A Page -- Jan. 6, 2011

Les Miles does Elyria proud as 

Bengal Tiger mentor for tomorrow's 

Cotton Bowl

Jan 6, 2011


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


While no Student/Athletes from the Cleveland area will be a part of Friday’s Cotton Bowl, there is at least one coaching tie to the area in LSU head coach Les Miles, an Elyria native.

Miles’ Bengal Tigers will be taking on the Aggies of Texas A&M from nearby Bryan-College Station in the suburban Dallas affair.

Les Miles Photo

In just six short seasons, Miles’ Bengal Tigers have won a national championship (their second of the decade) and just ended a decade (which he came in on the second half of) in which the program’s teams strung together 99 wins.

Miles teams were ranked in the top five in the nation in each of his first three seasons at the helm. He is one of the top three winningest coaches at the school with 60 wins, an average of 10 per year.

After functioning as an all-state Student/Athlete at Elyria High in the early 70s, Les Miles went on to play college football for the late Bo Schembechler at Michigan, which also was one of his the spot of one of his assistant coaching stops along the way to LSU.

Two Iggy guys, two SWC products 

and Mentor's Harper to represent 

Cleveland area as Pitt S/As in BBVA 


Jan 6, 2011


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Four West Side products and one from the East Side will be serving Pitt as Student/Athletes in Saturday’s BBVA Compass Bowl in which the Panthers will face Kentucky in what could be construed as a battle of the Ohio River.

Rocky River native and St. Ignatius alumnus Brendan Carozzoni, Mentor High alumnus Kevin Harper, St. Ignatius grad Mark Myers, North Olmsted High product Greg Romeus and Avon Lake High graduate Dan Schneider will be donning the Panthers’ colors for Saturday’s game.

Brendan CarozzoniKevin Harper

Carrozoni (left) and Harper

Both Southwestern Conference products are linemen, Romeus on the defensive front and Schneider on the offensive side as a tight end.

Myers was a quarterback for the Wildcats and also for the national team that played in Florida last spring. He is also a signal caller, but down a few notches on the depth chart as a freshman for the Panthers.

Kevin HarperMark Myers

Harper (L) and Myers

Harper is a sophomore placekicker while Carozzoni joins Schneider in the tight end corps.

All season long, Harper has been the kick-off man, while another gentleman has been doing the field goals, punting and extra points. Harper has kicked off 64 times and is averaging 66 yards per kick off. He also saved one from getting returned for a TD by making a tackle.

Dan Schneider


The Panthers are 8-4.

The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland 

State Athletics

Jan. 6

By Brian McCann

Wrestling Resumes Dual Meet Slate With Four Matches

The Cleveland State wrestling team enters its busiest week of the season, wrestling four opponents in six days. The Vikings will host Kent State on Tuesday (Jan. 4) in a 7:00 p.m. contest, and will then travel to Bloomington, Ind. on Sunday, Jan. 9 for a quad match against Indiana, Gardner-Webb and SIU-Edwardsville starting at 10:00 a.m.

"We'll be wrestling some tough teams this week," head coach Ben Stehura said. "Kent State has some good wrestlers, and quad meets are always a good test of stamina and endurance. I'm looking forward to seeing how our guys perform."

The Vikings (1-2) have been off from dual meet competition since Dec. 4 when the team fell at Northwestern, 32-9. The meet against Kent State will be the first home contest of the season for CSU, as the Vikings' other two meets were at John Carroll and Eastern Michigan.
Lawrence Cavello
Willard High product Larry Cavello

CSU was last on the mat on Dec. 29 at the Midlands Invitational in Evanston, Ill. Lawrence Cavello (wrestling at 149) and Koort Leyrer (157) each won matches at the tournament. Cavello earned a 3-1 decision against Dylan Marriott while Leyrer pinned Pierce Harger in 4:05. Both opponents were from Northwestern.

Winter Training Trip Up Next For Women's Swimming

Coming off the most successful fall in program history, the Cleveland State women's swimming and diving team (11-1) will continue its season with a trip to Puerto Rico. The Vikings will spend the week training with other teams from across the United States and will conclude the week by participating in the Holiday Invitational on Jan. 8 against Connecticut.
"The women's team has been having a fantastic year, and we want to keep it going," head coach Wally Morton said. "This trip gives us the chance to train hard and get ready for the rest of the year while also having a little fun."

The Viking women enter the winter portion of their schedule three wins shy of the most victories ever in a season. CSU opened the year with wins over St. Francis (Pa.) and Green Bay, teams that had defeated the Vikings in each of the last five seasons. The has set school records in all five relay events, with the 400 freestyle relay team breaking the Horizon League record.

Cleveland State's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, as the team is ranked 15th in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America/College Swimming.com Mid-Major poll, released Dec. 20. It marked the first time in program history that the Vikings have been ranked in the poll, which rates all Division I programs outside of the six BCS conferences and the Mountain West.

Men's Swimming Resumes Season In Puerto Rico

After being off from competition for the entire month of December, the Viking men's swimming and diving team will resume its season with a winter training trip in Puerto Rico. Cleveland State (9-1-1) will train with other collegiate teams before concluding the week with the annual Holiday Invitational on Jan. 8 against Connecticut.

"This trip is a great opportunity for our team," head coach Wally Morton said. "We have some of the toughest meets of the season coming up, and this trip gives us the chance to train hard and get ready for the rest of the year while also having a little fun."

The fall season ended on a high note for the team, as three swimmers competed at the USA Swimming National Championship from Dec. 2-4. Mark de Swardt and Berry Thompson reached the finals in two events. de Swardt placed 13th overall in the 1,650 free with a time of 15:25.47 while Thompson finished the 100 free in 26th place (44.96). Brian Ferro finished the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.90, the fourth-best time in CSU history.
Berry Thompson
Orange High alumnus Berry Thompson

Cleveland State is currently ranked fourth overall in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America/College Swimming.com Mid-Major poll, released Dec. 20. The Vikings earned 229.8 votes in the poll, which ranks Division I teams from conferences outside of the six BCS conferences and the Mountain West. CSU is 23.8 points behind first-place Navy (253.6), with Princeton (238.7) in second and California State-Bakersfield third (230.2). The Vikings are seven places ahead of Milwaukee (11th with 224.4 points), the only other Horizon League school ranked.

Viking High Fives

Shalonda Winton:  The women's basketball sophomore notched her team-leading fifth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Loyola.

Gary Waters:  The men's basketball mentor became the sixth coach in school history to coach 150 men's basketball games when he took to the sideline for the Dec. 30 game against Loyola.  He is now 88-63 (.583) as the Viking head coach.

Aaron Pogue:  The Viking big man registered his second career double-double when he scored a career-high 16 points with 12 rebounds in the win over Loyola.

Eleventh-ranked Purple Raiders to host ONU

January 6, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The nationally-ranked Mount Union women's basketball team faces an early must-win situation as it hosts Ohio Northern on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

The Polar Bears (11-2, 6-0) are one of two teams who are still undefeated in conference play; Baldwin-Wallace (10-2, 5-0) is the other. Meanwhile, with their recent 73-69 loss to Marietta, the Purple Raiders (10-2, 4-2) need a win to make a begin a push up the standings.

Mount Union, ranked 11th by ESPN/USA Today and 13th by D3Hoops.com, fell victim to a hot-shooting Pioneer team on Wednesday night.

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) scored 18 and 12 points, respectively, but Marietta's 53.7 percent field-goal shooting performance led to the end of the Raiders' five game-winning streak.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) continues to lead Mount Union in scoring with 13.9 points per game. She also ranks second in the OAC in steals (2.55) and three-point field goal percentage (.489) while rating third in field goal percentage (.543).

Crider also finds herself amongst the league leaders as she sits second in three-pointers per game (2.42).

Wiedt has averaged 12.5 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Raiders while Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) is at 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) has also been strong on the glass with 6.1 boards per game.

As a team, the Purple Raiders rank first in the OAC in scoring offence (71.5), three-pointers (8.00) and turnover margin (+6.33) while rating second in scoring margin (+11.8), assists (15.17) and steals (10.42).

Ohio Northern will match up as the top OAC team in seven other categories: scoring defense (53.5), scoring margin (+14.8), field goal percentage (.437), field goal defense (.340), three-point percentage (.357), three-point defense (.255) and rebounding margin (+8.4).

The Polar Bears don't have many leaders near the top of OAC's statistical categories, but they do benefit from a strong all-around team effort as eight players average five or more points.

Jeanne Bockey is the leading scorer with 12.7 points per game while Kara Dysert averages 7.2 rebounds.

Mick Bartholomew's third-period goal 

makes the difference as St. Edward 

beats St. Ignatius, 2-1, in front of 

1,000 fans in the 'Hurst

Jan. 6, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Mick Bartholomew’s third-period goal turned out to be the game winner, enabling St. Edward to  to win the Holy War on Ice, 2-1, over St. Ignatius, in front of 1,000 fans,  in a key Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League Red Division game tonight here in the Winterhurst Rink/Sperpentini Arena.


 Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Mick Bartholomew, conducted by the press corps after tonight’s Eagles-Wildcats game, by clicking and downloading


The Eagles’ win created a llogjam at the top of the Red North and sent the Wildcats to divisional defeat for the second time in four days. The Eagles and Wildcats are now tied for first place, both teams with eight points.

With a win over Walsh Jesuit tomorrow night, University School could force a three-way tie.

Watch a few short videos from tonight’s Wildcats-Eagles varsity hockey filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


To make it even more complex, a Strongsville (with seven points and now in third place) tie against Walsh Saturday would make it a three- or four-way tie depending on what US does tomorrow night. A Mustang win Saturday would thrust them over all three teams and into sole possession of first place. 

St. Edward provided all the scoring in the first period, taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission after Gabe Lampron scored at 2:15 of the first period. That lead would stand for 17 minutes until the Wildcats were to tie it in the second stanza.


Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Gabe Lampron, conducted by the press corps after tonight’s Eagles-Wildcats game, by clicking and downloading


Ignatius tied it, 1-1, at 5:06 of the second period when the Miles McQuinn-Laim Geither-Mike Abood line worked the puck for a goal.

The score stood at 1-1 at the second intermission

Each team had a nine-second power-play sandwiched by a 4-on-4 skate for 1:51 in the first period and St. Ed had  power play that began at 10:18 of the second frame but nothing arose from either of the four special-teams situations.

Ignatius had a two-man advantage for nearly a minute  in the third period, but Eds killed it and the back and front ends of it in the 5-on-4 short-hand plays.

The Wildcats and Eagles probably will not meet again until the Baron Cup.

The Eagles and Wildcats are done with league play until the 21st.

Mount Union's basketball teams read to elementary school students

January 6, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- University of Mount Union men's and women's basketball teams visited Parkway Elementary School in Alliance and read to the students.

It has become an annual tradtion for the last few years that the student-athletes have made the trip to the elementary school that sits just off the campus.

"We looked a few years ago for a way to get involved in the community and this has worked out very well," commented head men's basketball coach Lee Hood.

The student-athletes are dispatched in groups of two or three to classrooms thoughout the building and read a couple of stories and answer questions that the students have.

Kori Wiedt and Dave Pellerite read to students at Parkway Elementary in Alliance.

"It is a neat experience and know that everyone at the school looks forward to us coming and appreciate it," stated Mount Union senior Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls), who has done this for four years.

"The kids hang on every word and they ask some interesting questions," said sophomore Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted).

Cory Schultz leads Buckeye over 

Ridgeville with pair of 200 games; 

Rangers' Brandon Becka leads all 


Jan. 6, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEIVLLE -- Cory Schultz put together back-to-back 200 games -- 203-218  (421)  -- to lead Buckeye to a 2,317-2,276 boys varsity high school bowling win tonight over North Ridgeville in Brunswick Zone.

The Bucks also had Ryan Brooks 166-226(392), Zak Diaz 153-223 (376), Brandon Butcher 145-184(329), and Tyler Bogus  203-179(382).

Brandon Becka  rolled a match-high series 194-269 ( 463) to the lead the Rangers who also had Alex Gravely  171-203 (374), Mike O'Sullivan  182-194 (376), Glenn Waligora 163-195 (358).

Tyler Davis, Josh Buttrey lead 

Ridgeville JV boys to win

Jan. 6, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Tyler Davis 191-192 (383), and Josh Buttrey 202-167(369) led North Ridgeville’s boys JV bowling team to a 2,027-1,780 win over Buckeye tonight.

Joey Casement 168 (168),), Zack Pulvino 146 (146), Logan Gedeon 158-189(347), and Alex Scullin 182  (182) and Jim Bradley 117  (117) complemented Buttrey and Davis.

Buckeye had Ryan Halupnik 170-175 (345), Joe Metheney 91-81(172), Anthony Andrews  129-90 (219), Kyle Butcher  204-168(372), and Jonathan Ingham  177-191 (368).

Buckeye JV girls consistent; five girls 

finish within seven pins of one 

another to charge win on lanes

Five girls were consistent among themselves as they all finished within seven pins of one another to lead Buckeye’s JV girls bowling team to a win over North Ridgeville tongight.

Keeping up with one another all night were Ellen Hang 120-114(234), Megan Hawk 145-82(227, Joycee Ross 133-99(232), Morgan Hawk   125-110(235), and Chrissy Nichols    111-119(230).

The Rangers had Alexis Jalowiec  95-82(177), Arshiya Anand  129-89(218), Alyse Fuller    73-95 (168), Nikki Gannon  93-117 (210), Lisa Adkins    126-116 (242).