A Page -- March 3, 2011

With three Student/Athletes on this year's 

team heading to Stanford and San Diego 

State to continue their Student/Athletic 

careers, Heights persists as one of most 

formidable girls' lacrosse programs in the 


March 3, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – With seven of its former Student/Athletes from the past five seasons now studying and participating in Division I Collegiate situations, including one in the Ivy League and two “West Coast Ivy” (Stanford and Berkeley), the Cleveland Heights High lacrosse program has come to be one the most formidable ones in the entire Midwest, both on the field and in the classroom.

That is evidenced in the here and now by the perseverance of the current Student/Athletes in the Heights program and their longevity as team members. From last year’s Tiger den, 11 S/As are returning to the fold, including seven seniors.

One may always be able to determine the stability of a prgoram by how long the players stick with it and to have seven stay in for all four years or thereabouts on a lacrosse team is a tribute to a formula for cohesiveness, which this Heights team possesses.

The Tigers are coming off an 11-6-1 2010 season but against one of strongest schedules available.

The girls this season will travel to California to play Palo Alto HS and Menlo School at Stanford, and to Maryland to play national power St. Paul’s School for Girls. The Tigers will then host New Trier, IL in Cleveland. Coaches and athletic directors are still attempting to finalize a schedule vs. Loyola High, IL to be played at Notre Dame.

Incidentally, New Trier, located in Chicago’s North Shore area, is like a St. Edward or Walsh Jesuit three times magnified. The school’s S/As have won over 125 state team championships in all sports, including lacrosse (five in girls and eight in boys), since the early 1900s.

Even locally, the Tigers play one of the most challenging schedules in the country, as well as the state. Within the Buckeye State, Tigers opponents include all four Division I 2010 Final Four teams, both Division I Finals teams, in addition to the aforementioned nationally ranked out-of-state opponents.


“We have the expectation of having great success against all these teams,” said Heights coach Terry Saylor. “This is one of the fastest teams that we have had here at Heights. We return skilled, experienced players at every position.”

This year’s crop of veteran Heights lacrosse S/As includes talented and well-schooled ones who will be moving to the next level. Two seniors who have signed with Division I San Diego State are Kelly Jones and Olivia Lash. Also, one junior, Meg Lentz, is verbally committed to Stanford.

PAC 10/Heights LAX Girls

Former Tigers Zoe Jones (Cal-Berkeley) left,  and U. Oregon's Eve Tranchito (R) 

Jones has earned 3 Varsity letters. Last year she scored 101 goals and had 32 assists. Lash, a 2-year Varsity letterwoman, is also an attacker, scoring 58 goals and notching 20 assists in 2010.

 Lentz is also a two-year Varsity letterwoman. The junior midfielder scored 142 goals and had 59 assists a year ago.

Other veterans include Madison Apple (Senior, 3 Varsity letters, defense), Nicky Rosenbaum (Senior, 2 Varsity letters, defense), and Carole Ryan (Senior, 2 Varsity letters, attacker, 8 goals, 3 assists).

Still others returning from last year’s varsity outfit are Tali Lugasy (Senior, 1 Varsity letter, attacker, 10 goals), Kelly Rosenbaum (Senior, 1 varsity letter, goalie), Isabel Collins (Sophomore, 1 Varsity letter, defense), Margeaux Apple (Junior, 1 Varsity letter,  midfield), and Ellie Austin (Junior, 1 Varsity letter, defense).

Among the newcomers to the Varsity Tigers are Kyra Schoonover (Sophomore), Mackenzie Lash (Junior), Kelly Dawson (Sophomore), Madeleine Winans (Freshman), and Meredith Matia (Freshman).

Ultimately, the Tigers’ team goals are to win States and be Nationally ranked throughout the season and at the end.

Assist. Coach Burke

New to the 2011 coaching staff are assistant coaches Shannon Burke and Maura Neumeister.

Where they go after Heights Lacrosse

Tiffany Smith

(LtoR) Tiffany Smith (Cincinnati),  Dana Lindsay (Stanford), Leslie Fischer (American)

Also, and most important, this group of Tigers have both the subsequent and antecedent of the Student/Athlete concept in place otherwise they would not be going to all these East and West Coast schools, Ivy, quasi-Ivy or otherwise. “Most of the players are at the top of their class academically,” coach Saylor said.

Merritt Tabbed All-NCAC Honorable-Mention
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3/2/2011 11:38:54 PM
Westlake, Ohio - Oberlin College junior point guard Josh Merritt was named as an All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection, the league office announced on Wednesday morning. 

Merritt, who was the only Yeomen to start in all 25 games this season, finished second on the team with 12.8 points per game and also led the way with 104 total assists, marking the ninth-best single season performance in school history.

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Cuyahoga Heights' "L Connection" -- 

Lane and Logan -- combine for 33 

points as Redskins move forward in 

tourney play

Austin Lane scored 20 points and Matt Logan added 13 as Cuyahoga Heights bounced St. Martin de Porres out of tournament play Wednesday night.

Lane (left) and Logan

The Redskins moved to 15-6 and St. Martin closes at 8-10.


MAC basketball tournament bracket announced; 

Kent gets first-round bye; Akron hosting first-round 

game; games to move to Cleveland after first round

 Match 3, 2011 -- 12:01 A.M.

By Erin Dugan

CLEVELAND - The Mid-American Conference announced the 2011 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament bracket this evening after the conclusion of the regular season games.

Claiming the top seed and first round bye is Toledo.  The Rockets finished the season 13-2 in conference play and 22-7 overall.  UT also claimed the West Division title for the second consecutive season and the MAC Regular Season title for the first time since 2003.

After winning the East Division for the sixth consecutive year since moving to that division, the Bowling Green Falcons secured themselves the second seed in the tournament and a first round bye.  The Falcon finished with a conference record of 13-3. 

Central Michigan takes the third seed with an 11-5 conference record and a bye in the first round.  The Chippewas receive their first round bye in the tournament since 1992.

Kent State claims the fourth seed and a first round bye with a conference record of 11-5.  The Golden Flashes receive their third consecutive first round bye in the tournament.

Hosting first round games are No. 5 Eastern Michigan, No. 6 Buffalo, No. 7 Northern Illinois and No. 8 Akron.  Rounding out the rest of the field is No. 9 Western Michigan, No. 10 Ohio, No. 11 Ball State and No. 12 Miami.

The 2011 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament kicks off Saturday on campus sites.  Visit www.mac-sports.com for more information.

Allison Anderson and John Marshall alumna Syrea Thomas Earn All-League Honors
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3/2/2011 11:19:29 P.M
By Mike Mancini

Westlake – Sophomore point guard Allison Anderson was named to the All-NCAC Second-Team, and senior guard Syrea Thomas also earned All-NCAC Honorable-Mention honors for the second straight season, the league office announced on Wednesday morning.
Thomas capped off her fabulous four-year career by becoming just the seventh player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points as she leaves Oberlin with 1,035 tallies. 

Thomas closed out the season with two of the best performances of her career with 32 points against Denison before following with 28 points in the NCAC Quarterfinal game at Ohio Wesleyan. 

The Cleveland, Ohio, native was the only player to start all 26 games this season as she finished second on the team with 12.6 points per contest and 51 steals. She also finished third on the squad in 3-point field percentage (.324) and rebounds per game (5.4).

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Letters to the Editor: The Readers Write

 Inductively Generalizing

I was dissapointed (sic) in your comment about coaches "doing the usual teacher union thing" in stuffung (sic) St. Eds. I am a teacher and a coach who did not "stuff" a team. The other story was that St. Eds (sic)  scheduled too many games and DID NOT self report the matter and many felt they should not have been allowed to participate in the Baron Cup. I have read your articles and blog over the years and enjoyed the work you do. I am sorry you made a hockey story to take a shot at teachers in such a broad stroke.

 Tim Murphy

North Olmsted High School

Head Hockey, Baseball, and Golf Coach 

Editor’s Note Re: “many felt they should not have been allowed to participate.” True, teaching now has come to be about instructing students on how to “feel” instead of how to “think.”

Two Ohio teams to meet in the Cheese 

State in first round of Horizon League 


March 3, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State moves on to Milwaukee for the next two rounds of the Horizon League Championship, facing No. 6 Wright State on Friday, March 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m. CST (6:00 p.m. EST) in the U.S. Cellular Arena in downtown Milwaukee.
Joe Latas
Chanel alum Joe Latas

A win would send the third-seeded Vikings to a semi-final matchup against No. 2 Butler on Saturday (March 5)
more college.

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Mount Union set for NCAA Basketball 

Tourney to begin

March 3, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Josh Reilly

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team is set to take on Wisconsin-Whitewater in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at Thomas More College's Connor Convocation Center.

The interconference rivalry, which is usually settled on the gridiron, will spill into the gymnasium on Friday with a 5 p.m. tip-off.

Thomas More (Ky.) and Piedmont (Ga.) will meet in Friday's nightcap at 7 p.m. The winner of that contest will meet the Mount Union/Whitewater victor on Saturday for another 7 p.m. start, ultimately determining who advances to the Sweet 16.


Mount Union Purple Raiders (25-3)
Ranked: #14 (ESPN/USA Today), #16 (D3Hoops.com)

The Purple Raiders qualified for NCAAs by winning the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. They stretched their winning streak to 11 games -- and have won 15 of 16 -- with a 92-84 decision over John Carroll in the OAC title game.

Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted), an All-OAC First Team selection and OAC Tournament MVP, enters NCAAs as Mount Union's leading scorer. She is averaging 12.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 three-pointers per game.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) is the Purple Raiders' only other scorer in double-figures with averages of 11.6 points, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals. An OAC Tournament Team selection, LaMattina was also named to the All-OAC Second Team.

Amanda Rose (Uniontown/Green), who earned an All-OAC Honorable Mention, is averaging 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Brunswick High alumna Katie Crider

Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick), with 9.3 points per game, and Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia), with averages of 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, have also been key contributors for the Purple Raiders.

Nordonia High alumna Brittany Kilgore

Mount Union led the OAC in scoring margin (+13.7), assists (16.61), turnover margin (+4.96) and 3-pointers (7.39). Among all Division III teams, the Raiders are ranked 21st in 3-pointers and 23rd in scoring offense.

The team faced one fellow NCAA Tournament team during the 2010-11 season, and won, when it defeated Juniata, 79-68.

The NCAA appearance is Mount Union's second consecutive qualification and fifth all-time. Last year, the Purple Raiders advanced to the Sweet 16 with victories over Washington and Jefferson (Pa.) and Messiah (Pa.) before falling to eventual national champ Washington (Mo.).

The Raiders have compiled a 13-4 record in NCAA Tournament play, including a championship game appearance in 1996 when it lost to Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Mount Union has advanced to the Final Four twice in its history; the other time happened in 1998 when the Raiders lost to eventual runner-up Southern Maine.


Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks (21-6)
Ranked: #24 (D3Hoops.com)

The Warhawks received an at-large bid after losing to Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 73-53, in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament final. They are of three WIAC teams in the NCAA Tournament; Stevens Point and Wisconsin-La Crosse are the others.

Dana Thompson is Whitewater's leader inside the paint, averaging 16.1 points and 7.9 rebounds. 

The All-WIAC First Teamer is currently ranked seventh in the country with a .589 field goal percentage. She also makes 1.5 blocks per game.

Kaitlyn Thill is the Warhawks' star on the perimeter with averages of 8.3 points, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists. She shoots .800 from the charity stripe and is ranked eighth in D-III in steals. Thill was named to the All-WIAC Defensive Team.

Another key producer for UWW is Chantel Burg, who is at 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.

The Warhawks led only one team statistical category in their loaded conference: steals (13.37). Their takeaway output has them ranked 24th in the nation.

In 2010-11, Whitewater played nine games with a 5-4 slate against teams in the NCAA Tournament including three contests each against conference foes Stevens Point and LaCrosse. 

Two wins happened against La Crosse while others came versus Calvin (Mich.), Illinois Wesleyan and George Fox (Ore.). Three losses were suffered to Stevens Point and the fourth happened against La Crosse.

The NCAA appearance is the fourth in a row for Whitewater and 11th all-time. Last season, the Warhawks opened the tournament with a win over Saint Thomas (Minn.) before falling to Carthage (Wis.) in the second round.

The Warhawks have compiled a 15-10 record in NCAA Tournament play, including a Final Four appearance in 2008 when they lost to Howard Payne (Texas) in the semifinals.

Jim Krakowiak scores 13 and "home 

boy" Dan Dreher 11 in Holy Name's 

balanced attack to Westlake sectionals 


In the Westlake Division II boys’ sectional basketball tournament, Holy Name moved on to the next round with Wednesday night’s 56-51 over Brookside.

Dreher (L), Day (R)


Jim Krakowiak with 13 points, Dan Dreher (playing all games in this tourney only a few blocks from his house since he is from Westlake) with 11 points, and Sean Sirl and Seamus Day each with nine points charged a balanced Holy Name attack.

St. Ed makes it an all-Red North final with a big third 

period to down pesky Amherst

Clay Jarrell turned in a fast hat trick in the third period to douse any ideas of an Amherst upset and put St. Edward into Saturday’s district title hockey game against Padua, in Brooklyn with Wednesday night’s 5-3 win.

The score was tied, 1-1, after two periods. Danny O’Sullivan also scored a third-period goal for the Eagles, which was his second goal of the evening.

Egan (left), O'Sullivan (right)

Riley Egan assisted on Jarrell’s second goal of the third period and the fourth Eagle goal, which turned out to be the game winner.