A Page -- Nov. 1, 2010


 THE WEEK (Oct. 23-31) 

– Austin Fasciania, Avon

Cross Country

This Week’s Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Athlete of the 

Week is Avon Runner Austin Fasciana.

Avon Freshman Austin Fasciana has been name Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Athlete of the Week for the week Oct. 23-31. Only a high school student for two months, Fasciana helped Avon’s boys cross country team win the regional championship in Division I. In the Tiffin Regional, quite possibly the toughest of the four, Fasciana bettered his personal record by 40 seconds, clocking in st 16:26, which was good enough for 10th place in the overall race.  It also marked the first time an Avon boys team has qualified to a state meet in cross country.

The Eagles had just moved up to Division I recently.

 He ran a great race and has been a welcome addition to the team all season,” said Avon coach Tara Gruskiewicz, who doubles as the girls’ coach. In her first three years as coach, Gruskiewicz’s girls teams had one championships and advanced runners to state while the boys’ program kept showing improvement but not quite to the level of the girls. With runners like Fasciana and Academic All State selection Tyler Kvach, the boys’ program is also now at the level of being an area power.

More important, Fasciana carried a 3.8 grade point average in middle school and at the moment is at a 4.0 in high school.

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Vinnie Curiale is back as Lakewood 

wrestling coach after two seasons at 

Avon Lake; three Abdel-Salems to lead 

young Ranger group

November 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Sometimes a wander to the hinterlands is a lesson that the original path one was on was the most fitting to begin with, which is the case with new/old Lakewood High Wrestling Coach Vince Curiale.

Curiale was the Rangers’ coach for nine seasons before leaving two years ago for Avon Lake High. After guiding the Shoremen for two seasons, Curiale is back as the Lakewood coach for his 10th season here 12th overall as a varsity head coach.


It only makes sense since Curiale is the winningest coach in Lakewood High history with 128 duel meet wins.

He has the luxury of having back state qualifier Nick Ramsey and Yousef Abdel-Salem, wh should both get their100th career win this season. Both are seniors and also will be expected to be team leaders.

Abdel-Salem, like Ramsey is a 3-year letterman and 3-time district qualifier. He has some unfinished business to take care of since he missed making it to the state tournament all 3 times by one match.



With a new coach, Holy Name boys 

hoopsters expect to do it with speed and 

depth; fairly young group had success at 

both varsity and JV level last year

Nov. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PARMA – With a new head coach, Holy Name’s boys’ basketball team will go into the new season with a clean slate and different approach to the game with an intent to contend for the North Coast League title.

Jeff Huber takes over as the Green Wave coach. Huber comes over from Lake Ridge Academy, where he led the Lions to a 10-10 season last year. One staff holdover from 2009-10 is JV coach Drew Kussin, while new additions to Huber’s coaching staff are Ben Toot and Mike Berlekamp.


The Green Wave is coming off a successful year in which they posted a 14-7 overall and 5-2 league record, but on the downside again did not go far in the tournament. In addition, the JV team had a better record than the varsity and many of those contributors will be promoted.

“This year many of those guys will be asked to play significant minutes on the varsity so hopefully the success and continuity of playing together will pay off,” said Huber.

The Namers are led by yet another Day, Seamus Day, a senior guard. He’ll be complemented in the leadership role by fellow senior Matt Stumpf, who plays the post.

Dan Dreher

A key returning junior is post player Dan Dreher, who like Day, comes from an athletic family with his older sister participating as a Division I Student/Athlete at the Big Ten level at Indiana.



Oberlin's Witjes Named NCAC Player of the Week
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Westlake - Oberlin College sophomore Robin Witjes was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday. 

Witjes, a native of Howell, Michigan, caught three passes for 74 yards in Oberlin’s 20-10 win over Denison on Saturday. Two of his receptions went for touchdowns.

His first score came from 11-yards out, while the second score was a thing of beauty as he was on the receiving end of a double reverse pass from Cory Kidd that went for a 46-yard TD. (View the video above).

Witjes, who has played in just five games due to injury, has 15 catches for a total of 228 yards to go along with three touchdowns. His 15.2 yards per catch average leads the team with those who have at least 10 catches on the year.

Witjes joins teammates Adam Niec and Clay Eaton as those who have received NCAC Player of the Week honors from the conference office this season.

North Ridgeville native Jordan White named 

Offensive Player of Week in the MAC; 

caught 14 passes in Western Michigan loss 

to N. Illinois

Nov. 1

KALAMAZOO - Western Michigan senior wide receiver Jordan White caught a career-high 14 passes for career-high 180 yards, but Northern Illinois scored a late touchdown to escape Waldo Stadium with the victory, 28-21, and remain undefeated in the Mid-American Conference.

Despite coming in a losing effort, White had a career day with 14 receptions for 180 yards and a TD, his team leading sixth of the season.  His 180 yards are the eighth most in a game in WMU history and his 14 catches are the fourth most in a game in program history. It earned him West Division Offensive Player of the Week, the league office in Cleveland announced today.

He now has 938 yards receiving this season, ranking ninth at WMU, and 1,846 career receiving yards, also ranking ninth at WMU.  His 186 career catches ranks fourth at WMU and his eight career 100-yard receiving games ranks fourth as well.  He has racked up over 100 yards receiving in four games in 2010, matching his 2009 career high total.

Jordan White

White is the third Bronco to earn MAC West Offensive POTW and the second in as many weeks.  His selection gives the WMU The Broncos (3-5, 2-2 MAC) had a chance to tie late in the game as they advanced to the Huskies' (7-2, 5-0 MAC) 16-yard line. On second down, sophomore quarterbackAlex Carder was hit as he threw and his pass was intercepted by defensive end Jake Coffman to seal the win for NIU.

B-W Women’s Soccer Team Falls To Capital, 

2-0, In Quarterfinals Of OAC Tournament  

Nov. 1, 2010

By Jeff Miller

Bexley, OH-- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team was defeated by Ohio Athletic Conference foe  Capital University, 2-0, today (Monday, November 1, 2010) in the quarterfinals of the OAC Tournament in Bexley.

With the loss, B-W concludes its season with a record of 7-10-4 overall. With the victory, Capital improves to 11-5-4 overall and advances to face #2 seed Ohio Northern University in the semifinals on Wednesday, November 3 in Ada at 2:00 p.m..  In the other quarterfinals match,   #5 seed Wilmington College defeated #4 seed John Carroll University, 5-4 in penalty kicks  and will face #1 seed and #4 nationally ranked Otterbein University in the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon in Westerville at 2:00 p.m.

In the first half,  both teams battled to a scoreless tie.

In the second half, the Crusaders opened the scoring when Hillary Ells finished the cross to the center of the box from Holly Phillips at 63:21.  Just four minutes and four second later, Capital sealed the game and increased its lead to 2-0 when Ciara McCellan headed in the cross from Samantha Shaffer at 67.25.

Overall, B-W outshot Capital, 20-18, including a 14-10 advantage in the second half.  The Crusadersout cornered the Yellow Jackets 10-5.



Baldwin-Wallace College Sibling Swimmers, GlenOak Alumni Named OAC Swimmers of 

the Week

Nov. 1, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College swimming student-athletes as well as brother-and-sister, Ryan Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) and Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak), are this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Swimmers of the Week  for their efforts in a dual meet last Saturday, October 30 atWilmington College.

Ryan Musille

Ryan Musille, a senior exercise major, earned his award for being a member of two winning relay teams and capturing an individual title.  It marks the third time that he has been selected as the OAC Swimmer of the Week. Individually, he won the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 1:04.94 and competed on the winning 200-meter freestyle (1:44.40) and 200-meter medley relay (1:56.53) teams.  He also is a 7-time All-OAC competitor as well as a 2010-11 team captain.

Angela Musille

Angela Musille, a freshman communications disorders major, was a triple winner as she swam on the winning 200-meter medley relay team (2:12.40) and individually captured first places in the 200-meter individual medley (2:40.48) and the 400-meter freestyle (4:56.32).

Berea native Tim Beckman has Toledo at 5-0 

and in contention for a MAC title; Glenville 

alum Terrance Owens throws four 

consecutive TD passes as new Rockets QB

Nov. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – In only his second season as the head coach, Berea native Tim Beckman has the Toledo Rockets in contention for winning a championship in the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference.

What’s even better is that he is getting strong contributions from products of Cleveland area high schools on the way to doing it,

Freshman Terrance Owens, a Glenville High alumnus, was called on to play quarterback for the Rockets due to an injury and responded with impressive numbers, tossing four touchdown passes and for 234 yards in a 42-7 rout of Eastern Michigan to help the Rockets remain in a tie for first place of the MAC’s West Division with a 5-0 league record. Northern Illinois is also 5-0 with the big matchup coming No. 9 in the Land of Lincoln state.


The Rockets led by only a TD at the half, but then Owens got hot, firing four consecutive TD passes, including one to tight end Danny Noble, an Elyria High alum. Noble took an Owens pass over the middle the rambled down field the rest of the 74 yards for the score. He also gave Owens good pass protection as a lineman.

“It was good execution all around; Terrence made a nice pump fake and was able to get it to me,” Noble said. “This feels great. We can go to a bowl game and get a ring. We have to do it in Northern Illinois. I feel just as comfortable with both quarterbacks; we get enough reps with each one in practice during the week.”

The Rockets played better than they had been in the first quarter in other games, which has been a concern of Beckman’s.

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“We are very pleased with how well Terrance did in stepping in; he was able to get good support from cast around him and my assistants who have been working with him,” Beckman said in the MAC telel-conference press briefing this morning.. “Terrance came to us through my Cleveland and Ohio State connections. We knew he was a winner. He red shirted last year but Teo had a good spring and got better and better. He’s been taking snaps and we feel comfortable with him.”

Owens will be the starter for at least the next three weeks.

“He prepares himself well, working diligently and studying hard to learn the other team,” Beckman said.


Beckman also said Owens has gotten support and senior leadership from his offensive line, and in particular Nordonia product Kevin Kowalski.


Cleveland area men also contributed significantly on defense. North Royalton native and Padua alumnus Danny Molls was the leading tackler in the game with four solos, nine assists, one tackle for loss, one sack and a pass break up.

Molls leads the Rockets in tackles on the season.

Academic All American Erin Hollinger from 

Chardon vies to lead CWRU hoops gals to 

third winning season in four years

Nov. 1, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH - The Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team looks for its third winning season in four years and will aim to continue its ascent through the standings in the perennially tough University Athletic Association behind four returning starters during the 2010-11 campaign.

“The UAA is consistently the strongest conference in Division III and each year we work towards improving,” said head coachJennifer Reimer, who enters her fourth season at Case and 15th overall as a head coach with an overall record of 193-141. “Our upperclassmen have put in the work during the off-season to improve their shooting and their strength. We feel if we can be at the top of our game defensively, score as a result of our defensive pressure, and improve our rebounding statistics from last year, we’ll have a successful season.”


The 2009-10 Spartans won nine of their first 10 games before sputtering to a 4-11 finish, but still finished with the program’s second winning season (13-12 overall) in three years. In addition to returning four-of-five starters from a season ago, the Spartans also return three double-digit scorers and a pair of All-UAA selections.

“It’s great to return so much experience,” said Reimer. “We are a young-veteran team, if there is such a thing. These players have a great understanding of what it takes to be competitive in the UAA and love a challenge. It’s going to be an exciting year.”

Case loses just two seniors, but will have to fill the production void left by the graduation of three-time First-Team All-UAA guard Ashleigh Tondo, who finished her career as the fourth-best scorer in school history (1,183 points).

“Ashleigh Tondo was an incredibly strong player; her name will forever be in the record books,” noted Reimer. “She certainly helped our program grow into what it is today and what it will continue to be.”

Replacing one of the best players in program history won’t be an easy task, but the Spartans will have the luxury of returning a majority of their depth and primary scoring threats.

Chardon's Erin Hollinger

Headlining the returnees is First-Team All-UAA and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) who averaged 14.4 points per game with a UAA-best 49 blocks. Her production will be supplemented by Honorable Mention All-UAA senior guard/forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) who poured in 11.9 ppg. and connected on 46.4 percent of her total attempts as well as a team-best 37.9% of her three pointers.



Dover's Matt Rinehart named Special Teams 

Player of the Week in the MAC for Kent State

Nov. 1

By Ken Mather

East Division
Offensive Player of the Week: Miami WR Nick Harwell
CLEVELAND -- Freshman wide receiver Nick Harwell (Missouri, Texas) earned the first multiple touchdown game of his career as he finished with eight receptions for 97 yards and the two scores in a 21-9 win at Buffalo. His two touchdowns from quarterback Zac Dysert opened a 14-0 lead at the half for the RedHawks as Miami improved to 5-4 on the year and tied for first place in the MAC East with a 4-1 mark with Temple and Ohio.

Defensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green DT Chris Jones
Sophomore defensive tackle Chris Jones (Brownsburg, Ind.) had six tackles, five tackles for loss, and totaled three and one-half sacks and recovered a fumble in the Falcons 17-14 win at Central Michigan. Jones led a defensive effort that held Central Michigan to only 231 total yards, an offense that was coming into the game averaging 399.1 yards per game.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Kent State P Matt Rinehart
Junior punter Matt Rinehart (Dover, Ohio) turned in the best day of his career, averaging 52.0 yards on four punts as the Flashes posted a 43.0 yard net on the day in a 33-14 win over Ball State. Ranked first in the MAC in average, Rinehart's effort included a 62-yard blast, his second-best punt of the season.



Vikings to host The Rock in exhibition 


By Greg Murphy


Slippery Rock (6-21 in 2009-10) at Cleveland State (19-14)
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500) - Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: None
Series: First Meeting
Last Mtg: First Meeting
Tickets: General Admission: $8
Children under 4: FREE
Groups of 10+: $5 per person 

CSU single game and season tickets are available by calling the Wolstein Center Ticket Office at (216) 687-4848 or visitCSUHoops.com.

SETTING THE SCENE: Following a month of preseason practice, the Cleveland State women's basketball team takes to the court for the first time in 2010-11 when the Vikings host Slippery Rock on Wednesday (Nov. 3) in the Wolstein Center in the first of two exhibition games for CSU.

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The Vikings welcome back two starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that won the Horizon League Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three years. Slippery Rock, which went 6-21 last year, was picked to finish seventh in the PSAC-Western Division preseason poll.



Brunswick's Cory Buhrman named OAC 

Soccer Player of the Week

Nov/ 1

By Morgan Hawley

Senior forward Cory Buhrman (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) of the Heidelberg Universitymen’s soccer team has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 1, 2010.

It is Buhrman’s second player of the week honor this year and third of his career. He earned the honor during the week of Oct. 4 and picked up the feat as a freshman for the week of Oct. 1, 2007.

Buhrman guided Heidelberg to its first Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title in the program’s history as it defeated Wilmington College with a score of 3-0 on Saturday, Oct. 30. Three days earlier, the senior forward scored two goals in a 3-1 win over OAC foe Ohio Northern University. It marked the Berg’s first victory over ONU since 2002.

Heidelberg has the number one seed in the upcoming OAC Tournament, which in turn hands the Berg home field advantage and a quarterfinal round bye.

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