A Page -- March 1, 2011

Kevin Knab
Lakewood's Kevin Knab cuts down championship nets

Lakewood's Kevin Knab named All 

OAC first team after helping Marietta to 

dramatic championship win over John 

Carroll; honors continue to pour in for 

former Ranger who was OAC POW 

back-to-back the past two weeks

March 1, 2011 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Lakewood High alumnus Kevin Knab might have fouled out of the game, but he contributed enough to enable his team, Marietta College, to go ahead and win the Ohio Athletic Conference men’s basketball championship game over the weekend, 88-85, in a dramatic comeback against John Carroll and earn himself a spot on the all-tournament team.

The Pioneers needed a 60-point second-half successive three-point baskets in order to garner the 88-85 win over the Blue Streaks.

Kevin Knab


 “Not to steal from Reggie Miller’s Winning Time, but you could feel the juice in the building,” Knab, who scored 14 before fouling out, told reporters after the game. “That second half was special.”

Marietta's Trevor Halter, who played his high school ball at Malvern, was named the tourney MVP. Halter had 21 points, four rebounds and two assists.

It was the first tourney championship ever for Marietta. Halter was also named league MVP while Knab made first-team All-OAC.

St. Ignatius alum Tyler Hammond was named All-OAC honorable mention for the Pioneers.

Tyler HammondTrevor Halter

Hammond (L) and Halter (R)

Knab, a junior, was All-OAC second team last year and All-OAC honorable mention as a freshman.

Kevin Knab


Two weeks in a row, Knab was named the OAC Player of the Week, the week ending Feb 14. for leading the Pioneers to their first league regular-season championship in four decades and the one for the week ending Feb. 28 for hitting a shot at the buzzer to beat John Carroll, 82-81, on a night he was a perfect 10 of 10 from the floor and 11 of 13 from the foul line.

Brunswick High alum Kyle Payne  

named Freshman of the Year in the 

OAC for B-W; Hoover alumna Jess 

Carpenter makes All OAC with

teammate Amanda Schroeder, the 

league MVP for Jackets

March 1, 2011 12:01 a.m.

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) is the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and Yellow Jacket freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) is the OAC Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Year. Hoover alumna Jess Carpenter was named All-OAC first team.

Schroeder, a three-time first-team All-OAC player as well as an Academic All-OAC selection in 2009-10, led the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 15.1 points-per-game, steals with 37, blocked shots with 20, field goal shooting at 53.7 percent on 138-of-257 attempts, three-point shooting at 48.1% on 25-of-52 attempts and free throw shooting at 84.3% on 91-of-108 attempts. She was second with 6.1 rebounds-per-game and third with 32 assists. Schroeder’s 1,374 career points ranks third all-time.
L to R - Schroeder, Carpenter, Payne

Schroeder was joined on the women’s All-OAC-team by sophmore guard Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover), who earned second-team honors. She finished second in scoring at 9.3 ppg. and with 47 assists and 32 steals. Carpenter led B-W with 27 treys.

Payne had an outstanding freshman season en route to being the Freshman of the Year. The honorable mention All-OAC selection led the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 15.3 ppg., was second with 4.8 rpg., third with 21 three-pointers and shot 54.9% from the floor on 128-of-233 attempts and had 17 assists, 16 steals and nine blocked shots. His best games were a pair of 25-point performance against Wilmington College and Hiram College.

In all-Catholic, All-Parma battle, Padua 

nips Holy Name

In ending the regular season, Padua’s boys’ basketball team won the battle of the Parma/Parma Heights privates with a 58-55 win over Holy Name.

Dreher (L) and Day

Dan Dreher led Holy Name with 14 points while Seamus Day added 12.

Olmsted Falls' Dave Pellerite gets OAC 

all league HM for third straight year

March 1, 2011

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN -- Mount Union junior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and senior forwardDave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) were both named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Basketball teams by the conference's 10 head coaches.


Dave Pellerite

Pellerite is an honorable mention selection for a third straight season as he was second in the team in scoring (14.3 ppg) and led the team in rebounds (8.5), assists (81) and steals (26).  His 1,457 career points is the third highest total in Mount Union history

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Sundt's Scribes: Joanna Johnson

On the brink of the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships, goyeo.com contributor Hal Sundt sat down with one of the best athletes in school history in senior cross country and track and field star Joanna Johnson. The Chico, California, native has already qualified for the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships and should score some major points for the Yeowomen this weekend. 

By Hal Sundt

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

She’s done this before. 

Story after story has been written about three-time NCAA Cross Country All-American Joanna Johnson and her illustrious career as the greatest runner in Oberlin College history. However, this piece isn’t about how fast she ran or what record she set, this story is about her story – the one she wants to tell. 

Wilder Hall, Oberlin College’s student union. Johnson is patient with me as I stumble over my first few questions, in part because I know very little about the sport of running.

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Mount Union gets Whitewater in first 

round of basketball playoffs; North 

Olmsted's Wiedt, Westlake's LaMattina, 

Green alumna Rose make all league

March 1, 2011

By Josh Reilly

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team will meet Wisconsin-Whitewater in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The contest will be played on Thomas More's campus in Crestview Hills, Ky., on Friday at 5 p.m

L to r -- Wiedt, LaMattina, Rose

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) was named All-OAC First Team, Rosa LaMattina(Westlake/Westlake) was placed on the Second Team and Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green) earned an Honorable Mention placing

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Dukes, Mullins and Patel Earn UAA 

Athlete of the Week Honors


By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – Case Western Reserve University wrestling junior Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna), baseball senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) and men’s tennis junior Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) have been tabbed University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, announced the UAA office on Monday, February 28.


Dukes won his 100th career match and captured the 149-pound title at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Wabash College (IN). He posted a 3-0 record with a pin and two major decisions. Dukes, now 33-2 overall this season, will defend his national title from a year ago on March 11-12 at the NCAA Championship Tournament at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Mullins, the all-time hits leader in school history, batted .579 (11-of-19) with two homeruns and 11 runs batted-in during a 2-2 weekend for the SpartansMullins also walked three times and belted three doubles and a triple with eight runs scored. In eight games this season, he is batting .529 with three homers and 19 RBI. The Spartan baseball team (5-3 overall) is back in action on March 6 at Emory University (GA) at 12:00 p.m.



Patel posted 3-0 records in both singles and doubles play as the Spartans completed a 3-0 weekend in MichiganPatel earned three victories at No. 3 singles, two at third doubles, and one at first doubles. The men’s tennis team (4-3 overall) returns to action on Mar. 7 at The Citadel (SC) at 2:00 p.m.



VASJ alum Maurice Haynes II named 

All-OAC First Team



March 1, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN --- Villa Angela-St. Joseph alumnus Maurice Haynes II was named All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team for men’s basketball, the league office here announced on Monday.

Haynes is a senior forward who plays for John Carroll, which finished runners-up in the league to Marietta.

Joe Meyer 2011


His college teammates Joe Meyer and Corey Shontz made second team all league. Meyer played his high school ball at Mentor High.

Stow High alumnae Lee Jennings and 

Emilee Ritchie named to the All OAC 

team; Lake Catholic alumna Missy 

Spahar also named to team/special award

March 1, 2011 – 12:01 a.m

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN – Stow High alumnae Lee Jennings and Emilee Ritchie were named to the All Ohio Athletic Conference Basketball Team, the league office here announced Monday.

Jennings made first team and Ritchie third team. Both play for John Carroll.

L to R -- Ritchie, Spahar, Jennings

In addition, teammate Missy Spahar, a Lake Catholic alumna, also was named to OAC team as an honorable selection. Spahar is a college teammate of Jennings’s and Ritchie’s on the Blue Streaks.

In addition, Spahar was named Freshman of the Year.


Shaker Heights shocks University School; 

ghosts from old Thornton Park days come 

back to haunt Preppers as Red Raiders 

continue sterling season under guidance of 

all-time winningest coach, Mike Bartley

March 1, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – When Shaker Heights Coach Mike Bartley started skating a lot of younger guys last season, to a man, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that he was building toward the future in hopes of bringing back the Shaker Heights glory days of the past.

Well, in the words of the late George Allen, Sr., “The Future is Now,” as it took Bartley’s young Red Raiders only one season to get, well, “seasoned” enough to be a formidable opponent to the powerful Red North teams, as they have arrived, evidenced by Monday night’s district semifinal victory over No. 1 seed University School, 3-1, here in the Kent State University Ice Arena.

Coach Bartley sporting one of his famous red sport jackets

The Red Raiders were one of the first teams to get to 20 wins this year, but they were in a hurry for a reason – they wanted to make their coach, Bartley, the all time leader in wins for coaches in Ohio, which finally was accomplished Friday and while that win was a big one, none might have been this big in a long time, at least since 2005, when Bartley’s Red Raider edition that season made it all the way to the state finals before falling to St. Edward in the championship game.


Let’s see; the freshmen and sophomores on the team now were in about second or third grade then, maybe fourth, and maybe playing Mites or not hockey at all.

There is some irony here in that when Bartley first started coaching the Red Raiders way back in the early 1970s, nearly 600 wins ago, the sport was dominated by such public school programs as Shaker, Normandy, Rocky River, North Olmsted, Cleveland Heights, Bay and Roosevelt.

By the mid 1980s, the sport had become dominated by private schools. Since 1985, St. Ed has won states 11 times, US twice, Padua three times, and St. Ignatius twice.

In fact, Shaker was the last team from a co-ed school (not counting Padua’s title in 2006 since it is historically a single-sex school and did not become co-ed until the 1990s) to win the state championship, taking it in 2001with Johnny Dingle and Dan Koletsky and Co.

Also, the Red Raiders are the only public school and only co-ed school to win a state hockey championship in Ohio during this century.

Ironically, the Red Raiders’ next opponent could be Gilmour, which is coached by John Malloy, the last coach to take a public school other than Shaker or Bowling Green to a state championship title when he did so with Cleveland Heights in 1987.

It is interesting to note that over the decades Shaker and US played some great games at Thornton Park, but the series had to be dropped when the Red Raiders dropped down to the Red East and currently the Red South over the past four seasons. Shaker will be back in the Red North next season after winning the Red South.

Also, the man Bartely surpassed as the all-time winningest coach, Jim Cooper, prepped a public school team, Northview, his entire career.

Bartley could have tied Cooper a month ago in Strongsville, but the Raiders were upset by Hudson, a team coached by his son, Matt Bartley. In the last regular season game, Bartley tied Cooper when Shaker beat North Olmsted, but then lost in the first round of the Baron Cup and had to wait until  Friday to do it.

Now came the big win over the three-time defending Baron Cup champs. Since the district was moved to Kent in 2003, US had won this district in all but two seasons, when Shaker won it in ’05 and Gilmour in ’08.

Against US Monday night, Shaker did not trail the whole night. After a scoreless first period, Aaron Goodman scored at 2:39 of the second to give Shaker a 1-0 lead. Anthony Johnson assisted.

A Matt Wipper goal at 11:13 of the second tied it for US. Connor Clemens and Ian Robertson assisted.

Shaker would grab the lead right back at 12:53 on an unassisted short-hand goal by John Longman.

Jake Shick added a goal in the third period.

Eric Sterin had 23 saves in goal to get the win.More High Schools

Hudson High moves up in both swimming 

divisions from previous year; boys move 

up to ninth, girls five notches to 12th; 

Alex Obendorf takes third in diving

March 1, 20111

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CANTON – As been the case in recent years, Hudson High placed both its boys’ and girls’ swim teams in the top 15 in the state high school swimming championships here over the weekend.

The Explorers’ finished ninth in the boys’ division and 12th in the girls’ division. The girls moved up five notches from the 17th that they finished in 2009-10 and the boys one spot from their 10th place finished of 12 months ago from today.

Hudson coach Matt Davis

Making part of the difference for the boys this season was the accomplishments of freshman Alex Obendorf, who led the Explorers in the state meet by finishing third in the diving.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Jimmy Dagley, Adam Motter, John Zucca, and Alex Lindroth took fifth place for Hudson.

The 200 medley relay team made All American last year and awaits the same distinction this season. 

This is Dagley’s and Motter’s third time at state on the same relay team. It is Zucca’s fourth time. 

This was Lindroth’s second time to state.

A week earlier, both the boys and girls finished in the top two in the districts as a team.

On fourth try, Lakewood's Yousef Abdel-

Salem makes it to state wrestling; St. 

Edward, top heavy, looking for 26th 

wrestling and 42nd overall school team 

state title; Williams is Rhodes' first 

district champion in six decades

March 1, 20111

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


St. Edward will try to recapture the state wrestling championship it did not win last year and had won 25 of the previous 30 years when it takes to the mats this weekend in Columbus.

 The Eagles will be taking 10 boys to the tournament after winning the district championship in Lorain Sunday. In the team race, Lakewood finished eighth, Olmsted Falls 11th and Westlake tie for 19th.

Qualifying for the Rangers were Yousef Abdel-Salem, William Abdel-Salem, and Nick Ramsey.

For Yousef, it was a long time coming and as a senior has a sense of relief of finally making it. In each of the past three seasons, the oldest of the three Abdel-Salems wrestling for Lakewood missed making it to the state meet by just one match.

This year he qualified by making it with a second-place finish at 119 pounds. He is 39-4 this season. His brother, William, a junior, made it out with a fourth-place finish.

Ramsey is a returning state qualifier. This year the senior made it with a third-place finish at 135.


Olmsted Falls had P.J. Mueller take third place at 103 and Chase DuPratt third at 112.


Veteran Westlake coach Mike Antonyzyn will return veteran state qualifier Sheldon Stuckart, who finished second at 152.


In the Mentor District, formerly known as the “Mentor Meatgrinder,” Rhodes finished 18th and Euclid finished in a tied for 21st.

After missing making it to states by two matches last year, Euclid Panther junior Rynell Roper qualified this year by taking third place at 160 pounds on the Mentor mats.


Only a junior, Roper has already won over 100 matches, including over 40 this season.

Irayel Williams, who was Rhodes’ first state qualifier in 52 years last year, won the championship at 189 pounds for the Rams. He was also the first from any Senate Athletic League school to make it down in at least a decade.

Irayel Williams

Williams is 39-1 this season and is down as a No. 1 seed.

St. Ed 215-pounder Ty Walz (L) is a No. 2 and Greg Kuhar (heavy, r) is a No. 1 seed

St. Ed’s is strongest in the six highest weight classes in which it has either a no. 1 or no. 2 seed competing.

CSU men's hoops to host Illinois-Chicago 

in first round of Horizon march later 


March 1, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Biran McCann

After defeating Green Bay to claim a share of the Horizon League Championship on Saturday, Cleveland State will begin tournament play at home when the Vikings host UIC on Tuesday, March 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. 

Tim Kamczyc

Strongsville High alum Steve Kamczyc

 It will be the third straight year that CSU will begin the Horizon League Championship with a home game with the Vikings winning both first round contests

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