A Page -- March 1, 2010


Rocky River native, St. Ed/B-W 

alumnus Anthony Gardner throws 

four TD passes in French league 


March 1, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Baldwin-Wallace College graduate and quarterback Anthony Gardner (Rocky River/ Lakewood St. Edward) completed 11-of-16 passes for 240 yards with four touchdowns and ran three times for 26 yards as Iron-Mask (France) defeated Nimes Centurious (Greece), 44-12, in European Football League action in Cannes, France. Gardner and Iron-Mask play its next game on March 6.

Anthony Gardner

GlenOak girls win district 

bowling title; Hudson also 

qualifies for state; 

Ridgeville just misses

March 1, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




CANTON – North Ridgeville’s high school girls’ bowling team just missed qualifying for the state tournament by one spot, coming in sixth place at the districts here at Hall of Fame Lanes.


The irony of it is that six teams from the boys’ division qualified with the Ranger by finishing fifth, making it with one spot in the standings to spare (see yesterday’s A Page). Certainly, if the Ranger boys could transfer that spot to spare, they would.


Nonetheless, two Cleveland area teams qualified to next week’s state tournament in Chillicothe. GlenOak won the tournament with 3,891 pins and Hudson took the fifth and final spot with 3,771 pins.


For North Ridgeville, Becca: Lamb was the leader, rolling a 207-191-206-604, followed by Cassie Pawlak 170-163-202-535, Tabitha Hill 191-191-136-518; Heather Hill 165-155-168-488; and Ashley Schoonover 174-148-163-485. The Rangers’ 3-game total was 907-848-875-2,830, while their Baker total: was 1,123.

Brunswick's Amanda Macenko 

Named Horizon League Pitcher 

of the Week

Viking Senior Earns The Honor 

For  A League-Record 11th 


March 1, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND - Cleveland State senior pitcher Amanda Macenko, who went 5-0 to lead CSU to the team title at the UNC-G SpartanClassic last week, has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the league record 11th time during her career.  The award was announced by the Horizon League office on Monday.

"I am very happy for Amanda because this award not only shows what she meant to the Vikings last week, but it is an indication of her value over her entire CSU career," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "She had some periods over the weekend where she was impossible to hit."
lead photo

The starter and winner in all five Vikings games last week, Macenko went 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in the tourney.  She threw 36 innings, allowing 14 runs (10 earned) on 25 hits, striking out 42 and allowing just five walks.  Opposing batters hit just .191 off her for the weekend.

Macenko opened the tournament in fine fashion, throwing a one-hitter in a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart.  She struck out a season high 13 batters in the game. 

She needed extra innings to get her second win in the tourney, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits to garner a 5-3 win over Niagara.  She came back to strike out 11 more batters in a 13-6 win over UNC-Greensboro, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits.

Macenko closed out the tournament with a five hitter against Sacred Heart, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out 11 with just one walk.

The wins extended her career victories total to 86, an ongoing school record.

The Vikings continue their non-conference schedule this week with four games at the Marshall Holiday Inn-vitational from March 6-7 in Huntington, WV.


Norris Cole & D'Aundray

Brown Earn League Honors

Junior Duo Leads CSU To 

Fourth Place Finish

March 1, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland State junior duo of Norris Cole and D'Aundray Brown were each represented when the Horizon League announced its annual men's basketball honors.  Cole was one of five players named to the all-league first team while Brown was selected for the all-defensive team.
"I am happy for these two players because it shows that the other members of the league respect what they have accomplished this year and what they mean to our team," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.

Cole, a 6-2, 175-pound guard from Dayton Ohio, earned the honor after ranking third in the league in scoring (16.4) and assists (4.2), fourth in steals (1.8) and eighth in free throw percentage (.808) this year.  He is one of 14 players in school history to score 500 points in a single season, recording eleven 20-point games this season.

Cole was joined on the all=league first team by Green Bay's Rahmon Fletcher and the Butler trio of Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack.
Norris Cole

Cole, who has played in all 102 games during his career, ranks 14th in school history with 1,167 career points.  He enters a week having starting 68 consecutive games, the seventh-longest streak ever at CSU.

"A lot of pressure has been placed on Norris this year to be a team leader, play a new position and still be a scorer for us and I think that he has responded to all of these challenges very well," Waters said.

Brown,  6-4, 185-pound guard from Youngstown, Ohio, has been a defensive fixture for the Vikings all season, ranking 16th in the nation with a league-leading 79 steals this season.  He is averaging 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, shooting .512 from the field (107-209) and .784 from the line (40-51). 
D'Aundray Brown

Brown was joined on the all-defensive team by Detroit's Woody Payne, Butlers Ronald Nored and Willie Veasley and Wright State's Vaughn Duggins.

"D'Aundray has been our emotional spark for the last two years because whenever he is on the court, our energy level rises.  He has been a solid defender all season long and he has slowly taken on more of a scoring role down the stretch," Waters said.

The Vikings open play as the No. 5 seed in the Speedway Horizon League Championship, host No. 8 Loyola on Tuesday (March 2) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

Klein named Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

Cleveland State senior averaged 28.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in pair of victories


March 1, 2010

By Matt Segal

INDIANAPOLIS – Cleveland State senior Kailey Klein has been named Horizon League Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Feb. 22-28.  The selection marks Klein’s fourth weekly honor from the League office this season and the ninth of her career.



Klein, a guard from Cherry, Ill., averaged 28.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in a pair of Horizon League victories last week.  She knocked down 16-of-33 (.485) from the field, 2-of-6 (.333) from beyond the arc and 23-of-24 (.958) from the free-throw line.


Klein recorded 32 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-60 win on Thursday over League-leading Detroit.  She then added 25 points and 14 boards in a Senior Day victory on Saturday over Wright State.


Klein continues to lead Cleveland State in scoring average (17.7), rebounds per game (7.6), field goals (161), three-point buckets (36), free throws (121), blocked shots (20) and minutes played (980).  Her scoring average also tops the conference.


Cleveland State, 15-12 overall and 10-6 in conference play, wraps up the regular season at Milwaukee on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and Green Bay on Saturday at 3 p.m.  The Vikings can secure a top four seed and quarterfinal home game by splitting their final two affairs.


Klein will become eligible for the Horizon League Network’s “People’s Choice” award, which is announced each Thursday afternoon.  Log on towww.HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv to vote.

Baldwin-Wallace College Men’s 

Tennis Team Heads South With 

OAC Title and NCAA

Tournament Aspirations

March 1, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The 2010 Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team and Head Coach Brian Rector look to continue the program’s successful, two-decade run by winning the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference title and qualifying for the program’s first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance this spring.

Prior to heading on its annual Spring Break Trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina from March 5-13, the Yellow Jackets are a perfect 4-0 overall after shutting out NCAA Division II opponent Lake Erie College, 9-0, at the North Ridge Racquet Club in North Ridgeville on Feb. 27.  In Hilton Head, B-W plays seven matches in five days and opens versus Trine (Ind.) University on Sunday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m.  To view the entire B-W spring break sports schedule, please click here:http://www.bw.edu/athletics/springtrips10/ .

“We are looking forward to the trip to Hilton Head for many, many reasons,” said Rector, a 1989 graduate of the College and a former Academic All-American player. “The kids need a break from school, the trips gives us an opportunity to play a lot of tennis against some good competition and we can come together more as a team.

“In terms of our team goals, they are always to win the OAC regular season and OAC Tournament titles and represent our conference at the NCAA Division III National Tournament,” continued Rector, the winningest men’s tennis coach in Ohio collegiate history with a 349-74 record.  “We certainly have the talent and ability to do it. The trip also will help us to sort out our lineup before we play a very tough northern and OAC schedule.”

N. Olmsted alum, long-time B-W coach Brian Rector

A year ago, B-W finished 19-4 overall and 7-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference before falling in the OAC Tournament semifinals. The 19 victories marked the seventh straight season that Rector’s program had 19 or more wins and advanced to the OAC Final Four. B-W also has won 20 matches or more in five of the past seven seasons. In the past three seasons, the Jackets have compiled an impressive 60-12 overall mark and a 22-5 record in OAC matches.

Avon Lake's Alex Trzeciak

After four dual matches and one tournament in 2009-10, the Yellow Jackets are led in singles play by junior number five player Bobby Irwin (Ashland/ Senior) with a perfect 6-0 individual mark, and sophomore No.1 player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) is at 5-1. In doubles play, junior regular No. 3 singles player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) and senior three-time All-OAC player Andy Redd (Archold) have the top mark at 6-0 overall at No.1.

“We have had a good start and that has helped our confidence level as we head south,” said Rector.

The Yellow Jackets are led by Redd, who competed primarily at No.3 singles a year ago and posted a 19-6 record, including a 16-3 mark at No. 3. He also was a member of the No. 2 doubles team that was 17-8. In three seasons, Redd has posted a 51-23 singles record and a 53-22 doubles mark.

Redd is joined as a returning starter by second-team All-OAC pick Trzeciak and juniors Lachman, Sam Burris (Wooster/Senior) and Irwin. In addition, sophomore Taylor Long (Ashland/Senior) returns as a doubles starter.

Trzeciak had an outstanding freshman campaign, leading the team with 22 singles wins (22-3 overall), including an 18-0 mark at No. 4 singles. His 22 singles wins last year tied for eighth all-time in B-W men’s tennis history for singles wins in a season. Lachman, who will co-captain this year’s team with Redd, played at the No. 2 singles position last year and posted a 13-5 mark, despite missing a portion of the season due to an injury. He also was a part of the No. 1 doubles tandem that posted a 13-7 record. For his career, Lachman has 32 singles wins and 35 doubles wins. Burris returns after posting his second straight 21-win season (21-3 overall), including a 17-1 mark at No. 5 singles. Burris’ 21-win seasons rank tied for 10th in B-W single-season history. He also filled in nicely when needed in doubles play, going 4-2 overall with a 3-0 mark at first doubles in OAC play.  Irwin was 18-3 overall last year, including a perfect 9-0 in the OAC, while playing primarly at sixth singles. Long combined with Trzeciak to post a team-best 18-3 doubles mark, including an 8-1 record in the OAC.

B-W also returns junior Justin Levine (Mentor) and a talented freshman class consisting of five players. Levine and freshmen Paul Carman (Port Clinton) and Joe Horvath (North Royalton) all posted 2-0 singles records at the Oberlin College Fall Invitational in September.

Mentor's Justin Levine

“We have some talented veterans who have the experience to be successful both on the court and as leaders off of it,” said Rector. “We also have a pair of freshmen who can contribute on the first unit when called upon.

“Our main leaders are Andy and the four junior starters from last year, and any time you can have five guys with experience, that helps,” said Rector.

“We know that the OAC schedule offers a solid challenge with any number of teams having an opportunity to win the title, and that should be a lot of fun too,” continued Rector.  “We look forward to the challenge.”

Following its trip to Hilton Head, B-W opens its northern schedule on March 20 at traditional rival Oberlin College at 10:00 a.m. The first home match at the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea is on March 27 versus OAC rival Capital University at 1:00 p.m. The 2010 OAC Tournament Final Four takes place on May 7-8 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.


US advances to district title 

game Friday with tonight’s 

semifinal win over Lake 



Ian Robertson’s 17-second, 

two-goal effort makes 




March 1, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – Defending state champ and top-seeded University School earned the right to advance to Friday’s district championship game with tonight’s 3-1 semifinal win over Lake Catholic here in the Kent State University Ice Arena.


The Preppers will play the winner of tomorrow night’s battle here between No. 2 seed Gilmour and No. 3 seed Walsh Jesuit.

“It’s always like this when we get to this part of the season; this is state tournament hockey,” said US coach Bill Beard. “Anyone who thinks it is going to be easy is kidding himself.”

Four goals were scored in the last four minutes of the second period as US took a 3-1 lead going into the locker room for the second intermission.


Ian Robertson scored two quick goals 17 seconds apart of each other to with lightning-like swiftness turn a hockey contest that was 0-0 for more than a period and a half one in which University School had a 2-0 command.

“I did not feel comfortable tonight until there were three seconds left on the clock and we had the face off in their end,” Beard said. “I was seeing them put up five and nine goals in the games the last three weeks and I was not too comfortable with that.”

 In an odd man rush, George Chapman shoveled a pass to Sam Turben, who skated over the blue line and sent a cross to the left circle at the awaiting Robertson, who beat the one defender back there with them and pounded it home at 11:20 of the second a 1-0 Prepper lead that hung for only until the next US offensive attack.

 “The puck popped loose and Ian was calling me for it,” Turben said. “Since I heard him ask for the puck and knew he would do something with it, I passed it over to him.”\

 Again, it was Turben feeding Robertson who dittoed on back net action at 11:37. Matt DeGulis sent Turben the pass to garner the other assist.

The Turben-Robertson-DeGulis line was not formed until late December when Turben returned from a broken leg.

“They are always getting the other team’s best line and they were doing that to us tonight,” Beard said. “They work harder. They had to set the tempo for us tonight and they did. We were getting a lot of good looks and finally buried that one.”

Lake Catholic would not go quietly into the Portage County night as Tommy Michals got one back at 12:37 with an assist from Brad Rosser.

 “We knew going it was going to be a close game because we had two solid teams on the ice,” Lake Catholic coach Shawn Sadler said. “We just could not get the puck to bounce our way on some opportunities we had there.”

The Preppers would make it a two-goal game again at 14:14 when Turben scored his third point of the night, this time with a goal to make it 3-1. Chapman notched his second assist on the goal.

 In the second period, US outshot the Cougars, 16-9, for a two period advantage of 27-16.


After a penalty-less fist period, neither team could get anything going on the power play in the second frame. The Preppers were called for tripping and slashing, but killed both Coug’ power plays. Lake got caught high sticking, but US did not do much with it, partly because it didn’t last long, carrying over into its second penalty.


US also killed a third period Coug power play after getting called for holding. Lake killed one after getting called for interference.


Lake Catholic had another power play in the 14th minute and pulled the goalie to go on the 6-on-4 attack, but could not connect with anything on reliable Jamie Regan in goal.


Scoreless hockey in the first period had US holding a slight advantage in shots on goal over the Cougars, 11-7.


Mike Moran

John Carroll's Mike Moran named 

co-coach of the year in OAC

2010 Men’s Basketball All‐OAC and Special Awards
By Lindsay Rickel

Coach‐of‐the‐Year: Mike Moran, John Carroll & Damon Goodwin, Capital
John Carroll’s Mike Moran and Capital’s Damon Goodwin have been selected as the OAC Men’s Basketball Co-Coach-of-the-Year, as voted by their peers.
This is fifth time in Moran’s 17-year career he has garnered this honor. This season the Blue Streaks won their ninth overall, second straight OAC regular-season title with a 15-3 OAC record (20-6 overall). JCU ranks at the top of the Conference in scoring offense (88.7), three-point field
goal percent (.396), rebounding offense (38.0), steals (11.38) and turnover margin (+5.92).

Capital’s Goodwin has been at the helm of the Crusaders for 15 years and has earned Coach-of-the-Year honors for the fourth time. Capital finished the season with a 10-8 OAC mark (16-11 overall). 


Crusaders lead the League scoring defense (67.8), field-goal percent defense (.428) and assists (16.59), while ranking second in scoring margin (+6.5).

Mike Gregory Award: Kyle Meyer, Ohio Northern Ohio Northern senior forward Kyle Meyer (Columbus Grove) is the recipient of the 2010 Mike Gregory Award. The
award is presented to the most outstanding player in the Conference and was established in 1957 in honor of Mike Gregory of Denison University, who was a multi-sport standout prior to his graduation in 1929. Meyer is the 10th Polar Bear to be awarded this honor.

Meyer led ONU to the OAC Tournament quarterfinals as the number four seed (10-8 OAC) and finished the season at the top of the Conference in scoring (18.6) and rebounds (7.6). Meyer averaged 33.5 minutes-per-game and tallied 32 assists, 24 blocks, and 21 steals on the season. Meyer shot 210-of- 339 to lead his team with a .593 field-goal percent.

Meyer is a three-time All-OAC pick and has earned First-Team honors this season.
Freshman‐of‐theYear: Dane Givner, Heidelberg guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Preparatory) is the recipient of the inaugural OAC
Freshman-of-the Year Award. The award is presented to the most outstanding freshman player in the Conference and is voted upon by the League coaches.
Givner helped to lead the Berg to the OAC Tournament finals as the number five seed (9-9 OAC record). Givner finished the season averaging 27.5 minutes and 10.9 points and 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists-per-game. Givner shot 115-of-243 (.473) from the field and 61-of-81 (.753) from the free-throw line.

Givner has also been named All-OAC Honorable Mention for his efforts this season.
Rudy Kirbus
Iggy Alum Rudy Kirbus

The following page lists the 2010 All-OAC Teams.
2010 Men’s Basketball All-OAC Teams

First Team
Name, School Yr. Pos. Hometown, High School
Kyle Meyer, Ohio Northern = ~ Sr. F Columbus Grove
Rudy Kirbus, John Carroll ~ Sr. F Willoughby Hills/St. Ignatius
Tyler White, Wilmington So. G Cincinnati/Colerain
Tyler Ledford, Wilmington Sr. G West Liberty/West Liberty-Salem
Corey Shontz, John Carroll So. G Andover/Pymatuning Valley
DJ Frazier, Capital Jr. G Cincinnati/Withrow
Second Team
Name, School Yr. Pos. Hometown, High School
Kyle Brown, Baldwin-Wallace Sr. F Strongsville
Brian Pollock, Otterbein $ Sr. G London
Josh Calver, Heidelberg # Sr. G Shelby
Kevin Knab, Marietta # So. G Lakewood
Nick Hershberger, Muskingum Sr. F New Philadelphia/Tusky Central
Ezra Bradshaw, Ohio Northern # Sr. G Cincinnati/Princeton
Honorable Mention
Name, School Yr. Pos. Hometown, High School
Promis Cabbil, Baldwin-Wallace So. G Elyria
Ben McGrath, Capital Sr. F Cincinnati/Princeton
Dane Givner, Heidelberg Fr. G Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Preparatory
Matt Crozier, John Carroll So. F/C Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle College
Chris Zajac, John Carroll # Sr. G Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.
Trevor Halter, Marietta # So. W Malvern
Dave Pellerite, Mount Union # Jr. F Olmsted Falls
Jimmy Wood, Mount Union So. F Wintersville/Indian Creek
Brandon Rogers, Wilmington %# Sr. F Xenia
R.J. Brown, Wilmington Sr. G Circleville
2009 First Team ~…2009 Second Team $...2009 Honorable Mention #
2008 First Team %..2008 Honorable Mention =

Strongsville alum Kyle 

Brown, Elyria grad Promis 

Cabbil earn All-OAC 

honors for Jackets

March 1, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior forward Kyle Brown (Strongsville) and sophomore point guard Promis Cabbil(Elyria/Senior) have been named to the 2009-10 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball team.

Brown was tabbed as a second-team selection and Cabbil was named honorable mention.
Strongsville's Kyle Brown

Brown, who was an honorable-mention pick in 2007-08, led the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 12.9 points-per-game and with 63 three-pointers. He averaged 24.0 ppg. during the final four games of the regular season to help B-W secure a spot in the OAC Tournament. In a 79-74 win at Ohio Northern on February 17, Brown matched a career-high with 32 points and tied a school-record with eight three-pointers. He was later named OAC Player of the Week for his performance. In 71 career games, Brown scored 970 points (13.7 ppg.) and totaled 309 rebounds and 169 triples. He played his freshman season at NCAA Division II Hillsdale (Mich.) College.
Elyria's Cabbil

Cabbil was second on the team in scoring at 11.4 ppg. and led the OAC at 4.7 assists per game (123 total). He ranked eighth in the OAC with 46 steals and was fifth in foul shooting at 79.7 percent (98-of-123).

The Yellow Jackets finished the season at 14-12 overall, increasing their win total by six from the 2008-09 campaign. B-W also tied for fifth in the OAC with a 9-9 league mark.

Lakewood High alum Dee Salukombo

Former Ranger state placer Dee 

Salukombo earns distance runner 

of the week honors in the NCAC

March. 1, 2010

WESTLAKE -- Lakewood High alumnus Dee Salukombo has been named the men's distance runner of the week in the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office here announced today.

Men’s Distance - Makorobono Salukombo, Denison
Denison sophomore Makorobono Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) won the 3,000 meters at the Denison Last Chance meet with a time of 8:45.22.




19 Regular-Season Games Will Be 

Televised On Multiple ESPN 

Monday, March 1, 2010

By Ken Mather
Assistant Commissioner, The MAC
Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced its 2010 football schedule today with a minimum of 19 regular-season national television games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN360.com highlighting the conference schedule.  
The 2010 season will also once again feature a six-week, over-the-air syndication package in September and October produced and distributed by ESPN Regional Television. The six games, which can also be seen on ESPN Game Plan and ESPN360.com, will be announced in June.
The regular season will conclude with the 13th Marathon MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Dec. 3 at Ford Field in Detroit on ESPN2.  This will mark the seventh Marathon MAC Football Championship game at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, Super Bowl XL, and the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Most of the television exposure will occur in November when 10 mid-week league games will be televised by ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN360.com as the conference race unfolds in each division.


For the third year in a row, league schools will face a formidable non-conference slate of opponents from the following Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) conferences – ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC 10 and SEC. In addition, the conference will also face each independent—Notre Dame, Navy and Army, as well as Boise State from the Western Athletic Conference.  A total of 11 of the schools’ non-league games will feature an opponent from the Big Ten, and the MAC will match up with a foe from the SEC (3), Big 12 (3), ACC (3), Big East (4), PAC 10 (1) and WAC (2).



Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of 11 members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school – Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. -- is an affiliate member for football only.


Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947).  Temple University (2007) competes in the East Division in football only.


The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mount Union Plays Washington & Jefferson (PA) in NCAA First Round at Messiah (PA) Friday

March 1, 2010

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's women's basketball team will play Washington & Jefferson (PA) in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Friday at Messiah (PA) College in Grantham, PA.  Game times and ticket information will be available later.

The Purple Raiders are 24-4 and claimed one of 41 automatic bids to the 64-team tournament after winning the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament with an 80-71 win this past Saturday at Capital.  Two bids are reserved for teams not from those 41 conferences and the rest of the field goes to 21 national at-large teams.

Mount Union will play in one of 16 four-team regionals to be held this weekend on campus sites.  First round games are on Friday with a regional final Saturday.  There will then be four sectionals next week and the final four teams will meet March 19-20 at the Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. 

Mount Union will be making its fourth ever NCAA Tournament appearance but first since 1998.  The Raiders have an 11-3 record in NCAA Tournament games making it to the round of 16 in 1995, losing in the national championship game in 1996 and finishing third in the nation in 1998.

Check back to this page throughout the week for updates

Vikings host Loyola of 

Chicago in first round

of Horizon League


March 1, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State's men's basketball team starts tourney play at home tomorrow against Loyola.

Championship Page

Game 32
2010 Speedway Horizon League Championship
No. 8 Loyola (14-15, 5-13) at No. 5 Cleveland State (15-16, 10-8)
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio:    WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None live.  Video Streamin online available through HLN.
(Highlights available on The Viking Basketball Report, which  airs weekly on SportsTime Ohio.)
Promo: Indoor Tailgate Opens At 6:00 p.m.
(Dollar dogs, $2 drafts, cornhole and other games & more)
Series: Loyola Leads, 22-14
Last Meeting: CSU 59, @Loyola 56 (2/6/10)
Tickets: $10, $15 & $25.  Horizon League students (with current ID) are free

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State opens play in the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Championship as the No. 5 seed, hosting No. 8 Loyola (14-15, 5-13) in an opening round game on Tuesday, March 2 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  This will be the second straight year that the Vikings, the defending tournament champions, will start the tournament at home.  A victory would send CSU to a second round game at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m. against the winner of the No. 9 UIC and No. 4 Milwaukee game.  The Vikings closed the regular season on a high note, snapping a four-game league losing streak with a 68-63 win over second place Wright State.  Loyola enters the tourney having lost four straight, including an 87-71 decision at home against Green Bay on Saturday. Despite Loyola leading the all-time series, 22-14, CSU has won four straight meetings, including both games this year.

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 (16.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.2 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6, 5.6), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.7, 2.3 apg) and Trevon Harmon (11.0, 1.8) 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 (2.9, 0.9 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (1.4, 1.1) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (1.8, 0.9) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (3.1, 2.5 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he, along with  JC transfers Jared Cunningham (5.4, 2.6) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.4, 0.7) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.2, 5.5) at center.