A Page -- March 3, 2010

Roosevelt, Ridgeville, Green, 

GlenOak, Hudson pursuing team 

championships in state bowling this 

weekend; Blue Devils'  Kevin 

Slepecky, Tigers' Casey Reese pace 

local individuals competing for titles, 


March 3, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




COLUMBUS – Five area teams with three dozen Greater Cleveland high school bowlers on teams and as individual qualifiers will be going after state championships this weekend.


In the boys’ division, three teams made it, headed up by Kent Roosevelt, the district champion. Also qualifying were Green and North Ridgeville.


Kevin Slepecky of Brunswick was the high individual bowler at the district (with a 735 for three games) and will be pursuing an individual title along with Walsh Jesuit’s Chris Piermarini (second at districts with a 727 series), Akron Ellet’s Joe Wittman, Lutheran West’s Rodney Bassett, Stow’s Tyler Meredith, and Twinsburg’s Kevin Svitak.


Midpark’s Martin Zeszotek, GlenOak’s Cory Edwards, and Hoover’s Zach Stollcny rounded out the top 10 but just missed qualifying.


At the district’s, Akron Kenmore’s Jeff Basinger had the highest game with a 288.


Kent Teddy Roosevelt is led by Tyler Jastromb, who finished fifth overall at the district with a 705 series. Green is led by Kevin Hardesty, who finished 22nd. Adam Kotas finished seventh for Ridgeville.


In the girls’ division, GlenOak came out as district champion, while Hudson finished fifth to claim the final state team qualifying spot.


Massillon’s Casey Reese was the top individual qualifier with a 705 series. She’ll be joined in the individual qualifying bunch by Green’s Marissa Summers, and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Rachel Dedinksy. Just missing the cut were Ellet’s Claudia Barber, Stow’s Shauna Jones, Ridgeville’s Becca Lamb and Massillon Perry’s Brianna Sprout.


Fallon Tallman was GlenOak’s best at the districts with a 698 series, which was good enough for second overall.  Sam Kachele took sixth for Hudson with a 652 series.

Avon Lake native/St. Ed alumnus 

Reid Anderson along with Case 

Reserve teammates Tom Summers, 

Eric Duerr, Bryan Erce make all-

league basketball team

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND (March 3, 2010) - The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball teams had four players represented on the University Athletic Association teams which were announced today.   

Senior guard Bryan Erce (Berwyn, IL), sophomore forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA) and junior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH) were all second team selections.  Also recognized was junior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA) with a honorable mention pick.


Erce closed out his senior season with a strong UAA campaign, during which he averaged 14.4 ppg. in conference play [second in UAA].  Overall, Erce finished with 12.3 ppg, 4.6 assists per game [third in the UAA, 63th in the nation], and led the Spartans with 24 steals, as the team finished 14-11, good for their first winning season since 1998-99.  His 114 assists put him fourth in the single season Case Western Reserve record books. 


Summers led the UAA in rebounding [26th in the nation] as he hauled in 10.2 rebounds per game and backed that up with 14.1 ppg., good for fifth.  Despite missing four games with an injury, Summers still posted the fourth highest rebounding output in Spartan history.  Case Western Reserve went 6-4 in conference play with Summers in the lineup and 0-4 without him.


Anderson led the Spartans in scoring and finish third in the UAA at 15.1 ppg. and added 4.5 rebounds per game at the guard position.  This second team finish builds on an UAA honorable mention campaign in his sophomore season. 

Duerr, a third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, averaged 10.0 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and led the UAA with 44 blocks [51st nationally]. 



"I am very happy for our players," said Head Coach Sean McDonnell.  "They are well deserving of this recognition.  Bryan had an incredible senior season, and we look forward to having Eric, Reid, and Tom back next year."

NCAC Women's Basketball Special 



Avon Lake alumna Kym Wenz, Copley alum 

Carrie Dyer, Cuyahoga Falls' Morgan Korinek, 

Walsh Jesuit grad Kaitlin Krister make 

first-team all league 


March 3

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Wittenberg senior post Stephanie Boardman (Cincinnati, OH/McAuley) has been named Player of the Year to highlight the 2010 All-North Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball squad, announced today after voting by the conference's head coaches. 

Boardman, who helped the Tigers to the North Coast championship, makes her third appearance the All-NCAC squad, and second as a member of the first team. She led Wittenberg and finished second in the conference in scoring (17.0 points per game), rebounding (7.9 rebounds per game), and field-goal percentage (51.5%). Boardman was a second-team selection in 2008.

Kym Wenz


Wooster senior Kym Wenz (North Ridgeville, OH/Avon Lake) and Denison junior Shaina Kaiser (Ostrander, OH/Buckeye Valley) join Boardman as repeat first-team selections. Wenz makes her third appearance on the All-NCAC squad. She was an honorable mention choice in 2007. Ohio Wesleyan junior Tyler Cordell (Columbus, OH/DeSales), Wittenberg senior Carrie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley) and Fighting Scot senior Kaitlin Krister (Kent, OH/Walsh Jesuit) move up to the first team after earning second-team recognition in 2009. 

Kaitlin Krister


Dyer and Krister also earn their third all-conference nods. Dyer was honorable mention in 2008 while Krister was a member of the second team in 2008. Kenyon sophomore Megan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) makes her All-NCAC debut as a member of the first team. She was the conference's Newcomer of the Year in 2009.

Carrie Dyer


Oberlin fresham Allison Anderson (Springfield, IL/Springfield) was voted the North Coast Newcomer of the Year. She was the only first-year player selected to the all-conference team. Anderson had a stellar rookie campaign, leading the league in assists (5.6 per game), steals (3.1 per game) and minutes played (3.86). She was third in the conference with a 0.9 assists-to-turnovers ratio.


Wittenberg head coach Sarah Jurewicz was voted Coach of the Year for the first time after she guided her team to its first NCAC Championship since 2006. The Tigers went 19-8 overall and 15-1 in North Coast play this season. Jurewicz is 48-31 (.608) in three seasons at Wittenberg.

Rookie Fox Earns Honorable-Mention Accolades
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Westlake– Freshman standout Andrew Fox was named as an All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection, the league office announced on Wednesday. 

Fox, product of Tempe, Arizona, was one of the best all-around players in the North Coast this winter. The 6-foot-3 swingman finished sixth in the league in scoring (15 ppg), ninth in rebounding (6.3 rpg), fourth in field goal percentage (.529) and third in minutes played (33.4). 

Fox, who scored in double figures in 21 games – including the final 10 games, registered five double-doubles on the season. 

Fox, who arguably could have earned Newcomer of the Year honors as well, led the Yeomen in scoring in 12 out of the team’s 25 games.

Falcon four

Quartet of NDC hoopsters 

earn recognition from 

American Mideast 



March 3

By Skip Snow

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- Notre Dame sophomores Eric Dummermuth (Dover, Ohio) and Nick McCartney (Newton Falls, Ohio) were named First Team All-American Mideast Conference by the league on Wednesday. 


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 Dover, Ohio, native 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.


Dummermuth 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.


“Eric made great strides from last season and proved his worth as one of the best players in the league and in my opinion, the nation,” said NDC Head Coach Kevin Bille.   “He’s off to a phenomenal start in his college career, and I know he’ll continue to work hard and keep getting better.”


The big forward’s wing man was McCartney, who averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists per game.  The product of Ursuline High School (Youngstown, Ohio) also paced NDC in steals, with an average of 1.9 per game.


“Nick was a very good leader this past season,” said Bille.  “He leaves everything out on the floor every time he plays.  He did a nice job of facilitating our offense, hitting shots when needed and making big plays on defense.”


Senior guard Al Miller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) earned an honorable mention in the vote among the conference’s 12 head coaches.  Guard  Will Townsend (Long Island, N.Y.) was named to the AMC’s All-Freshman Team.


“I’m very happy for all four of these guys,” said Bille.  All four had great seasons and were a huge part of our success.  We had a good year.  Anytime you can win games and play in March, you have to be happy.  Now, we just need to play a little longer in March to be satisfied.”


In winning the AMC North title, Bille’s Falcons played in the AMC Championship Game, losing to No. 1 Walsh.


Walsh forward Ricky Jackson was named the 2009-10 AMC Player of the Year after leading the top-ranked Cavaliers to the AMC title. Jackson, a 6-foot-7 senior from Chicago, Ill., averaged 22.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in his only season at Walsh. He not only was the top vote-getter for the 20-player All-AMC Team, but was also tabbed the league’s Newcomer of the Year.


Walsh’s Jeff Young was voted the AMC Coach of the Year by his peers. Young will take the Cavaliers to the NAIA Division II Men’sBasketball National Championship Tournament with a record of 28-2 overall. Walsh finished at 15-1 in the AMC.


Shawnee State’s Tyler Morgan, a 6-foot-4 forward from Hamersville, Ohio, was named the AMC Freshmen of the Year.

CSU men to face Crew from Brew 

City in next round of Horizon 


March 3

By Brian McCann

Next up for the Cleveland state men's basketball group is 


 Game 33
2010 Speedway Horizon League Championship
No. 5 Cleveland State (16-16) vs.No. 4 Milwaukee (19-13)
Date: Friday, March 5, 2010
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Site: Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000), Indianapolis, Indiana
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: None live.  Video Streaming online available through HLN.
(Highlights available on The Viking Basketball Report, which  airs weekly on SportsTime Ohio.)
Series: Milwaukee Leads, 19-14
Last Meeting: @UWM 69, CSU 59, (2/18/10)
Tickets: Available at Site

Championship Page

SETTING THE SCENE:  After defeating Loyola, 80-66, in an opening round game on Tuesday, Cleveland State continues play in the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Championship when the fifth-seeded Vikings travel to Indianapolis, Ind. to face No. 4 Milwaukee (19-13) on Friday, March 5 beginning at 8:00 p.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler campus.  A victory would send CSU to a semi-final matchup with regular season champion Butler on Saturday (March 6) at 8:00 p.m. The Vikings played well in their opening round game, building a 20-point first half lead and then fending off a rally down the stretch to advance to the second round for the third straight year. Milwaukee had to rally from a first half deficit to get by No. 9 UIC, 73-67.  Cleveland State and UWM split the season series with each team winning on its own campus.  This will be the first time that the Vikings will face the Panthers in post-season play.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters finds himself in a bit of a rebuilding season for the Vikings after posting the first back-to-back 20 win seasons since the late 1980's.  With just two starters and four players back who saw significant action last year, Waters has had to incorporate eight new players into the lineup this season.  The starting lineup is built around guard Norris Cole (16.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 apg), a first team preseason all-league choice this year who ranks fourth in the league in scoring, and small forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6, 5.6), the lone returning starters from a season ago.  The strength of the returners is at guard where sophomores Jeremy Montgomery (12.7, 2.3 apg) and Trevon Harmon (10.7, 1.7) are back with each landing a spot in the starting lineup.  Injuries to sophomore Josh McCoy (0.8, 1.0) and JC transfer Lance James (3.0, 0.7 apg) have hurt the depth at guard, allowing freshman Anthony Wells (1.4, 1.0) to see his first playing time.  Brown is firmly entrenched at small forward with redshirt freshman Charlie Woods (1.9, 0.9) and redshirt freshman Tim Kamczyc (3.2, 2.5 rpg) also capable of seeing time at the position.  Sophomore Joe Latas is the lone returner inside and he, along with  JC transfers Jared Cunningham (5.3, 2.7) and junior Kevin Anderson (1.5, 0.6) spell sophomore Aaron Pogue (6.5, 5.5) at center.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (March 1).  As a team, the Vikings are 15th nationally in steals (8.9) and free throw percentage (.746), 20th in turnover margin (+3.7) and 63rd in turnovers per game (12.3).  Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 16th nationally in steals (2.5 spg).

COLE & BROWN EARN HONORS:  The junior tandem of Norris Cole and D'Aundray Brown were each represented when the Horizon League released its post season honors.  Cole was one of five players named to the all-league first team while Brown was selected for the all-defensive team.  Cole earned the honor after ranking third in the league in scoring (16.3), assists (4.4), steals (1.8) and minutes played (34.0) and 10th in free throw percentage (.804).  Brown, who is averaging 8.6 points and 5.6 rebounds a game, leads the league and is ranked 16th in the nation with 79 steals.

SOMETHING ABOUT MILWAUKEE:  Although the Vikings have done a great job of taking care of the basketball this season, ranking 63rd nationally in the latest NCAA stats by committing just 12.4 turnovers a game, there is something about Milwaukee that makes them do an even better job.  In the two games against the Panthers this year, CSU has tied the school record for fewest turnovers in a game in both contests, committing just five each night.  The total equals the previous mark set against both Utica (1/5/85) and Brooklyn (12/30/82).

West Division seeds on line 

tomorrow night in Men's MAC 


March 3

By Jeremy Guy

MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Thursday, March 4

Central Michigan (14-14, 8-7 MAC) at Eastern Michigan (16-13, 8-7 MAC)

6:30 p.m.  • FS Detroit • Central Michigan leads series 94-86

•  The Eagles and Chippewas will meet for the top spot in the MAC Division this evening. The West Division Champion will receive the No. 2 seed in the upcoming MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Ball State can still becaome the West Division Champ as well based on tiebreaking scenarios. EMU’s 16 wins this season is the most victories for the Eagles since the team moved to the Convocation Center in the 1998-99 season, a total of 11 seasons. The 16 wins is also the best for an EMU men’s basketball team since the 1997-98 squad won 20... CMU has a chance to finish above .500 both overall and in league play for the first time since the 2002-03 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (25-7, 14-4 MAC). The Chippewas have had just nine winning seasons at the Division I level (since 1972-73), just four in the last 30 years (1986-87, 1987-88, 2000-01, 2002-03). The Chippewas have finished above .500 in MAC play four times in that same span, all during those same seasons.


Bowling Green (14-14, 6-9 MAC) at Ohio (16-14, 6-9 MAC)

7 p.m. • Bowling Green leads series 70-57

Bowling Green and Ohio close out the regular season Thursday with a game to determine seeding for the MAC Tournament. With a win, the Falcons will be the No. 9 seed and with a loss, they will be the No. 10 seed. Depending on all results, Bowling Green will play at one of five teams in the first round: Western Michigan, Ball State, Miami, Eastern Michigan, or Central Michigan. The Falcons continue to improve their MAC-leading field goal percentage and are now shooting 44.1 percent from the field. Over the past seven games, Bowling Green is shooting 49.6 percent from the floor...Ohio’s D.J. Cooper, a freshman, ranks in the top 25 in the country in assists at 5.8 per game and in the top 10 in steals with 2.6 per contest. His assist/turnover ratio of 2.12 is among the best in the MAC. Bassett, a transfer from Indiana, leads the team in scoring at 15.1 points and shoots 83 percent from the free-throw line. As a team, Ohio rarely turns the ball over (a +2.7 turnover margin) and shoots well from three-point range (35.1 percent) and from the line (71.9 percent).


Buffalo (17-10, 9-6 MAC) at Miami (12-17, 8-7 MAC)

7 p.m. • FS Ohio • Miami leads series 17-7

 Just as the Mid-American Conference season started, Miami and Buffalo will square off to conclude the regular season at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The RedHawks are coming off a pair of road losses last week and seeking their first MAC win since Feb. 10, while Buffalo nipped Ohio 72-69 on Saturday and has won six of its last seven. Miami leads the Mid-American Conference in league games in scoring defense, allowing just 61.0 ppg. The RedHawks have held six MAC opponents under 55 points and restricted Toledo to a mere 47 points on Feb. 10, a season-best sum for the Miami defense...The Bulls need to win to secure a bye in the upcoming FirstEnergy MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Rodney Pierce leads the team, averaging 19.2 ppg on the season and 19.5 ppg in MAC action. The Bulls have three others averaging 9.0 ppg or more in league play: Calvin Betts (10.1), Sean Miley (10.1) and Max Boudreau (9.0).


Ball State (15-13, 8-7 MAC) at Western Michigan (15-14, 7-8 MAC)

7 p.m. • Series tied 55-55

• Ball State travels to Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday night for its final regular season contest as the Cardinals battle Western Michigan at 7 p.m. at University Arena. Ball State is still in contention for a share of the MAC West title and a first round bye in the upcoming MAC Tournament. The Cardinals are averaging 60.3 points per game this season while allowing 61.4 points per game against. Sophomore forward Jarrod Jones leads the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game and leads the team on the glass at 7.6 rebounds per contest...The Broncos cannot claim a first round bye in the MAC Tournament but are battling to secure a home game in the first round. WMU has dropped four out of its last six games, including a 74-66 loss at Central Michigan Saturday. The Broncos are out-rebounding opponents by a 37.5-33.9 margin this season. Senior guardDavid Kool leads the team in scoring at 21.1 points per game and has connected on 180-of-201 (89.6%) from the free throw line this season


Toledo (4-26, 1-14 MAC) at Northern Illinois (9-19, 5-10 MAC)

8 p.m.  • Toledo leads series 38-19

• Toledo heads to DeKalb, Ill. to battle Northern Illinois and close out the regular-season portion of its 2009-10 campaign. UT dropped a 58-54 home decision to the Huskies in the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 20. The Rockets will be the No. 12 seed in the upcoming FirstEnergy MAC Tournament, while the Huskies will be the No. 11 seed. The Rockets will be looking to build on a 45-42 triumph over MAC West Division leader Ball State. The Rockets’ victory snapped a school-record 19-game losing streak and also extended UT’s streak of winning its final home contest of the season to 14 games. Freshman G Jake Barnett ranks in the MAC’s Top 15 in five different statistical categories. He leads the team and is 12th in the MAC (second among freshman) with 12.9 points per game...Northern Illinois has lost 11 of its last 12 contests with its only victory a 67-65 home triumph over Central Michigan on Feb. 24. Junior G Xavier Silas ranks second in the MAC with 19.5 ppg. Junior G Darion Anderson and junior F Sean Kowal also are scoring in double figures with 11.5 and 10.4 ppg, respectively.




Padua wins third straight with a

5-1 win over St. Ed, and advances 

to district final against Iggy 

March 3, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – For the first time since 2007, Padua advanced to the Brooklyn District high school hockey championship game with tonight’s 5-1 win over St. Edward, here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.


The No. 2 seed Bruins (19-10-9) have now won three games in a row after going 51 days without a win. They will face No. 1 seed St. Ignatius at 6 Saturday for the rights to go to the state’s Frozen Four.


St. Edward won the shots-on-goal and penalty-kill battles in the first period, but Padua won the goals-for/goals-against battle to hold a 1-0 lead after the first 15.


The Eagles took 15 shots while the Bruins fired off nine in the first frame. One of those nine counted though, Josh Goebel connecting at 1:56 with assists from Jared Bogdan and Chris Yamnitsky.


The lead stood for the final 13 minutes of the period even though the Bruins could have gotten more when Riley Egan went in the box for hooking at 6:53 and Billy Comisky went in for tripping at 10:48. The Eagles specialty teams though kept it a one-goal game by killing both short-a-man deals.


Things got testy by the end of the first period as coincidental roughing penalties in the final minute got the fans noisy.


In the second period it was St. Ed with almost all the power plays and Padua with the timely special teams, killing 3-of-3 man-ad situations the Eagles had in the second 15.


The Eagles had an opportunity in the second minute when a hooking penalty gave them a power play and while they had some shots on goal, Justin Goebel turned away all challenges in goal.


St. Ed got another one when Nick Placko went in the box for tripping at 7:04, but still no goal. Brendan Finzer was sent to the box 39 seconds later making it a 4-on-4 and then seven seconds after the Eagle penalty ended, Zach Seither was able to get behind Eagle goalie Justin Wisniewski who just came out to the front of the crease.

 Seither knocked it into the wide open goal to make it 2-0 at 9:50 of the second.

St. Ed had another power-play in the period after another hooking call on Placko in the 13th minute, but the Bruins were able to wipe it clean without any damage done.

Again, Eds had the advantage in shots in the second, 15-13, for a two-period edge of 30-22, but the Bruins had the two that counted.

St. Ed (18-16-2) had flashes of making a comeback in the third when Ross Kivett scored at the 47-second mark of the third with an assist from Andrew Novack.


However, a flurry of goals and penalties followed. First, the Bruins went high-low to make it 4-1, Placko firing a slap shot over the left shoulder of Wisniewski and into the net at 4:49 and then captain Brad Beran took a slap from the blue on a play that was about to the start a power-play, but Eds never touched the puck, which slid under Wisniewski without a redirect, negating the pending power play at 7:18. Dave Nowak, Dan Metz, and Seither picked up assists on the two goals. .


“It is not the goal that seems to shift momentum’ it is always the next one,” said Padua coach Doug Hauser. "Whoever was going to score after we scored the third would would be in possession of the momentum shifting power.”

Then came a rash of penalties. At the 9:48 mark, each team had three men in the penalty box, but then a delay followed as referee Brian Wisner was unsure of how many men to allow on the ice for each team (as if there were many left on the bench to put on the ice).

 “The game is about the kids, 18-year olds, and the refs and coaches have to do their jobs, but when there is that much confusion about how to proceed, it takes it out of their hands,” said St. Ed coach Robbie Whidden. “Then we had more than we were supposed to because we were not sure if we could have three or four out there. Then we get a penalty for too many men on the ice.”

 When three guys were sitting in each box and the refs were discussing the situation with the off-ice officials, some might have been wondering who would get a fourth guy in the box so they could have a card game.

 Then it really did get comical as when play resumed, St. Ed had five in the box (four card players plus an alternate) and Padua had three.


In a power play, Padua made it 5-1 on a Metz goal at 10;34 assisted by Beran and Placko. Goebel wound up saving 42 shots.

Hiram College's Brittany Mayle of Crestwood and Chris Roberts of JFK  Earn All-NCAC Basketball Honors

March 3, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

WESTLAKE  –  Hiram College women’s basketball player and senior guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) along with men’s basketball player and junior guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) have earned second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors for their individual efforts this season.  [All-NCAC Women's Team] [All-NCAC Men's Team]

The Terrier women ended the season with a 4-22 overall record and 3-13 in the NCAC.

Mayle earned all-conference honors for the first time in her career.  She averaged 10.6 points per game and shot 29.5 percent (78-of-264) from the field.  She was second on the team in four statistical categories including rebounding (4.6 rpg.), three-pointers made (19), assists (67) and steals (27).  Mayle was the team’s top free-throw shooter at 80.0 percent (100-of-125).



For her career, Mayle averaged 8.3 ppg. in 88 career games and had a 27.1 lifetime shot percentage (199-of-735).  She also averaged 4.1 rpg. in addition to tallying 260 assists, 112 steals and ten blocked shots.  Mayle had a 77.8 free-throw percentage (267-of-343) which ranks second best all-time in program history.  Her 260 assists also rank fourth best all-time.

The Terrier men ended the season with a 12-14 overall record and 9-7 in the NCAC.

Roberts earned All-NCAC accolades for the second time in his career after earning first-team honors last season.  This winter, he was the team’s leading scorer with a 14.2 ppg. average.  He was also amongst the team’s leaders in field goal percentage at 41.9 percent (113-of-270).  In addition, he led the team in free-throws made (114) and free-throws attempted (158) for a 72.2 percentage.  Roberts was second on the team in rebounding (4.7 rpg.), assists (55) and steals (29). 


NCAC Women's Lacrosse Special    




March 3, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Kenyon emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by North Coast Athletic Conference women's lacrosse coaches in their annual preseason poll, the league office here announced.

The Ladies, who last season finished with a 4-2 regular season league record and a 12-5 overall mark, earned five of seven first place votes to total 47 points. Denison was chosen to finish second with 34 points and the remaining two first-place votes. Ohio Wesleyan (31) and Wooster (31), the defending NCAC champion, were predicted to tie for third. Allegheny (26) was picked to finish fifth, followed by Wittenberg (20) and Oberlin (7) in places six and seven, respectively.

Kenyon returns first-team All-NCAC performers Chase Kreuter (Greenwich, CT/Greenwich Academy) and Liz Hancock (Hopkins, MN/Hopkins). Kreuter, a senior goalkeeper, is a two-time first-team choice. Hancock, a senior midfielder, was a first-team selection as a junior and honorable mention in 2008. The Ladies are under the direction of reigning NCAC Coach of the Year Meredith Buzzi. Buzzi guided Kenyon to a second-place finish last season and is 21-10 (.667) in two seasons at the helm.

In 25 years of North Coast women's lacrosse competition, four schools have claimed championships: Denison, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster. The Big Red have won the most titles (15), followed by Wooster with five and Oberlin with three. The Scots won their titles from 2002-04, 2007 and 2009, while the Yeowomen claimed theirs in 1995 and 1997-98. The Battling Bishops won women's lacrosse titles in 2005 and 2008.

Horizon League launches re-designed mobile app for iPhone and iPod touch devices

Coverage of Speedway Men’s Basketball Championship available on mobile devices


By Matt Segal

NDIANAPOLIS -- When the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship begins with four first-round games on Tuesday night, fans can follow action like never before with the newly-enhanced Horizon League Mobile app.


The free application allows fans to view on-demand videos, blog entries, news from around the League and Twitter accounts from every conference school.  The Horizon League Network’s comprehensive coverage of the Speedway Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship, including live blogs, previews and recap videos, will also be available on Apple’s mobile devices.

Championship Page


“WebStream Productions, alongside our partners at TGFI, are proud to unveil the new Horizon League Mobile application,” WebStream Productions President John Servizzi said.  “This release continues the League’s commitment to providing fans with unprecedented coverage and keeps the League’s multimedia offerings at the head of the pack.  We look forward to continued development of our desktop and mobile offerings as technology continues to improve the ‘internet everywhere’ experience.”


The application is a free download via the iTunes App Store when fans search for “Horizon League.”


“One of our goals in the Horizon League is to be a leader in emerging technology,” Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone said.  “We are certainly excited about the new mobile app, which addresses the increasing demand for Horizon League content.”


Horizon League

Comprised of 10 public and private institutions of higher learning, the Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletics conference that sponsors 19 intercollegiate championships and is headquartered in Indianapolis.  (www.HorizonLeague.org -or- www.HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv)


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North Ridgeville resident Kym Wenz

a finalist for Jostens Trophy

By Hugh Howard

The College of Wooster’s Kym Wenz was selected as one of 12 women’s finalists for the Jostens Trophy, a national award to honor the most outstanding men’s and women’s NCAA Div. III basketball players of the year. Considerations for the award include basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service.

Wenz, from North Ridgeville, Ohio (Avon Lake H.S.), is the first Wooster student-athlete (male or female) to be a finalist in the 13-year history of the award, which is coordinated by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va.

“That’s awesome. I couldn’t be more excited for her,” Fighting Scots’ head coach Lisa Campanell Komara exclaimed. “She’s definitely deserving of that. Her hard work, both in the classroom and on the court, has paid off. She really exemplifies what being a Div. III student-athlete is all about. It’s an honor for Kym, our program, and the College as a whole.”

Kym Wenz

Wenz (24)

On the hardwood, Wenz, a 5-7 senior guard, was simply one of the best scorers and shooters in Div. III throughout the 2009-10 season, currently ranking No. 14 in points per game (20.8) and No. 2 in 3-point percentage (.474: 72-for-152). She led the North Coast Athletic Conference in each of those categories and ranked second in free throw percentage (.807; 113-for-140) and fourth in steals (2.62 per game).

For her career, Wenz finished as Wooster’s all-time leader in scoring average at 17.1 points per game and her 1,558 total points were second in team history as well as 13th in the conference annals, despite missing half of her sophomore season due to injury. Wenz also now stands as the career record holder in 3-pointers made (167), 3-point percentage (.415), and free throws made (363), while also placing third in free throw percentage (.803) and fourth in steals (202).

Majoring in communication studies with a minor in physical education, Wenz holds a 3.40 grade-point average. She is a member of Lampda Pi Eta (national honor society for communications) and was awarded (by faculty) for the top Independent Study presentation speech within the communications department for her project. Wenz, a three-time member of the Dean’s List, also is a teaching assistant within the department of communications.

In the community, Wenz has been a four-year participant with Scots in Service, performing a variety of volunteer activities. She also is a member of the Women’s Athletic and Recreation Association on campus and teaches young girls basketball and life-skills during summer camp.

The overall winners will be presented with the Jostens Trophy on March 18, at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the men’s NCAA Div. III Championships being hosted in Salem, Va., on March 19-20.

John Marshall High alumna Syrea Thomas Garners NCAC Hoops Honors
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3/3/2010 10:56:50 AM
By Mike Mancini

Westlake – First-year sensation Allison Anderson was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year and also earned All-NCAC Second-Team honors, while junior Syrea Thomas garnered honorable-mention accolades, the league office announced on Wednesday. 

Anderson, a native of Springfield, Illinois, led the league in assists with 5.6 helpers per game and steals with 3.1 rip-aways per contest. She also played the most minutes of any player in the NCAC, totaling 1,004 for an average of 38.6 per game. Furthermore, her 13.8 points per game were eighth best in the conference, while her .768 free throw percentage was fourth best. 

Anderson, who scored 20-plus points eight times and became the first freshman in school history to record a triple-double, is just the second Yeowomen to earn NCAC Newcomer of the Year honors and the first since 1999 when Nzinga Broussard earned the honor.

Thomas led the Yeowomen and finished seventh in the league in scoring with 14 points per game. The Cleveland, Ohio, native also finished eighth in the league in rebounding with 6.7 boards per game. Moreover, the southpaw sharp shooter ended fourth in NCAC with 2.2 3-pointers per contest and trailed only Anderson with 38.2 minutes played per game.





March 3

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND - In the spring semester of 2008, now graduate student Britta Kumley (Solon, OH) decided to sacrifice a year of indoor and outdoor track for a once in a lifetime experience, a semester studying abroad in France.  What she didn't realize at the time was a year of graduate school at Case Western Reserve University would allow her to make up that final season.  

"My sister (Alissa, Class of '02) kept telling me that I needed to study abroad, so it was stuck in my head that I had to do it," explained Kumley.   "Studying abroad was a great experience and it was definitely worth going, but it made me appreciate things as well.  I never thought that I was that dependent on anyone, but being away from my friends and the team atmosphere was hard."

Kumley is currently in the midst of a transitional year, as she obtains a Masters degree in Bioethics, a growing multidisciplinary field which focuses on the ethical practices in both research and application of the medical and surrounding fields.  This should lead to a smooth conversion into medical school, which she plans to attend in the fall.  Kumley has already been accepted into Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cincinnati and is waiting to hear back from other options.   

"The (Bioethics program) has been going great," said Kumley.  "The classes are interesting, and we have a lot of clinical exposure which I appreciate in preparation for med school. We've done all sorts of things like go on rounds in the Intensive Care Units, observe at genetic counseling appointments, and sit in on hospital ethics committee meetings where they discuss specific ethical problems that arise in the clinical setting."

"I'll be staying in Ohio but the options are still open right now" continued Kumley, about her medical school selection.  "I'll need more information before making a decision. Ultimately I'm looking for the place that will be the best learning environment for me."

When making her choice of schools for undergraduate studies, Kumley had also narrowed her choice down to two schools, the other being the University of Chicago.  However, the Spartan spirit ran in the family and ultimately, the youngest Kumley decided to follow her big sisters (Allisa and Emma, Class of '96). 

"Two of my sisters went to Case so it just seemed natural," said Kumley. "Everything has worked out with school and running; I wouldn't do it differently."

While Britta is following a legacy at the school, she is the first to run for the Spartans and has certainly made her mark.  In 2008, Kumley became an All-American in the final race of her cross country career, as she finished 34th when the top 35 get All-America status. 

"(Becoming an All-American) was one of those goals that I set for myself but didn't really believe was possible," recalled Kumley.  "I set some of my passwords to 'All-American', so every day I would have to think about it, at least a little bit.  During the race, I went out and just felt great for the first mile and a half.  By the end of the race I was really tired and not thinking very positively, but I heard people saying 'You're 35th!'  I thought, well that's good but it would be a real shame if they miscounted.  So I was able to pass one girl and ended up getting 34th.  I am glad it worked out." 

Since Kumley had already used four years of eligibility in cross country, she had to sit out this fall and be a spectator as her teammates finished 15th in the country.  That did not stop her from doing a little running herself on the big day of the national meet, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College at Highland Park Golf Course, just six miles off the University Heights campus.  

"My friend Kristen (Bowhers, Class of '09) and I ran to nationals because it was only like 5 or 6 miles away," explained Kumley. "So we ran there, then sprinted around the course to cheer, and ran back, and by the time we got back we were like 'wow that was a long run.'  We were so tired after running probably 14 miles that day. Massive amounts of pancakes were definitely in order."

Now Kumley is back in action for track season but she has some catching up to do.  Missing a whole fall of training is not easy for a runner who specializes in the long distances.  

"I do feel kind of rusty and creaky, but it's been going okay," said Kumley.  "My first mile of the year actually was my fastest to start a season by about 12 seconds.  It's hard to know what to expect after such a big break.  I would like to break a five minute mile, but ultimately I just want to have fun and enjoy my last season."

Her next chance at that five minute mile comes this weekend, March 5 and 6, in the University Athletic Association Indoor Championships in Boston, hosted by Brandeis University.  Kumley has not been able to quite reach the heights of her cross country success at track but did finish sixth in the mile run (5:14.59) at the indoor UAA meet as a sophomore in 2007 and third at the outdoor meet in the 1500 meter run (4:49.80).  

"I think we are looking to improve as a team (from a sixth place finish last season), because we are really a young team and are looking to establish our presence in the UAA for track," explained Kumley.  "In cross country the last couple years, we have been up at the top and track is trying to work towards that success. I think this track team is really getting better. We are looking for a good competition."

Oberlin Men's Tennis Stumbles at Mount Union
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3/3/2010 10:32:18 P

By Wes Davis

Alliance, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s tennis squad traveled to Mount Union College of the Ohio Athletic Conference tonight for a non-conference contest. The Raiders would hand the Yeomen a tough 9-0 loss.

Mount Union, who improves to 3-0 this spring, rolled through doubles action earning wins in all three spots before sweeping the singles action as well.

Partnering for the first time this season were Ben Godlove and Eliot Heaton at No. 1 doubles. The Yeomen duo would take three games from Brian Mogus and Grant Anderson but would eventually fall 8-3. 

“This was a tough night for our guys, but several of them were able to get some good match experience against a good team,” said Head Coach Adam Shoemaker.

Oberlin squared off against the Raiders with a line-up that included a few team members seeing their first action of the spring. Sergio SanchezWilliam Broderick and Miles Bogner were all upended in their respective season debuts.

Mount Union’s Zach Perry defeated Godlove, who was riding a six-match win streak dating back to the fall, in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. 

The Yeomen (2-5) are back in action Saturday, March 6 when they play host to Hope College in an 8:30 a.m. match, followed by an afternoon tennis session against Grove City College at 3:30 p.m. in John W. Heisman Field House.