A Page -- March 5, 2011

Gilmour Hires Euclid's Shawn Dodd as 

Head Football Coach


March 5, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Kristy Booher

GATES MILLS – Area resident and longtime local assistant football coach Shawn Dodd will be the new head coach of the Gilmour Academy football program.  Dodd, a resident of Willowick, Ohio, and graduate of Eastlake North High School, has ties to the Notre Dame Cathedral Latin and Euclid High School football programs, having assisted both teams to state playoff berths.


“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to coach at Gilmour Academy,” said Dodd.  “The school is known for its academic excellence and is rich in athletic tradition.  The facilities are state of the art and I’m excited to get back to the success the football program has experienced in the past.”


Most recently, Dodd served as an assistant with NDCL as a special teams coordinator and a wide receivers and defensive backs coach.  The Lions earned a North Coast League Championship in 2007, which was his first season with the program.  That same year, the staff earned NCL Coaching Staff of the Year honors.  In 2008, NDCL reached the state playoffs.


While at Euclid from 1999-2006, Dodd spent time as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach, also serving as the head junior varsity and head freshman team coach for several seasons.  The varsity Panthers earned conference championships in 2004 and 2006, also earning a state playoff bid in the latter of the two years.

Dodd is currently in his 12th year as a 6th grade teacher at Forest Park Middle School in Euclid, Ohio.

Jimmy Corrigan's marksmanship via long-

range bombs leads Rocky River to 

sectional title over EC

March 5, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Thanks to the sharpshooting of Jimmy Corrigan, Rocky River’s boys’ basketball team was able to build a huge lead early and roll to a sectional championship victory over Elyria Catholic, 69-43, Friday night.


Corrigan’s marksmanship provided three three-pointers in the first quarter alone as the Pirates rolled out to a double-digit lead and the Pirates never heeded.

Corrigan finished with a game-high 20 points.

 Mount Union's baseball team focusing on "finishing" this season

March 5, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE -- Mount Union's baseball team enters the 2011 season looking toward one word -- finish.

The word takes on a couple of meanings for the Purple Raiders, who finished last season on an eight-gamelosing streak and failed to finish those games as they dropped five of those games by two runs or less. All of that led to Mount Union's lowest finish in the Ohio Athletic Conference since 1990.

Finish takes on a different meeting to start 2011 as 11 seniors are on the roster as part of 14 returning letterwinners looking to finish their careers with a higher finish in the conference and get back to the four-team OAC Tournament for the first time since 2008.


Two seniors that headline the the list of returners are centerfielder Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) and shortstop Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic).

Green Alum Greg Ferrell (L) and Jackson High product Britt Williams

Ferrell, a three-time All-OAC selection, started in 34 contests and led the team in batting average (.389), home runs (9), triples (4), doubles, stolen bases (10). He matched his single season record with 18 doubles and the 2009 national gold glove winner also finished 2010 with 92 put-outs while recording only one error.

Tracy was the only Raider to start all 35 games is a two-time All-OAC pick who posted a .362 

batting average with five doubles and 21 RBI.

Hudson grad Ty Wood (L) and Louisville alum  Mike Griffith

Other returning starters include outfielder Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson), infielders Dan Henderson (Canton/GlenOak), Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) and Mike Griffith (Louisville/East Canton) along with designated hitter Kyle VonDuyke (Medina/Medina)

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Cleveland State basketball team on six-

game winning streak; Vikings hosting 

UIC in regular-season finale later today

March 5, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m

By Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRICT) -- Winners of a season-high six straight games, Cleveland State concludes the regular season with a 2:00 p.m. contest against UIC on Saturday (March 5) in the Wolstein Center. 

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Janelle Adams (L),  Kaila Montgomery

CSU improved to 18-10 overall and moved into a tie for second place with Butler in the Horizon League (11-6) with a 73-58 win over Loyola on Thursday (March 3). UIC is 14-14 overall and 9-9 in the Horizon League, tied with Milwaukee for fifth place in the standings. 

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March 5, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m

By Nick Minerd

SKILLMAN, NJ – For the first time in program history, the Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team is ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National poll. The Spartans, ranked 21st, are one of six University Athletic Association schools to appear in the poll

Shaker Heights High alum Nick Howe

The Spartans are 4-3 overall in dual matches and have won three straight, including a pair versus top 30 competition. Case’s three dual losses have come to one Division Iopponent and two teams ranked in the top 17 of Division III.

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Oberlin Men & Women Third After Day One
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Oberlin, Ohio – After one day of competition at the 2011 NCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships, both the Oberlin’s men’s and women’s teams rest in third place with 29 points. 

“We had some very good performances today and I am pleased what were able to achieve,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “However, there are a lot of points to be had tomorrow and we need to be at our best.”

The Yeomen got the day started with a pair of second-place performances in the field events. Sophomore Alexander Guo posted a mark of 44-05.25 in the triple jump, while senior Josh Gallagher tossed the shot put 48-11.50. 
Senior Ben Schild added four team points by checking in fifth in the 5,000 meters with a timestamp of 15:29.36

Getting the day started for the Yeowomen was senior Laura Vernon as she placed second in the pole vault by breaking her own school record and setting a new NCAC record with a mark of 11-01.50. Sarah Bechtel, a freshman from OWU, also cleared the same mark, but by doing so in fewer tries she was declared the winner. 

Classmate Joanna Johnson continued her dominance as she blistered the field to win the 5,000 meters in 17:57.57, which was more than 20 seconds better than the second-place finisher. 

Fellow senior Melissa DeLombaert picked up five team points in the triple jump by placing fourth overall with a mark of 32-08.25. 

Marissa Clardy was the top qualifier in the 400-meter dash as she posted a new school record, a NCAC season-best time and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 58.60. 

Senior Amanda Miller (2:22.68) and sophomore Amanda Gracia (2:24.09) were the top two finishers in the prelims of the 800. Miller’s performance was the second-fastest in the conference this season. 

The women of Ohio Wesleyan are currently in the lead with 77.5 points, followed by Allegheny at 42.5. Ahead of Oberlin on the men’s side is Wabash (49) and Ohio Wesleyan (38).

With plenty of qualifiers on both the men’s and women’s sides, Oberlin will look to move up the rankings tomorrow. All of the action will get underway at 10:30 a.m. Fans that cannot make it to the John W. Heisman Field House can watch the meet online for free by accessing the link on theChampionship Homepage


League Tourney begins today
March 5, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m

By Erin Dugan

Saturday, March 5, 2011
No. 9 Western Michigan at No. 8 Akron, 2:30 p.m.
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The eighth-seeded University of Akron women's basketball team will play host to ninth-seeded Western Michigan on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET at Rhodes Arena in the first round of the FirstEnergy Mid-American Conference Tournament. The winner will advance to next Wednesday's quarterfinal round to be held at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland and will face No. 1-seeded Toledo at 5 p.m. Western Michigan dropped the final game of the season at Eastern Michigan, 80-56. Miame Giden scored 19 points to lead WMU and give her 995 for her career heading into the MAC Tournament. If she reaches 1,000 career points, she would be the third Bronco to do so this season. Ebony Cleary had eight points and six rebounds, Aurielle Anderson also had eight points, as well as four assists. Brenna Banktson finished with seven points and seven rebounds. The Zips enter Saturday's contest with a 13-15 overall record and closed the regular season with a 6-10 league mark. Despite a pair of double-doubles from Carly Young and Rachel Tecca, The University of Akron women's basketball team fell victim to a late Kent State rally in a 56-53 defeat to the Golden Flashes in the regular-season finale on Wednesday at Rhodes Arena. Young finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Tecca chipped in with 11 and 12 for the Zips, who led by as many as 12 in the second half. Senior Kara Murphy, who was recognized prior to tip off, had 10 points and six rebounds in her final home game.

No. 12 Miami at No. 5 Eastern Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
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Miami puts its season on the line as it opens MAC Tournament play Saturday. The RedHawks are the 12th seed and will travel to fifth seed Eastern Michigan for a 4:30 p.m. game. An 18-2 run to begin the second half turned around what had been a tight game as Ohio defeated Miami in the regular season finale for both teams, 76-47. Rachel Hencke scored 19 points, Kirsten Olowinski had a team-high 12 rebounds, while Erica Almady had 11. Coming off an 80-56 victory against Western Michigan University, March 2, the Eagles enter the game with a mark of 19-11 (10-6 MAC) and a 10-6 record this season inside the friendly confines of the Convocation Center. EMU is led by junior Tavelyn James. She averages 17.1 points per game. It's most important player may be senior point guard Cassie Schrock. In addition to being second on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game, she leads the team in rebounds at 7.2 caroms per game and assists at 5.5 per game.

No. 11 Ball State at No. 6 Buffalo, 7 p.m.
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Ball State begins its quest in the Mid-American Conference tournament as it takes on Buffalo at Alumni Arena in the first round Saturday at 7 p.m.. The Cardinals own a 9-20 overall record and lost its MAC regualr season meeting to the Bulls 77-61 Jan. 29. Senior forward Emily Maggert leads the squad, averaging 14.9 points per game, while senior guard Ty'Ronda Benning adds 12.6 points per contest. Maggert was the leading scorer against Northern Illinois after putting up 17 points. The Bulls begin MAC Tournament play today as they host Ball State in a first round game. UB enters the tournament as the #6 seed, hosting its first tournament game since the 2005-06 season. Senior Kourtney Brown became the Mid-American Conference's all-time leading shot blocker on Wednesday night with her two blocks against Bowling Green. Brown now has 251 in her career, surpassing Kent States' Mary Bukovac, who played for the Golden Flashes from 1985-89. Brown was named MAC East Player of the Week on Thursday for the second straight week. She has won the award a conference-high five times this season. Senior Ashley Zuber is looking to become UB's single-season assist leader as she currently has 177 on the season, second most in school history. Sonia Ortega holds the record with 188, which was set in the 1999-2000 season.

Sunday, March 6, 2011
No. 10 Ohio at No. 7 Northern Illinois, 7 p.m.
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Ohio has been paced by the standout play of Tenishia Benson. The redshirt junior averages 13.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Benson did not start against the Huskies earlier this season due to a broken orbital bone. She came off the bench for the only time this season to score 17 points and grab nine rebounds. Throughout the season, the Huskies have been led by seniors Ebony Ellis and Marke Freeman, but that has been the case more than ever over the last six contests. In that span, Freeman has averaged 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and better than two steals and two assists per game. Ellis has secured three double-doubles, while averaging 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds. Marke Freeman is only the third player in NIU history to average at least 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game for her career. The other two are current assistant coach E.C. Hill and Stephanie Raymond. Both Hill and Raymond went on to play professionally in the WNBA a

Mount advances in NCAA basketball tourney; Columbia Road Connection combines for 30 points

March 5, 2011 12:01 a.m.

By Josh Reilly


CRESTVIEW HILLS,  Ky. -- Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater, 69-55, to win an NCAA Tournament first-round game at Thomas More's Connor Center on Friday.

The Purple Raiders (26-3), who are ranked 14th by ESPN/USA Today and 16th by D3Hoops.com, pulled away with a late 10-point run. They will play their second-round contest on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Friday's No. 1-ranked Thomas More (Ky.)/Piedmont (Ga.) winner.

Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) finished with 17 points and Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) contributed 13 points.

With 12:25 left in the game, Wiedt buried a 3-pointer, putting Mount Union in the lead for good. Amanda Rose(Uniontown/Green) followed with a layup and LaMattina buried a trey of her own, completing an 8-0 run to widen the Raider lead to 44-37.

After that, the Warhawks (21-7) pulled within four points or less on five separate occasions, but never found themselves any closer.

Leading 55-51, Mount Union took command with a 10-0 stretch, getting contributions from four different scorers.

The Raiders outrebounded Whitewater, 37-33, which is further highlighted by a sizeable 24-10 second-half advantage. The game included eight ties and eight lead changes.

Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) led Mount Union on the glass with seven boards. Wiedt and Taylor Hartung (Canton/Massillon Perry) added three steals apiece.

Whitewater, which was rated 24th by D3Hoops, twice led by six points. It was led by Dana Thompson, who had 17 points and eight rebounds. Megan Theune added 10 points for the Warhawks

Mount Union tops Westminster on Courts

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The Mount Union men's tennis team defeated Westminster (Pa.), 8-1, to earn its first win of the 2010-11 school year at Peterson Fieldhouse on Friday.

The Purple Raiders (1-4) swept singles competition and took two of three doubles points.

Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) won the No. 1 singles match over Nathan Huber, 6-2, 6-1, while Nate Fockler(North Canton/Hoover) defeated Derek Fredrickson, 6-0, 6-0, at second singles.

Other singles victors were Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg), Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku), Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) and Drew LeGendre (Toledo/Bowsher).

Yackmack handled Drew Trifelos, 6-1, 6-3, at third singles; Anno defeated Sean Black, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 4 singles; Looker outlasted Ryan Carr at fifth singles, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; and LeGendre bested Brad Thomas, 6-0, 6-2, at sixth singles.

In doubles action, Fockler and Yackmack teamed for an 8-6 win at first singles over Huber and Fredrickson.

Perry and Anno added an 8-0 victory against Thomas and Carr at No. 2 singles.

Gilmour advances to State’s Frozen Four 

next week with Friday’s 4-0 district 

championship win over Shaker; Coach 

Malloy one win away from 500

March 5,  2011 – 12:01 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT  -- For the second time in four years and  Gilmour will be going to the Frozen Four next week as the Lancers downed Shaker Heights, 4-0, in the district final Friday night here in the Kent State University Ice Arena.

It was the 499th win of Lancer coach John Malloy’s career and marked only the third time since the district was moved here in 2003 that a team other than University School has advanced.

Gilmour last advanced in 2008 and Shaker in 2005. Should St. Edward beat Padua tonight, next week’s state semifinal would be another all-Brothers of Holy Cross battle, which was the scenario in the title game three years ago.

 For the entire first period, the game went up and down, both teams getting shots by either dumping and chasing, or through passing with neither team dominating the puck.

Gilmour finally raised the sticks first with John Tobbe scored an unassisted goal off rush at 9:29 of the first period.


 Listen to post-game interview with Gilmour Student/Athlete John Tobbe, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Lancers-Raiders game, by clicking and downloading


Shaker had its chance later when Gilmour was called for tripping at 12:35, putting the Red Raiders in the power play, but the Lancer special teams did a clean job in clearing the puck, sending down to the other zone four times and not allowing much set up offense for Shaker.

The 1-0 lead for Gilmour stood until the intermission.

The second period was all Gilmour, as the Lancers bumped the lead up to 3-0 with two more goals.


Listen to post-game interview tonight’s Lancers-Raiders game with Gilmour Student/Athlete Chris Deming, conducted by Norm after the, by clicking and downloading


After Shaker was called for tripping, the Lancers worked the power play with Chris Deming’s slap shot from the blue line capping it at 6:09, the puck whizzing by Red Raider goaltender Eric Sterin.

Brad Baker and Tobbe assisted on the power-play goal that put Gilmour at 1 of 1 on the penalty kill and 1 of 1 on the power play at that point.


Listen to post-game interview with Gilmour Student/Athlete Andrew Krall, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Lancers-Raiders game, by clicking and downloading


They made it 3-0 at 11:28 on another odd-man rush as Andrew Krall took the shovel from Benny Clark and slid the puck between Sterin’s legs.

Shaker went into the power play at the 14:50 mark after an elbowing penalty on Gilmour but did not score, carrying the remaining 1:50 into the third.

The Lancers’ special teams killed that and two more Shaker power-plays in the third to go 4 of 4 for the night on the penalty kill.

 Krall added a late open net and shorthand goal to close out the scoring.


Oliver Flesher gained the win and the shutout in goal.

Listen to post-game interview with Gilmour Student/Athlete Oliver Flesher, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Lancers-Raiders game, by clicking and downloading


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Tamaine Chappell scores in double

figures again, but Lawyers lose bid for 

sectional championship to Eagles

March 5, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


John Marshall High got a another good tournament game out of Tamaine Chappell , but the Lawyers’ bid for a sectional championship fell to short to a school about 10 blocks north of its own building, St. Edward, 90-45.

Chappell followed his 25-point performance against Parma with a 14-point game against the Eagles

Ledgemont goes down in tourney on cold 

shooting night

Ledgemont was eliminated from the boys’ basketball sectional Friday night by Warren JFK, 48-31.

The hot shooting hand just could not be found, as in mustering only 31 points, Ledgemont could not get a double-figure scorer.

Jim Marcic was the high scorer for Ledgemont with six points.