A Page -- March 11, 2010

Kym Wenz
Kym Wenz

Avon Lake Alumna Kym Wenz joins 

small circle of achievers in winning 

her third league scoring title for 

College of Wooster's basketball team

March 11, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




WESTLAKE – Since Denison was eliminated from the NCAA tournament last week, shortly, the North Coast Athletic Conference based here, will be declaring Avon Lake High alumna and North Ridgeville resident Kym Wenz as the scoring champion for women’s basketball.


It will be the third consecutive scoring title for Wenz, a senior. She will become the first girl in the 26-year history of the league to win three scoring titles. She has no company in the NCAC, but also has small company in all of Division III. In fact, not many have won three league scoring titles in all of college basketball, men or women.


A research campaign was conducted over the past two weeks that involved Student/Athlete-Cleveland, the league office, Lindsay Rickel at the OAC in Youngstown, Baldwin-Wallace’s Kevin Ruple, and Jeff Saad, a Tiffin, Ohio native who is the chief writer and research man for Jim Feist Publications in Las Vegas, just to see how rare Wenz’ feat is, and it has been found that it is quite rare.


Don’t forget, statistics for women’s basketball were not really kept until the 1980s, so really there has been only a little over 30 years in which women at all levels could string together such a tri-fecta. Still, hundreds of thousands have played college basketball since the mid 1970s, so she is a glaring face in a large crowd on this one.

As far as men go, don’t forget, freshmen were not allowed to play varsity ball until the mid-1970s so all before that had only three years to get three. Even the late Pete Maravich, arguably the greatest college basketball player of all time, won only three league titles while averaging 44 points a game his last three years at LSU. He played on the freshman team as a freshman.


In Rickel’s OAC, Sandy Buddelmeyer won three titles for Capital in the early 1990s and Cathy Clark four for Marietta in the late 1980s.


As found by researchers in the NCAC league office, others who have won three women’s titles were Tracey Little (Frostburg St.), Lindsey Ippel (Millikin), Amanda Orsburn (North Central), Jill Dewane (Lakeland College), Jeannie Demers (Buena Vista), Margo Muhlbauer (Buena Vista), Laura Behling (Kalamazoo), Laura Haynes (Guilford College), Megan Silva – (Randolph-Macon College), Mollie Ariail (Randolph-Macon College), Jessica McEntee (NYU), Sonja Sorensen (Wisconsin-Stevens Point), 


Demers, a four-time league scoring champ, is Division III’s all-time leading women’s scorer, averaging 24 her first year and over 30 each of her last three.


Saad found that on the men’s side, only three have won three league titles in Division I (Stan Modzelewski, Rhode Island, 1940-42; Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati, 1958-60; and Pete Maravich, LSU, 1968-70) and one in Division II (Earnest Lee, Clark Atlanta, 1985-87).


The NCAC itself has had one three-time men’s scoring champ in Scott Tedder, who won three for Ohio Wesleyan and led the Battling Bishops to a national championship, earning him and his mates a visit to President Reagan’s Oval Office. So in 26 years of the league only two have now won it in a sport sponsoring teams in both sexes.


Ruple reported that in the 108-year history of the OAC, only six men have done it to complement the two women. The irony here is that of those six, three of them played for Kenyon, which is now a member of the NCAC and was an original charter member in 1984. Dick Hempy, Ron Stewart, and Don Carlos all did it for Otterbein, while Scott Rogers, John Rinka and Jeff Slade did if for the Lords. Rinka incidentally has been hailed as the “greatest Division III college basketball player of all time.” He averaged 40 a game in 1970. Carlos was the only four-time winner, taking each year from ’64 to ’67. There must have been a loop when Division III student/athletes were permitted to play varsity as freshmen, enabling Carlos to do so in the ‘60s. Also, it was considered “Small College Division” as opposed to Division III then.


Keri Alexander Luchowski in the NCAC office here found the other men to have done it to be Steve Djurickovic (Carthage College), Bill Warden (North Central), Josh Metzger (Wisconsin Lutheran College), Henry Hughes (Adrian), Jim VanderHill (Hope), Mark Veenstra, (Calvin), Steve Honderd (Calvin), Jason Nickerson (Virginia Wesleyan College), Ben Strong (Guilford College), and Russ Churchwell (Oglethorpe).


This is not an exhaustive list since not every league reported back, but still, in all men’s and women’s combined and all divisions, only a handful have won four titles. Much of this research went back to the 1940s and earlier and still only a couple dozen here have won three league scoring titles.


This year Wenz connected on 178 field goals (72 from three-point range) and 113 free throws in 26 games to average 20.8 points per game. Stephanie Boardman of Wittenberg averaged 17 per game and Shaina Kaiser 16.3 for Denison to finish third.







March 11. 2010

By Nick Stroud

WOOSTER -- Just a week after being named a finalist for the coveted Jostens Trophy, Kym Wenz has been selected to join more elite company, as The College of Wooster senior guard was chosen as one of 40 NCAA Div. III finalists for the 2010 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Following another vote by the WBCA member coaches, 10 student-athletes will remain to comprise the All-America Team. The presentation will take place at the at the NCAA Div. III Championships banquet on Thursday, March 18, at The Chateau Hotel in Bloomington, Ill.

Kym Wenz

Wenz driving past a defender

Wenz has received numerous accolades during her impressive senior campaign, including a fourth-team billing on the D3hoops.com preseason All-America Team. She would later earn a spot on the all-North Coast Athletic Conference First Team following a season in which she led the league in several statistical categories, including scoring and 3-pointers made, and now awaits potential Josten’s Trophy and All-American honors.

With a scoring clip of 20.8 points per game in 2009-10, Wenz ranks 14th in the nation in scoring, and led the NCAC for the third time in her career. Wenz also solidified herself as one of the premiere 3-point threats in NCAA Div. III, as she ranks second in 3-point percentage (.474) and shattered Wooster’s all-time record for makes in a season (72).

Strongsville's Justin Novak

mows 'em down as B-W Baseball 

Team Shuts Out Traditional

Rival Wittenberg

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- Behind the solid four-hit shutout pitching of senior righthander Justin Novak (Strongsville), the Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team defeated longtime and traditional rival Wittenberg University, 5-0, today (Wednesday, March 11, 2010) on the team's annual Spring Break trip to Winter Haven, Florida.

The Yellow Jackets are now 3-4 overall and play a doubleheader tomorrow versus Albion (Mich.) College with the first game beginning at 3:00 p.m. With its loss, the Tigers fall to 3-3 overall.

Justin Novak

The Yellow Jackets scored all of the runs they needed to win with one in the bottom of the first inning, added two in the second and one each in the fourth and seven frames to shutout their second opponent in the past three games this spring (B-W beat Trine, Ind. University, 1-0, in the first game of a doubleheader yesterday).

At the plate, B-W outhit the Tigers, 9-4.  Senior rightfielder Ted Cowling (Streetsboro) was a perfect four-for-four with a double and run scored to lead the way. Senior shortstop Jim Martin (Euclid) was two-for-three with a run scored and a run-batted-in.  The other three hits were by senior second baseman Matt Rollins (Walbridge/ Millbury Lake), senior third baseman Scott Nealon (Avon Lake) and junior LF Sam Wasylyshyn (North Ridgeville).  After seven games, senior catcher Matt Bush (Grafton/ Midview) tops the team in hitting with a .545 batting average (six-for-11) with three doubles, four runs scored and six RBI.

On the mound, Novak tossed a complete-game gem as he pitched nine innings, allowed the four hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter. in facing just four hitters (31) over the nine-inning limit (27).  With the win, Novak is now 1-0 with a 2.40 earned run average and a team-leading 10 strikeouts against just one walk in 15 innings pitched.

Following tomorrow's twinbill versus Albion, B-W plays its final game in Winter Haven on Saturday, March 12 against Farliegh Dickinson-Madison (N.J.) at 12:30 p.m.  The first northern game is on March 23 when B-W hosts NAIA foe Walsh University at Heritage Field in a single nine-inning game at 4:00 p.m.

Notre Dame College ranked 11th 

nationally among NAIA schools near 

conclusion of winter sports season

March 11,

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID – With the exception of Men’s and Women’s Basketball, the 2009-10 athletic seasons for winter sports are in the books, and the results are in. According to the all-sports Directors’ Cup standings, as published by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today, the Falcons are still soaring.


Notre Dame earned an 11th-place ranking in the March 11th release of the broad-based ranking, which accounts for performance on a national level in 21 sports (11 men’s and 10 women’s). NDC tallied 319.00 points through the end of their winter sports season, with their No. 11-ranking marking the College’s best ranking ever.


Simon Fraser (B.C.) currently holds the No. 1-ranking in the NAIA, with 583.50 points, after scoring 323.50 points in five winter sports. 


Falcon teams recently tallied points in Wrestling (National Champions), Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving, (14th and 13th at Nationals), and Men’s Track & Field (22nd).  


“This is a marvelous achievement not only for our athletics department but for the College as a whole,” said Director of Athletics Susan Hlavacek. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work of all our coaches and student-athletes.”


In placing 11th, Notre Dame is now on track to make an ascent in the national ranking for an eighth consecutive year (2002-03 through 2009-10), and the College’s athletic programs have enjoyed a meteoric rise in the Director’s Cup competition for the better part of a decade. Falcon programs placed 34th last year (2008-09), 48th the year before (2007-08), and 69th three years ago (2006-07). In 2001-02 and 2002-03, NDC failed to even crack the Top-200. The current rankings include a field of nearly 300 NAIA institutions.


The Director’s Cup program honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. It began in 1993-94 for NCAA Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution that records the highest number of points in their division's Directors' Cup standings. The program is sponsored by Learfield Sports.

Vikings two wins away from 

second Horizon League tourney 

title in three years

March 11

By Greg Murphy 

CLEVELAND -- If deja vu can become true, then Cleveland State's women's team can keep playing as long as it wants repeating starting with step two from '08 in the city by the Bay. 

GAME #31 

2010 Speedway Horizon League Championship 

No. 4 Cleveland State (17-13) at No. 1 Green Bay (27-3) 
Date: Friday, March 12, 2010
Time: 9:00 p.m. EST
Site: Kress Events Center (4,018) - Green Bay, Wis.
TV: Live video streaming available online through the HLN.
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (David Wilson)
Series: UWGB leads, 47-4
Last Mtg: @UWGB 68, CSU 59 (3/6/10)
Tickets: Available at site

SETTING THE SCENE: Following a 78-72 win over UIC in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night, fourth-seeded Cleveland State continues play in the Speedway Horizon League Championship when the Vikings travel to top-seeded Green Bay for a semifinal match-up on Friday (March 12) at 9:00 p.m. EST in the Kress Events Center. The Vikings enter the game at 17-13 overall and have won five of their last six games. The lone setback was a 68-59 loss at Green Bay in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. Green Bay is 27-3 overall and advanced to the semifinals with a 72-48 quarterfinal win over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

2009 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: With four starters and eight letterwinners back from last year's 19 win team, seventh year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has her most experienced squad to date. Headlining the list of returnees is senior guard and the Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year, Kailey Klein (18.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg). Joining her in the starting backcourt are senior Jessica Roque (5.9, 2.7, 2.9) and junior Shawnita Garland (12.6, 4.9, 3.3), who joined Klein on the preseason all-league first team. Senior Angel Roque (7.0, 2.4, 2.3) gives the Vikings an experienced point guard, while freshman Honesty King (3.4 ppg) continues to work her way into the rotation after redshirting last season. Sophomore Janelle Adams (5.2, 3.9) is an athletic wing-forward who is being counted on to fill a bigger role this season and sophomore guard Takima Keane (2.5, 0.7) is beginning to receive more minutes as a wing-forward combo. Senior Stephaine Crosley (7.4, 5.7) is the most experienced post player on the roster and is joined in the starting frontcourt by freshman Shalonda Winton (6.5, 5.2). Sophomore Destinee Blue (2.0, 2.0) and freshman Kaila Montgomery (0.3, 0.5) provide CSU with a low post presence and solid interior defense off the bench.

KLEIN NAMED TO ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM: Kailey Klein was named to the All-Horizon League first team for the third straight season after leading the league in scoring at 18.1 points per night, more than two points per game better than the second place scorer. In addition, she ranked sixth in rebounds (7.2), defensive rebounding (5.1) and blocked shots (0.7), while also checking in at seventh in offensive rebounding (2.3) and ninth in three-pointers made (1.4). Klein became just the eighth player in league history to earn first team all-league honors in three different seasons.

GARLAND ALSO PICKS UP LEAGUE HONORS: Shawnita Garland earned a spot on the postseason All-Horizon League second team for the second straight season, as well as garnering a spot on the league's all-defensive team for the second consecutive year. Garland ranked ninth in the league in scoring (12.6) and 10th in assists (3.3), while leading the league in steals with 92 (3.1 spg).

Final Four

LUCKY NO. 4?: Perhaps the Vikings have luck on their side heading into the Horizon League Championship as the No. 4 seed. After all, the last time CSU was seeded fourth in 2008, the Vikings went on to capture their only league title in program history. CSU defeated Butler in the quarterfinals (79-68), won at Green Bay in the semifinals (90-66) and topped Wright State (70-56) in the championship game. The Vikings have been seeded fourth four times in school history and claim an all-time record of 4-3 at the tournament's No. 4 seed.

THE ONLY TWO: Cleveland State is one of two teams in the Horizon League to reach the semifinals of the Horizon League Championship in each of the last two seasons, joining Green Bay. CSU won the title in 2008, while UWGB claimed it last season.

CSU IN HORIZON LEAGUE TOURNEY: Wednesday's game marked the 15th year that Cleveland State has taken part in the Horizon League Championship with the Vikings owning a 10-14 record after the 78-72 win over UIC.

IN ALL TOURNAMENT PLAY: CSU has posted an 11-20 all-time record in 21 years of conference tournament play. CSU has won one postseason tournament title (2008) and has played in the title game twice, a 79-72 loss to Green Bay in 2000, and a 70-55 win over Wright State in 2008. This will be CSU's seventh appearance in the semifinals.

T.G.I.F.: There is something about Friday's with the Vikings this year as CSU has won both games it has played on the day to start the weekend. CSU opened the season with a 58-34 victory over Ohio on a Friday and also claims a win over Iona (64-58) in the Caribbean Challenge on a Friday.

QUITE A SENIOR CLASS: The senior class of Stephaine CrosleyKailey KleinAngel Roque and Jessica Roque were honored prior to the Wright State game on Feb. 27 prior to playing their final regular season home game. The quartet, who committed to CSU after the Vikings won just four games in 2005-06, have helped turn the program around, leading CSU to 63 wins over the last four seasons, including the 2008 Horizon League Championship and CSU's first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament. The 63 victories are the second most by a senior class in school history, trailing the 65 wins by the seniors on the 1982-83 squad.

Angel Roque

Angel Roque

Jessica Roque

Jessica Roque

NCAA STATS: The most recent NCAA statistics were released on Monday (March 8) and the Vikings rank 35th in assists (15.3), 57th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.88), 80th steals (9.5), 90th in rebound margin (2.8) and 101st in turnover margin (1.48). Individually, Kailey Klein is ranked 46th in the country in scoring (17.8) and 168th in rebounding (7.4), while Shawnita Garland checks in at 17th in steals (3.0).

2K FOR K2: Kailey Klein moved into second place on the all-time scoring list in Horizon League history last weekend and enters the league semifinal game with 2,058 career points. Former Milwaukee standout Traci Edwards (2005-09) is the all-time leading scorer in league history with 2,340 points, while former Butler great Julie VonDielingen (1989-93) is the only other player in league history to reach the mark (2,018).

KLEIN ADDS TO CAREER SCORING MARK: Kailey Klein's 29 points against UIC on Wednesday night allowed the Cherry, Ill., native to extend the all-time scoring mark in CSU history. Klein, who now has 2,058 points in her career, broke Dianne Foster's (1979-81; 82-84) 26-year old record of 1,851 points against Loyola on Feb. 6. The record setting basket was a left-handed layup in the paint off a pass from senior Angel Roque with 11:08 to play in the first half.

SHE'S A STEAL: Shawnita Garland has made a Horizon League most 92 steals this season, the eighth most in a single season at CSU. Garland, who ranks 17th in the nation in steals per game (3.1), made a league single-game high nine thefts at Eastern Michigan (Dec. 29), tying her for the fourth most steals in a game in school history. She has picked up her defense of late, making 41 steals over the last nine games (4.6 spg) and has multiple steals in 24 of the 30 games this season.

KLEIN & ROQUE TO EXTEND SCHOOL RECORD: Seniors Kailey Klein and Jessica Roque will extend their school record for career games played on Friday when they take the court at Green Bay for their 124th career game.

... AND START NO. 112 NEXT FOR KLEIN: When Kailey Klein is announced as a starter for Friday's game at Green Bay, she will move within one game of tying the CSU career record for games played. Klein, who will be playing in her 112th career start, will need to play one more game to tie Juli Grant's school record of 113 career starts.

GAME 100 NEXT FOR CROSLEY: Stephaine Crosley will take the court for the 100th time in her career on Friday night in Green Bay. Crosley has battled numerous injuries and ailments in her career, missing a total of 29 games during her career. She has averaged 5.8 points and 5.3 rebounds during her career and recently became the 15th player in school history to reach 500 career points and 500 career rebounds.

500 ... 500 ... 500: Kailey Klein became the first player in school history to score 500 points in three different seasons last weekend. Klein scored 654 points as a sophomore, the highest single season total in school history, added 542 points last season, the sixth highest total in CSU history, and has scored 544 points this season, tied for the fourth most in a single season.

KLEIN AT THE LINE: Kailey Klein holds the CSU career record for free throws made (590) and attempted (746), while her .791 percentage ranks fourth all-time. So it was a bit of a surprise when she was shooting just 60-percent (30-50) at the line at the conclusion of non-league games. However, since the Vikings began Horizon League play, Klein has been near automatic, hitting 107-of-127 (.843) from the charity stripe, allowing her to improve to 77-percent (137-177) this season.

11 IN THE LEAGUE: Cleveland State's win at Milwaukee on March 4 allowed the Vikings to win their 11th league game, the second most in a season in school history. CSU has now won at least 10 league games in three straight seasons, a school record. The streak began with 10 wins in 2007-08 (the third highest total in school history) and continued last year when CSU won a school-record 12 league games.

ON THE GLASS: CSU is tops in the league in rebounding margin at +2.9, putting the Vikings on pace to finish with a positive rebounding margin for just the seventh time in program history, including the second straight season. The only other time CSU had a positive rebounding margin in back-to-back seasons came in 1978-79 and 1979-80.

ON THE OFFENSIVE: CSU has excelled at offensive rebounding this season, as the Vikings lead the league with 13.9 per game. CSU has grabbed at least 10 offensive boards in 24 of 30 games, including 22 at Eastern Michigan and 21 against Ohio and Kent State. Individually, Stephaine Crosley ranks fourth in the Horizon League in offensive rebounds (2.6), while Shalonda Winton and Kailey Kleinare tied for ninth (2.3) in the league statistics.

ANOTHER WINNING SEASON: CSU's win at Milwaukee on March 4 allowed the Vikings to clinch their third consecutive winning season, a first in school history. The streak started with the Vikings going 19-14 in 2007-08 and continued with CSU's 19-13 record last season.

CROSLEY ON THE MARK: Stephaine Crosley leads CSU in field goal percentage at .536 (89-166), ranking fourth in the league. She is attempting to become just the 11th player in school history to shoot better than 50-percent from the field in a season. Should she do it, it would mark the third straight season that a CSU player has shot 50-percent of better from the field, joining Dominique Butler (.500; 140-280) in 2007-08 and Shawnita Garland (.527; 150-290) last season.

ANOTHER GRAND: Kailey Klein continues to lead the Horizon League in minutes played (36.2) and went past the 1,000 minute mark last week in Wisconsin. Klein, who has logged 1,086 minutes this season (5th all-time at CSU), is the only player in school history to play 1,000 minutes in three separate seasons. She has played a school-record 3,974 minutes in her career.

... AND GARLAND GETS 1,000 TOO: After playing all 40 minutes against UIC on Wednesday night, Shawnita Garland joined Kailey Klein as the only players in school history with multiple 1,000 minute seasons. Garland, who has played 1,017 minutes this year, logged 1,002 minutes as a sophomore.

HOME SWEET HOME: CSU's win over UIC on Wednesday allowed the Vikings to finish their home slate at 11-3, tying the school record for most home wins in a season. The 2008-09, 1988-89 and 1980-81 teams also won 11 home games. In addition, the 22 home wins over the last two seasons represent the best two-year stretch in school history.

KLEIN HITS 30: Kailey Klein's 32 point effort versus Detroit on Feb. 25 extended her school-record of career 30-point games to eight. Klein, who has two 30-point games this season, hit 8-of-17 from the field and 15-of-16 at the free throw line. Her 32 point outburst against Detroit is the highest point total by a Horizon League player this season, while her 31 point effort against Loyola (Feb. 6) is the second highest.

LOTS OF POINTS: The 82 point outburst at Valparaiso (Feb. 11) represented a season-high for the Vikings, bettering the old mark of 81 set in a win against Butler (Jan. 14). The Vikings have won eight straight contests in which they have reached the 80-point mark. The last time CSU lost a game when scoring 80 points was a 93-80 seback at UIC (3/6/08).

KLEIN MAINTAINS SCORING LEAD: Kailey Klein continues to lead the Horizon League in scoring at 18.1 points per game, holding a 2.5 ppg edge over Butler's Melanie Thornton (15.6). Klein, who has finished as the runner-up for the league scoring title in each of the last two seasons, is attempting to become the third scoring champion in school history and the first since 2001-02 when Erika Roudebush averaged 18.2 per game.

... KLEIN NEARS A TRIPLE DOUBLE: Kailey Klein flirted with a triple-double before finishing with 19 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high tying eight assists against Butler (Jan. 14). Earlier this season, Klein had 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a win at Niagara (Dec. 15). There have been five triple-doubles in program history with Ashley Schrock recording the last one with 13 points, 13 boards and 10 assists vs. Wright State (2/15/03).

VIKINGS BUST BCS: CSU's win over Indiana (Dec. 19) was its first over a Bowl Championship Series Conference opponent since Dec. 30, 1996, when the Vikings knocked off Syracuse, 79-77. CSU defeated Louisville, 79-68, on Dec. 18, 2003, but the Cardinals were then a member of Conference USA. Prior to the win over Indiana, CSU had lost 18 straight to BCS schools, or those with major college football.

WINTON DOUBLES UP: Freshman Shalonda Winton put together one of her best all-around efforts to date in the Jan. 22 win over Youngstown State, notching her first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, adding a career-high tying three steals. Her 13 rebounds were one shy of her career-high of 14 vs. Indiana (Dec. 19).

UNDER 40: When CSU held Youngstown State to 38 points on Feb. 20, it marked the second time this season that CSU held an opponent under 40 points. CSU defeated Ohio in the season opener, 56-34. It is the first time since 1978-79 that the Vikings held two opponents under 40 points in the same season. The 34 points vs. Ohio were the fewest given up by CSU since a 62-24 win over Ashland on Feb. 8, 1983.

NICE COMEBACK: CSU trailed Valpo at the half, 44-36, when the two teams met at the Wolstein Center on Jan. 16, but rallied for a 71-68 victory. It marked just the second time this season that the Vikings won a game when trailing at the half and the largest halftime deficit overcome this year. The only other games CSU has won when trailing at the half was against Indiana (Dec. 19) when the Vikings went into the locker room down 34-33 and won 77-75 in overtime, and Wednesday's 78-72 win over UIC when the Vikings were down at halftime, 37-31.

VIKINGS LIKE THE A.R.C.: CSU continued its torrid shooting at Valparaiso's Athletics & Recreation Center on Feb. 11, shooting a season-best .537 (29-54) from the field. Over the last three seasons, the Vikings have combined to shoot .562 (86-153) from the field in three wins on the Crusaders home court. Last year, CSU shot. 581 (25-43) from the field, the third best percentage in a single game in school history.

KLEIN NAMED CSU ATHLETE OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY: Kailey Klein earned the Female Athlete of the Month Award at CSU in February after averaging 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists, helping the Vikings go 5-2. Klein had four double-doubles in, including a 32 point, 10 rebound effort in a win over then first place Detroit on Feb. 25. In addition, she became the all-time leading scorer in CSU history against Loyola (Feb. 6) and was a two-time Horizon League Player of the Week selection in February.

... AND JANURAY: Kailey Klein was named the CSU Female Athlete of the Month for January after averaging16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in nine games, helping CSU to a 5-4 mark. She had double-doubles at Loyola and at UIC, including 28 points with 11 rebounds against the Ramblers. Her performances in Chicago helped Klein earn Horizon League Player of the Week honors. In addition, Klein added a double-double of 19 points and 12 boards in win over Butler.

... AND GARLAND GETS IT IN DECEMBER: Shawnita Garland picked up CSU's Female Athlete of the Month honor in December after averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.0 steals in five December games. She recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds at Niagara and then played a career-high 44 minutes, scoring 15 points in a win over Indiana. Garland also flirted with a rare quadruple-double at Eastern Michigan on Dec. 29, finishing with 14 points, nine steals, seven assists and six boards.

NINE IS FINE FOR KLEIN: Kailey Klein's selection as the Horizon League Player of the Week on March 1 extended her school record to nine career selections and moved her into a tie for second place for the most awards in league history with Nicole Soulis of Green Bay. Milwaukee's Traci Edwards holds the record with 10 career awards.

A HELPING HAND: Despite having her streak of scoring in double figures snapped at nine at UIC (Jan. 9), Shawnita Garland had a huge effect on the game, dishing out a career-high eight assists. More impressive was that she did not have a turnover.

ROQUE EN FUEGO IN MEXICO: Jessica Roque did a majority of her damage against Iona (Nov. 27) from behind the three-point line, connecting on a school-record tying seven three's in eight attempts. Roque's .875 (7-8) percentage from beyond the arc was a CSU single game record and the seventh best by a Divison I player this season.

UP NEXT: A win on Friday night would send the Vikings to the Horizon League Championship game on Sunday (March 12) at 1:00 p.m. EST against the winner of Friday's first semifinal between second-seeded Butler and third-seeded Detroit. The championship game will be televised live on ESPNU.


B-W's Brough, Schroeder; Carroll's 

Sureck, Gruber; Mount's Pohovey, 

Rose; Wadsworth's Prechtel earn 

honors from OAC for 


March 11, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




AUSTINTOWN – Seven Cleveland area women Student/Athletes were named All Academic Ohio Athletic Conference for women’s basketball, the league office here announced today.



Baldwin-Wallace’s Ariel Brough, John Carroll’s Caitlin Sureck, and Mount Union’s Tessa Pohovey made the first team. Wadswrth native Steph Prechtel of Wilmington, B-W’s Amanda Schroeder, JCU’s Laura Gruber, and Mount’s Amanda Rose made honorable mention.






Sureck, a Walsh Jesuit alumna, is carrying a 3.55 grade point average in exercise science. Brough is a 3.97 student overall while concentrating on political science. Pohovey is studying criminal justice and pulling down a 3.82.

OAC W Bask Preview 2010


Prechtel has a 3. 82 and is studying athletic training. Rose, a Green High alumna, is a 3.94 student in criminal justice.


 Schroeder studies exercise science and is a 3.3 student. 


Gruber studies humanities and has a 3.82 accumulative.

 Gruber 2010


With national class runner Maddie 

Chambers and rest of defending state 

champion, school record holding 

3,200 relay team intact, and depth, 

Magnificat eying the big prize in 


 March 11, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




ROCKY RIVER – Led by Maddie Chambers, one of the top distance runners in the country, Magnificat’s track team is hoping it can make a serious “run” at winning the state team championship in the big-school division.


Chambers is the defending state champ in the 1,600-meter run and the anchor of the state champion 3,200 relay team, an event that has been a Mags trademark going all the way back to the early 1980s when the retired Shirley Doyle began developing that unit.


The senior, who also placed fifth in the 800 outdoor and won the indoor title in the 1,600 and the relay with her teammates, runs a 4:48 1,600 and 2:11 800. She also led the pack that brought the state cross country hardware to Hilliard and Wager in both the falls of 2008 and 2009. After winning it this past fall with the lowest score by any school in state history (28), they went on to place fifth at the Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon.


With Chambers and many of her mates back this season, the Blue Streaks are expecting a higher finish this spring after taking fourth in the state outdoor last year, three points behind third-place Collinwood.


“The team is coming off of a great 2009 season and only graduated a few athletes,” said Mags coach Anjanette Arabian Whitman. “Additionally, the distance group had an amazing cross country season this past fall. The team has a tremendous amount of experience and great leadership from the returning athletes.  This leadership will help the team as a whole to achieve their goals.”


The entire 3,200 championship team is intact for this season.


Returning in the that strong distance corps is Katherine Stultz:, who passed up eight runners on the third leg of the 3,200 relay in Columbus before passing the baton to Chambers to finish it off for the championship. The junior has already earned two letters in track and three letters in cross country. In the indoor State Meet, she was in 1st place with the 4x800 and in 6th place 1600 meters right behind Chambers.


In the outdoor State Meet in 2009, she was in: 1st place in 4x800m and 4th place 1600. Her personal records: are in 1600m: 4:58 (also the school record), and in the 800m: 2:12.


Also on the championship relay and is returning is senior Erin Riley; who has earned three letters in track and four letters in cross country. In the indoor state meet, she was in 1st place with 4x800 m, and took10th place 800m. In the Outdoor State Meet, she was in 1st place 4x800m. Her best so far in the 800: has been 2:19.


Mary Whitmore, a:12th grader; is the fourth experienced member of the relay, having earned 2 letters in track and 4 letters in cross country. In addition to the Indoor State Meet relay team’s 1st place in the 4x800m relay, Whitmore took13th place 800m. Her best 800 split has been 2:16.


Chambers, Whitmore, Riley and Stultz hold the school record for the event with a 9:07.


The Blue Streaks do have depth in the distance cabin with the Fischer girls, Abby and Clare, both seniors. Abby Fischer has earned 3 letters in track and 4 letters in cross country. In the Indoor State Meet: she was on the Streak B team that took 2nd place in the 3200 m. behind the Streak A team. In the Outdoor State meet, she placed: 10th in the 3200 open. Her personal records: in the two mile is 10:59.


Clare Fischer: has earned three letters in track and four letters in cross country. In the Indoor State Meet, she placed 3rd place 3200 open; and in the Outdoor State she was in 9th place 3200 m. Her Personal Record 10:58: in the 3200 is only one second faster than her sister. The 10:58 though is a school record.


Ninth grader Macey Walker is the most promising newcomer. She specializes in the distance races and will come in handy after this season when the Streaks will have to reload.


 “The team has depth in a variety of event groups including distance, sprints and pole vault,” said Arabian. ”We need to return and add to the number of athletes who qualify for the Indoor and Outdoor State meets.”


Distance is not the only thing Mags does well. Senior leadership in sprints and hurdles will come from Katherine Liutkus; a 3-year letter winner in track. She specializes :in the 4x200m, 4x100m, 300m hurdles and long jump.


Rachel Hlatky, a sophomore who as a letter winner as a rookie,: was a: 60m Dash qualifier in the indoor meet. She ran on that that placed: 7th in the 4x200m and was Outdoor State Meet,: 4x400m qualifier. She broke school records in both the 100 (12.28) and 200 (25.13).


The Blue Steaks plan on attending Penn Relays this year with some of their top athletes.  Also, they we will be attending the new Cleveland Maralyn West Track & Field Invitational hosted by Collinwood on April 10, 2010.


“The team has a tremendous amount of experience and great leadership from the returning athletes,” said Arabian. “This leadership will help the team as a whole to achieve its goals. The team chemistry is fantastic and if one athlete is having an off-day then theyre are many other willing to make-up the difference and lift up that athlete who may be struggling.  Our team focus is key.


In addition to holding nine school records as a group, they also do it in the classroom as well, with a combined cumulative GPA of 3.7


“They all participate in some sort of service projects affiliated with the school, church or community,” said Arabian.

B-W Women's Golf Team Wraps Up 

Competition at NIU Snowbird 


By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team competed on the second and final day (Wednesday, March 10, 2010) of theNorthern Illinois University Snowbird Intercollegiate at Pebblecreek Golf and Country Club in Tampa, Florida. The Yellow Jackets finished 13th overall and were one of only three Division III teams competing in a primarily Division I and II field.

Brooke Hamilton

The Jackets improved eight strokes from their day one total and shot 421 on the par-72 and 5,962-yard course.

Sam Migalski

Freshman Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/St. Joseph Academy) and junior Sam Migalski (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) each shot 96 to lead B-W on day two. Freshman Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) shot 106 and led the Yellow Jackets for the tournament with a total of 202 (96-106).

Also on day two, junior Nicole Carlone (Canton/St. Thomas Aquinas) shot 113,  freshman Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) shot 122, and freshman Emily Eighmy (Erie, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy) shot 135.

Mount Union Takes on #6 

Washington in NCAA Division III 

Women's Basketball Sectional

Game tomorrow; Raiders Back in 

"Sweet 16" For First Time

Since 1998

Mount Union at Washington (MO)

Friday, Mar. 12 - 8 pm (Eastern)

WU Fieldhouse - St. Louis, MO

Radio - WRMU 91.1 FM/AM 1310 WDPN (Alliance)

LIVE VIDEO, AUDIO and STATS - www.muc.edu/athletics<http://www.muc.edu/athletics>

NOTES - Mount Union SID Lenny Reich will be at the game if you need post-game quotes from Coach Venet or players ... Also photos will be available after each game ... Call cell phone 614-581-8098 with any requests

No. 19 ranked Mount Union plays No. 6 ranked Washington (MO) in the sectionals (round of 16) of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Friday at 7 pm central/8 pm eastern at the WU Fieldhouse in St. Louis, MO. The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and AM 1310 WDPN in Alliance and simulcast online with LIVE VIDEO and STATS.

How They Got Here

Mount Union won the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship and claimed the conference’s automatic bid to NCAA Tournament, while Washington, MO won the University Athletic Association championship to win that conference’s automatic bid. The OAC and the UAA are two of 41 conferences that receive automatic bids into the tournament. The rest of the field is made up with 21 national al-large bids and the final three spots in the NCAA Tournament went to school’s not in one of the 41 automatic bid conferences.

NCAA Tournament History

Mount Union is making its fourth ever NCAA Tournament appearance but first since 1998. The Raiders have an 13-3 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.

Washington U. is making its record 21st consecutive and 22nd overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have a 51-18 record in the tournament, have advanced to the national semifinals eight times and been in the title game two of the last three years while winning a record four National Championships (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001).

The Coaches

Suzy Venet (Mount Union ’98) is 79-56 in her fifth season at her Alma mater. Venet was an All-American for the Purple Raiders and is the OAC’s all-time assists leader. She was an assistant coach at Minnesota State-Mankato then got her first heading coaching job at Manchester (IN) College. Including her season at Manchester, her career coaching record is 90-72. Her efforts this season have earned her WBCA Regional Coach of the Year Honors.

Nancy Fahey (Wisconsin ‘81) is 567-100 in her 24th season at Washington University is one of the winningest coaches in NCAA women’s basketball history. She has led the Bears to 19 UAA championships, 22 NCAA Tournament appearances and a record four National Championships. The two-time National Coach of the Year was named Coach of the Decade (2000-09) by D-III News.

Venet Named WBCA Regional Coach of Year

Mount Union head women’s basketball coach Suzy Venet has been named Regional Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Venet has led the Purple Raiders to their second Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship in school history, a 26-4 overall record and into the sectionals (round of 16) of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship this weekend in St. Louis, MO.

Baseball - Mount Union Win Streak Soaked By Webster 

By Lenny Reich

(WINTER HAVEN, FL)--Mount Union's baseball team suffered through a two-hour rain delay and committed three errors in a 13-7 loss to Webster (MO) today at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, FL.

Webster took advantage of one of those errors and timely hitting to plate three runs in the second and after a single run in the third took a 4-0 lead.  The Gorlocks went up 8-0 after a four run fourth highlighted by a solo home run from Victor Valdez.

Mount Union got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth, but Webster got both those runs back in the top of the fifth to lead 10-2. 

Then mother nature entered the contest and forced a two hour rain delay.

Play resumed and Mount Union chipped away with two runs in the seventh on Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson) first home run of the season, but again Webster answered with two runs in the eighth.

The Raiders scored a run in the bottom of the eighth, Webster plated a final run in the top of the ninth and Williams had another two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth for the 13-7 final.

Williams finished 3-for-4 with four RBI, Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) had a pair of doubles and Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) had two hits for the Raiders.

Paul Mariotti (Copley/Copley) took the loss on the mound for the Raiders, while Pat Amrhein kept the hot Mount Union bats quiet for the first four innings to get the win.

The loss stops Mount Union's win streak at four games and makes its record 4-2, while Webster is now 3-2 overall.