A Page -- March 2, 2011

Trojans look to distance crew to capture 

another NCL title and collect one more 

district track crown

March 2, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GARFIELD HEIGHTS – Trinity High’s boys’ track team will look to its distance crew to be the backbone of the team’s quest to win another North Coast League title and advance the maximum Student/Athletes to Columbus come June.

The distance crew has had a “track” record of success, having served as the crux of the Trojans’ cross country team that finished fourth in the state in Division III this past fall.

Youngstown State recruit Nick Gliha leads the way for both that cross country team and the track middle and long distance runners. He was the state champ in the 3,200 meters as a sophomore and was runner-up last year. He also ran on the 7th place 3,200 relay team at the state meet.

Gliha is not the only Trojan who has the knack for crossing the finish line in the “nick” of time. Senior Nick Bell is looking for a breakout season after fracturing his ankle in football his junior year and subsequently recuperating and getting slowed down a tad last spring.


A senior with 3 letters, Bell was a district champ in the 110 high hurdles (15.57) and 300 Intermediate Hurdles (40.66).

In the middle distances, the Trojans have Nate Babb, a senior with 3 letters, and a state place finisher in the 3,200 relay (team time of 8:03.10).

One advantage the Trojans have is something that has become quite an anomaly in present day but was very commonplace in prep sports for most of the 20th century and that is a consistent coaching staff  – or at least one that has worked together for quite a number of years.

Head Coach John Kall has now been in his present position for 34 years, taking the reigns right around the time the school transformed from an all-girls institution to a co-ed one and subsequently added a boys’ track team.


Among his staff is Kevin Gorby, coach of that strong distance unit, and someone who has stuck with Kall for the past 13 years. Another veteran Trojan coach is Jim Henley, who handles the pole vaulters and has been with Kall for 16 years.

Jon Toman, the throws coach, has assisted Kall for 8 years now. His top thrower is Matt Ibos, a senior who has earned 2 letters and in the discus throws 125’0. Henley’s top guy is Corey Wunderle, a senior with 3 letters, who pole vaults 11’6.

Another veteran Trojan S/A is Eric Godbey, another senior who has had the perseverance to earn 3 letters in track. Two-year letterman, Mario Olegario, a senior, runs in the 400 and in anything from 100 to 400.

Other key returners expecting to contribute are Tom Pieronek, a junior letterman who last year ran on 400 and 800 relays; Mike Matonis, a junior letter-winning high jumper (6’0); and senior Rob Morel.

Newcomers looking to be key contributors are freshmen Mitch Pieronek in the LJ, 100, and 200; James Nedrich in the distance (1600); and Matt Detzel distance (1600).

The Trinity Trojans are hoping to continue the success they enjoyed last spring when they won the NCL White Division crown as well as claimed the title of District Champions for the 4th consecutive year. These league championships are nothing new for the running and field crew at the school on Tierney Road. Trinity’s boys have won 20 championships in 26 years.

If there might be any obstacles that could get in the way, this group of guys is smart enough to figure out ways to get around them. Over 60 percent of the team maintains a 3.2 GPA or higher with over 25 percent earning First Honors (3.7 GPA or higher).

“Our senior distance crew is one of the best in Division III,” said Coach Kall. “We are looking to maintain our NCL success and looking for a top 5 finish in the state meet, barring any injuries.”

One change in schedule is that the Trojans will be in the Brunswick Elite meet with Brunswick, Medina, St. Ignatius, St. Ed’s and Twinsburg on March 26.

“It could be a fun year with 13 seniors on the team,” Kall said. “There is a wealth of post-season experience which should make it interesting.  We will need some of the underclassmen to come through, especially in the field events.”

Chardon's Erin Hollinger, a Three-Time Academic All American so far at Case Reserve,  is Named Finalist for Prestigious Jostens Trophy


March 2, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Nick Minerd

SALEM, VA – Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) has been named one of just 11 women’s finalists from around the nation for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, announced the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia on Tuesday, March 1.


The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. 

The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This 2011 class marks the 14th year the award has been presented.

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Vikings to host Loyola tomorrow

March 2, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Greg Murphy

Winners of five straight games, the Cleveland State women's basketball team closes the regular season with two home games this week that will go a long way in determining seeds for next week's Horizon League Championship.

The Vikings open the week by hosting Loyola at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday (March 3) before hosting UIC on Saturday (March 5) at 2:00 p.m. The Vikings are 17-10 overall and tied for third place in the league with Wright State at 10-6, just one-half game behind second place Butler (11-6). 

However, the duo is also just one game ahead of fifth place UIC (9-7) and two games clear of sixth place Milwaukee (8-8) with the top four seeds hosting quarterfinal games next Wednesday (March 9).

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Massillon's Dudley, Highland's Klucar Lead  

Four Storm Men Heading to NCAA Indoor Championships

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By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE – The Lake Erie College men’s track and field team will send four student-athletes to the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships March 11-12.  This marks Lake Erie’s first appearance in the national indoor meet. The participants for the event, hosted by Adams State College, were announced Tuesday (Mar. 1).


While the rest of the team is set to open the outdoor season that same weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C., sophomores Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison), Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) and Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) as well as freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) will represent the Storm in the final – and most important – indoor meet of the season in Albuquerque, N.M.

Dudley (left) and Klucar (right)

Dudley is the top seed in the high jump.  He reached the automatic qualification standard in his intercollegiate debut in December and won the event at the GLIAC Championships, earning GLIAC Freshman Field Athlete of the year honors.  His best performance came at the GaREAT Midweek Collegiate Open in late February when he cleared an Division IIseason-best 7’ 2 ¼”.

Klucar will be seeded 11th in the pole vault. His best performance of the season came at the LEC/GaREAT Collegiate Open Jan. 29 when he cleared 16 feet (4.88 meters).

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In first round of tournament play,  North Ridgeville 

upsets Westlake in boys' basketball

March 2, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

GRAFTON -- In the boys’ sectional basketball tournament at Midview Tuesday night, North Ridgeville upset Westlake, 47-44.

For the Demons, Grant Gase scored 15 points Jason Labroo 10 and Andrew Guirguis 10.

Charlie Prince's 20 points lead Ledgemont by 

Lordstown in boys' sectional hoops action

March 2, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

In the Warren G. Harding boys’ basketball sectionals, Ledgemont won its first-round game Tuesday night, 60-50, over Lordstown.

Charlie Prince scored a game-high 20 points to lead Ledgemont. Brad Marcic added 13 points in the winning effort.

Steve Johnson scores 16, Eric Meehan 15 for O. Falls team that ends a season with all four wins in last month

Olmsted Falls’ boys’ basketball team was eliminated from the sectional basketball tournament Tuesday night by familiar Southwestern Conference opponent Berea, 64-60.

Steve Johnson had 16 points and Eric Meehan 15 for the Bulldogs, who close out at 4-17, but all four of those wins came in the last month of the season and the team is laden with Student/Athletes expected to return for next season.

Jared Kurz added a baker's dozen for the Dogs.

John Miles launches bombs from outer 

burbs, but two dozen points fall short as 

Fairview puts a lid on the '10-11 season

John Miles buried six three-point bombs and scored a game-high 24 points, but it was not enough as Fairview’s boys’ basketball season came to an end with a 51-47 sectional loss to Independence.

Sean Faska added nine points to complement the two dozen fired up be Miles for the Warriors.

Aurora falls to Warrensville in sectionals; Trayvon 

Nash scores game-high 18

Aurora’s boys’ basketball team hit the ultimate firewall tonight, getting eliminated from sectional play by Warrensville, 52-42.

Trayvon Nash had a game-high 18 points for the Greenmen. Brandon Walker added 10. 

Zavagna, Deckard, Linane combine for 

46 points while Hawken's entire team 

scores 42; thus, Gilmour moves on to 

sectional finals

In a battle of East Side prep schools in boys sectional basketball play, Gilmour eliminated Hawken Tuesday, 54-42, to earn its 12th win of the year.


Mike Zavagna scored 20 points, while Dave Linane and Connor Deckard each threw in 13 points in the Lancer offensive attack.

DeAndre Payton's 17 lead Comets into 

sectional finals

DeAndre Payton scored 17 points and Chris Cromity14 as Solon opened up boys basketball sectional play with a 58-50 win over Lakeside.

The Comets now move to the sectional finals with an 8-13 record.
















































Gilmour ousts Lake Catholic to sit one 

game away from State's Frozen Four; 

only one Red North team from Baron 

Cup still standing; both local teams from 

Gilmour Invite still alive

March 2, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – Playing outside the Greater Cleveland high school league and winning five of seven tournaments this season is beginning to pay off for Gilmour’s hockey team as the Lancers are now one game away from the state’s Frozen Four after dropping another Red North team, Lake Catholic, 3-1, Tuesday night here on the rink on the university’s campus.

The Lancers will attempt to go to Columbus for the first time since 2008, which was the fist time a Gilmour team made it to states.


For those few who are still here and were freshmen on that team remember being holed up in a hotel for two days and two nights before the tourney began due to the wicked March snow storm of ’08. That year they lost to their cross-town, Holy Cross brother team St. Edward in the state championship game once the tourney did get underway late Sunday night and end on a Monday afternoon.

The win was the 34th victory of the season for the Lancers. Right now, only two teams from the powerful Red North are still standing and only one that qualified for the Baron Cup (St. Ed) is still left. The Lancers were playing teams from three other states in a tourney on its campus ice sheets while that Baron Cup was taking place.

Incidentally, one of those two other teams still remaining from the Red North was Padua, who was also in that Gilmour tourney instead of the Baron Cup tourney. St. Ed will test its fate against White Division champion Amherst later tonight in Brooklyn in the last remaining district semifinal.

The Lancers never trailed in this game.

Andrew Krall gave the Lancers a 1-0 lead with the first period’s only goal. Spencer Antunez sent the pass to Krall to gain the assist on the “ice”-breaking score

Chris Deming lit the lamp at 2:49 of the second period to give the Lancers a 2-0 lead. Each of the first two goals of the game came in even-strength situation. Deming’s was unassisted.
Krall (L) and Antunez (R)

The first and only Lake Catholic goal also came on an even-strength play and was unassisted. Kevin Bruss scored at 10:23 for the only thing of any concrete value the Cougs could get by reliable Lancer netminder Oliver Flesher.

Gilmour registered the insurance tally at 6:20 of the third, 22 seconds after it had gone into the power play after an interference penalty on the Cougars.

Matt Grider scored the power-play goal with assists coming from C.J. Valerian and Spencer Antunez.

Grider (L) and Valerian (r)

The Cougars kept firing away at Flesher the rest of the night but to no avail. Flesher turned back 34 shots to get the win in goal.

Lancer Coach John Malloy is now two wins away from 500 for his career as a head man, which included successful stints at both Cleveland Heights and Rocky River.

Of the four coaches who will be coaching in championship games, two, Padua’s  Doug Hauser and Shaker’s Mike Bartley, are already at .500.

Both district champs and Cleveland 

representatives at Frozen Four this year 

will be different from last: upsets

continue as Padua knocks off No. 1

seed and defending state champ St. 


March 2, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN – Two different district champions than from 2010 will represent the Cleveland area at next week’s Frozen Four, the state high school hockey championship in Columbus.

One night after Kent District No. 1 seed and 2010 Frozen Four qualifier University School was upset by Shaker Heights, defending State Champ and Brooklyn No. 1 seed St. Ignatius was knocked off, 4-1, Tuesday night by Padua, a club that did not even make the Baron Cup this season, but started coming on strong toward the end, particularly the last two weeks..

The Bruins will play the winner of the St. Edward-Amherst game to be played later tonight.

Padua, a three-time state champion, never trailed the Wildcats in this one.

Nick Placko gave Padua a 1-0 lead at 9:04 of the game. The lead stood until the first intermission.

Tyler Weeks made it 2-0 with a 4-on-4 goal at  2:56 of the second period and then the special teams took over for the Bruins

The Cats went into a power-play and the briefly into a two-man advantage and another power play. Padua killed all of it.

Later in the period, Miles McQuinn sliced it down to 2-1 for St. Ignatius, but that was short lived as Weeks came back with another goal to make it a 3-1 game, Padua

The Bruins skated into the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.

In the third period, Justin Goebel stopped everything that came his way in goal.

Ignatius tried to go with the sixth attacker when it pulled goaltender Matt Kovesdy, but then Mike Palasics scored an open-net goal to close the scoring on the evening.

The Berg resting at No. 1 in National 

baseball rankings

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin – March 1, 2010 – The Heidelberg University baseball team, under the guidance of 12th-year head coach Matt Palm, remained atop the national poll released byD3Baseball.com this afternoon, March 1.

Strongsville High alum Jason Lash

Today marks the first poll of the 2011 season and Heidelberg received 18 of a possible 25 first-place votes. The poll is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly. 

In the preseason poll Heidelberg stood first with 19 first-place votes.

Canton Central Catholic alum Will Brechun

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Tamaine Chappell's 24 points enables

John Marshall to deliver 59-52 verdict

on Parma 

John Marshall opened sectional boys’ basketball play with a 59-52 win Parma Tuesday.

Tamaine Chappell’s game-high 24 points led the Lawyers’ offensive attack.

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Battle of I-76 Phase 2 tonight in the Rubber City; Zips looking to avenge earlier season loss to Kent State

March 2, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Kent State at Akron, 7 pm

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Kent State is first in the MAC and is ranked 45th in the nation in field goal percentage. The Golden Flashes are shooting 42.8 percent from the field this season, and the team is 8-3 when it shoots better than 45 percent from the floor. Kent State had a three-game winning streak and eight-game string of victories over MAC-East foes snapped Feb. 26 in an 80-59 setback at Bowling Green in the penultimate game at venerable Anderson Arena. 

Kent State had just two players in double figures, led by a 25-point game by senior Taisja Jones. Senior Jamilah Humes added 13 points, while senior center Ellie Shields added nine. Sophomore Rachel Tecca recorded her second straight double-double, but the University of Akron women's basketball team was downed by Miami 77-64 in a MAC East road contest. 

Tecca led UA with 13 points and 13 rebounds, her 14th double-double of the season and 17th of her career. Freshman Carly Young added 10 points, while classmate Kacie Cassell matched her career high with eight. Senior forward Kara Murphy became Akron's all-time leading scorer at Buffalo on Feb. 16, breaking Akron great Cheryl Bowles' all-time scoring record by sinking two free throws with 20 seconds to play that gave Akron a three-point lead. Murphy has amassed 1,735 total points over her career.

On Feb. 12 against Ball State, Murphy broke Bowles' record for career games played. Impressively, she has started every game of her career.

Buffalo at Bowling Green, 7 pm
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Buffalo will enter Wednesday's game with an overall record of 15-13, and the Bulls are 8-7 in MAC action. Individually, senior forward Kourtney Brown leads the team - and the MAC - in scoring and rebounding, with 21.6 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. 

Brown also leads the entire league in field-goal percentage (58.8%) and blocked shots and has blocked 93 shots this year, an average of 3.3 per game. Junior guard Brittany Hedderson has 11.3 ppg this year to date, and has hit a team-leading 42 three-point field goals. 

The Falcons will enter the Buffalo game with an overall record of 24-4, and BGSU is 12-3 in MAC play. BG has clinched the MAC's East Division title, and the Falcons will be the number-two seed for the MAC Tournament. Senior Lauren Prochaska is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game, and also paces the Falcons with 6.0 rebounds per contest. 

Classmate Tracy Pontius has 11.9 ppg to date, and leads the team with 3.5 assists per outing. BGSU is shooting 41.3% from the field, 36.0% from three-point land and 80.4% from the free-throw line, leading the nation in the latter category. BG has allowed opponents to shoot 38.7% from the floor and 27.7% from beyond the arc. BGSU has made exactly 200 more free throws than the opponents (483 to 283), and the Falcons have made 63 more free throws than the foes have attempted.

Miami at Ohio, 7 pm
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Miami enters the game at 11-17 overall and 3-12 in the Mid-American Conference, and just snapped a 10-game losing streak with its 77-64 win over Akron. Sophomore guard Courtney Osborn (Fishers, Ind.) became the 19th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points Saturday when she hit a circus shot three-pointer as the shot clock expired in the first half against Akron. 

She is the first player to reach 1,000 before the end of her sophomore year. Osborn now ranks 18th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,013 points. Ohio enters the game 7-21 overall and 3-12 in the MAC. The Bobcats have lost six straight since defeating Ball State, 68-59, on Feb. 2. In its last contest, Ohio fell at Buffalo, 70-65, on Saturday. 

The Bobcats are led by junior guard Tenishia Benson. The transfer from Cincinnati is the only player averaging in double figures with 14.0 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding with 7.0 per game.

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