A Page -- March 21, 2012

Waters wraps up the basketball season; homes in on finding a bona-fide center for next season

CLEVELAND – Cleveland State men’s basketball coach Gary Waters wrapped up the 2011-12 season at his regular Media Gathering Tuesday here in the Wolstein Center, homing in on what he needs for next season.

The Vikings ended their season last week with a first-round NIT loss to Stanford in Palo Alto.

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Now it is going back to the drawing board and capitalizing on becoming one of the first teams to reach 20 wins this season and being a Horizon League leader for a good portion of the season.

With only one senior next season, the Vikings will be a young group and Waters is looking to add four to five scholarship players plus at least a trio of preferred walk ons.

Current junior mainstay Tim Kamczyc from Strongsville started out as a preferred walk on three years ago in which a plan was made for him to earn a scholarship, which he did and eventually came to be the best percentage shooter on the team plus a decent defensive forward.


As the only senior next season, Kamczyc will be looked upon for leadership and will probably be the team captain.

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As far as the four or five scholarship players Waters expects to add could be some local players although he has also been looking in Michigan and Louisiana as well.

The preferred walk ons could also come from here as well.

He did repeatedly state that he has been looking for a big man to put in the middle to replace the graduating Aaron Pogue, who was continually hot and cold throught his four yers here.

He said he is also looking for a point guard. Any and all the players he is looking at could be junior college S/A’s or transfers from other colleges.

Waters sounded very Stalinistic when he said, “We have a three-year plan,” but the idea that they current group of incoming freshmen and those he is about to bring in will be able to play a high D-I schedule instead of a mid-level one come 2014-15.


Anton Grady, a freshman from Cleveland Central Catholic, received post-season accolades and Waters believes he could grow another two inches but probably not enough to become a center.

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Waters perished the idea brought up that CSU might be leaving the HL to join an East Coast league but did not rule out that Butler might do the such.







Chardon's Erin Hollinger Earns Third-Straight UAA Athlete of the Week Honor

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Senior three-time All-American Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%207jfo> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) has earned her third-straight University Athletic Association Track & Field Athlete of the Week nod, announced the league office on Tuesday.

Erin Hollinger (photo by Dain McKee) 

Hollinger placed in a tie for sixth behind five Division I competitors in the high jump event at the University of South Florida Bulls Invite on Friday, March 16. Hollinger hit a height of five feet, six inches in the 23-competitor field.

Just one week earlier, the two-sport standout earned her third career All-American award with a career-best third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship in Grinnell, Iowa.

Spartan Sophomore Corey Williams Named UAA Athlete of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – For the first time in his young career, Case Western Reserve University sophomore Corey Williams<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mtrack/2011-12/bios/williams%20corey%20wizm> (Massillon, Ohio/Perry) has been named the University Athletic Association Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week, announced the league office on Tuesday.

Corey Williams earns UAA Athlete of the Week honors for the first time in his career. (photo by Lynne Browske) 

Williams competed in a Division I-heavy field at the University of South Florida Bulls Invite on Friday, March 16 and placed eighth in the 3,000-meter run. The second-year Spartan posted a career-best time of 9:04.02 to finish behind seven Division I runners in the 28-competitor field.

The Spartans are back in action this Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, at the VMI/W&L Carnival at Wilson Field in Lexington, Virginia.

Akron’s Meredith Shaul takes close second in 5,000 meters in South FLA invite

Wooster competed at the non-scoring Bulls Invitational, hosted by South Florida on Friday, March 16 Meredith Shaul (Akron, OH/Firestone) placed second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:58.09, less than two seconds shy of champion Haley Thomas of the University of Northern Iowa, who finished in 17:56.48.


In softball, OBERLIN dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Trine on Wednesday, falling 9-1 and 8-1. Sophomore Emily King (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) hit her first homer of the season in the night cap.


In baseball, HIRAM swept a doubleheader against Penn State-Fayette on Saturday, before being swept by Pitt.-Greensburg in a twinbill on Sunday. Sophomore George Blake (Parma, OH/Parma) posted a .471 batting average (8-of-17) with three doubles, one run scored and six RBI over the four-game stretch, while junior right-hander Travis Richey (Petersburg, OH/Springfield) picked up his team-leading third win of the season in Hiram’s 6-5 triumph over PSU-Fayette in game two on Saturday

WOOSTER posted a 2-3 record over top-tier opponents last week in Florida, including a 6-0 triumph over No. 1 Marietta and a 16-4 victory over Utica. In his first career start on the mound, sophomore Steve Hagen (Brecksville,OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) earned the victory in the Scots’ 6-0 win over Marietta after scattering seven hits and striking out one in 8.0 innings of work.