A Page -- March 6, 2011

Hathaway Brown gets key Rocky River 

S/A's in foul trouble to build sizable lead 

on the way to the district championship; 

Lysette Roman carries out assignment 

with passing grade plus in spelling the 

injured Tanisha Lawler

March 6, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND  (WEST PARK)  --  Two-time defending state champion Hathaway Brown, playing without starting guard Tanisha Lawler who twisted her ankle Thursday, advanced to the Division II regional tournament with Saturday’s 50-32 win over Rocky River in the district championship here in the St. Joseph Academy Athletic Center.

Defensively, the Blazers were able to limit the scoring of the Pirates’ Hannah McCue, aided by getting her to pick up her third foul in the second quarter and fourth in the third quarter and not allowing her a field goal in the first half.

Offensively, the Blazers were blessed with the accurate free-throw shooting of Vanessa Smith, Sarah Poland, and a balanced scoring attack from the floor to build bigger leads each quarter as game moved along and the Pirates were battling shaky shooting on their offensive end of the floor.


Listen to post-game interview with HB Student/Athlete Sarah Poland, conducted by Norm after the Saturday’s Blazers-Ironmen game, by clicking and downloading


In the absence of Lawler, who was dressed for the game and did a few stretching and walking exercises before the game to see if she could play, was Lysette Roman, who came off the bench Thursday to score double figures in the semifinal rout of Cleveland Central Catholic, replaced Lawler in the starting lineup.

Lawler stretching before the game

Roman’s job was to guard Rocky River’s scrappy and diligent point guard, Allyson Helleis, whom she was able to also get into foul trouble, limiting the Pirates both offensively and defensively.


Listen to post-game interview with HB Student/Athlete Lysette Roman, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Blazers-Piratesn game, by clicking and downloading


Offensively, Roman made sank three free throws in the first period and then a canned a three in the second as the Blazers were building toward their first double-digit lead.

The turning point in the game came in the third quarter when River just started making a comeback. McCue, the Pirates’ leading scorer, finally got her first field goal of the game, a three from the top of the key that cut HB’s lead to five, 24-19 with 6:20 to go in the third.


But then McCue picked up her fourth foul with 4:50 to go in the third and sat the remainder of the period.  During that stretch, the Blazers made most of their free throws, building their first 13-point lead of the game, 32-19, their first 15-point lead of the game, 38-23, and first 17-point advantage, 40-23.

Molly Crosby came off the bench to hit both baskets that bumped it up to 15 and 17 points. River was 2 of 5 at the line and HB 6 of 9 at the line in the third quarter.

River kept it close most of the first half, but could never really get close enough to add pressure to the Blazers.

Down 18-11 with 4:36 in the half, River took the first black eye to its offensive make-up when McCue picked up her third foul and had to go to the bench. Up to that point, River had already been dealing with cold shooting and forced shots.

Up to that point, HB’s biggest lead had been eight points. With McCue on the bench, Helleis, who already sat parts of the first and second with her second foul, was charged with her third with two and a half minutes to go in the half. 


The Blazers were able to build their first 11-point lead, but not more as the River defense came up with a crushing denial at the end of the half when the Blazers held the ball for a minute and a half and could not get a score as time expired with the two-time defending state champs holding a 24-14 lead.

A regular basket followed by a free throw the next trip down, both by Nia Marshall,  gave HB a 24-13 lead, their biggest of the first half.

River was as cold from the line as it was from the floor in the first half.  Four times the Pirates went to the line in the second quarter, making one and missing one each time.

Hathaway Brown held a 12-6 lead after one quarter and McCue to just two points.  She did not get those points until 1:04 remained in the quarter when she went to the line and sank a pair of free throws.

It was at the line that HB built its early lead, as two River starters had picked up their second fouls by the midway point of the first quarter. HB was 7 of 10 at the line in the first quarter.

River did have one lead, a very short-lived one at that, when Maeve Kessler started off the scoring in the game with a pair of free throws with 7:32 to go in the first quarter.

Listen to post-game interview with HB Student/Athlete Vanessa Smith, conducted by Norm and “Fish” Fortuna after Saturday’s Blazers-Pirates game, by clicking and downloading



Vanessa Smith’s three-pointer with 6:25 to go in the first quarter made it 3-2, giving HB the lead for good.

Smith at the line

The Blazers went inside to both Smith and Sarah Poland and both were drawing the fouls. In one stretch in the third quarter, they combined for 6 of 8 at the line, followed by Poland basket that turned the five-point lead, 24-19, into a 13-point margin, 32-19, coming in the interval in which McCue sat down with her fourth foul.

   Watch a few short videos of the Blazers-Pirates game filmed by Norm Weber



Chinn Resets Mile Record as B-W Indoor Track & Field Teams Compete at Mount Union Last Chance Meet

By Kevin Ruple

ALLIANCE, OHIO – Select members of the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams competed at the University of Mount Union Last Chance Meet today (Saturday, March 5) at Peterson Fieldhouse. Highlighting the meet for B-W was senior track and cross country All-American Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) who reset her own school record in the one mile run and improved her 
NCAA provisional qualifying mark with a winning time of 4:58.79

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Lakewood's Kelly, Orange's Slocum shine for Mount track

March 6, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's indoor track and field team hosted the Mount Union Last Chance Meet Saturday at the Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance.

Kelly(left) and Slocum

Top performances for the Purple Raiders included first place finishes from senior Chris Slocum (Moreland Hills/Orange) in the 55 meter dash (6.71) and junior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) in the 800 meters (1:58.05).

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Yeomen Finish Fourth by Half a Point
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Oberlin, Ohio –
 Just half a point kept the Oberlin College men’s track and field team out of third place as they finished with 85.5 points, while Kenyon checked in with 86 total points. 

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Mount eliminated from NCAA hoops tourney

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- Mount Union's nationally ranked women's basketball team fell to No.-1 rankedThomas More (Ky.) in an NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup, 76-63, on Saturday at Thomas More's Connor Convocation Center

Westlake High Aluman Rosa LaMattina
S/A-Cleveland Photo by Lenny Reich

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Enright Honored by the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities
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Berea, Ohio - Oberlin College junior Danny Enright was named as one of the eight local John Payton Most Valuable Players by the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities Incorporation (CTCC), the organization announced on Saturday evening at its annual banquet on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College. 

The CTCC, which is in its 73rd year of existence, honors outstanding student-athletes and coaches from high schools and colleges from the greater Cleveland area.

Head Coach Jeff Ramsey selected Enright to earn the honor for his play on the field and his dedication to the team. 

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Mount Union softball team starts season 

later today with veteran coach Sandy 

Douglas; Trinity Alumna Alex Lucak 

will be one of the team leaders

March 6, 2011 – 12:01 A.M

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Sandy Douglas enters her 26th year as Mount Union's softball coach and will be looking for new leaders to emerge as the Purple Raiders hope to challenge for the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship.

Three regular starting position players and a pair of starting pitchers headline nine returning letterwinners for a squad that will be trying to reach its fourth straight OAC Tournament. Only once before – from 1988 through 1991 – has one Mount Union class appeared at OACs every season.

Alex Lucak

The Raider senior corps consists of second baseman Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity), catcher Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) and outfielder Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland).

 Lucak is a three-time All-OAC honoree (First Team in 2008 and Second Team in 2009 and 2010) while Palombaro is a two-time honoree (Second Team in 2008 and 2009)

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Gilmour wins basketball district championship

March 6, 2011 – 12:01 A.M

Gilmour’s basketball team earned its 22nd victory of the season Saturday afternoon and in doing si pocked for itself a Division III District championship, 56-47, over Villa Angela St. Joseph.



Jess Janota led the way for the Lancers with 16 points. Brittany Layton added 15 points and Kelsey Dugger nine.

Rhodes' Irayel Williams places fourth at 

state wrestling; highest finish by a Senate 

grappler in more than a decade

March 6, 2011 – 12:01 A.M

Rhodes’ Irayel Williams had the highest finish of any wrestler from Cleveland’s Senate Athletic League in at least a decade when he placed fourth at 189 pounds for Rhodes at the state tournament Saturday



Williams, qualifying for to states for the second year in a row in Division I, just narrowly missed getting a third place, just getting outdueled by St. Edward’s Jim Suvak in the battle for third and fourth place.

Also a multiple state qualifier, Lakewood High’s Nick Ramsey, garnered a fifth placing at 135 pounds, downing Mentor’s Alex Sweeney, 5-3, in the 5-6 match.

DuPratt (left) and Mueller

Olmsted Falls grabbed two eighth-place finishes with P.J. Mueller (103) and Chase DuPratt (112) just getting nipped in their matches for seventh place. Mueller lost to Midpark’s Evan Krumheuer, 2-1, while DePratt lost to Mason’s Brian Luria, 3-2.

Lakewood’s Yousef  Abdel-Salem was also just barely nipped in a 7-8 match, but still wound up placing at 119, settling for eighth after a 9-8 loss to St. Ignatius’ Willie Long.

St. Edward wound up winning the team state championship in Division I, its 26 in wrestling and the school’s 42 overall team sate

It will be an All Brothers of Holy Cross 

state semifinal as St. Ed wins district with 

1-0 nip of Padua; Gabe Lampron scores 

game winner; first time at big dance for 

Coach Troy Gray; this to be fourth Eagle 

team to face a Malloy's boys outfit at 

State's Frozen Four  

 March 6, 2011 – 12:01 A.M

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN - In a tight district championship game with an outstanding display of goaltending by Padua’s Justin Goebel and St. Edward’s Jon LaCoste, the Eagles earned the rightbe going to next weekend’s Frozen Four via a 1-0 victory over the Bruins Saturday night.

Goebel (L) and LaCoste (R)

It sets up an All-Brothers-of Holy-Cross final as the Eagles will meet Gilmour Academy Saturday in Nationwide Arena. Both high schools were founded by the Holy Cross Order out of South Bend, Indiana at Notre Dame University.

It was All Brothers of Holy Cross in 2008 when the Eagles and Lancers met in the state title game. Gilmour Coach John Malloy is going after his 500th career win in this game. It will mark the fourth time a John Malloy-coached team will be playing a St. Edward team in the Frozen four (twice Cleveland Heights and twice Gilmour) but the first time in a semifinal game. 

“Our senior leaders just finished the job for us,” said St. Ed coach Troy Gray. “It’s unreal for us to win a game like this in front of 4,000 fans like this.”


Gabe Lampron scored the game’s only goal at 11:04 of the third period to end the scoreless deadlock. The Eagles were working the puck in the Padua defensive zone and Danny O’Sullivan controlled the puck to keep it in front of the blue line and everyone onsides before getting it to Lampron for the assist. 

Gabe Lamprom

“They were not skating all three of their top lines and we knew they were going to get tired,” said Gray. “Gabe is as strong as an ox and we knew that if we worked them hard someone like Gabe could come through for us. We needed to use our guys to kill penalties after a couple dumb penalties, but we knew we could get them back in a 5 on 5.”

Gray could become the third head coach to lead St. Ed to a state championship, Bob Whidden and Rob Whidden of course being the other two. Ironically, Gray was a player on the first St. Ed championship team in 1985 in a 1-0 win over North Olmsted, a year before they made it two years in a row against Malloy’s Heights team. The Eagles have won nine more state titles in hockey since that one and will be going after the school’s third state team title this school year and 43rd overall since 1978.

In the first period, the name of the game was special teams as three penalties were called, Padua going on two power plays and St. Ed one. All three penalties were killed.

The Eagles went on the power play early when Padua was whistled for a penalty at the 0:28 mark The Eagles put the pressure on Goebel, firing about four shots on goal during the session, but the Bruin tender came up clean each time.

St. Edward called for high sticking at 5:18 and just as in the Eagle power play, the Bruins were able to put some pressure n St. Ed tender Jon LaCoste, but to no avail.

Hooking was the call on the Eagles at 11:21 of the first period, but again the special teams defense was the only one shined in this power play as the Eagles sent it down enough to keep the Bruins off LaCoste.

Neither team came up with anything with the loose change of time left at the end of the period, leaving it at 0-0 through the first 15 minutes of play.

Another cluster of power plays surfaced in the second period, but still no goals as the two teams skated to another 15 minutes of scoreless hockey.

Alex D’Angelo was plastered into the glass by Padua’s Dom Accoarri , but the Eagles did not get much rubber on Goebel although Justin Hoyt did get some muscle on one shot that the Padua tender was able to handle.

St. Ed was called for too many men on the ice at 9:09, but then killed the penalty although Nick Placko did put one decent shot on LaCoste. Then the Eagles were charged with boarding at 12:23.

LaCoste just barely escaped this power play  as the Bruins were able to create a scrum in front of the net with Danny Metz, Mike Palasics and Dave  Nowak all were able to get decent swats at it.

Early in the third, the Eagles were called for high sticking and the Bruin about 75 seconds later for interference. Neither team got anything on the power-play not on the short 4-on-4 between the two 5-4s.

Then it remained scoreless through the middle of the period as each team had a few shots on goal, but Goebel and LaCoste kept making alert saves on all the whizzing at them. Then the Eagles put a little more pressure on as the game reached the 10th minute of the third period and still scoreless, but the Bruins were at minimum ice the puck on any serious chances.

The Bruins put one more hard shot on LaCoste before the Eagles went into the attack leading up to Lampron’s goal.

Things got a little testy at 12:24 of the third period shortly after the goal. Then Padua called a time out so Coach Doug Hauser could discuss the strategy, leading up to the point of throwing the sixth attacker out the chute.

However, it never happened as Goebel could not get out of the crease. There was a face off to the circle near Goebel when13 seconds remained, but the Bruins could not get it to the other end

Cleveland area sends two teams to the Frozen Four every year. This is the 10th year in a row that at least one of those teams will be an all-boys school and 20th of the last 22. Padua nearly broke that string Saturday night. Incidentally, Padua was one of the teams in each of those two non single-sex school years since 1989 and it historically is an all-boys school, going co-ed in 1983.

The Toledo district is also sending an all-boys school this year since St. Francis and St. John were playing in the Sylvania title game this weekend.

Grossman Wins Head Coaching Debut
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Box Score

By Mike Mancini

Cleveland – First-year Head Coach Topher Grossman had successful debut as he guided his Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team to a season-opening 13-8 win against Aurora University on Saturday afternoon.
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Yeowomen Finish Third; Clardy Earns MVP Honors
Marissa Clardy
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Oberlin, Ohio –
 The 2011 NCAC Indoor Track and Field Championships came to end on Saturday evening, but before things were all said and done many Oberlin athletes were able to turn in some outstanding performances as the Yeowomen finished third. 

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Orange's Amanda Schmauder vaults 10 and half for Mount

March 6, 2011 

ALLIANCE -- Mount Union's women's indoor track and field team competed at the Mount Union Last Chance Meet Saturday at the Peterson Fieldhouse in Alliance.


A pair of third place finishes from senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) in the 1 mile (5:15.83) and sophomore Amanda Schmauder (Pepper Pike/Orange) in the pole vault (10-6.25) headlined the day for the Purple Raiders

Men's Tennis Setback Twice at Hope College
Story Reported by Wes Davis
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Results vs. Hope College
Results vs. Elmhurst College

Holland, Mich. - The Oberlin College men's tennis team found themselves on the wrong side of the win/loss column in two matches today against Hope College and Elmhurst College.
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Gilmour wins sectional title with win 

over Wickliffe; Lancers move on to 


In a defensive battle Saturday night in the Harvey High gym here in Painesville, Gilmour moved on to district play with a 41-35 sectional championship win over Wickliffe.

The only double-figure scorer for Gilmour was Mike Zavagno with 10 points.