A Page -- Jan. 7, 2011

Donnie FletcherNate FreeseBobby Swigert\
Left to right -- Fletcher, Freese, Swigert

Glenville's Donnie Fletcher, 

Strongsville's Nate Freese, and 

Louisville's Bobby Swigert will 

play key roles for Boston College 

in Sunday's Kraft Fight Hunger 

Day Bowl

Jan 7, 2011


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Boston College’s Donnie Fletcher, Nate Freese, and Bobby Swigert will be the Cleveland Student/Athletes involved in Sunday’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl when their Eagles take on Nevada in San Francisco.

Fletcher is a junior cornerback who played his high school ball at Glenville. Fletcher turned in interceptions this season against Clemson Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Florida State, and North Carolina State. He’s been averaging about four tackles per game this season.

Fletcher became a regular last season when he started three games and appeared in all 13, finishing third on the team in solo tackles and third in total take downs.

After red shirting last season, Strongsville High product Nate Freese became the placekicker for the Eagles this season and had quite a campaign in his “rookie” year.

Freese went 3-for-3 on field goals (21, 36, 36) against Clemson and followed that with one better as he converted on all four field goal attempts (33, 37, 28, 38) at Florida State and posted 260 yards on six kickoffs (48.3 avg.).

He also kicked two field goals each against Notre Dame and NC State.  Considering he is from Ohio, Freese’s best game came against Kent State when he went 4 for 4 on field goals – all in the 27-33-yard range.

Swigert, a wide receiver from Louisville High, made the quick transition from high school ball to the college game this season. He became the Eagles' first true-freshman to amass 100-plus yards in a game, doing so against Notre Dame.

Then he led the Eagles with five receptions and 92 yards for one touchdown at Duke.

He hauled in seven catches for 137 yards for one touchdown and returned two kicks for 23 yards against Notre Dame. Swigert also had a fine game against Kent with three catches.

Kate Peterson

CSU Coach Peterson

Cleveland State's basketball team 

hosts Green Bay tomorrow

January 7, 2011 

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State concludes its brief two game homestand when the Vikings host preseason Horizon League favorite and 20th-ranked Green Bay at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center on Saturday (Jan. 8). The Vikings improved to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the Horizon League with a 77-60 win over Milwaukee on Thursday night. Green Bay, which is also the top-ranked team in the CollegeInsider.com mid-major top-25 poll, enters the game at 14-1 overall (3-0 HL) following a 71-57 win at Youngstown State on Thursday night. Saturday's game will be the 53rd all-time meeting between the schools with UWGB holding a 47-5 lead in the series. Green Bay swept the two regular season meetings last year, but CSU knocked them off in the Horizon League semifinals, 83-75, in overtime en route to winning their second league tournament title in the last three years.

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 (13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.1 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is joined in the starting backcourt by juniors Janelle Adams (11.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg) and Takima Keane (10.0 ppg, 3.3 apg). Sophomore Honesty King (5.6 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 rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 apg) and junior Destinee Blue (9.4, 7.2) are the starters in the frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.6 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 (0.4 ppg, 0.4 rpg), have also fought for minutes.

Honesty King

Honesty King

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 nation 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 nine straight with a 77-60 win over Milwaukee on Thursday night. CSU, which is 37-10 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.

Shalonda Winton

Shalonda Winton

NINE IS FINE: The win over Milwaukee on Thursday night extended the Vikings home win streak to nine straight games, tied for the longest home win streak in school history. The 1981-82 team won its final home game of the season and the 1982-83 team went a perfect 8-0 at home to set the original record of nine consecutive home wins.

PROTECTING THE ROCK: The Vikings have done a better job of protecting the basketball over the last six games, averaging just 15.8 turnovers per contest, including a season-low 13 versus Milwaukee on Thursday night. In contrast, the Vikings averaged 20.4 miscues over the first eight games of the season, committing 17 more more in every game.

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 six games, shooting .728 (75-103) from the line over the last five games and climb above 70-percent (.701; 171-244) from the charity stripe this year. The Vikings shot a season best .933 (14-15) from the line at Loyola on Jan. 2 and rank fifth in the league in free throw shooting.

FOR THREE: The Vikings have also picked up their three-point shooting over the last four games, shooting .394 (28-71) 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.

Collinwood alum, Mount's Cecil Shorts III to play in East-West Shrine Game

January 7, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) has been selected to play in the 86th East-West Shrine Game Saturday, January 22 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

Since 1925 the East-West Shrine Game has been more than just a football game as it has become a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game.

Shorts is currently the only NCAA Division III player on the rosters for the game.

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. 

Kristin Hall Named Softball Coach at Lake Erie College
 Storm taps St. Andrews Presbyterian assistant as 13th head coach in program history

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE --  Lake Erie College Director of Athletics Griz Zimmermann announced today (Jan. 7) that Kristin Hall has been named head coach of the Storm softball program.  Hall, a former softball standout at Schreiner University, becomes the 13th head coach in the program’s history.

“Kristin brings a great amount of experience as a player and a coach, to our program,” said Zimmermann. “She is a solid teacher and has great passion for the game. We are looking forward to her leading the Storm as we begin play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this spring.”

Hall spent the past two seasons as an assistant at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, a Division II school in Laurinburg, N.C. where she helped the Knights reach Championship Sunday of the 209 Conference Carolinas softball tournament. 

“I’m really excited for this opportunity and can’t wait for the start of the season,” Hall said.  “This is a great environment and I got a good vibe when I was here interviewing from the campus community and the team. You can tell the players are hungry and want to play.” 

Before beginning her tenure at St. Andrew’s, Hall was an assistant coach for two seasons at her alma mater, Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.   

As a student-athlete, Hall was a four-year letter-winner for the Mountaineers, earning All-American Southwest West Division honorable mention in 2001 and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2003.  In addition, Hall was the starting goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team her senior year, earning conference play of the week honors and setting several school records which still stand. 

Hall earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Schreiner in 2004 and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in sport and leisure management from Texas State University in 2006.

Mount Union men's hoops team to host Ohio Northern

January 7, 2011 

Mount Union Hosts Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball matchup Saturday at 4 pm at The McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will be broadcast on television (tape delay) on WIVM Ch. 52 in Canton (9 pm) and SportsTime Ohio(midnight) and there is FREE admission to everyone.

The Purple Raiders (5-8, 3-3 OAC) and Polar Bears (6-7, 3-4 OAC) are in a logjam of six teams separated by only two games between third place and eighth place.

Both teams are coming in off home OAC losses as Mount Union dropped a 64-54 decision to first place Marietta and Ohio Northern was knocked off by Heidelberg, 67-63.

Mount Union finishes a four-game homestand next Wednesday (Jan. 12) at 7:30 pm against Baldwin-Wallace.

Olmsted Falls Product Dave Pellerite

Projected Mount Union Starters:

4 - Jimmy Wood, F - 14.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg

5 - Dave Pellerite, F - 12.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.9 apg

1 - Ben Hodkinson, G - 11.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.3 apg

44 - Matt Wier, F - 10.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg

12 - T.J. Gillepsie, G - 4.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg


Lee Hood (Ohio Northern '82) is 239-233 in his 19th season at Mount Union.  Hood was the 1997 OAC Coach of the Year as he led the Raiders to a school-record 25 wins, an OAC title and the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance.  Hood graduated from Ada High School and played guard at Ohio Northern.


Ohio Northern's Matt Stuczynski

John Rhodes (Ohio '88) is 18-21 in his second season at Ohio Northern.  Rhodes spent 13 years as an assistant coach with nine of those seasons at Ohio University.


This is the 81st meeting between the teams with Ohio Northern holding a 53-27 lead in the series.  Mount Union swept the season series a year ago with a 64-58 win in Alliance and 67-63 win in Ada.  Ohio Northern has won seven of the last 10 meetings.


ONU's Kyle Wrentmore, a Mayfield High Product

Mount Union Player Notes

Jimmy Wood - Jr., F, Wintersville/Indian Creek

  • Leads team in scoring at 14.5 ppg.
  • Second on team in steals (10) and blocks (5).
  • Scored in double figures 10 times and last six games in a row.
  • Season-high 20 points twice (at Capital, vs. Waynesburg).
  • Season-high/career-high 9 rebounds at Muskingum.
  • Career-high 30 points at Wilmington (1/30/10).
  • Dad (Jim) played basketball at Georgia Tech.

Dave Pellerite - Sr., F, Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls

  • Second on team in scoring at 12.8 ppg.
  • Has 1,276 career points which is 8th all-time at Mount Union and 23 pts. behind 7th place (1,299 - Tommy Wilson, 1983-87).
  • Leads team in rebounding and third in OAC in rebounding at 8.5 rpg.
  • Leads team in assists with 51.
  • Scored in double figures 10 times.
  • Four double-doubles (points-rebounds) this season including last two games in a row.
  • Season-high 22 points at Wilmington (12/18/10).
  • Career-high 29 points vs. Pitt-Greensburg (11/18/08).
  • Season-high/Career-high 12 rebounds twice (vs. Waynesburg and vs. Marietta).
  • Played in 92 games and started 72.

Ben Hodkinson - Sr., G, Tippecanoe/Harrison Central

  • Third on team in scoring at 11.6 ppg.
  • Second on the in assists with 43.
  • Leads team in 3-pt. shooting at 45.3% (29-of-64)
  • Third in OAC in 3-pt. shots made with 29.
  • Leads team in free throw shooting at .800 (24-of-30)
  • Scored in double figures in seven games.
  • Season-high/Career-high 22 points vs. Marietta.
  • Played one season (2007-08) at Wheeling Jesuit.

Matt Wier - Jr., F., New Castle, Pa./Mohawk

  • Fourth on the team in scoring at 10.5 ppg.
  • Second on the team in rebounding at 4.2 rpg.
  • Scored in double figures in eight games.
  • Season-high 20 points at Capital.
  • Career-high 28 points vs. Ohio Northern (12/12/09).
  • Season-high/Career-high 9 rebounds twice (at Hiram and vs. Waynesburg).
  • Played one season on a baseball scholarship at West Virginia.

Matt Kiger - So., F., Williamstown, W.Va./Williamstown

  • Played in all 13 games and made one start.
  • Fifth on team in scoring at 6.8 ppg.
  • Third on team in rebounding at 3.6 rpg.
  • Season-high 20 points twice (at Otterbein and vs. Waynesburg).
  • Career-high 27 points at Thomas More, Ky. (12/27/09).
  • Season-high/Career-high 9 rebounds vs. Waynesburg.

Tyler Fausnight - Fr., F., North Canton/Hoover

  • Played in 11 games, started one but has missed last two games with injury.
  • Sixth on team in scoring at 6.3 ppg.
  • Leads team in field goal percentage at 65.9% (29-of-44).
  • Fifth on team in rebounding at 3.4 rpg.
  • Season-high/Career-high 12 points twice (at Westminster, Pa. and vs. Rust, Miss.).
  • Season-high/Career-high 8 rebounds at Hiram.
  • TJ Gillespie

T.J. Gillepsie - Fr., G., Toledo/Toledo St. John's

  • Played in all 13 games and have started 11.
  • Seventh on team in scoring at 4.8 ppg.
  • Third on the team in assists with 27.
  • Season-high/Career-high 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists vs. Piedmont (Ga.).