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Lakewood Wrestling Preview 

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Other returning regulars are two-year letterman William Abdel-Salem and one-year lettermen Adam Feckley and Jacob Supinski. The former is a junior and latter two are sophomores.

Welcome additions to the team include freshman Yassir Abdel-Salem, who was a two time middle school state placer, and sophomore Nick Salmon, a transfer from Lutheran West.

“We have good light weights with lots of experience,” Curiale said. “We are kind of rebuilding, but could contend for a league championship with some breaks.  We are experienced at some weights but need some help to contend,”

The Rangers can be expected to at least win more matches than last year and have a winning record, make a divisional run in the Northeast Ohio Conference, and qualify multiple wrestlers to state.

This year the numbers are up so far from Curiale’s previous season, but that dept still needs to be augmented with experience.

“We have some confident kids who can win,” Curiale said. “Now we need to get the younger kids believing in that same attitude.”

That would include developing some of the younger wrestlers into competitive participants in the middle and upper weights.

Case Reserve Girls Basketball Preview 

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Sophomore guards Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) and Erica Iafelice (North Canton, OH/North Canton Hoover) are also back after gaining valuable starting experience during their rookie seasons. Iafelice got the nod in all 25 games, whileIacono started 24 for the Spartans and led all UAA rookies at 11.6 ppg. One of the team’s best ball-handlers, Iafelice averaged 4.4 points per game to go along with 57 steals.

Hoover alumna Erica Iafelice

“The real strength of our team this year is in our balance,” said Reimer. “We have at least five players right now who are capable of scoring every night, and we can get that scoring from each position on the floor. We have players who are unselfish and trust the abilities of one another. It could be difficult for opponents to decide who they want to try to take away; I believe if you look to take away one of our scoring options, we have other players who will pick them up.”

Case also expects valuable minutes from junior forwards Chelsea Peck (Mt. Lebanon, PA/Oakland Catholic) and Sarah Milligan (Canton, OH/Canton McKinley), as well as sophomore guard/forward Marissa Miles (McDonald, PA/Fort Cherry), sophomore guard Caitlin Rudge (Bethel Park, PA/Oakland Catholic) and sophomore center Emily Mueller (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair)Miles averaged three points in 17.3 minutes per game, while Peck and Milligan each saw significant time as freshmen two seasons ago.  

McKinley grad Sarah Milligan

CSU  Basketball 

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The Spartans also add three freshmen to a relatively young roster that contains just one senior and will look to utilize their considerable depth again in what should be a successful 2010-11.

The Spartans open the season on Monday, November 15 versus Washington & Jefferson College (PA) at 6:00 p.m. at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Head coach Kate Peterson Abiad finds herself in a bit of a rebuilding mode for the Vikings after leading the team to three straight 19 win seasons, including appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad must incorporate several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and figure out what roles everyone will fill. The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (12.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a second team All-Horizon League pick in each of the last two seasons. She is slated to be joined in the starting backcourt by sophomore Honesty King (3.4 ppg) and junior Janelle Adams (5.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg). Juniors Takima Keane (2.1 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes will also figure into the backcourt rotation. Sophomore Shalonda Winton (6.1, 4.8) returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times last season and junior Destinee Blue (2.0, 1.9) lead a deep frontcourt in which sophomore Kaila Montgomery(0.2, 0.4) and freshmen Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt will also fight for time.

Haley Schmitt

Haley Schmitt

HEAD COACH Kate Peterson ABIAD: Kate Peterson Abiad is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Vikings and claims an overall record of 85-128 (.399), leading the Vikings to 19 wins in each of the last three seasons and Horizon League titles and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010. The sixth head coach in school-history, Peterson Abiad spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, serving as the recruiting coordinator starting in 1998 after working as an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois (1993-97) and Indiana (1991-93). A 1991 graduate of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Peterson Abiad earned Kodak All-America honors her senior season after setting the NCAA Division III record for three-point field goals per game at 3.85.

38th SEASON OF CSU BASKETBALL: The 2010-11 season will be Cleveland Sate's 38th year of intercollegiate competition. The Vikings have compiled an all-time record of 394-563 (.412), while also going 109-144 (.431) in 17 seasons in the Horizon League.

CSU TABBED FOURTH IN PRESEASON POLL: Cleveland State was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, tied with UIC. The Vikings received 166 points to finish behind Green Bay, which received 26 of the 27 first place votes and 269 points to top the poll and Butler who earned 231 points to finish second. Detroit picked up the other first place vote and 224 points to come in third followed by CSU and UIC. Milwaukee was tabbed sixth with 140 points and was followed by Loyola (93 points), Wright State (84), Valparaiso (82) and Youngstown State (30).

GARLAND NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE: Senior Shawnita Garland was named to the 2010-11 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Garland has been voted to the All-Horizon League second team in each of the last two seasons. Last season, Garland started all 33 games, leading CSU in assists (3.3) and steals (3.0) and ranking second in scoring (12.6) and fourth in rebounding (5.0). Her steals total led the league and was also 18th in Division I, while she also finished 10th in the league in scoring and assists.

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON RETURNS: The second annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, will debut on Tuesday, Nov. 9 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2010-11 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:45 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 8, Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 9. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

GARLAND CLOSING IN ON 1,000 POINTS: Shawnita Garland enters her final year in the Green and White just 85 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Garland scored 114 points as a freshman, 384 points during her sophomore campaign and 417 last year.

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, DOUBLES YOUR FUN: The men's and women's basketball teams will play four doubleheaders this season, including the first two which are true doubleheaders against Detroit (Jan. 20) and Wright State (Jan. 22). The next twinbill is on Feb. 12 with the women hosting Butler and the men Youngstown State with the final doubleheader on Feb. 26 as the women take on Youngstown State and the men Green Bay. Over the last three seasons, the squads have combined to go 23-5 in doubleheaders, including nine sweeps, with the women owning a 12-2 mark and the men going 11-3.

HOME SWEET HOME: CSU has played some of its best basketball at home over the last three years, going 31-10 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season. It is the best three year stretch in program history, easily outdistancing the 25 wins from the 1980-81 season through 1982-83. The Vikings were 11-3 in the Wolstein Center last year, tying the school record for most home wins in a season.

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK: The Vikings 19-14 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the third straight season, a first in program history. The streak started with the Vikings going 19-14 in 2007-08 and continued with CSU's 19-13 record in 2008-09.

CSU vs. TEAMS IN 2010 POSTSEASON: The Vikings will play six games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year. CSU will play twice against Green Bay, who advanced to the NCAA tournament second round, as well as two games versus Butler and one against Toledo, which both played in the WNIT. The final game comes against Akron, which appeared in the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational.

WORKING OVERTIME: The Vikings played three overtime games last year, winning them all to improve to 16-15 all-time in overtime contests in school history. CSU defeated Indiana (77-75) and Detroit (70-60) in overtime during the regular season and then won in overtime at Green Bay (83-75) in the Horizon League semifinals.

SHE'S A THIEF: Shawnita Garland enters her senior year ranked sixth all-time in CSU history with 219 steals, needing to make 81 steals this year to become the third player in school history with 300 career swipes. Garland holds two of the top-10 single season records for steals in school history, including 100 last year that ranks third, and 88 as a sophomore which is 10th all-time.

KLEIN PLAYING OVERSEAS: Former CSU standout Kailey Klein signed a professional contract to join Satu Mare of the Division A League in Romania on Aug. 30. Klein left her hometown of Cherry, Ill., two days later for the season which will run from mid-October through mid-May. Through five games (as of Nov. 1), Klein was averaging 18.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game with two double-doubles, helping Satu Mare to a 4-1 mark.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SET FOR MARCH: The annual Horizon League Championship will begin with two opening round games on March 7 and the quarterfinals on March 9 at campus sites. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals on March 11 and the championship game on March 13.

UP NEXT: The Vikings will host their second and final exhibition game of the preseason on Tuesday (Nov. 9) when CSU plays Ohio Valley at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. CSU will open the regular season when the Vikings head to Cornell for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday (Nov. 13).

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Day is also joined in the backcourt by senior Sean Sirl. The top additions to the varsity this year include Nick Staursky (Sr. Guard), James Krakowiak (Jr. Forward), Gordon Egan (Jr. Guard), and Mike Holloran (Jr. Guard).

“One thing we do have is depth,” Huber said. “We do not have a lot of experience but should have 9 or 10 guys who can all play and contribute. Because of this we would like to play at a fast tempo to try and wear down opponents over the course of a game. We will also be fairly quick, which should allow us to do some different things defensively.” 

With that kind of endurance, the Namers should be tourney-tough by the 21st game. The loaded schedule should help. Outside of our traditional NCL foes on both sides of the league (Padua, CCC, Chanel, VASJ), the Green Wave will play North Royalton, traditional winner Bay Village and Southwestern Conference power Olmsted Falls. 

“All of the above have solid programs,” Huber said. “We would like to contend for the league and realistically win a district championship.

"It will be a transition year with a new staff, but I believe we can transition and still be competitive this year with the quality of kids we have in the program.” 

While a district title keeps eluding the Namers, they have been coming close in recent years. It helps a new coach who comes into a group that is used to winning. 

“This has been a successful program so I am happy to inherit players who know how to win and expect to win,” Huber said. “We will be breaking in a lot of guys at the varsity level, which is a challenge, and we will be doing some new things schematically, but I think we have a healthy level of confidence while still recognizing we need to make vast improvements throughout the season.” 

The coach does realize that his players are not going to make every shot and so getting the second and third shots could prove to be the difference between a long and short season. Defensive adaptations and efforts are also going to be critical. 

“One area of concern for me is rebounding,” the coach said. “We are not especially big so it will have to be a team effort and we will have to technically sound. Also, we will be playing more man to man this year, so becoming solid there will be a major preseason focus.” 

They certainly have the ability to learn and incorporate the changes since as a unit, this group is solid academically. 

The Green Wave would like to improve upon its post-season accomplishments after bowing out in the sectional final in a tight one at the hands of Brookside.


MAC Players of the Week 

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West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Western Michigan WR Jordan White

Senior wide receiver Jordan White (Cleveland, Ohio) had a career day with 14 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown in a 28-21 loss to Northern Illinois.  His 180 yards are the eighth most in a game in Western Michigan history and his 14 catches are the fourth most in a game in program history. White has topped the 100 yards receiving mark on four occasions this season.  White has 938 yards receiving this season, ranking ninth at Western Michigan, and 1,846 career receiving yards, also ranking ninth in school annals. His 186 career catches ranks fourth at Western Michigan and his eight career 100-yard receiving games ranks fourth as well. 

Defensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois DE Jake Coffman

Senior defensive end Jake Coffman (German Valley, Ill.) helped lead the Huskies’ defensive charge in a 28-21 win at Western Michigan with four tackles, one-and-a-half tackles for loss, and half a sack and capped his day by making the game-saving interception on Western Michigan’s final offensive play to seal the win.  Coffman’s interception came on the Northern Illinois 12-yard line with the Broncos driving for the game-tying score.  Coffman also combined with Mike Krause on a sack of Alex Carder in the third quarter and continues to lead the Huskies in that category, as well as in tackles for loss, this season. 


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Toledo P Vince Penza

Freshman punter Vince Penza (Canfield, Ohio) averaged 40.6 yards on five punts in the Rockets 42-7 win at Eastern Michigan.  Penza consistently made solid punts on special teams as only one of his five punts was returned for minus-three yards.

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In goal, senior Caitlin Sutter (Toledo/Sylvania Southview) faced 18 Capital shots and made a career-high 11 saves.  Sutter,  who took over in goal  after 10 games, ends the season with a record  3-4-4 overall with one shut out .


Despite the loss, the Yellow Jackets have a lot to look forward to as they will return their top six scorers all of whom are either freshmen or sophomores this season . 

Lake Catholic alumna Bucky Gammiere

 B-W was led by the freshman duo of forwards Bucky Gammiere (Mentor/Lake Catholic) and Heather Keller (Parma/Senior) with 16 points.  Gammiere had a team-high eight goals while Keller netted seven goals and added two assists.

Parma's Keller

Sophomore Angie Wigton (Worthington/Worthington Christian) was third on the team with six goals, including two in the final regular season match that sent B-W to the OAC Tournament, and three assists for 15 points and freshman defender Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/New Albany) finished fourth with 13 points on four goals and five assists.  Sophomore midfielder Lindsey Mikula (Rocky River) had nine points on four goals and one assists to finish fifth while freshman midfielder Rachel Gokey (Seville/Cloverleaf) was sixth with two goals and three assists  for seven points.

River's Mikula