A Page -- Jan. 8, 2010

Two teams with similar records 

to meet when Vikings host 

Illinois Chicago Circle tomorrow

Jan. 8, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State's men's basketball team hosts Illinois Chicago Circle in a Horizon League game tomorrow night in the Wolstein Center.

Game 17
UIC (5-10, 1-4) at Cleveland State (6-10, 2-2)
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2010
Time: 5:30 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Sponsor:    Fish Family Night (95.5 FM)
Promo: CSU Athletic Hall of Fame
(35th Class Inducted In Pre-game ceremony & Honored at Halftime).
Family Value Saturday: Free Kid     Zone & Dollar Dogs At Concession Stands.
Free CSU Window Decal to first  1,000 Fans (Courtesy of Pepsi).
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland), WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: SportsTime Ohio (Mike Cairns & Franklin Edwards)
Series: Series Tied, 32-32
Last Mtg: CSU 57, UIC 54, 3/6/09 (at Butler, HL second round)
Tickets:    $8, $15 & $25

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State concludes this brief two-game Horizon League home stand when the Vikings host UIC on Saturday, Jan. 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game will be televised by SportsTime Ohio with Mike Cairns and Franklin Edwards providing the commentary.  The Vikings (6-10, 2-2) have won back-to-back league games over Youngstown State (70-48) and Loyola (62-57) to move into fifth place in the league standings.  The 35th class of inductees into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame - Brian Lamers (Swimming, 1993-96, Heidi Marshall (Basketball & Softball, 1990-94) and Amy Ritzman (Track & Cross Country, 1991-95) - will be honored at halftime.  UIC (4-10, 1-4) is coming off a 76-67 loss at Youngstown State on Thursday, a loss that dropped the Flames to 0-8 on the road this year.  This will be the 65th meeting between CSU and UIC, the second most-often played rivalry in CSU history, with the series being tied at 32 wins each.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.6 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (7.5, 5.3), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (11.2, 1.6 apg) and Trevon Harmon (10.1, 2.3) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (2.0, 1.0 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (2.1, 0.9) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (0.8, 0.3 apg) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (2.3, 2.1 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he and  JC transfer Jared Cunningham (7.3, 3.3) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.8, 6.4) at center.  First-year sophomore Nigel Ajere (6.0, 4.0) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) are both capable of seeing minutes.
Anthony Wells
Freshman Anthony Wells from Shaker (above)
is seeing more playing time due to injuries

TV TIMEOUT:  Saturday's game will be televised live by SportsTime Ohio, making it the eighth of what should be at least 14 games that will be available to Vikings fans on either a national or regional basis and the second of seven games on STO.

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

HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SET FOR SATURDAY:  Prior to Saturday evening's game against UIC, the 35th class will be formally inducted into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame.  The honorees include swimmer Brian Lamers (1993-96), basketball and softball player Heidi Marshall (1990-94) and track and cross country standout Amy Ritzman (1991-95).  The trio will be honored during halftime of the UIC contest.

GETTING THE JUMP:  One of the lesser appreciated statistics in CSU's favor this year comes on the jump ball where sophomore center Aaron Pogue has managed to gain the Vikings the first possession of the game in 13 of the 16 games this season.  The only games that Pogue lost the jump have been on the road for games at St. Bonaventure, Detroit and Ohio State.

COLE PASSES 900 POINT MARK:  Norris Cole's 20-point effort at Youngstown State on Saturday allowed the junior to surpass the 900-point mark for his career.  He added to his total with 20 points against Loyola on Thursday, giving him 923 career points, putting him well on his way to becoming the 18th player in CSU history to score 1,000 career points.  In 16 games, he leads the team and ranks fourth in the league, averaging 16.5 points a game (264 total).

DEGREE WORK:  Sophomore center Joe Latas will begin the spring semester on Jan. 18 needing just 24 hours to graduate and when he finishes his coursework at the end of summer, he will have done so in just three years.  Latas, who is taking 16 hours this semester, will take the final eight during the summer to earn his degree in both communications and religious studies.

A TOUGH SCHEDULE:  The 2-8 record that CSU put up against non-conference Division I teams this year is a little misleading. After all, not only were four of the teams ranked in the top 15 at the time CSU played them (Kentucky No. 5, West Virginia No. 6, Ohio State No. 12 & Kansas State No. 12), but the 10 opponents have combined to post a 91-36 (.716) record in non-conference games with four games left to play.

POGUE CLEANS THE GLASS:  The 16 rebounds by sophomore Aaron Pogue at Youngstown State on Jan. 2 was the most by a Viking since Pape Badiane grabbed 18 caroms at Florida A&M on Nov. 25, 2003.  He shares the highest rebounding game in the Horizon League this season with Loyola's Andy Polka (16 vs. St. Francis, Ill.).
Aaron Pogue
Aaron Pogue hitting the boards

COLE KEEPS STARTING STREAK GOING:  When Norris Cole takes to the court against UIC on Saturday, he will be starting his 53rd consecutive game at CSU.  Cole became the 14th player in Viking history to start 50 straight games when he started the Dec. 22 game at Ohio State.  One of three players to start a school-record 37 games last year, Cole is the only player to go from playing in every game as a reserve in one season (34 games as a freshman in 2007-08) to starting every game the next in school history.

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

. . . AND MONTGOMERY HAS BEEN EVEN BETTER OF LATE:  Over his last five games, three of which have come against ranked opponents, Montgomery is averaging 17.0 points while shooting .500 from the field (26-52) and .457 from three-point (16-35).  He started the stretch with 13 points against No. 6 West Virginia, including a driving basket with 13 seconds left that tied the game at 78-78.  He came back to score a career-high 25 points, on five-for-eight shooting from three-point, at No. 12 Ohio State, and scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half at Kansas State.  Over the last week, he scored 12 points at Youngstown State and 15 vs. Loyola.

WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?  Junior forward D'Aundray Brown has returned to the floor this season, showing no ill effects from the two injuries that sidelined him for 13 games last season, including the final five games of the postseason.  In the 16 games since coming back, Brown is averaging 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, leading the team and ranking 9th in the league averaging 32.2 minutes a game. More importantly, he keys the Vikings' pressure defense, leading the league with 44 steals.

. . . AND BROWN IS PASSING HIS BOARDS:  After averaging 5.7 rebounds a game a year ago, D'Aundray Brown was being counted on to help the Vikings offset the loss of 64% of their rebounding from a year ago. Brown however started slowly, grabbing just 47 caroms in the first 12 games (3.9 rpg).  He has caught fire of late, averaging 9.3 rebounds over the last four games to move into 11th in the league with a 5.3 average.  He has been dominant on the offensive glass, grabbing 20 offensive boards over that span to move up to fifth in the league, averaging 2.8 offensive rebounds a game.

JAMES & McCOY ARE OUT:  The depth the Vikings enjoyed at guard took a hit in early December when both sophomore Josh McCoy and junior Lance James were sidelined with injuries.  McCoy, who is out for the season after having surgery on Dec. 18 to repair a torn labrum in his hip that has plagued him back into the preseason.  James suffered a Jones fracture of the left foot in practice on Dec. 2 and had surgery on Friday (Dec. 11).  He is expected to be out approximately six weeks.

. . . SO WELLS TAKES THE REDSHIRT OFF:  The injuries at guard have led to the insertion of freshman Anthony Wells into the playing rotation.  Wells, a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was slated to redshirt this year simply because head coach Gary Waters feared that with the number of players ahead of him, that Wells would not play enough minutes to warrant using a year of eligibility.  Wells, who sat out the first seven games, made his Viking debut against Wright State on Dec. 3, playing eight solid minutes, making one steal.  He came back to score six points against Detroit on Dec. 5 and three points vs. Wilberforce on Dec. 12.  He is averaging 2.1 points a game, shooting .500 from the field (6-12) in 11.1 minutes a game.

"PROTECT THIS HOUSE":  Gary Waters believes that in order to have a championship program, the team first needs to be successful at home. With that in mind, he has chosen, "Protect This House" as the team motto for the 2009-10 season.  With a 17-game home schedule, the second highest season total in school history and the most since 1983-84, CSU can go a long way in achieving another successful campaign by winning at home first.  The Vikings have heeded Waters' advice in the past, going 29-6 in the Wolstein Center over the last three years, a significant improvement from the 25-42 record in the Wolstein Center over the previous five seasons.   The success started in 2007-08 when CSU tied the Wolstein Center record for wins in a season with a 12-2 mark.  The Vikings did that mark one better, going 13-2 at home last season.  CSU is just 5-3 this season at home.

CHARITY STRIPE HAS BEEN KIND:  One strength of the Vikings this year has come at the foul line where CSU is on a pace to challenge the school record for free throw percentage.  Through 16 games, the Vikings have gone 226-for-315 from the line (.717), which is slightly behind the record .724 set in 1979-80.  Jeremy Montgomery (35-40, .875) and Norris Cole (59-74, .797), rank third and 10th in the league, respectively, in free throw percentage.  Nigel Ajere (18-22, .818), Tim Kamczyc (10-13, .769), D'Aundray Brown (11-15, .733) and Jared Cunningham (17-24, .708) are each above 70-percent.

TAKING CARE OF THE BALL:  Another area in which the Vikings have excelled this season is in turnovers where CSU ranks second in the Horizon League with a +4.2 turnover margin.  In 16 games, the Vikings have committed 216 turnovers (13.5 tpg), including eight games of 12 or fewer.  The season low was set against Wichita State on Nov. 28 and then matched again on Jan. 7 vs. Loyola when the Vikings committed just eight miscues.  At the other end of the spectrum, CSU has forced 283 miscues (17.7 tpg), including 17 or more nine times.

A BIG NIGHT FOR NORRIS:  Despite playing on a senior-dominated team as a sophomore, Norris Cole showed the ability at times to take over a game.  Now the unquestioned leader of a young and generally inexperienced Viking squad, Cole is getting much more attention this year by opposing defenses but at no time in his past has he ever taken over a game like he did in the win over Florida A&M.  Cole obliterated his career scoring high by 12 points, totalling 38 points against the Rattlers, the eighth-highest single game total in school history.  He was 11-for-16 from the field, three-for-four from three-point and made all 13 of his free throw attempts.  He fell one point short of equalling J'Nathan Bullock's Wolstein Center scoring record (39 vs. Green Bay) but did tie Bullock's 13-for-13 free throw effort against South Florida in 2007-08 as the third-most free throws made while shooting 100% from the line.

IT HAS BEEN A STEAL:  The Vikings have found success predicated on their defense over the last three seasons and the early season results to date have been extraordinary.  In 16 games, CSU has forced 283 turnovers (17.7 tpg), making 161 steals (10.1 spg).  D'Aundray Brown leads the league with 44 steals (2.8 spg) while Norris Cole is fifth with 30 thefts (1.9 spg) and Trevon Harmon is ninth with 27 steals (1.7 spg).  In addition, Jeremy Montgomery has 19 steals (1.2).  Norris Cole made seven steals vs. Wilmington, the seventh-highest single game total in school history.  CSU's 10.1 steals a game is easily tops in the Horizon League, ranking 11th nationally in the latest NCAA stats.

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

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

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

NEXT UP:  The Vikings return to the road for league contests at Butler on Thursday (Jan. 14) and Valparaiso on Saturday (Jan. 16), both of which will be televised throughout Ohio on SportsTime Ohio.

Notre Dame College women's 

hoops team looks to keep it 

going tonight in New York State

Jan. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

Notre Dame College’s women’s basketball team heads back into play tonight at Houghton (NY) after starting the New Year on a good note by snapping a three-game losing streak with Tuesday’s 79-43 win over Carlow.

 

The Falcons (8-5), coached by long time Avon Lake boys’ coach and athletic director Dick Deasy, are looking to return to the NAIA playoffs and keeping on the winning path would be the way there for the team that has been rather streaky this year.

Dick Deasy

Deasy 

Rocky River’s Kealy McNally, a transfer from Detroit Mercy, capped a 12-0 run with a three-pointer Tuesday that enabled the Falcons to begin pulling away en route to the rout. McNally finished with nine points, as did Canton Central Catholic product Chelsea Andorka, and Keystone alumna Brittany Terry.

 

Deasy also has former Shoregal and Falcon Molly Baker as an assistant coach this year.

 

Tracy Payne has scored a combined 31 points in the last two games to pace the Falcons.


Rocky River resident, St. Ed 

grad Anthony Gardner leaving B-

W to play pro football in France

Jan. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

BEREARocky River native and St. Edward alumnus Anthony Gardner has left Baldwin-Wallace College to embark on a professional football career in France.

 The Yellow Jacket quarterback the past four years has been offered a contract by a French team and is leaving next week to begin his first practice with his new team. Details of his turning pro are still forthcoming.

 

Gardner is nearly done with his academic program since the last four football seasons were his second through fifth on his academic calendar and first through fourth on his athletic eligibility calendar. He bean his college career five years ago as a Division I recruit scholarship player at the University of Hawaii, but it was not his cup of tea and he returned to Cleveland after only a brief visit in the pineapple island-state.

 Gardner was the Cleveland Touchdown Club Award winner this past fall, honoring him as the top offensive player.

The two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference player (2008 and 2009) and B-W Ray. E. Watts Most Valuable Offensive Player (2009), completed 444-of-746 career passes for 5,258 yards and 34 touchdowns and ran for 828 yards and 10 more TD. Gardner’s 444 completions, 5,258 passing yards, 6,086 yards of total offense and 44 total TD rank third all-time in school history behind B-W Hall of Famer John Koz (Lakewood) and former Yellow Jacket standout Dan Larlham (Walsh Jesuit). He additionally established several single-game records.

B-W Junior Amanda Schroeder 

is the Yellow Jackets Go to 

Girl

Jan. 8, 2010


By Jim Rodriguez
Sports Information Student Assistant


BEREA, OHIO – When the shot clock is running down and the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team needs a basket, its clear who B-W Head Coach Cheri Harrer wants with the ball: It’s junior guard Amanda Schroeder, who at 14.8 points per game, is leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring for the second season in a row.



“Amanda gives our whole team confidence,” said Harrer. “No matter what the situation is, when Schroeder has the ball in her hands, we’re confident something good will happen.”

Amanda Schroeder

Schroeder, a native of Columbus Grove, Ohio in Northwest Ohio and graduate of Columbus Grove High School, has given opposing defenses fits during her career in Berea. “Amanda is a tremendous athlete and does so many things well on the court,” noted Harrer. “She can get to the rim anytime with either hand and finish and also stretch the defense with her three point shooting. Plus she’s a good passer and an excellent free throw shooter.”



Schroeder’s combination of skill, size and athleticism is something special at the Division III level and has allowed her to become one the Ohio Athletic Conference’s top players.



At 5’11” and playing a guard or the three position in B-W’s motion offense, Schroeder presents a matchup problem for virtually every opponent she faces. “Being a taller guard, I can see the court well,” said Schroeder.  “If I have a smaller guard on me, I can take them down low and post them up, but if I’m being guarded by a bigger post, I can drive past them.”



But the humble Schroeder isn’t the type of player who needs to hoist up 20 shots a game. “I like being considered the go to player, but I’m not selfish and I don’t want our offense to be all about me because we have so many other good players,” said Schroeder, who is majoring in pre-physical therapy and exercise science. “I’m all about the team getting a win.”



She’s quick to give credit to her teammates for her success on the court. “I’m surrounded by good players and our type of offense suits my strengths. There’s a lot of screening and I have ability to drive at anytime if it’s open.”



In fact, Harrer said sometimes she wishes that Schroeder demanded the ball more.  “This year Amanda has been more aggressive and isn’t waiting to make plays,” commented Harrer. “She’s taking the game into her hands rather than waiting to see if anyone else will.”



A three-sport star in basketball, volleyball and track at Columbus Grove High School, Schroeder says it was a tough decision for her to decide between playing basketball and volleyball in college. She earned a total of 12 varsity letters in high school and was a two-time All-Ohio selection in basketball at CGHS, where she graduated with a class of just 76 students.



As a freshman, Schroeder played in all 30 games and was a key reserve for a Yellow Jacket squad that went 27-3, won the OAC regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.  “As a freshman, Amanda sat back a little and didn’t make things happen until she needed to,” said Harrer.



Schroeder says that her freshman year was really tough being away from home and she credits the relationships that she built with her teammates and friends outside of basketball for getting her through that first year. But on the court, Schroeder showcased her talent and scoring capability by averaging 6.5 ppg. and making 17 three pointers.

Schroeder’s role greatly increased as a sophomore as she started every game for the 22-8 Jackets, who again made an NCAA Tournament appearance. She earned first-team All-OAC honors and was named to the  OAC Postseason All-Tournament team. For the season, Schroeder averaged a team-high 13.1 ppg. while shooting 40.6 percent (39-of-92) from three point range. Schroeder was named OACPlayer of the Week for her performance in a 68-61 home win over OAC rival Capital University on January 26, 2009 as she scored a then career-high 23 points, including B-W’s final 13.



“Our offense isn’t based around any one player,” said Harrer. “But we like to get Amanda at least one touch on every possession. A lot of our special sets and quick hitters are designed to let her create, get to the basket and find open players too.”



This year with a young Yellow Jacket squad that includes only one other junior and one senior, Schroeder was named a team captain, undertaking an increased leadership role. “I’m more of quiet person by nature, but now I’m expected to talk more and be more of leader, said Schroeder. “The coaches have told me a lot of the younger players look up to me, so I made it one of my personal goals to be more of a vocal leader this year.”



“Amanda has started to speak up more this year,” said Harrer (405-141), who recently moved into second place on the all-time career wins list in the OAC. “By virtue of being our best player, the team looks up to her whether she wants to lead or not.”



“I’m getting there as a vocal leader,” said Schroeder. “There’s been an improvement since last year and especially from my freshman year.”



Entering B-W’s (9-4 overall, 5-1 OAC) January 9 game against OAC foe Muskingum University in Berea, which will be televised via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio, Schroeder is averaging a career-best 14.8 ppg. and 4.8 rpg. She also is shooting an impressive 85.3 percent from the free throw line (58-of-68), which is second in the OAC.  She has already totaled 780 career points in 73 games, an average of 10.7 ppg.



Earlier in the season, Schroeder scored a career-high 27 points against Case Western Reserve University and was named to the All-Tournament team at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Chuck Resler Tournament. In late December, she was named the Most Valuable Player at the B-W Holiday Invitational Tournament, where the Yellow Jackets won the championship. On Wednesday, Schroeder led B-W to a 63-53 win over previously unbeaten and 16th-ranked Mount Union College with game-highs of 22 points and seven rebounds.



“We need Amanda to continue to play assertively and aggressively and bring the intensity on both ends of the court, said Harrer. “When Schroeder’s at her best, we’re at our best.”



So does Schroeder want the ball in her hands with the game on the line? Without hesitation she answered, “Yeah, definitely.” The answer any go to player will give.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Loses to Wabash (Ind.) College;Fk alum Chris Roberts only Terrier in double figures

January 8, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt


CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND.  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team was defeated by Wabash College, 71-60, tonight (Friday, Jan. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Chadwick Court in Crawfordsville, Ind.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 5-7 overall and 2-1 in the NCAC.  The Little Giants improve to 6-5 overall and 1-2 NCAC.

Hiram led throughout the majority of the first half and recorded its largest lead of seven points on two occassions including a 23-16 edge on a layup by junior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) at the 7:48 minute mark.  Wabash ended the half by outscoring the Terriers, 19-6, giving the Little Giants a 35-29 lead at the intermission.

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Wabash never trailed in the second half and recorded its first double-digit lead, 46-35, with 16:30 left to play.  Hiram fought back and narrowed the gap to 51-48 thanks to a three-pointer by junior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) at the 8:55 mark.  But a 9-0 scoring run by the Little Giants gave Wabash its largest lead of the game, 60-48, with 6:58 to go.  Hiram got to within single figures, 62-56, with 3:45 left, but the earlier Wabash lead would be too great to overcome, as the Little Giants went on to the 71-60 victory.

Wabash was led in scoring by Aaron Brock with a game-high 22 points on six-of-17 shooting (35.3 percent).  Wes Smith rounded out the Little Giant high scorers with 21 points to go along with a game-tying high eight rebounds.

Hiram had one player score in double figures in junior All-NCAC guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 11 points on four-of-10 shooting (40.0 percent).  In addition, junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) grabbed a game-tying high eight boards.

Hiram will travel to Richmond, Ind. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 9) for a NCAC game against Earlham College.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women.  The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m.

Jaffe Tabbed as a Jewish Sports Review All-American
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Los Angeles, Calif. – Oberlin College senior soccer player Dan Jaffe was named as a Jewish Sports Review All-American, the publication announced in its January issue. 

Jaffe, a native of Arlington, Massachusetts, was one of the best defensive-minded midfielders in the North Coast Athletic Conference this season as he earned Second-Team All-NCAC honors at years end. 

His lone goal of the season propelled the Yeomen to a 1-0 overtime win over Rose-Hulman on September 12. Jaffe, who started all 17 games this season after being limited to just 12 games due to injury in 2008, also added an assist in a 1-0 win over Muskingum seven days later. 

In his four-year career, Jaffe played in 52 games for the Yeomen.
Scott Grabnic


Walton Hills resident, former 

Bennies Bengal Scott Grabnic 

extends hockey college career 

into graduate school at another 

high-level academic institution -- 

Stanford

 

 

Jan. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

 

The beauty of college club hockey is that it is a legitimate advancement to the next level and does fall under the category of student/athletics because of the academic restrictions, but yet not bound by some of the red tape associated with the NCAA or NAIA or NJCAA.

 

Walton Hills resident, Maple Heights native and Benedictine alumnus Scott Grabnic is quite aware of this paradox and is reaping the benefits of it as a member of Stanford University’s club hockey team.

 

This is how it works:

 

n      Since there are far fewer college varsity hockey teams in Division I and III colleges because of the expense of the sport and its taking a back seat to basketball during the winter in most states outside New England and Minnesota, some of the top high school, prep school and juniors players in the U.S. are shut out of most NCAA college opportunities, many of which are taken by Canadians and after that Minnesotans, North Dakotans and Bostonians.

 

Instead of hanging up the skates for good at age 18, some who have the talent and desire move on to club hockey teams, many of those at prestigious schools, both academically and athletically. It has a governing body – the American Collegiate Hockey Association – and has a national championship, which was held here at Gilmour last year, a tourney which included teams like Penn State and Illinois.

 

While they are club sports, academics come first in club hockey. All players must be students at the school they play for and must maintain a certain GPA, carry a certain class load and pass a certain number of credits by a certain time.

 

The one loophole is that it is different than the NCAA in that they do not have four years of eligibility to use up in five years. As long as they keep advancing in the academic area of their lives, they can keep playing. This is where someone like Grabnic embodies the spirit of club college hockey and nature of the Student/Athlete concept. 

 

As an undergraduate, Grabnic did shinnies with the Cornell University club hockey although his co-p engineering program limited his playing time. Graduate school was almost a foregone conclusion for Grabnic whose parents have three masters’ degrees between the two of them.

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Thus, he is now in graduate school at Stanford and a member of the Cardinal hockey team. Grabnic’s academic superiority obviates the fact that he is not just a hockey player who happens to be attending a college here or there, making a six-year college hockey career highly legitimate (or seven or eight if he is a law or medical stuident). Stanford and Cornell are far from the Little Sisters of the Poor type of schools academically, thereby making hockey and school a true student/athlete experience for Grabnic.

2010 Annual Meeting

 

Stanford Ice Hockey is a club sports team that plays competitive, full-contact ice hockey in Division II of the (ACHA) as part of the Pac-8 conference. Other league teams are Arizona State, Berkeley, Oregon, UCLA,  USC, Washington and Washington State. Local rivals include San Jose State andd Palmer Chiropractic West. Any interested students are welcome to participate, regardless of skill level, though priority for game playing time is given to more accomplished players, the Stanford Club Hockey Guidelines state.

 

As a club sports team, the players are responsible for the administration of the team, including scheduling games and handling finances. Partial funding for the team comes from the Stanford club sports program, with player dues and fund raising efforts accounting for the remainder. Players are not on scholarship nor do hockey players receive special consideration in admission to Stanford.

 

The Cardinal will be returning to play this week after the Christmas break, but Grabnic will not be on any of the lines since he is recupperating from a broken leg.  Again, this is where the ironic dynamics of club hockey functioning as both a viable move to the next level but autonomy to prolong a caeer. Had hockey been an NCAA sport at Stanforrd, this might have capped Grabnic's career since it is his fifth year out of high school. Instead, since it is club, the possible redshirt years are more than one and he could be back next year if he does or doesn't make it back by the end of this year. If he is still completing his thesis in 2011-12, he might even still be eligible then.

Grabnic in his Stanford uniform

In eight games before the break, Grabnic scored two goals and passed the puck for three assists. After starting off the the season with losses against UCLA and Denver, the Cardinal posted wins over Cal State Long Beach and Santa Clara.

 

The 5-foot-5-inch 180-pound forward is acquiring his advanced degree in management science at Stanford. Grabnic and Toronto’s Davin Raiha are the only players on the team from the Great Lakes area. They have a handful from the East Coast (New York, PA and New England) and the rest are from west of the Rockies.


 

Grabnic and the Cardinal are traveling to Eugene for games tonight and tomorrow night against the Ducks of Oregon University in a PAC 8 Hockey battle.



Mags alum Kayla Kimiecik


Mags alumna and former state 

champion Kayla Kmiecik set to 

begin second season for Ball 

State gymnastics


Jan. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

Avon resident, Middleburg Heights native and Magnificat alumna Kayla Kmiecik will begin her second season as a collegiate gymnast Sunday when her Ball State Cardinals travel to Kalamazoo for a meet with Western Michigan, as the Mid American Conference begins its league schedule.

 

Kmiecik, who is competing for the Cardinals on scholarship after leading the Blue Streaks in the top two in the state while in high school while earning individual state titles on the bars in both 2006 and 2007 and in all-around, bars and floor in 2008, helped Ball State to a fifth place finish at last spring’s MAC championship meet.

 

As a freshman last year, Kmiecik earned her first varsity letter by competing in 10 of the Cardinals’ meets. She had a career high on the balance beam of 9.725 against Michigan State and a 9.5 career best on the floor exercise against Northern Illinois.

 

More important, Kmiecik, an honor roll student at Mags, is still succeeding in the classroom as well as a dean’s list achiever at Ball State.

 

A Level 10 National qualifier, Kmiecik did her private training at Great Lakes under Lauren Dunn and Joe Gura.


B-W Swimming & Diving Teams 

Swept by Limestone (S.C.) in 

Cocoa Beach, Fla.


Jan. 8, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's and women's swimming and diving teams lost to Limestone (S.C.) College this evening (Friday, January 8) in Cocoa Beach, Florida during their annual two-week trip to the "Sunshine State." The Yellow Jacket men fell 82.5 to 46.5 and the women lost 103 to 25.



The Yellow Jackets return home on Sunday and next compete on Friday, January 15 at Cleveland cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University at 6:00 p.m. in University Circle.

Padua alumnus Roman Koval 

For the men, junior Matt Diamond (Ashtabula/ Lakeside) won the 50-meter butterfly in 29.62 and junior Roman Koval (Parma/ PaduaFranciscan) was second in the 50m breaststroke at 33.97.

Regina alumna Katie Cvelbar 



For the women, sophomore Katie Cvelbar (South Euclid/ Regina) was second in the 50m fly with a time of 36.50 and junior Lauren Schaefer (Westlake) was second in the 50 freestyle at 30.41.

Former Demon tanker Lauren Schafer 


VASJ's Ashen Ward, 

McKinkley's Zack Rebillot

key regullars off the bench

for Guins

Jan. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm_nfun@yahoo.com

Villa Angela-St. Joseph alumnus Ashen Ward is currently the leading free-throw shooter for Youngstown State men’s basketball team, sinking 80 percent of his free throws.

 

Ward plays the role of the guy who can come off the bench and nail crucial free throws in pivotal times, seeing ample time in all 14 games despite not starting any of them. Ward is also one of the Penguins’ top three-point shooters, dropping in 10 for nearly one per game.

Ashen Ward 

Canton McKinley grad Zack Rebillot has also made appearances in 14 games as a regular off the bench for the Guins, making 20 of 31 shots from the field and 9 of 14 from the free throw line. He is also the second leading rebounder on the club with 56 caroms. 

 Rebillot

MAC league play begins 

tomorrow

Jan. 8, 2010

By Jeremy Guy


MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Saturday, January 9

Northern Illinois (4-8, 0-0 MAC) at Ball State (6-6, 0-0 MAC)

2 p.m. • Ball State leads series 41-30

• The Cardinals open Mid-American Conference play Saturday afternoon as they host MAC West Division foe Northern Illinois. The Cardinals are averaging 58.7 points per game this season while holding opponents to a MAC-low 61.2 points per game. Ball State is also out-rebounding its opponents by a 33.9-30.8 margin this season. Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones leads the team in scoring at 14.1 points per game and in rebounding at 7.7 boards per contest... The Huskies have won two straight games and three out of their last four contests. Xavier Silas leads the team in scoring as he averages 18.3 points per game, despite missing five games due to an injury ... Silas is coming off of a 24-point effort against Chicago State Wednesday night as he was six-of-14 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line.

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Kent State (9-5, 0-0 MAC) at Ohio (9-5, 0-0 MAC)

3 p.m. • Ohio leads series 86-40

•  Kent State enters MAC play having won four of the last five following Monday’s 84-66 win over Norfolk State. Rodriquez Sherman led five players in double figures with 16 points for his 10th double-digit scoring effort of the year.  Ranked fifth in the league with 14.1 ppg, sophomore forward Justin Greene has been in a groove the last five games averaging nearly 17 points and over seven rebounds a contest...Ohio is coming off a last second 63-62 win at IUPUI on Wednesday. The Bobcats have four double-digit scorers and lead the MAC with 74.4 ppg this season.  Freshman guard D.J. Cooper headlines the group with 12.4 ppg while Armon Bassett, a transfer from Indiana is scored 12.2 ppg. Ohio is 7-1 at home this season.

 

Central Michigan (5-7, 0-0 MAC) at Toledo (3-11, 0-0 MAC)

2:30 p.m. • Fox Sports Net/ESPN Full Court • Toledo leads series 53-27

• The Rockets have won 12 of their last 13 contests against the Chippewas, including seven in a row in Savage Arena. Toledo also has emerged victorious in six of its last seven conference home openers. Freshman G Jake Barnett is UT’s top scorer with 14.0 ppg and is the MAC’s top-scoring newcomer...Central Michigan was picked to win the MAC’s West Division by the MAC News Media Association and are paced by the senior guard duo of Robbie Harman (13.9 ppg) and Jordan Bitzer (11.1 ppg). The Chippewas lead the league with 9.3 steals per game but are last in assists (10.1) and blocked shots (1.8) per game and three-point field-goal percentage defense (38.3).

 

Miami (3-10, 0-0 MAC) at Buffalo (7-4, 0-0 MAC)

4 p.m. • Miami leads series 17-6

•  Buffalo will host Miami in the Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday afternoon. Buffalo is coming off an 81-64 win over Liberty in the UCF Holiday Classic on Dec. 30. Rodney Pierce led the Bulls with a careerhigh 31 points. Both Pierce and Calvin Betts were named to the All-Tournament Team. Pierce became the first player to score 20 points in five straight games since Calvin Cage in 2006. The last UB player to score 20 points in six straight games was Rasaun Young in 1997...Miami is coming off a 67-65 loss at Colorado on Tuesday night. The RedHawks have suffered close losses to Kentucky, Cincinnati and Xavier. Miami is led by Kenny Hayes who is averaging 14.5 points per game.

 

Eastern Michigan (8-5, 0-0 MAC)  at  Western Michigan (8-5, 0-0 MAC)

4 p.m. •Western Michigan leads series 51-44

• The Broncos have the longest winning streak in the MAC with four consecutive victories, while the Eagles enter this game on a two-game winning streak. The Broncos routed Michigan-Dearborn, 86-45, on Tuesday night in the penultimate non-conference game of the season. During this winning streak, WMU is shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 41.3 percent from the three-point line with 8.3 three-pointers per game and 66.7 percent at the free throw line... EMU has won two in a row with home wins over Division II Northwood and Chicago State after dropping a pair of games to Georgia State and Samford. EMU is led by the league’s leading rebounder (10.9) and second-leading scorer (19.5) in 6-6 junior forward Brandon Bowdry.

 

Bowling Green (7-5, 0-0 MAC) at Akron (10-4, 0-0 MAC)

7 p.m. • Bowling Green leads series 24-20

•  The Zips’ 68-63 loss to Rhode Island on Tuesday snapped a season-long, six-game win streak that was also the best victory stretch by a MAC team to date this season. After opening the season 0-2, UA has won 10 of its last 12 games. The missteps during that span came in the form of a 74-62 road loss at top-25 ranked Texas A&M (Dec. 4) and a 68-63 loss at home to Rhode Island. Bowling Green enters league play following its best win of the season, a 59-50 victory over a St. Louis squad that entered the game at 9-4. The Falcons are 6-2 in their last eight games and have been dominating the paint lately. BGSU scored 50 points in the paint in the win over Towson and dominated the interior in the win over St. Louis.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Defeated by Wittenberg University; Hudson's Sarah Watson, Copley's Carrie Dyer chief contributors to Tiger win

January 8, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt


SPRINGFIELD, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Wittenberg University, 63-57, tonight (Friday, Jan. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Springfield.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 1-11 overall and 0-3 in the NCAC.  The Tigers improve to 6-6 overall and 4-0 NCAC.

Wittenberg jumped out early, scoring the game’s first six points and led, 18-6, with 12:06 left in the first half.  Hiram then outscored the Tigers, 14-5, to pull to within three points, 23-20, on a jumper by sophomore guard TIffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) at the 2:47 minute mark.  Wittenberg finished the half with a 6-2 scoring run to take a 29-22 advantage into the locker rooms.

In the second half after trailing 37-30 with 15:40 to go,  Hiram chipped away at the deficit and took its first lead of the game at the 10:36 mark on a triple by senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) making the score 44-41.  But the Tigers regained the lead with back-to-back three-pointers and led by eight points, 56-48, with 5:18 to go.  The Terriers battled back with seven unanswered points, capped by a jumper by Mayle and later tied the game at 57-57 with 1:22 remaining.  But the Hiram scoring ended there as Wittenberg connected on a jumper and four straight free-throws to end the game en route to the 63-57 victory.

As a team, Wittenberg dominated on the boards outrebounding Hiram, 53-25.

Carrie Dyer

Copley Grad Carrie Dyer

 

The Tigers were led by Katherine Hueter with a game-high 17 points on seven-of-14 shooting (50.0 percent).  She also recorded nine rebounds.  Hudson alumna Sarah Watson was second with 13 points and Copley native Carrie Dyer added 12 points to round out the top scorers. 


Sarah Watson 

Hudson High Alum Sarah Watson


In addition, Stephanie Boardman pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Hiram was led by Mayle who scored 14 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent).  Junior forward Caitlyn Ruese (Strongsville) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 11 points.

Hiram will travel to Richmond, Ind. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 9) for a NCAC matchup against Earlham College.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men.  The women will tip-off at 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m.



Great Yeowomen Effort Comes Up Short
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1/8/2010 9:40:03 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team turned in another promising performance, but in the end the visiting Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops proved to be too strong as they pushed past the Yeowomen 69-54 on Saturday night at Philips Gym. 

Oberlin (2-11, 1-3 NCAC) got a career-night from senior Emily Chu Finkel as she netted a career-best 15 points to go along with a season-high 12 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the year. First-year Kelly Warlich also scored 15 points in the game, with 13 coming in the first half. Senior Kayla Brandt added 10 points, while first-year Allison Andersoncontributed nine points in addition to dishing out nine assists. 

“You can really see this team improving night in and night out,” Head CoachKerry Jenkins said. “We were right there with them throughout the game and I am proud of the progress we continue to show.”

It was a tale of two halves for the Yeowomen as sharp first-half shooting helped give them a 35-30 lead at the break. Oberlin shot 50-percent (15-of-30) overall - and from 3-point land (5-of-10) in the opening stanza. 

However, in the second half the hoop seemed to shrink a little bit as the Yeowomen made just 25-percent of their attempts with seven makes on 28 shots. 

A Brandt triple-hit to start the second half put Oberlin on top 38-30, but the Bishops (9-4, 4-0 NCAC) used a 17-5 run over the next nine-plus minutes to claim a 47-43 lead with 10:13 left on the clock. Back-to-back buckets by Warlich and Syrea Thomas would put Oberlin back on top briefly until Tyler Cordell would cash in an old fashion 3-point play the next trip down to put OWU on top for good. 

Oberlin continued to fight as Anderson got her team back within six, 59-53, with 2:56 remaining by finishing off a left-handed lay-up with a foul for a 3-point play of her own. Unfortunately, they would get no closer the rest of the way. 

The Yeowomen will cap off their seven-game homestand on Wednesday night when Denison University comes to town for a 7 p.m. showdown.

 

 

 

 

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