jan. 5, 2011

Ho Ho Hole-in-One for the Gilmour 

Academy Golf Team and Ronald 

McDonald House; state champion 

Lancers made Christmas better for 

remote individuals and families

By Kristy Booher

GATES MILLS – Jan. 5, 2011: So after going undefeated in dual-match competition for an entire season and then easily winning sectional and district tournament titles along with a state championship, what’s left to accomplish? For the Gilmour Academy golf team, their year would not be complete until they gave back to the community.


The Lancers went 11-0 this season before earning the program’s fifth Division III Boys Golf State Championship in school history and instead of ending the season on what seems like the highest note possible, the team went one step further and organized a gift-giving event at the Cleveland Ronald McDonald House.


“We wanted to celebrate our success this fall by making Christmas a little better for the patients and families who have to spend the holidays away from their homes,” said head coach Charlie Tremont.  “Our players shopped for all the gifts and donated their own funds.”


Team members delivered a total of 37 stockings filled with goodies and four bags of gifts to the patients on Dec. 17.  They received a tour of the facility which provides housing accommodations for families whose children are receiving medical treatment at Cleveland-area hospitals for serious illnesses such as cancer, leukemia, cystic fibrosis or heart defects.


“When we set up the presents under the tree and the families came to pick out gifts, I was so happy to be a part of that experience” said senior Kenzie Alexander.  “One child [in particular] needed our assistance so we talked with him and helped him pick out a gift.  Even if we only gave him a little joy this season, it was amazing.”


Team members participating in the event included two-time boys Division III individual state champion Alex Andrews, fellow seniors Greg Calabrese and John Chaney, juniors Duncan DeFino and Connor Moriarty, sophomore Andrew Bieber and the lone female member of the golf program, Alexander.

Cleveland State's basketball team 

hosts Milwaukee tomorrow

Jan 5, 2011

By Greg Murphy

Having played six of its last eight games away from home, the Cleveland State women's basketball team returns to the Wolstein Center for the first time in Horizon League play when the Vikings host Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 6).

The Vikings, who split a pair of games in Chicago last weekend, moved to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, falling at UIC (65-59) and winning at Loyola (76-58). Milwaukee began the season 3-2, but has dropped eight straight contests to fall to 3-10 overall and 0-2 in league play after losing at home to Wright State (77-73) and Detroit (90-76) last weekend. 

Thursday's game will be the 39th all-time meeting between the two schools with UWM holding a 20-18 lead in the series, but the Vikings have won five of the last six contests.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad guided the Vikings to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010.

With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. 

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (13.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.2 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons.

Janelle Adams

Janelle Adams

She is joined in the starting backcourt by juniors Janelle Adams (11.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Takima Keane (9.4 ppg, 3.4 apg). Sophomore Honesty King (5.9 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg) have also figured into the backcourt rotation.

Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.1 apg) and junior Destinee Blue (9.6, 7.5) are the starters in the frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg), who is recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.3, 0.7) and Haley Schmitt (0.5 ppg, 0.5 rpg), have also fought for minutes.

Brandee Kelly 

Brandee Kelly

AMONG THE MID-MAJORS: The Vikings are among the teams in the "Others Receiving Votes" section in this week's CollegeInsider.com Women's Mid-Major Top 25 poll that was announced on Tuesday (Jan. 4) afternoon. CSU received six points, putting them in 33rd place overall. Green Bay received 27 of 31 first place votes and 770 points to top the poll. The Phoenix was followed by Bowling Green, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton and Gonzaga. Detroit earned 14 points and is the only other league team in the rankings. A new poll is released every Tuesday.

VIKINGS IN THE NCAA STATS: Cleveland State received several mentions in the latest NCAA statistics that were released on Monday (Jan. 3). The Vikings are 63rd in field goal defense (.364), 71st in steals (10.5), 73rd in assists (14.9), 88th in turnover margin (2.08) and 96th in scoring defense (59.6). Individually, Shawnita Garland is 18th in the nat

ion in steals (3.2) and 107th in assists (4.2), while Shalonda Winton is 77th in rebounding (8.8).

PROTECTING THE HOME COURT: The Vikings extended their home winning streak to eight straight with an 81-62 win over Lake Erie on Tuesday (Dec. 28) night. CSU, which is 36-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season, hasn't lost at home since a 74-64 setback to Loyola on Feb. 6, 2010.

EIGHT IS GREAT: The win over Lake Erie on Dec. 28 extended the Vikings home win streak to eight straight games, tied for the second longest streak in school history.The longest home win streak is nine that includes a win in the final game of the 1981-82 season and a perfect 8-0 mark at home in 1983-84, a mark the CSU can tie with a win over Milwaukee on Thursday.

THEY'RE FREE: Head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has been putting a strong emphasis on free throws, knowing that a game could come down to a few points at the line. The Vikings have taken those words to heart over the last five games, shooting .747 (62-83) from the line over the last five games and climb above 70-percent (.705; 158-224) from the charity stripe this year. The Vikings shot a season best .933 (14-15) from the line at Loyola on Sunday (Jan. 2).

FOR THREE: The Vikings have picked up their three-point shooting over the last three games, shooting .407 (22-54) from beyond the arc during the stretch. The streak includes a season best .500 (7-14) effort against Lake Erie (Dec. 28) and a season high 10 makes (out of 21 attempts) in Sunday's (Jan. 2) win at Loyola.

... AND GARLAND LEADS WAY: Shawnita Garland has been one of the biggest reasons for the improved three point shooting for the Vikings, going 9-for-18 (.500) from beyond the arc over the last three games. She went 5-for-7 at Loyola (Jan. 2) with the five makes representing a career high and also tied for the third most in a game in school history. It was the most three's made by a CSU player since Jessica Roque tied the school record with seven three's in a win over Iona in Cancun on Nov. 27, 2009.\

Zips hosting Buffalo; Solon's 

Kourtney Brown playing 20 minutes 

from home; Bulls' senior is only 

player in nation in top 15 in three 

major categories

Jan 5, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Buffalo at Akron, 7 pm

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To open Mid-American Conference play, the University of Akron women's basketball team will welcome Buffalo to Rhodes Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. ET. UB ended non-conference play with a 7-6 record, its best non-conference season since the 2007-08 season. Last year the Bulls won just seven games all season. UB ended non-conference play with a 58-53 win at Brown in its first game against an Ivy League opponent since 2004. 

Senior Kourtney Brown remains the only player in the country to be in the top 15 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage. Brown is 13th in scoring (20.8), fourth in rebounding (12.2) and 10th in field goal percentage (58.8).


Her eight double-doubles this season are tied for sixth, while her 2.2 blocked shots are 34th. Fellow senior Ashley Zuber is currently 32nd in the nation in assists (5.3) and 46th in assist to turnover ration (1.86). In the first game of 2011, the Akron women's basketball team fell to a hot-shooting Temple team on the road, 81-60. 

The loss snapped the Zips' three-game winning streak and wrapped up the non-conference slate for the season. Akron was led by sophomore Rachel Tecca with 21 points, five boards, and a career-high five steals, followed by sophomore guard Taylor Ruper with 14, including 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Freshman guard Kacie Cassell's 4.8 assists per game tie for 6th-most in the country among freshmen. 

Hoban alumna Rachel Tecca

Sophomore forward Rachel Tecca is averaging 18.3 points per game, which stands 36th in the nation. She also ranks 50th in field-goal percentage, knocking down shots at a pace of 52.3 percent. As a team, the Zips rank 37th nationally in field goal percentage (44.2), 43rd in both assist/turnover ratio (0.95) and turnover margin (+4.17), 44th in scoring offense (73.1), and 50th in assists per game (15.7).

Bowling Green at Ohio, 7 pm
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With nonconference play in the books, it's time for Mid-American Conference action as Ohio opens league play Wednesday night against perennial conference-power Bowling Green. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. 

The Falcons will enter the Ohio game with a record of 12-1. The Falcons have two of the longest current winning streaks in the nation, with 12-straight overall victories and a 20-game homecourt winning streak.

 Senior Lauren Prochaska, the MAC Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons, is averaging a team-high 20.0 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.5 rebounds per contest. Prochaska has scored 20 or more points in eight games this year, including a season-high 31-point performance in the win over Vanderbilt while classmate Tracy Pontius has 13.4 ppg to date. BGSU is shooting 41.8% from the field, 36.3% from three-point land and 80.6% from the free-throw line. Ohio will enter Wednesday's game with an overall record of 4-9.

Ohio saw a two-game winning streak come to an end with a 62-53 loss at UNC Wilmington last Wednesday (Dec. 29). That win streak had included home triumphs over Presbyterian and Cleveland State just prior to Christmas. Individually, junior guard Tenishia Benson leads the team in scoring, with 14.6 points per game. Benson also paces the 'Cats in rebounding, with 7.5, and steals, with 2.8 per outing.

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 7 pm
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The Northern Illinois women's basketball team (6-7) opens Mid-American Conference play against Eastern Michigan (9-5), Wednesday at the Convocation Center. Eastern Michigan enters the game with a mark of 9-5 after cruising to an 89-34 victory over Niagara University at the Convocation Center, Dec. 28. 

Over the past four contests the Eagles have started to gel, winning the last four games by an average of 30.0 points per game (EMU 76.0, OPP 46.0). Eastern's field goal percentage has also started to climb, to 39.7 percent while going to the charity stripe 137 times.

The Green and White have also forced the opposition to turn the ball over an average of 27.3 times per game, while grabbing 17.8 steals per contest. NIU stands as the most accurate three-point shooting team in the MAC, and the fifth-best three-point shooting team in the nation. 

The Huskiest have hit 39.9 percent of their attempts from distance, including knocking in 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) and 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) against UNI and SIU, respectively. Individually, Marke Freeman ranks second in the nation in three-point shooting, hitting 50.0 percent (27-54) of her threes.

Ball State at Toledo, 7 pm
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Toledo (8-5) opens its 30th Mid-American Conference campaign as well as defense of its 2009-10 MAC West Division title on Wednesday, Jan. 5 when it hosts Ball State (5-8) this evening at home. Tip-off time for the contest is slated for 7:00 p.m. in Savage Arena. 

The Ball State University women's basketball team closed out non-conference action Sunday after suffering an 86-51 loss to Duquesne at Worthen Arena. The Cardinals enter Mid-American Conference play tonight with a 5-8 overall record. This is the first time in Packard's three seasons she has started MAC action on the road. 

BSU features an attack with two players scoring in double digits paced by Emily Maggert's 16.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 0.8 bpg in 32.8 mpg. The Cardinals are 2-4 away from home this season. UT is coming off an impressive 71-55 victory vs. North Dakota on Saturday, Jan. 1. Senior Melissa Goodall led three Rockets in double figures with a career-high 25 points, followed by sophomore Yolanda Richardson with 17 points and a game-high 12 caroms. 

Senior Jessica Williams added 14 points and sophomore Lecretia Smith had nine points with eight boards in the 16-point home victory. Goodall, junior Naama Shafir and Williams continue to lead Toledo offensively, scoring 14.3, 12.0 and 11.1 points per game, respectively.

Central Michigan at Western Michigan, 7 pm
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Today is the first day of Mid-American Conference play, as WMU hosts its first two MAC games, tonight against rivial Central Michigan. The Chippewas boast the nation's top scoring offense at 88.2 points per game and have scored 96 points or more three times in their last six contests. Kaihla Szunko has registered a double-double in nine of CMU's 12 games this season. She ranks fourth in the nation in 2010-11 and second in career double-doubles among active players in the MAC with 32. 

The Chippewas are off to their best 12-game start under head coach Sue Guevara and the best since 2005-06. CMU boasts the top two scoring freshmen in the Mid-American Conference in Niki DiGuilio (11.9) and Taylor Johnson (10.6 ppg). Johnson is also the top rebounding freshman in the MAC (7.5/game). CMU multiple 1,000 point scorers on the same team for just the fifth time in program history (Shonda Long and Kaihla Szunko). 

Western Michigan is averaging 57.5 ppg this season and is led by the senior trio of Taylor Manley, Ebony Cleary and Brenna Banktson, all who average double figures. Manley is producing 13.5 ppg, Cleary 12.4 ppg and Banktson 10.5 ppg. Cleary (7.5 rpg) and Banktson (7.2 rpg) are also the team's top two rebounders. WMU is shooting 35.8 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from behind the arc.

Miami at Kent State, 7 pm
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The Kent State women's basketball team (9-3) begins Mid-American Conference play Wednesday when the Golden Flashes entertain Miami (Ohio) for a 7 p.m. contest at the M.A.C. Center.

Miami is coming off a 65-56 road win over Cincinnati Jan. 2, halting a two-game slide. In that game, Maggie Boyer led the RedHawks with 18 points. During a six-game winning streak, the RedHawks won at Indiana Dec. 9, 67-61. Sophomore guard Courtney Osborn paces Miami with 18.4 ppg, while junior guard Maggie Boyer is chipping in 13.6 pg. 

Junior forward Rachael Hencke rounds out players averaging double figures for the RedHawks with 10.3 ppg. Kent State concluded non-conference action on a down note Sunday afternoon, as the Golden Flashes dropped a 67-52 decision to St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center. Senior Taisja Jones finished with a game-high 18 points with 13 points coming in the second half and 11 during a 16-5 run to start the second half.

Fellow senior Ellie Shields added a season-best 16 points thanks to perfect field goal (4-4) and free throw (8-8) shooting. Senior forward Taisja Jones has led Kent State in scoring six times this season and boasts team highs of 15.2 ppg and 5.4 rpg. Jones currently has 60 made free throws on the season while shooting 77.9 percent from the stripe.

Dave Shapiro is Beachwood High's 

Student/Athlete of the Week

Jan 5, 2011

By Ryan Peters

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is 11th grade wrestler, David Shapiro. David kicked off the season with two tournament championships at the Olentangy Liberty Classic Tournament in which he went 5-0 and won by a pin in the finals. 
David Shapiro

The first week of the season, David won the Beachwood Bison Kickoff Classic, in which he won five matches in dominant fashion, as he pinned, tech falled or majored his opponents. During winter vacation, David and the rest of the varsity wrestling team competed in two of the best tournaments in the state, the Hudson Holiday Tournament and the Kenston Invitational, where he placed 3rd at both tournaments; losing to the same opponent in the semifinals.

The opponent that he lost to is state-ranked in Division II. Currently, David is 19-2 on the season with 13 pins and has been wrestling great. "David is one of our few upperclassmen and is a proven leader on the wrestling team," says Head Coach Dugan Bentley. "He has worked extremely hard during the off season to fine tune his technique and to add more explosive power to his wrestling.

This year David has elevated his wrestling from one of the best wrestlers in the conference to one of the best wrestlers in the state. He has started off great, but I am confident that he will continue to work hard in efforts to separate himself from the other wrestlers in our district and in the state." Last season David was a letter winner and a District Qualifier. 
Lake Erie College Names Brian 

Coughlin Head Volleyball Coach

Cleveland State assistant and former Brunswick & Kentson High mentor named 17th coach in Storm history

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE – Lake Erie College Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann announced today (Jan. 5) that Cleveland State University assistant coach Brian Coughlin has been named the Storm’s head volleyball coach. Coughlin, who has over 15 years of coaching experience, becomes the 17th head coach in program history.


“Brian has a proven track record of success as both an assistant coach at the college level and a head coach at the high school level, and we are very excited to have him lead our volleyball program,” said Zimmermann.  “He is a tireless worker and his background and experience, especially here in Northeast Ohio, give him the tools to successfully lead the Storm in the GLIAC and ultimately at the regional and national level.”  

Coughlin was an assistant with the Division I Vikings for the past three seasons, helping the team to 59 victories and a .634 winning percentage during that stretch, including a 48-15 mark the last two years.  The Vikings advanced to a pair of Horizon League Championship matches and won the school’s first outright league regular season title in 2009.

“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and be a part of the Lake Erie family,” Coughlin said.  “From everything I have seen there is a tremendous amount of talent already here and in the area.  I feel confident that we can be competitive in the conference and, given time, can compete at the top of the league. And if you do that, you can have a Top 25 program nationally.”

He took on a big role in the program's recruiting efforts, helping Cleveland State sign several of the top players in Ohio over the last three years.  Coughlin has also coached the Maverick Juniors Club team for five years.

In addition to his on-court coaching duties with the Vikings program, Coughlin also assisted with video and film, helped with the preparation of scouting reportsand worked summer camps as an instructor.

Coughlin arrived at CSU after a highly successful career as a high school coach in which he posted a 105-27 overall record, including a 60-4 league record, at three schools.  At Kenston High, he directed the team to four conference titles, a pair of district and one regional championship while sending 10 players into the collegiate volleyball ranks. 

Prior to that, he was the head girl’s varsity coach at North Ridgeville and Brunswick high schools and directed the boy’s program at Brunswick as well. He was a four-time coach of the year honoree, including the 2000 Plain Dealer Coach of the Year 

A graduate of Brunswick High and Medina resident, Coughlin earned his Bachelor's of Art in philosophy from Akron in 2003.

The Division II Storm posted a 4-26 overall record and 1-18 mark in its first season in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  Lake Erie made the transition from NCAA Division III to Division II prior to the 2008 season.

Yeowomen Nearly Knock off the Tigers; Hudson High alumna Sarah Watson gets hot at end to preserve win for Witt
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 – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with Wittenberg University for 40 minutes, but in the end a late Tigers run pushed them past the Yeowomen 67-56 on Wednesday night at Pam Evans Smith Arena. 

Oberlin was just minutes away from earning its first win against the Tigers since 2000 as it battled to claim at 52-49 lead with 5:23 remaining in the game. However, the Yeowomen managed just two field goals the rest of the way and were outscored 18-4 down the stretch.

Hudson High alumna Sarah Watson scored nine points in the last five minutes to preserve the win for the Tigers.

The Yeowomen trailed 31-26 at the break and went down 40-30 with 14:02 left to play before fighting all the way back to take the lead. 

The sophomore duo of Kelly Warlich and Allison Anderson combined to score 25 points to lead the Yeowomen offense. Anderson also ripped down a team-high six rebounds to go along with a team-best six assists. 

With the game still in the balance, the Yeowomen picked a bad time to go cold and be careless with the ball, but unfortunately that is what happened. OC went just 2-of-8 from the floor and committed five turnovers over the final 5:23. 

The Yeowomen, who fell to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the North Coast, shot 40.7 percent (23-of-57) on the night. Wittenberg (6-6, 0-2 NCAC) made 44.1 percent (26-of-59) of its shots. 

Oberlin was hindered by large discrepancies in free throws and rebounding. OC hoisted just five charity tosses – making four, while the Tigers cashed in 11-of-17 free-throw attempts. The victors also had a 43-28 edge on the boards.

The Yeowomen will look to build off this promising performance on Saturday afternoon when they travel to the College of Wooster for a 2 p.m. tilt. 

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Loses to Kenyon College

January 5, 2011

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Kenyon College, 89-74, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 5) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC.  The Lords improve to 6-7 overall and 2-2 NCAC.

Kenyon led for the majority of the first half and a late 14-2 scoring run by the Lords resulted in a commanding 35-22 advantage with 3:43 left to play in the period.  

Kenyon later matched its largest lead of the half of 13 points at the 2:03 mark with the score of 37-24.  But Hiram connected on back-t0-back three-pointers by freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) to end the scoring in the half and cut the deficit to 37-30 at the break.

Kennedy alum Chris Roberts

The Lords opened the second half with a 10-4 run to push the lead back to 13 points, 47-34, with 16:31 left to go.  The Terriers responded with a 10-2 run of their own that ended in a pair of free-throws by senior two-time All-NCAC guard Chris 

Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) to narrow the gap to single figures, 49-44, with 14:18 on the clock.  But Kenyon regained control and increased its lead back to double-digits for good at the 12:11 mark and never looked back going on to lead by as many as 18 points on two occassions with the last one being a 68-50 edge with 9:24 to go.  The Lords went on to win by the final score of 89-74.

Kenyon shot an impressive 56.1 percent from the field (32-of-57) for the game, including 86.4 percent (19-of-22) from the free-throw line.  Hiram finished the game shooting 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the floor.

The Lords had five players score in double-figures led by Kodey Haddox with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent).  Urso Vasiljevik was second with 14 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds.  Anthony Chun scored 13 points, while Marcus Healey and Evan McCulley rounded out the high scorers with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Hiram was led in scoring by Roberts with 22 points on six-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent), including a perfect three-of-three from three-point range and seven-of-nine (84.7 percent) from the charity stripe.  Stefanov was second in scoring with 18 points and shot four-of-nine (44.4 percent) from behind the arc.

  Senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) was the other double-digit scorer for the Terriers with 10 points in addition to grabbing a team-best six boards.  In addition, senior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel

Rocky River avenges March's 

regional loss to Walsh Jesuit with 

three-point win tonight; Hannah 

McCue gets hot in third quarter, 

Kessler-to-Kessler/teamwork take 

over down the stretch

Jan. 5, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – In a rematch of last year’s regional championship game, Rocky River got another fiery scoring night from Hannah McCue and hung on late with key passing and free throw shooting to take a non-nonconference win form Walsh Jesuit, 39-36, avenging last March’s loss tonight here.

Rocky River scored the first seven points of the game and held a 9-3 advantage after one period. The only points scored in the first four minutes of the game were on a Hannah McCue basket. Allyson Helleis went 4-of-4 at the line the first quarter to aid the Pirates’ charge to the lead.

Liz Reeves broke the shutout with a free throw with 3:06 and Maddie Sheppard picked up the first Warrior field goal with 1:15 to go in the quarter.

 The Pirates increased their lead to nine points by halftime, 18-9, Ciara Kessler had the hot hand in the second quarter, scoring half of the team’s 10 points in the quarter. She received a swift pass from Emily Townsend on her basket with two minutes to go and nifty one from McCue on her two-pointer with 1:10 to go.

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The Warriors displayed some crisp passing in the second quarter as well. From the top of the key, Reeves through a back-door pass to Mary Kelly, who in turn in turn flipped Maravich-esque blind toss to Kaela Segerson, who scored on the snug feed to the hoop.

Courtney Iacobacci went coast-to-coast with a score for the Warriors on the defensive-offensive singled-handed gem.

Hannah McCue

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Coming into the game as the Pirates’ leading scorer and rebounder, McCue caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 11 of the hosts’ 14 points in the period as the Pirates held the double-digit lead after three, 32-22. Three-point goals by McKenzie Harry and Annie Hager in the last two minutes of the quarter kept the Warriors in it.

Katie McNally provided punch from the bench by burying a three for the Pirates in the third frame.

Ciara Kessler

Listen to post-game interview with Rocky River Student/Athlete Ciara Kessler, conducted by Norm after tonight’s Pirates-Warriors game, by clicking and downloading


The Warriors made their move early in the fourth quarter, pulling to within four, but two Kessler-to-Kessler connectors enabled the Pirates to recapture a nine-point lead, 37-28, with three minutes to go, Maeve Kessler throwing the pass inside to Ciara, who put in the score  both times.

Listen to post-game interview with Rocky River Student/Athlete Maeve Kessler, conducted by Norm after tonight’s Pirates-Warriors game, by clicking and downloading


 Maeve Kessler

Jessa Gilberto answered with a couple quick buckets for Walsh to make it 37-32 with two minutes to go. That set up a pair of free throws by Courtney Icobacci, who earned the trip to the line on a play in which Helleis fouled out on, leaving River without its starting point guard for the remaining 1:40.

Iacobacci returned to the line 30 seconds later and made both to make it a one-point game. Walsh was able to get the ball back, setting up a play with the ball and under a minute to go. The Warriors could not get a decent shot, River got the ball back and played keep away for nearly 30 seconds before Emily Townsend was fouled twice and McCue once in the last 10 seconds.

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Each were able to make one free throw in that long 10-second segment and Walsh had once last chance with 1.7 seconds left, down by three, 39-36.

RIver's defense was strong enough to deny the Warriors even at shot at the buzzer.

Warriors start off with 28-point 

outburst; too much for River JVs to 

overcome in catch-up attempt

Jan. 5, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER --  Walsh Jesuit’s JV basketball team scored the first 28 points of the game on the way to a 53-35 road victory over Rocky River tonight.

Walsh opened an 11-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Maureen Kelly started it with a three from the corner with the game 10 seconds old and then added a layup later in the run.  Sophia Simone scored the other six points in the run.

Then the full-court press became too much for the Pirates and the Warriors upped it to 20-0 with still two minutes to go in the opening quarter as Lexi Noonan a and Regina Bandwen got into the scoring act.

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A three by Heather Graehling capped the scoring on a 23-0 first quarter.

The Pirates finally broke the shutout with 4:03 to go in the half with Annie Swartz doing the honors of taking the goose eggs off the scoreboard with a bucket from underneath the basket.

In fact, once Swartz got it going, the Pirates got it going, stringing together a 10-2 run of the their own (including eight straight) to end the half, going into the intermission trailing by only 20, 30-10.

River did continue its monumental comeback in the second half, actually getting the deficit down to 13 points, but could not quite get it down to single digits.

Katrina Kucinic spurred the charge with three baskets in the second half and Anita Schultz hit a couple threes for River.

Bandwen and Chelsea Pla poured in the fourth-quarter points which helped Walsh get the lead back up to 20 points.

Lakewood's Kevin Knab, Ignatius grad Tyler Hammond  score double figures to lead No. 24 Marietta past Mount; Falls' Dave Pellerite gets another double-double for Raiders

January 5, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union held #24 ranked Marietta to its lowest point total of the season, but the Pioneers scored 21 points off 19 Purple Raider turnovers to remain undefeated with a 64-54 victory Wednesday in Alliance.

Tyler Hammond


Marietta moves to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the OAC and got a team-high 14 points from freshman point guardTyler Hammond. 

Kevin Knab


The Pioneers also got 13 points from Trevor Halter and 10 points from Kevin Knab.

Mount Union fell to 5-8 overall and 3-3 in the OAC as the Purple Raiders saw their win streak stopped at two games.

Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) posted his second-straight double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.


Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) had 14 points and Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) posted 12 points to round out the double figures scorers for the Raiders.

There were four ties and three lead changes over the game's first nine minutes and Mount Union had a 12-10 lead on a Wood layup with 11:43 to play in the half.

Marietta ripped off 10 straight points to take an eight point lead, 20-12 with 9:31 left in the period.

Back-to-back three pointers by Pellerite and Wood brought the deficit back to two points, 20-18, but Wood then left the game with an injury and did not return until the second half.

The Pioneers finished the half on a 12-5 surge and took a 32-23 lead at the half.

Mount Union got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

The Raiders next host Ohio Northern Saturday at 4 pm at The MAAC.  The game will be the second half of a women and men's doubleheader and both games will be televised via tape delay on WIVM Ch. 52 (Canton) at 7 pm and 9 pm and on SportsTime Ohio at 10 pm and midnight.

North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt scores 18, but 11th ranked Mount is upset

January 5, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

MARIETTA, Ohio -- Mount Union's nationally-ranked women's basketball team was tripped up on Wednesday, dropping a 73-69 decision at Ohio Athletic Conference foe Marietta.

The Pioneers (6-6, 2-3) were led by Aleisha Guiler's mammoth effort as she finished with 33 points and 11 rebounds.


The Purple Raiders trailed by as many as 15 points before forging a late tie, however, Guiler scored the game's final four points for the hosts.

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) scored 18 and 12 points, respectively, for Mount Union (10-2, 4-2).

With 5:41 left in the first half, Marietta's Mallory Hoff snapped a 24-all knot with a layup and free throw. The Pioneers outscored Mount Union, 19-9, for the rest of the period. Hoff had eight points during the charge, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer which gave the home team a 43-33 halftime advantage.

A second-half trey by Rachel Jones increased Marietta's lead to 48-33 before the Raiders began to chip away.

Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) scored five points and Marybeth Leitch (Rocky River/Rocky River) had four during a 9-point Mount Union run, which closed the gap to 48-42.


Trailing 69-61, the Raiders had one final gasp. Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) made a layup, Wiedt hit a 3-pointer and Crider tied the game at 69-all with a three of her own.

At that point, Guiler took matters into her own hands. She made the go-ahead jumper with 43 seconds left and followed it with a steal and two free throws.

Hoff finished with 18 points and nine rebounds while Tori Dixon made nine assists for the Pioneers, who shot 53.7 percent from the field (29 of 54).

Tigers Slash Yeomen
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Springfield, Ohio - Wittenberg University scored 20 of the game’s first 22 points and never looked back as it cruised to a 81-45 win over the Oberlin College men’s basketball team on Wednesday night. 

Josh Merritt was one of the few bright spots for the Yeomen as he finished with 11 points. Mazi Farris also had a solid effort with six points and six rebounds.

The Tigers shot 72 percent (18-of-25) in the first half – including an 8-of-11 effort from 3-point land as they led 47-13 at the break. OC went just 4-of-22 (18.2%) in the frame.

The second half was much better for the Yeomen as they were narrowly outscored at 34-32 while making 12-of-26 shot attempts for a 46.1 percent success rate. 

Wittenberg (8-4, 4-0 NCAC) had a 21-7 edge on the glass in the first half and finished with a 39-20 advantage at game’s end. Shooting wise the Tigers ended at 56 percent (28-of-50).

Oberlin returns home to host Denison University on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. 

In all-Cleveland college battle, 

B-W's Basketball Team Defeats 

OAC-Rival JCU, 78-64, in 

University Heights to 

Remain Unbeaten in the OAC

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Senior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) scored 20 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 78-64, tonight (Wednesday, January 5, 2011) in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center in University Heights. The victory was B-W’s third straight and eighth in its last nine contests.

With her 20 points, Schroeder remained in sixth place on the all-time Yellow Jacket scoring list with 1,081 career points and is now 17 points shy of former All-American center Anjee Beard’s (1996-2000) 1,198 points and fifth place.  In addition for B-W, now 10-2 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the OAC, freshmen forwards Jessica Lairson (Louisville) and Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian) had 14 and 12 points, respectively, and sophomore guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ Colonel Crawford) had 11 points.  For JCU, now 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the OAC, senior guard Lee Jennings led all scorers with 33 points and junior guard Emilee Ritchie had 14 points.  B-W’s win versus JCU was its seventh straight and 37th in the last 39 meetings and improved its all-time series advantage to 41-19.

In the first half, JCU jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the 19:32 mark when freshman forward Missy Spahar made a three-pointer.  Following a B-W basket by junior forward Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary’s Central Catholic) made the score 3-2, the Blue Streaks gained a 6-2 advantage when Ritchie made a three-pointer at 18:44.

The Yellow Jackets then outscored the Blue Streaks 10-6 to tie the score at 12-12 with 13:15 left when senior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) made a jump shot. After the game was tied at 14-14 and 16-16, B-W went on a 5-0 run to take its largest lead of the first stanza at 21-16 at the 7:44 mark when Lairson made a layup, was fouled and converted the free throw. Then, following another Ritchie triple pulled JCU back to within two points at 21-19, Rohrbach converted one of two free throws at 6:55 and French made a layup to regain the five-point lead at 24-19.

Undaunted, JCU scored six straight points and took the lead at 25-24 with 4:15 left when Jennings made a pair of free throws. Following a lead change and four ties, B-W regained the lead at 36-32 when French made a layup. A JCU basket by freshman forward Hilary Liwosz 38 seconds before the intermission pulled the Blue Streaks back to 36-34 at halftime.

In the second half, B-W scored the first six points to take an eight-point lead at 42-34 with 17:16 let when Rohrbach made one of two foul shots. B-W extended its lead to double figures at 13 points at 50-37 with 14:44 left when sophomore guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa./ Corry Area) made a runner in the lane.  JCU then cut the lead back to 10 points at 50-40 when Jennings made a basket, was fouled and then converted the three-point play with 14:35 left.

B-W then outscored JCU 19-12 to take its largest lead at 69-52 when Lairson made two foul shots at the 7:37 mark.  The largest B-W lead of the game was 18 points on two separate occasions with the last with 5:29 left when French rebounded a missed shot and scored. The closest JCU would get after that point was 13 points on three separate occasions with the last time coming with 2:11 left in the contest.