A Page -- March 17, 2010






USA national team to include 

Strongsville's Danielle Hubka



By Jenny Popis

Cleveland (March 17, 2010) - The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team, a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and the reigning Olympic gold medal winner, takes on second-ranked and two-time defending FIFA Women’s World Cup title holders (and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup host nation) Germany on Saturday, May 22, atCleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, in a clash of the two best women’s national teams on earth. Kickoff is set for 6p.m. ET.

Danielle Hubka, a former Strongsville High star and current member of the University of Maryland's team, has just been called in to the USA national team and will be back in town for that match.

Danielle Hubka

Danielle Hiubka


Abby Wambach, who leads the current squad with over 100 career international goals, goalkeeper Hope Solo and the rest of the U.S. Women look to make it three straight wins against rivals Germany after defeating them 1-0 late last year in Augsburg, Germany, and then again just two weeks ago, 3-2, in the championship game of the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal.


As a special benefit to our members and friends and to encourage you to enthusiastically support the event this May, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (in conjunction with U.S. Soccer) is offering you the opportunity to order tickets for the game ahead of the general public. The private sale starts this Thursday (March 18) at 11 a.m. E T and ends late Thursday night (technically Friday, March 19, at 2 a.m. ET). Tickets become available to Visa® cardholders on March 18 at 12 p.m., followed by the general public sale on March 19 at 10 a.m.


Ticket prices are $18 Endlines; $25 Corners; $36 Sidelines; $48 Midfield; $65 VIP Midfield; $90 Front Row Seating (limit six (6) tickets per purchase); and $150 On-Field Seats (limit six (6) tickets per purchase—buyer keeps the chair!) Prices do not include convenience and handling charges (additional through Ticketmaster).


This private sale is available by clicking the May 22 event listed on the following link (Note: The May 22 event will be listed prior to the start of the private sale): http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/832829


To participate in the private sale, you must enter (in ALL CAPS) one of the following passwords in the space designated on theTicketmaster.com order page.


General Fan Sections:  C1SPORTS

Germany Fan Sections:  G3SPORTS


Visit ussoccer.com for additional details about this spectacular event. Be sure to share this presale offer with others in time for them to take advantage! Visit the “Schedule & Tickets”section of ussoccer.com for more details.

Former college coach Layne 

Richards takes over at Perry; boys' 

track team saddles him with depth, 


March 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




PERRY – With 21 lettermen returning to the circle, Perry (Lake County) will at least have depth on its side when entering boys’ track meets that have several points available to win.


Among those returning are junior Ryan Beyer, senior Brien Croff, senior Bryan Dziak, sophomore Bryan Grusell, senior Zachj Hurlimann, senior Matt King, sophomore Andrew Kuharik, sophomore Shane LaPlante, Shane, senior Dean Light, Junior Mike Lutes, senior TJ Mitchell, junior Nick Nelson, junior Mickey Parker, senior Erik Petrecca, senior Garrett Roberts, sophomore Jake Wallie, junior Rob Russell, Jon Talbot, senior Brian VonLehmden, and senior Alex Zazac.



“We have depth,” said Perry coach Layne Richards. “We have an outstanding upper class that brings experience to our large number of incoming athletes.”



The Pirates should be strongest in the distance events. Those runners are coming off a fine fall when they qualified to states in cross country as a team.


Richards does have a group of achievers within his group at large at Perry. Roberts holds the school record in the pole vault, Petrecca in the long jump and Hurlimann in the 400-meter run. Outside the track and the field and within the walls of the school, Mitchell is the senior class president at Perry.


The only drawback is that Hurlimann is the only returning member of the 3,200 relay team so Richards is looking for other runners to mix and match into those other three slots.


Richards is a new head coach to the Pirates. Richards is as former assistant coach for three years at Perry High School. Prior to that he was an assistant coach for Miami University in women’s track and field, and was also an assistant at Southern Utah University for both the men’s and women’s track and field teams.

High jump, sprints and sprint relays

is where experience lies for North 

Ridgeville's girls' track team

March 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




NORTH RIDGGEVILLE – With proven high jumpers Danielle Daveant and Rachell Beckett back in camp, North Ridgeville’s girls’ track team will be strong in the field events, but the Rangers also have some runners who gained valuable experience last year.


“We have a dedicated hard working athletes who train hard and excel in the classroom although our numbers are small, around thirty, we expect to be competitive in all events The strengths of the team are in the sprints and sprint relays,” said Ridgeville coach Dan Rademaker  “We should do well in the high jump and throws, but need more depth in the field events.


Becket also runs the sprints. Other returning sprinters include seniors Celesa Rose, Brittany Schneider and, Kayla Vidoni, who also does the long jump. Sophomore Isabella Mercurio is also one of the key sprinters.


Providing senior leadership are Annalyse Frederick in the shot and disc, Becca Lamb in distance, Jackie Lucas in  jumps, and Danielle Spooner in sprints.


Top newcomers for the Rangers include freshmen Brianna Balduff in hurdles and Erin Meinert in the sprints.

In the distance races, Ridgeville has sophomores Kelsey Sikon and Caityln Tipple. Also running the distances are Kelsey Sikon, Tessa Comnick and Taylor Lowrey.

Top juniors back include Kiley Fletcher in the pole vault, Kemi Osundina in  hurdles Morgan Rogers in the distance.


“Lack of depth in the field events is a concern, especially in the throws, but we should do well in the high jump,” Rademaker said.


The coaches are John Pieschalski for sprints, Andy Wright for throws, Lucky Varouh for hurdles and Kevin Drapcho distance. 

Ledgemont has three all-league 

performers back and looks to compete

for NAC softball crown

March 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




After losing only one non-league game in 2009 while posting a 14-5 overall record and returning a good nucleus of players, Ledgemont’s softball team is primed to compete for the Northern Athletic Conference championship year along with making a good bid in the post season.


The Redskins were 9-4 in the NAC last year but lost their first sectional game and are working to improve on both this year.


“We should be able to hold our own this year in the NAC with a returning a core of experienced varsity players,” said Ledgemont coach Dan Rogge.


The senior quintet of Alicia Smychynsky (1B, 5’6”, 986 fielding on 66 chances), Paige DeLong (3B, 5’6”), Danielle Santell (P, 5’5 435 batting average, 594 slugging, 23 stolen bases, and NAC all conf. 1st team), Stephanie Ziegler (SS, 4’11, .594 batting average, .650 on base percentage, 725 slugging, 22 swipes of bases, and NAC all conf. 1st team), and Erica Ziegler (C 5’5”) should provide enough leadership to make serious league and post-season challenges.


Emily McGlone, a 5-3 catcher, is the only returning regular in the this year’s junior class. The rest of the squad will be made up of sophomores.


The sophomore class is led by All- NAC second-team selection Jannelle Jirousek, 5’6” center fielder/shortstop who batted 439 and stole 19 bases.


Other sophomores vying for positions are Haylee Smychynsky, a 5-2 2B/OF; Emma Vincent, a 5-2 1B/OF; Rachael Cipolla, a 5-4 left fielder; Sarah Morgan, a 5-4 catcher; Kara Boehnlein, a 5-5 pitcher;’ and Traci Stegh, a 5-10 RF/1B.

Dummermuth makes NAIA Division 

II All-America Third Team


March 17

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- Notre Dame sophomore forward Eric Dummermuth had one of the greatest single seasons in the history of Notre Dame College, and on Wednesday, it was announced that he made the 2009-10 NAIA Division II All-America Third Team


The Dover, Ohio, native was the only sophomore to crack any of the three All-America teams, and he becomes just the second player in the history of the program to receive All-American honors (Jerome Pierce). 

Eric Dummermuth

 Dummermuth (32)

Dummermuth set new single-season scoring and rebounding marks for Notre Dame, averaging 22.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 35.7 minutes per contest, shot 57.7 percent (244-for-423) from the field and made 73.6 percent (184-for-250) of his attempts from the free-throw line.  


Earlier this season, Dummermuth became the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.  The sophomore sensation powered the Falcons to an AMC North title and a 19-12 record, earning five AMC Player of the Week awards along the way. The former First Team All-Ohio prep selection posted 20 double-doubles on the season and now has 34 such games in his two seasons on College Road. He was one of 10 AMC players selected to the circuit’s First Team.


Dummermuth’s All-American honor marks his second post season award.  Earlier this month, Dummermuth was named to the American Mideast Conference’s first team, along with fellow Falcon Nick McCartney.


“This is a great and very deserving honor for Eric, he has a tireless work ethic that continues to make him a very special player,” said Head Coach Kevin Bille. “We are very proud of him and look forward to his next 2 years in the Blue and White.”


The All-America teams were comprised of three ten-man teams, and several honorable mentions.  Steve Briggs from Oklahoma Wesleyan was named the State Farm/NAIA National Player of the Year after leading his team back to the national semifinals and averaging over 21 points per game. Briggs and Nathan Menefee (Evergreen State) are the lone repeat members of the first team.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 3/16/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Seth Harrison, South Euclid, 3/4, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Jim Berezne, Streetsboro, 3/5, Pawnee Lanes;

Al McKinley, Cleveland, 3/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Jose Malave, Cleveland, 3/6, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Derek Clay, Cleveland, 3/6, Brookgate Lanes;

James SmithGarfield Heights, 3/7, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Tim Voytko Jr., Lakewood, 3/7, Brookgate Lanes;

Robert Kinnaird, Berea, 3/8, Brookgate Lanes;

Dave D’Entremont, Middleburg Heights, 3/8, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Melissa Brenders, Parma, 3/11, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Michelle Leonard, Parma, 3/10, Brookgate Lanes;

George Javorek, 3/10, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Bob Driscell Jr., Parma, 3/10, Fairview Lanes;

Dave Vance, Cleveland, 3/11, Brookgate Lanes;

Norm Loescher, Russell, 3/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Cody Zalar, 3/12, Roseland Lanes;

Dave Mikesina, Strongsville, 3/12, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Tim Voytko Jr., Lakewood, 3/14, Brookgate Lanes;

Carl Heinl, Cleveland, Heights, Red Circle Lanes;

Steve Cuglewski Jr., Parma, 3/15, Brookgate Lanes;

Larry Korkowski, Brooklyn, 3/16, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    299 Games

Ralph Miller, Akron, 3/5, Buckeye Lanes;

Daniel Guinn, Brook Park, 3/6, Madison Square Lanes;

Gary Tylicki, Cleveland, 3/9, Bradnan’s Recreation;

Steve Wild, Brunswick, 3/10, Seven Hills Lanes;

Mike Craddock, Brook Park, 3/11, Freeway lanes of Parma;

Steve Caglewski Jr., Parma, 3/12, Brookgate Lanes;

Billy, Lego, Cleveland, 3/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Brandon WhiteCleveland, 3/14, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    298 Games

Tom Camiola, North Olmsted, 3/7, Brookgate Lanes;

Gary Kostal, Garfield heights, 3/7, Brookgate Lanes;



    800 Series

Robert Wade, Cleveland, 3/5, Buckeye Lanes (808);

Robert SteeleParma, 3/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma (804);

Bret Van Dyke, Cleveland, 3/10, Freeway Lanes of Parma (826:

Tim Voytko Jr., Lakewood, 3/14, Brookgate Lanes 9814);

Jim Smith, Garfield Heights, 3/14, Cloverleaf Lanes (802);

Bill Keagan, Westlake, 3/15, Freeway Lanes of Parma (802);

Softball Falls at Albion
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By Mike Mancini

Albion, Mich. – The Oberlin College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader this afternoon at Albion College. The Yeowomen were upended 6-0 in the lid-lifter and fell in the nightcap by a 10-3 count. 

“We did some good things today, but we still have a lot to improve on,” Head Coach Adrienne Davis said. “We are looking forward to building off these game and improving each and everyday.” 

After getting blanked in the first game, the Oberlin offense was able to break through in game two. The Yeowomen (0-6) wasted no time in getting on the board as sophomore Megan Widmer came through with a two-run single to left field in the top of the first inning to send Julia Chauvin and Kristen Dixplateward.

Unfortunately, the Britons (3-5) would answer back with a six-run first to create another uphill climb for the Yeowomen. 

Oberlin would cut the lead in half in the top of third inning as Chauvin added her ninth RBI of the season with a single up the middle that scored Sophie Schacht who started frame with a single of her own. 

Once again Albion would respond with a big offensive output – this time adding four runs in the home-half of the inning to effectively put the game out of each. 

The Yeowomen are schedule to have their home opener on Saturday afternoon when Heidelberg comes town for doubleheader action. The first pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Mount Union baseball

team posts 8-5 win at Walsh

March 17

By Lenny Reich

(NORTH CANTON, OH)--Mount Union's baseball team did not need any luck, but timely hitting and solid outing by virtually the entire pitching staff in an 8-5 win today at Walsh in North Canton, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning with two outs and bases loaded when junior Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) hit a bases clearing double that made it 6-2.  Ferrell would later score two hitters later as senior Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) would drive him on his third hit of the day, a single to left field to put the score at 7-2 as Mount Union went on to the victory.

Senior Alan Krontz (Kent/Field) would drive in a pair of runs while juniors Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) and Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) each drove in a run to finish the Raiders day at the plate.

Seven Mount Union pitchers would combine to scatter five Walsh hits.  In fact, the Raiders first three pitchers kept the Cavs hitless for the first 5.2 innings.  Mark Sabatino (Mayfield Heights/Mayfield) got the start and the senior improved to 2-0 on the season.

Mount Union, now 5-2 overall, hosts Westminster (PA) in a home opener doubleheader Saturday at 1 pm at Clowson Field.

Walsh gals sweep Mount on the road

March 17

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE, OH)—There were no four-leaf clovers in the outfield at 23rd Street Field in Alliance today as Mount Union dropped a pair of games to Walsh, 7-0 and 4-1, in their home opener today.

Walsh University Cavaliers


Mount Union drops to 7-5 overall, while Walsh moves to 5-7 overall.


The Purple Raiders lone run on the day came on a solo home run Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) in the loss in game two, but that was all the offense as sophomore pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) went seven innings and gave up 14 hits and allowed just four runs.

Mara Palombaro.jpg

Mara Palombaro


In the opener, junior right fielder Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) went three for three with a double and two singles and freshman designated player Jasmine Bentley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) went two for three with two singles, but the Raiders failed to get a run across in a 7-0 loss. 



Holy Name alumna Krystal Sherry had three hits and drove in three runs in the double header for Walsh.

Mount Union stays home to host Malone Thursday at 3 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.


North Royalton High alum 


Richert Places 13th to Earn 

Fifth All-American Honor

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College junior diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) earned the fifth All-American honor of his career by placing 13th on the three-meter board at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship meet on Wednesday, March 17 at theUniversity of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Richert qualified for Wednesday's consolation final with 382.85 points in the prelims. He then scored 405.65 points in the finals.

As a sophomore last season, Richert placed sixth in the one-meter event and 14th in the three-meter. As a freshman in 2007-08, he was 12th on the three-meter board and 13th on the one-meter. He is the only athlete in the history of the B-W swimming & diving program to earn multiple All-American awards.

Richert also competes in the one-meter event of this year's championships on Friday, March 19. Yellow Jacket freshman Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) competes in the women's one-meter dive tomorrow and the three-meter event on Saturday, March 20. Finals for each event begin at 6:00 p.m.


St. Ed nips St. Ignatius in regional 

final to make it a clean sweep over 

arch West Side rival 


March 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – In the third edition this winter of the Holy War, St. Edward and St. Ignatius were tangled in a classic battle that went all the way down to the wire before St. Edward came up with an overtime win, 53-49, in the regional basketball semifinal game tonight here in front of 6,400 fans in the Wolstein Center.

The win meant a clean sweep, 3-0, for the Eagles over their arch rivals from the same side of town.


After trailing most of the game and not having the lead since the fifth minute of the game, St. Ignatius sent it into overtime on a lay up by Tom Parker with one second left in regulation. The Eagles and Wildcats went into extra minutes tied at 45.

In the OT, St. Ed stayed poised and never relinquished the lead although the Cats did re-tie it briefly in the OT.

St. Ignatius controlled the game in the early going, denying St. Edward the lead until 3:20 was left in the first quarter when a James Price basket gave St. Ed an 8-6 lead.

Shonn Miller and Parker baskets gave Iggy early leads. The Eagles were able to clutch to a 12-6 lead at the end of the first period when Matt Stainbrook hit a basket just before the buzzer sounded.

Listen to post game interview with Eds center Matt Stainbrook by downloading/clicking on link


The Eagles led by as much as 11 points in the second quarter, but timely free throw shooting by the Wildcats once they got in the bonus kept them in the game. The Cats made seven of eight free throw attempts in the last 4:30 of the half, but St. Ed still hung on top, 19-14, with 16 minutes still to log in the books.

Shonn Miller led all halftime scorers with seven points. Stainbrook had six points and game-high six rebounds at the midway point.

Iggy came out determined in the second half, staging a comeback in the first two minutes, a Kyle Wise basket tying it at 19 with 6:12 to go.


A Stainbrook basket with 4:41 to go in the third gave the Eagles the lead once again.

Rich Austin tied it for Iggy with a basket at the 2:28 mark of the third, but Stainbrook came right back down twice, first hitting a three and then dropping in a put-back to make it 29-24, Eds with a minute and a half to go in the third.

Listen to post game interview with Ignatius coach Sean O'Toole by downloading/clicking


Miller and Luka Papalko baskets brought the Cats to within three, but Stainbrook was there to make sure it was a five-point Eagle lead with a basket before the buzzer again.

Kyle Wise then got really hot in the fourth quarter for the Cats, nailing threes at the six- and five-minute marks and at 4:40 to shave away five, six and four-point leads of the Eagles, who led 40-39 when Eric Flannery took a timeout with 4:32 to go.

Listen to post game interview with Eds coach Eric Flannery by downloading/clicking


Within that three-three interval, however, Wise picked up his fourth foul.

An Austin basket with 20 seconds to go brought the Cats to within one, 44-43.

St. Ed won both regular season meetings, 59-54, in The Nest, and 57-53 in The Sully.

The Eagles will play Mentor in Saturday’s regional championship game here in The ‘Stein.


With Sunday’s state hockey championship victory over Sylvania Northview, St. Ignatius becomes the first school in state history to have five of its varsity sports programs win more than one state championship.

The Wildcats also won state in hockey in 2000. The other programs to win multiple state titles are football (10), soccer (3), cross country (2) and golf (2).

St. Ignatius has won at least one state championship in ten different sports, also a state record. Bowling just recently became a varsity sport in the state and is the only sport the school does not have at least one team title.

Cincinnati St. Xavier has two or more state championships in four different sports, but has over 40 team titles total, just a few ahead of St. Edward, which has 39 (25 wrestling, 11 hockey, two baseball, one basketball).

St. Ignatius now has 24 state team titles. In addition to the 19 aforementioned ones, the school also has one title in each track, swimming, basketball, wrestling and baseball.

Mentor’s boys’ basketball 

team advances to regional 

title game against St. Ed with 

semifinal win 

over Avon Lake


March 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CLEVELAND – Mentor advanced to Saturday’s big-school regional championship boys’ basketball game against St. Edward with this evening’s 64-58 victory over Avon Lake here in the Wolstein Center.

 After scoring the game’s first points, Avon Lake (17-8) became flustered by Mentor’s full-court press as the Cardinals (22-3) used the defensive pressure to go on a 10-0 run and open up a 10-2 lead before the first quarter was even half completed. The Cardinals never really looked back the rest of the evening.


Avon Lake began beating the press by going with the fast break, but then that started producing more turnovers via the long and errant passes.

 “We allowed them to get back in it and control the tempo part of the time in there,” said Mentor coach Bob Krizancic. “Still we were able to do what we wanted to do, keeping our big man in the game and giving our guards opportunities to score.”

Consecutive threes by Justin Fritts, Jay Seaton and Jaron Crowe started splitting the game wide open for the Cardinals, opened up a 23-7 lead with still some change to play in opening stanza. Fritts already had 13 points (including three threes) by time the first quarter was over and Mentor was on its way to the regional final, leading 30-13 once the first eight minutes were in the books.


Avon Lake

With getting in the bonus and double bonus early, Avon Lake was able to go to the line enough times in the second quarter to shave the deficit to 10, 36-26, at the half. When Mentor was not scoring, it was not able to put on its press as much.


Mentor kept the fouls down in the third quarter and was able to bulk it up to a 14-point lead after three frames, 52-38. Ron Willoughy had two consecutive plays on the defensive end, but only one was turned into a transition basket; otherwise Avon Lake could have trimmed it down to seven points.

“By the time we were able to make adjustments to the pressure, they had already had a lead that was just too much to overcome,” said Avon Lake coach Eric Smith. “The good thing is that we were able to stick to our game plan. Our guys never abandoned that in the face of all the adversity of playing the No. 5 team in the state.”

A three by T.J. Thompson with 1:50 left in the game enabled the Shoremen to shave the deficit to six, 57-51. After Mentor played catch for a while, Avon Lake went down and cut it to five, 59-54, on a three by Eric Stuzcynski  and to four, 60-56, on a Willoughby basket, but Mentor made enough free throws when it had to in quelling the min Avon Lake comeback attempts.

Fritts led all scorers with 24 points.

“It was nice that Justin caught on fire early,” Krizancic said. “That enabled us to get up early and play with a lead the whole game. That’s two good games in a row for Justin. These are the kinds of things we need to advance. ”

This was the first trip ever to the Division I regionals for an Avon Lake team.


Vikings head to South Bend for 

NCAA tourney


Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Time: 2:50 p.m. EST
Site: South Bend, Ind. - Purcell Pavilion at Joyce Center
Records: CSU: 19-13 / UND: 27-5
TV: ESPN (Eric Collins & Brooke Weisbrod)
Radio: WHK 1420 AM (David Wilson)
Tickets: $16 - adults
$11 - students (college age & younger)
Call 216-687-5440 for more info.
Series: UND leads, 5-0
Last Mtg: @UND 107, CSU 65 (11/26/02)

To view a complete version of the 2010 Postseason Guide in PDF format, please visit the following link ...

By Greg Murphy

SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State will play in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship for the second time in the last three seasons when the 15th-seeded Vikings travel to second-seeded Notre Dame for an opening round game on Sunday, March 21, beginning at approximately 2:50 p.m. in Purcell Pavillion at the Joyce Center. The game, part of the Kansas City Regional, will follow Sunday's first game between No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 10 Vermont with the two winners playing for a spot in the regional semifinals on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Notre Dame. The Vikings enter the tournament playing their best basketball of the season, winning seven of their last eight contests, including three games last week to claim their second Horizon League Championship in the last three seasons. CSU enters the NCAA Championship at 19-13 overall, marking the third straight year that the Vikings have won 19 games, tied for the second most in a single season in school history. This will be the sixth meeting between CSU and Notre Dame with the Fighting Irish winning the previous five match-ups. UND is 27-5 overall and placed fourth in the Big East with a 12-4 mark.

Final Four

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: For the second time in the last three seasons, Cleveland State will be playing in the NCAA Championship by virtue of winning the league's automatic bid. CSU's strength is built around its four seniors, led by three-time first team All-Horizon League selection Kailey Klein (18.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg). Joining her in the starting backcourt are senior twin sisters Jessica Roque (6.1, 2.6, 2.9) and Angel Roque (7.1, 2.5, 2.6) and junior Shawnita Garland (12.9, 4.9, 3.3), a second team all-league pick. Senior Stephaine Crosley (7.3, 5.8) is the most experienced post player on the roster and is joined in the frontcourt by sophomore Destinee Blue (2.0, 2.0) and freshmen Shalonda Winton (6.1, 4.9) and Kaila Montgomery (0.3, 0.5).Freshman guard Honesty King (3.4 ppg) continues to work her way into the rotation after redshirting last season, while sophomoreJanelle Adams (5.0, 3.8) is an athletic wing-forward who has filled a bigger role this season. Sophomore Takima Keane (2.2, 0.7) provides depth as a wing-forward combo who can stretch the defense with her shooting.


THE HEAD COACH: Kate Peterson Abiad is in her seventh year at the helm of the CSU women's basketball program and claims an all-time record of 85-127. She has built CSU into one of the top programs in the Horizon League, leading the Vikings to two of the last three league titles and the first two bids to the NCAA tournament in program history. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to 19 wins in each of the last three seasons, tied for the second most in a single season in school history. The sixth head coach in school history, she spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, serving as the recruiting coordinator starting in 1998 after working as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois (1993-97) and Indiana (1991-93). A 1991 graduate of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Peterson Abiad earned Kodak All-America honors her senior season after setting the NCAA Division III record for three-pointers per game at 3.85.

Kate Peterson Abiad

Coach Kate Peterson Abiad

... ADDS ONE TO THE FAMILY: Head coach Kate Peterson Abiad and her husband, CSU assistant volleyball coach Phil Abiad, received a special addition to their family right before the academic year began when the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Mea Grace, to their family on Aug. 15, 2009.

A LOOK AT THE BRACKET: The winner of Sunday's first round game between CSU and Notre Dame will advance to the round of 32 and face the winner of seventh-seeded Wisconsin and 10th-seeded Vermont in the second round on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. That winner will advance to the Regional Semifinal next week in Kansas City, Mo. VIKINGS vs. THE FIELD: The Vikings faced two teams in the 64-team field this season, going a combined 1-3. CSU went 1-2 against Green Bay, the 12th seed in the Dayton Regional, and lost at Wisconsin, the seventh-seed in the Kansas City Regional.

MVP, MVP, MVP: After being slighted in the Horizon League Player of the Year voting, Kailey Klein produced one of the most dominating performances in Horizon League tournament history en route to claiming the Most Valuable Player award. Klein, who was also the tournament MVP in 2008, averaged 26.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in three games, scoring a league tournament record 80 points. She began her tournament run with 29 points in a quarterfinal win over UIC (March 10) before adding 28 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals in the semifinal win at Green Bay (March 12). Klein capped the league tournament with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the title game against Butler (March 14). She was the U.S. Army Player of the Game in all three contests. In addition, she became just the second player in league history to earn tournament MVP honors two times, joining Notre Dame's Krissi Davis (1989 & 1991).

GARLAND ON ALL-TOURNEY TEAM: Junior Shawnita Garland joined Kailey Klein on the five-player all-tournament team after averaging 15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game. Garland had 10 points, nine rebounds and five steals in the quarterfinal win over UIC, adding 21 points and six rebounds in the semifinal win at Green Bay. In Sunday's championship, Garland finished with 16 points and seven boards.

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 a school record 65 wins over the last four seasons, including the 2008 & 2010 Horizon League Championship and CSU's first two bids to the NCAA tournament. The 65 victories are tied for the most by a senior class in school history (1982-83).

NCAA STATS: The most recent NCAA statistics were released on Monday (March 15) and the Vikings rank 28th in assists (15.6), 44th in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.91), 68th steals (9.6), 96th in turnover margin (1.59) and 99th in rebound margin (2.3). Individually, Kailey Klein is 24th in the country in scoring (18.6) and 179th in rebounding (7.3), while Shawnita Garland checks in at 18th in steals (3.0).

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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 18.6 points per night, more than three points per game better than the second place scorer. In addition, she ranks sixth in rebounds (7.3) and defensive rebounding (5.0), seventh in blocked shots (0.7) and ninth in three-pointers made (1.5) and offensive rebounding (2.3). 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 ranks ninth in the league in scoring (13.0) and 10th in assists (3.3), while leading the league in steals with 96 (3.0 spg).

LUCKY NO. 4: Perhaps the Vikings should just try to finish in fourth place in the league standings. After all, CSU has captured the last two league championships when seeded fourth (2008 & 2010). In 2008, the Vikings 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. This year, CSU defeated UIC at home, 78-72, in the quarterfinals before an overtime win at Green Bay in the semifinals (83-75) and a 66-59 win over Butler in the title game. The Vikings have been seeded fourth four times in school history and claim an all-time record of 7-2 as the tournament's No. 4 seed.

TOURNEY TIME: Kailey Klein always seems to up her game when the lights are the brightest and the league tournament was a great example. In nine career Horizon League tournament contests, Klein averaged 20.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, helping the Vikings go 6-3, including two tournament titles. She was the MVP of the tournament in 2008 and 2010.

ROQUE GOES DOWNTOWN: Senior Jessica Roque turned in a clutch performance in Sunday's Horizon League Championship game against Butler, scoring 16 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 effort from three-point. Roque, who has made her last five three-point attempts, ranks seventh in school history with 132 three-pointers made.

RIGHT AFTER HER TWIN SISTER: Jessica Roque's performance came just two days after her twin sister, Angel, turned in one of her best all-around performances in the semifinal win over Green Bay (March 12). Angel Roque played all 45 minutes against the Phoenix, finishing with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds. She hit 4-of-7 from three-point, including a three that gave the Vikings a six point lead (79-73) with 29 seconds left in overtime. Roque has started the last seven games with CSU going 6-1 in those contests.

WORKING OVERTIME: The Vikings improved to 3-0 in overtime games this season with a 83-75 win at Green Bay in the league semifinals on March 12. CSU, which also won at home against both Indiana and Detroit in overtime this season, is 16-15 all-time in games that go to overtime. The three overtime games are tied for the most in a single season along with the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. CSU was also 3-0 in 1996-97.

HOT, HOT, HOT: CSU shot a season-best .596 (31-52) from the field in the March 12 win over Green Bay, marking the second best shooting performance by a Viking team in school history. The record is .627 (32-51) at Niagara on Jan. 21, 1980. CSU was near flawless after the first half, hitting 15-of-20 (.750) in the second half against Green Bay and then making five of their six attempts (.833) in overtime.

... ESPECIALLY FROM THREE: The Vikings hit a season-high 10 three-pointers at Green Bay (March 12) in the league semifinals, connecting on 56-percent from behind the arc (10-18). CSU hit just 1-of-7 in the first half, but went on to nail 7-of-8 three's in the second half and 2-of-3 in overtime.

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 three seasons, joining Green Bay. CSU won the title in 2008 and 2010, while Green Bay claimed it last season.

THE KRESS IN MARCH: CSU's semifinal win over Green Bay on March 12 snapped the Phoenix's 27 game home win streak, which went all the way back to the last time the Vikings won at the Kress Events Center, a 90-66 win in the 2008 Horizon League semifinals. In three seasons at the Kress Events Center, Green Bay is 46-5 with two of the losses coming to CSU. The Vikings are the only visiting team who has won more than once in the Kress Events Center.

2K FOR K2: Kailey Klein moved into second place on the all-time scoring list in Horizon League history two weeks ago and enters the NCAA tournament with 2,109 career points. Former Milwaukee standout Traci Edwards (2005-09) is the all-time leading scorer in Horizon 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).

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KLEIN ADDS TO CAREER SCORING MARK: Kailey Klein's 23 points against Butler in the league title game allowed the Cherry, Ill., native to extend the CSU career scoring mark. Klein, who now has 2,109 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.

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SHE'S A STEAL: Shawnita Garland has made a Horizon League most 96 steals this season, the fourth highest total in a single season at CSU. Garland, who ranks 18th in the nation in steals per game (3.0), 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 45 steals over the last 11 games (4.1 spg) and has multiple steals in 26 of the 32 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 Sunday when they take the court against Notre Dame for their 126th career game. The old record was 120 games by current graduate manager Brittany Korth (2004-08).

... AND KLEIN TO BREAK START RECORD: Kailey Klein will add yet another school record to her resume when she is announced as a starter for Sunday's NCAA tournament game at Notre Dame. Klein will be making her 114th career start, breaking the current CSU record of 113 she shares with Juli Grant (1995-00).

500 ... 500 ... 500: Kailey Klein became the first player in school history to score 500 points in three different seasons two weeks ago. Klein scored 654 points as a sophomore, the highest single season total in school history, added 542 points last season, the seventh highest total in CSU history, and has scored 595 points this season, the third most in a single season. With five more points, she will be the first player in school history with two seasons of at least 600 points.

KLEIN AT THE LINE: Kailey Klein holds the CSU career record for free throws made (599) and attempted (755), while her .793 percentage ranks third 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 116-of-136 (.853) from the charity stripe, allowing her to improve to 78-percent (146-186) this season, ranking eighth in the Horizon League.

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.

CROSLEY ON THE MARK: Stephaine Crosley is seventh in the league in field goal percentage at .525 (95-181), and is attempting to become 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 or better, joining Dominique Butler (.500; 140-280) in 2007-08 and Shawnita Garland (.527; 150-290) last season.

ON THE GLASS: CSU ranks second in the league in rebounding margin at +2.3, 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 13.6 per game. CSU has grabbed at least 10 offensive boards in 25 of 32 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 Kailey Klein is eighth (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.

KLEIN TOPS LEAGUE: Kailey Klein is set to lead the Horizon League in scoring after finishing as the runner-up in each of the last two seasons. She enters the NCAA tournament averaging 18.6 points per game, more than three points better than Butler's Melanie Thornton (15.3). Klein will become the third league scoring champ in school history and the first since 2001-02 (Erika Roudebush; 18.2 ppg).

LOTS OF POINTS: The 83 point outburst against Green Bay in the league semifinals on March 12 represented a season-high for the Vikings, bettering the old mark of 82 set in a win at Valparaiso (Feb. 11). The Vikings have won nine 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).

HOME SWEET HOME: CSU's win over UIC on March 10 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. The 22 home wins over the last two seasons represent the best two-year stretch in CSU history.

ANOTHER GRAND: Kailey Klein just keeps on playing and continues to lead the Horizon League in minutes played (36.6). In addition, she set a CSU record for most minutes played in a season after playing all 125 minutes in the Vikings three league tournament contests. Klein has played at least 40 minutes in 15 games this season, including four straight. She has now played 1,171 minutes this season and is the only player in school history with three seasons of 1,000 minutes. Klein has played a school-record 4,059 minutes in her career.

... AND GARLAND GETS 1,000 TOO: After playing all 40 minutes against UIC on March 10, Shawnita Garland joined Kailey Klein as the only players in school history with multiple 1,000 minute seasons. Garland, who has played 1,094 minutes this year, logged 1,002 minutes as a sophomore.

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.

... 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 Schrockrecording 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.

DOUBLING UP: 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 the largest halftime deficit CSU overcame this year. CSU has won three other games when trailing at the half this season, including Dec. 19 over Indiana when they trailed at the half, 34-33, and two league tournament games. The Vikings were down to UIC in the quarterfinals, 37-31, before rallying to win, and trailed Green Bay in the semifinals, 30-28.

VIKINGS LIKE THE A.R.C.: CSU continued its torrid shooting at Valparaiso's Athletics & Recreation Center on Feb. 11, shooting .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 fourth best 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 JANUARY: 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: 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: Should the Vikings win at Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon, CSU would advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament and face the winner of Sunday's other first round game between seventh-seeded Wisconsin and 10th-seeded Vermont. The second round game is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Notre Dame's Joyce Center