A Page -- Jan. 7, 2012

CSU men to host Loyola today

Loyola (5-10, 0-5 HL) at Cleveland State (13-3, 3-1 HL) 
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012
Time 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Wolstein Center (8,500) - Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: SportsTime Ohio (Jim Barber & Joel Cornette). Video stream available on CSUVikings.com
Series: Loyola leads, 22-17
Last Mt'g: CSU 81, @LU 70 (1/29/11)
Promos: Family Values Saturday: Kidzone, $1 menu items and more! Kidzone opens 90 minutes before tip-off
Tickets: $8, $10, $15, $25

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State concludes its three game homestand when the Vikings host Loyola at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 7). The game has been tabbed as the Horizon League Game of the Week and will be shown locally on SportsTime Ohio with Jim Barber and Joel Cornette providing the commentary. Saturday's contest will be the fourth time in the last five games that the Vikings will play at home. CSU improved to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League after rolling past UIC, 73-56, on Thursday night. Loyola dropped to 5-10 overall and 0-5 in the league with a 68-64 overtime setback at Youngstown State on Thursday. Saturday's game will be the 40th meeting between CSU and Loyola with the Ramblers holding a 22-17 lead in the series. CSU has won eight of the last nine meetings, including seven straight.

VIKINGS DROP TO #8 IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State slid three spots to No. 8 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid Major Top 25 poll that was released on Monday (Jan. 2) afternoon. The Vikings received 542 votes, down from the 623 votes they earned last week. Murray State took over the top spot with 766 votes and 26 first place votes and was followed by Harvard, Creighton, Gonzaga, Ohio, St. Mary's, Iona and Cleveland State. Last season, CSU began the season ranked 25th in the poll before working its way up to the No. 1 ranking on Dec. 6 where CSU stayed for five weeks.

FUTURE CSU HOOPS LUNCHEONS: The second of four CSU Hoops Luncheons took place on Dec. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get updates from CSU basketball head coachesGary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad. Hosted by Munch Bishop of WKNR, the luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center. Future luncheons will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Cost of admission is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables for eight can also be reserved for $80.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.

NCAA STATS: Cleveland State is well represented in the latest NCAA statistical report that was released on Monday (Jan. 2). As a team, CSU was 10th in the nation in turnover margin (+4.7), 17th in steals (9.3), 27th in scoring defense (58.8) and 47th in free throw percentage (.734). Individually, D'Aundray Brown is ranked seventh in the country in steals (2.7).

HARMON MISSES UIC GAME: Senior guard Trey Harmon missed Thursday's contest against UIC after sustaining a concussion in Saturday's (Dec. 31) game against Youngstown State. His status remains day-to-day.

... AND LEE PICKS UP START: With Trey Harmon not available on Thursday night, freshman Charlie Lee earned his first career start and did not disappoint. Lee scored the first basket of the game en route to a career-high 13 points, making 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from three-point. He added five assists, three rebounds and three steals and did not commit a turnover in 33 minutes.

DOUGLAS OUT FOR YEAR: Freshman guard Sebastian Douglas will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee. It is the same knee that Douglas injured in May of 2010 while playing in a charity game for Bellaire H.S. teammate Tobi Oyedeji, a Texas A&M recruit, who was killed in a car accident on prom night. That injury forced Douglas to redshirt for the 2010-11 season.

REDSHIRT COMES OFF MASON: Head coach Gary Waters had planned to redshirt Marlin Mason this season, allowing him to mature and grow. However, with the recent rash of injuries, Waters and his staff decided to take the redshirt off of Mason who saw his first collegiate action in Thursday's (Jan. 5) win over UIC. Playing 14 minutes, Mason scored five points with three rebounds.

DIALING UP FROM THREE: Cleveland State hit a season-high 11 three-pointers in Thursday's win over UIC, going 11-of-20 (.550) from long range. The 11 trifectas are tied for the third most in a game in program history and continued CSU's torrid shooting from three-point of late with the Vikings going 38-of-83 (.458) from three-point over the last four contests.

ON THE ROAD: The Vikings have been proving their mettle away from home this season as CSU has played 10 of their 15 games away from the Wolstein Center, posting a 8-2 record in those contests. CSU is 7-1 in "true" road games and 1-1 in neutral site contests. The seven "true" road wins are the most in the nation (as of Jan. 2), while CSU's eight wins away from home are tied for the most in the country. With at least seven more road games this year, CSU has a chance to break the school-record of 13 road wins in a season, set in 2008-09.

WINNING BEFORE THE NEW YEAR: CSU won 12 games during the 2011 portion of its schedule, the second most in program history. Last year's squad set the school record with 14 wins before the calendar flipped.

STRONG DEFENSIVE PLAY CONTINUES: Strong defense has always been a staple at CSU under head coach Gary Waters and this year has been no different. CSU is ranked first in the league in scoring margin (+6.1), turnover margin (+4.8), steals (9.3) and scoring defense (58.6) and third in three-point field goal defense (.288). The Vikings have held 11 of their 16 opponents to under 45-percent shooting from the field.

50 OR LESS: The Dec. 22 win over Sam Houston State was the third time the Vikings have held a team under 50 points this year with the Bearkats joining Rhode Island (45) and Wright State (43). The 1933-34, 1935-36 and 2008-09 squads share the school record by holding 11 of their opponents to 50 points or less. CSU is second in the league and 27th in the nation in scoring defense (58.8).

A TURNOVER TALE: One area where the Vikings have been dominant this year is the turnover battle where CSU leads the Horizon League and ranks 10th in the nation with a +4.8 turnover margin. While CSU's turnovers are up from last year to 13.9 per game (CSU averaged 11.4 last year), the Vikings are turning teams over an average of 18.8 per game (14.7 last year), with opponents committing at least 20 turnovers in six games this year.

MONTGOMEY & TRIPLES: Jeremy Montgomery has found his range from three-point over the last four games, hitting 16-of-26 (.615) over the four contests. In Saturday's (Dec. 31) loss to Youngstown State, Montgomery tied his career-high with six three-pointers (on 8 attempts), making three in a row at one point in the second half to spark a 11-2 CSU run.

J-MO KEEPS PLAYING: When Jeremy Montgomery takes the floor on Saturday, he will be playing in his 123rd straight game at CSU, the fifth most in CSU history. Montgomery, who has never missed a game in his career, is slated to make his 73rd straight start. With a minimum of 16 games left this season, Montgomery has a chance to break Norris Cole's school-record of 139 straigh games played.

1,000 TIMES THREE: CSU has already had two players record their 1,000th career point this year. Jeremy Montgomery did it on Nov. 15 against Rio Grande, while Trey Harmon reached the milestone at Wright State (Dec. 1). D'Aundray Brown enters Saturday's game with 823 points, needing 167 to become the 21st player in program history to reach 1,000 points. CSU has never had three players score their 1,000th career point in the same season.

BROWN AT #9 ON STEALS LIST: With one steal against Youngstown State (Dec. 31), D'Aundray Brown remained in ninth place on the all-time steals list at CSU with 184. He is now 16 steals shy of moving into a tie for eighth place. Brown leads the Horizon League and is ranked seventh in the nation with 2.6 steals per game, making at least two in 12 games this season.

A NORTHEAST OHIO SWEEP: With a Dec. 10 win over Akron and a win at Kent State on Nov. 22, the Vikings have swept the season series against its two Northeast Ohio rivals for the second straight season. This year marked the 32nd time that CSU played both teams in the same year and the fifth time that the Vikings swept all of the games. CSU claimed single games against both teams in 1987-88, 1997-98 and 2010-11, and went 3-0 in 1977-78, 1980-81 and 1985-86, winning twice against Akron in both 1977-78 and 1980-81.

FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Thursday's game against UIC extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 152. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings topped Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. CSU is 101-51 since.

TRIFECTA DUO: The duo of seniors Jeremy Montgomery and Trey Harmon continue to work their way up the three-point field goals made chart at Cleveland State. Montgomery ranks second in CSU history with 183 three-pointers, while Harmon is fifth with 164 three's.

FIVE OR LESS: The Vikings are a perfect 7-0 in games decided by five points or less and have won four games on their final offensive possession this season. They include... • Trey Harmon hits a three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in a 67-64 win over St. Bonaventure (Nov. 18).
• Jeremy Montgomery steals the inbounds pass and hits two free throws with 3.4 seconds to play in a 63-62 victory over Boston University (Nov. 25).
• D'Aundray Brown tips in a missed shot with 0.3 seconds left in a 45-43 win at Wright State (Dec. 1).
• Jeremy Montgomery hits a three-pointer with 21.2 seconds left to give the Vikings a 69-66 win over Akron.

SUCCESS 601: The sixth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Think Like a Champion by Dave Dinunzio 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, both on the basketball court and in life. Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success. Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08 and turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2009-10, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players.

FREE THROWS: One area CSU struggled over the first three games was free throws as the Vikings hit just 37-of-61 (.607) from the charity stripe. However, since that time, the Vikings have gone 129-of-168 (.768) over the last 13 games to raise the season free throw percentage to .725 (169-229), ranking second in the league and 47th in the nation.

... AND HITTING IN CRUNCH TIME: The Vikings have been hitting free throws down the stretch, connecting on 47-of-63 (.746) in the final five minutes of games this year. Jeremy Montgomery has hit all six of his free throws in the final five minutes, while Aaron Pogue has made all three of his. D'Aundray Brown is 11-of-14 (.786), while Tim KamczycAnton Grady and Charlie Lee are all 9-for-12 (.750).

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?: Quite frankly, he can play defense. A member of the 2010 Horizon League All-Defense team, Brown has quickly shown that he is one of the top defensive players in the country, ranking first in the league and seventh in the nation in steals (2.7 spg; 41 total). A deeper look into Brown's defensive efforts shows that he has shut down the top scorers on several teams this year, including the following...

PLAYER (SCHOOL) FG -FGA Points PPG at Time of Game
Carlton Guyton (Kent State) 3 -9 8 12.0
Mike Moore (Hofstra) 2 -7 5 20.5
Jamal Wilson (Rhode Island) 4 -8 8 19.8
Chase Simon (Detroit) 2 -5 6 17.6
Rian Pearson (Toledo) 3 -11 9 16.4

THIS `N THAT: Some quick notes from the first half of the season.

• Trey Harmon was selected to the preseason All-Horizon League first team, while CSU was tabbed to finish third in the preseason poll.
• The Vikings won five straight games to open the season, the second best start in school history. Last year's squad holds the record with 12 straight wins.
• CSU's win at No. 7 Vanderbilt on Nov. 11 was the highest ranked opponent the Vikings have defeated in program history. It was the sixth top-25 team that CSU has defeated in program history with five of the wins under Gary Waters.
• The Vikings blocked 11 shots in a win over Rio Grande (Nov. 15), one shy of equaling the school record for most blocks in a game.
• Anton Grady had six blocks against Rio Grande, one shy of tying the CSU single game record of seven by 3 players and the most by a CSU freshman in a game. • Luda Ndaye picked up his first career start against Rio Grande (Nov. 15) and tied his career-highs in both points (7) and rebounds (7).
• Anton Grady has come close to a double-double two times this year. He had 14 points and nine rebounds against Boston (Nov. 25) and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds at South Florida (Dec. 19).
• The Vikings held Rhode Island without a three-point field as the Rams went 0-for-8. It was the 14th time in CSU history that a team failed to make a three-pointer against CSU and the first since Youngstown State went 0-for-13 on Dec. 17, 1996.
• Aaron Pogue captured MVP honors of the Kingston, R.I., subregional of the Ticket City Legends Classic (Nov. 25-27) for his performance in CSU's three games. Pogue averaged 10.3 points and 6.3 rebounds to help the Vikings claim the title.
• Jeremy Montgomery dished out a career-high tying eight assists in a win at Rhode Island (Nov. 27). Charlie Lee added a career-high four assists in a setback at South Florida (Dec. 19). Tim Kamczyc set a career-high with six assists against Youngstown State (Dec. 31).
• Freshman Anton Grady is the nephew of NBA player Earl Boykins. Both played high school basketball at Cleveland Central Catholic, while Boykins was a standout at Eastern Michigan when Gary Waters was an assistant coach.

• CSU went 6-1 in November this year and is a combined 14-1 during the last two November's. The Vikings were also 6-2 in December this year, improving their record to 12-3 over the last two December's.

• The Vikings had a 17 game win streak against schools in Ohio snapped with a 73-67 setback to Youngstown State (Dec. 31).
• The trio of associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jeremaine Kimbrough are in their sixth year serving for head coach Gary Waters on the Viking bench. Only the tandem of Mitch Buonaguro and Paul Molinari (1996-03) served longer as a unit.
• This is the 21st season of CSU playing in the Wolstein Center with the Vikings going 172-111, including winning records in 10 of the last 14 years. 

VIKINGS LIKE EXEMPTED TOURNEYS: The Ticket City Legends Classic was the sixth exempted tournament that Cleveland State has played in under head coach Gary Waters, with the Vikings sporting a 16-7 record in those games. CSU went 1-2 at the America's Youth Classic (Evansville, Ind.) in 2006-07, defeating ACC member Miami (Fla.), 78-67, for its lone win. In 2007-08, the Vikings played in the Glenn Wilkes Classic, going 3-1 with wins over teams from the Big East (73-70 over USF) and ACC (69-66 over Florida State). In 2008-09, the Vikings rebounded from an opening round loss to Washington to claim the Miami Regional title of the CBE Classic. Two years ago, CSU won two games at home as part of the Cancun Challenge before falling to Kentucky and Virginia in Cancun. Last season, the Vikings won four games at home to claim the World Vision Classic. This year, CSU defeated Vanderbilt to open the Ticket City Legends Classic and won two of three games at Rhode Island to win the Kingston subregional title.

UP NEXT: The Vikings hit the road for two games in Indiana next week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Butler on Friday (Jan. 13) in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU. The Vikings then travel to Valparaiso for a 2:35 p.m. EST contest on Sunday (Jan. 15).

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Storm shoots for two straight

Lake Erie College (6-5, 1-3 GLIAC) at Ohio Dominican University (3-9, 0-7 GLIAC)

When: Saturday January 7, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:  Alumni Hall in Columbus, Ohio
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/ohiodominican
Game Notes: Click Here
Video Broadcast: Click Here  

STORM SHOOTS FOR TWO STRAIGHT IN CONFERENCE PLAY: The Lake Erie College men's basketball team (6-5, 1-3 GLIAC) looks for its second straight win overall and in conference play as they travel to Columbus to face Ohio Dominican University in a GLIAC South matchup.  The Storm is coming off a come-from-behind 77-68 over Urbana University at home We dnesday night.  Prior to that, Lake Erie had a successful second-place showing at the Winter Park Rotary Tangerine Tournament Dec. 28-29.  The Storm defeated host Rollins College, 79-65, in the opening round game and fell to West Georgia University, 58-56, in the tournament final.

Great Lakes Futsal, Regional Tournament 

Former National Champion Youth teams from NE Ohio versus out of state competitors and local area ethnic teams play against fromer Crunch and Force players. All ages, boys and girls 8 through adults will put on a show this weekend at Phio-Nets in Parma on 12665 Corporate Drive (near the old softball world and very close to Malleys  (Brookpark & 130th).

Sat Jan 7, 10am-10pm

Sun Jan 8, 9am-3pm

12665 Corporate Drive

Parma, OH


The schedule for this unique, fast paced and quickly growing sport is attached.

If you have a photographer or cameraman available this weekend you will not be sorry you stopped by.

Adult talent from all over the world playing at 5, 7 and 9pm.

It will be great to share what is going on with the rest of the NE Ohio Community.

First place on the line when Mount plays ONU 


The top two teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference women's basketball race square off when No. 13/16 ranked Mount Union hosts Ohio Northern Saturday at 3 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and simulcast online - LIVE AUDIO along with LIVE STATS

Meteors top Rangers on the lanes

Midpark was a bowling winner over North Ridgeville by 79 pins in a match was held at Grafton Lanes.
Boys Varsity:
North Ridgeville
Glenn Waligora  170 - (170)
Logan Gedeon 148 - (148)
Tyler Davis 216 - 215 (431)
Joe Peterson 213-238 (451)
Ryan Kordish 197-202 (399)
Zack Pulvino - 204 (204)
Alex Scullin - - (-)
S.A.W. - 192 (192)
Baker Games 223-192 (415)
Game 1 1167
Game 1 1243
Grand Total Pins 2410
Nick Outrick 202-178 (380)
Andrew Armstrong - - (-)
Markus Bobiucheck 193-193 (386)
Kevin Muehring 206-235(441)
Jacob Vance 221-227 (448)
Scott Hlavaty 218 - (218)
S.A.W. - 151 (151)
Baker Games 260-205(465)
Game 1 1300
Game 2 1189
Grand Total Pins 2489
JV Boys
North Ridgeville
CJ Schneider 113 - (113)
Caleb Barbosa 179-199 (378)
Joe Harnden 146-181 (327)
Joey Casement 171-180 (351)  Picked up the 7-10 split.
Donny Ciryak - 126 (126)
Nico Dennis 146-145 (291)
Baker Games 179-127 (306)
Game 1 934
Game 2 958
Grand Total Pins 1892
Mike Early 173-176 (349)
Austin Freuline - - (-)
Nick Bobincheck 164-163 (327)
Austin Duong - - (-)
AJ McCullough 203-137(340)
Alex Swindell - 224 (224)
Mikey Cieslik 154-187 (341)
S.A.W. 98 - (98)
Baker Games 199-169 (368)
Game 1 991
Game 2 1056
Grand Total Pins 2047

Oberlin men fall to Denison

Granville, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team put forth a great effort, but in the end the Big Red of Denison University was able to hang on to the defeat the Yeomen 72-63 on Wednesday night at Livingston Gym in Granville, Ohio.
Senior Josh Merritt continued his outstanding season with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting, but he did struggle at the line, making just 6-of-12 charity tosses. Andrew Fox added his second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Geoff Simpson chipped in with 11 points, 10 of which came in the first half.

Two Baldwin-Wallace College Soccer 

Student/Athletes Named to the NCAA Division 

III All-Ohio Teams

BEREA, OHIO -– Two Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer student-athletes have been named to the 2011 Ohio Soccer Coaches Association (OSCA) Division III All-Ohio team.

Cooper (L), Hesler (R)

Junior midfielder Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/ New Albany) was selected to the second-team and sophomore defender Liz Helser (Fort Wayne, Ind./ Canterbury) is a member of the third-team. Both Cooper and Helser are earning their first OSCA accolade.

Cleveland State basketball could get first 

two-game winning streak today at Butler

Game 14
Cleveland State (6-7, 1-1) at Butler (5-9, 1-2)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Site: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
Series: Butler leads, 26-13
Last Meeting: Butler 68, Cleveland State 54 (3/11/11)
Tickets: Available at site

Cleveland State will close out its three-game Horizon League road swing Saturday (Jan. 7), as the Vikings are set to face Butler at 2:00 p.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Vikings, who are coming off a 49-45 victory at Valparaiso, enter the contest with a 6-7 overall mark and a 1-1 record in league play. Butler also enters Saturday's game following a league victory, as the Bulldogs notched a 73-64 win over Youngstown State Thursday (Jan. 5) to improve to 5-9 (1-2 HL) on the season. Saturday's contest will be the 40th meeting between the two teams, with Butler owning a 26-13 record in the overall series