A Page -- Nov. 10, 2011 -- AM Edition

Hale (L), O'Neill (R)

Two defensemen from local high school programs named All Ohio Athletic Conference first team; Akron’s Mari O’Neill makes it for John Carroll, Aurora’s Alyssa Hale for Otterbein

Aurora High alumna Alyssa Hale and St. Vincent-St. Mary graduate Mari O’Neill made All Ohio Athletic Conference first team for soccer, the league office in Austintown just announced.

Hale is a senior defenseman who is currently a Student/Athlete at Otterbein.

O’Neill is a senior defenseman who is now a soccer S/A at John Carroll.

In addition, O’Neill’s Blue Streaks’ teammate Colleen Harmon made the first team.


Harmon is a senior midfielder who originally hails from Illinois.

Three Mount gals make it in All-OAC soccer

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Senior forward Alyssa Flitcraft (Alliance/Marlington), junior forward Kylee Kolesar(Mentor/Mentor), and freshman defender Lauren Juttner (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) of Mount Union's women's soccer program were named honorable mention All-Ohio Athletic Conference selections.

L to R -- Flitcraft, Juttner, Kolesar

Flitcraft paced the Purple Raiders in goals scored (10) and points (22) to rank in the top five in the conference for both categories. She recorded a hat trick on September 21st against Pitt-Greensburg,

Kolesar, a Second Team selection last year, led the Purple Raiders in assists (6) while finishing second in goals (7) and points (20). She ranked in the top seven in the conference in all three categories.

Juttner started all 18 games as a freshman and was a key member of a defense that shutout eight opponents this season, which is the second-most in program history (11 in 1996).

In 2011, the Purple Raiders tied for seventh in the OAC. They had a 8-9-2 overall record and 3-6-0 slate in conference play. The eight wins is the most since 2003 (8-9-2).

Broadview’s Kleppel, St. V's Sovacool make honorable mention in the OAC

Geneva’s Sara Poling and Broadview Heights’ Noelle Kleppel made All-Ohio in soccer as Student/Athletes for Muskingum.

Poling is a junior goalkeeper and Kleppel a junior midfielder.

Poling made the second team and Kleppel honorable mention.

L to R -- Wellott , Sovacool, Akerly

Also making honorable mention was St. Vincent-St. Mary grad Eleanor Sovacool, a senior forward for John Carroll.

Carroll also had Clare Wellott and Kaylin Akerly make the second team.

Cleveland State men's basketball signs three 

during early signing day

CLEVELAND (Theatre District) - With the success of three postseason appearances over the last four seasons and an average of 23 wins over the last four years, the Cleveland State men's basketball program scored another big win on Wednesday (Nov. 9) when head coach Gary Waters announced the signing of three high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend CSU and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2012.

Signing with Cleveland State are Bryn Forbes (Lansing, Mich.), Junior Lomomba (Montreal, Ontario) and Malik London (Chillicothe, Ohio).

"I am extremely excited about this class," Waters said. "The addition of these three student-athletes assures that the Cleveland State basketball program will continue to be successful and add to the tradition that we have established. Along with the five freshman on the roster this year, I have tabbed this group the 'Young Guns'.

"With the loss of four seniors at the end of this year, we knew that we had to go out and find people who would replace them and we were able to accomplish that. I was looking for players who could play in our system and had a great deal of athleticism and that is what this class is. They will not only help to make us better next year, but will be in the lineup for the next four years and I look forward to watching them grow."


Forbes, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 13.6 points per game last season in helping Lansing Sexton H.S. to the Class B state title and a 26-2 overall record. He has helped this year's squad to a No. 19 preseason national ranking in the Hoopniks Terrific 30 and the No. 43 ranking in the Powerade Fab 50 preseason rankings.

A good outside shooter, Forbes hit 41 three-pointers last season and scored 29 points in a state semifinal win over Detroit Country Day. He was a Class B all-area honorable mention selection.

Forbes is ranked as the No. 3 shooting guard in Michigan by ESPN, the 12th best prospect in the state and the 80th best shooting guard in the country.

"Bryn is an excellent shooter who can step out and hit the three-point shot," Waters said. "He can create for himself and play multiple perimeter positions, as well as space the floor with his range and come off screens ready to shoot. He has a great feel for the game and fits into our philosophy of adding players who are winners."

Lomomba, a 6-foot-4 forward, is the No. 4 ranked player in Wisconsin and the 38th-ranked small forward in the country according to ESPN.com. A three-star recruit on ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com., Lomomba helped Madison Memorial H.S. (Wis.) win the state title last year, scoring 16 points in the championship contest.

Lomomba, who averaged 17.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last year, earned first team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and second team all-state honors from the Associated Press.

A preseason WBCA first team all-state selection this year, Lomomba is an active defender, strong slasher and versatile all-around player. He has spent two years on the Canadian junior national team, helping the squad to a bronze medal in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championships.

"The addition Junior is another huge step for our program," Waters said. "Junior, who turned down a number of high-major offers, is the piece of the puzzle that glues everything together. He is an extremely versatile player with great savvy who can play multiple positions from point guard to small forward. He uses his strength and athletic ability to make plays on offense, while his length allows him to guard any position on the perimeter. Junior is 6-4, but has outstanding ball handling skills, can shoot from the outside and score going to the basket."

London, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 11.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocked shots as a junior, helping Chillicothe H.S. to the regional final. He earned special mention All-Ohio accolades.

The 67th-best power forward in the class of 2012 by ESPN and one of the top-10 ranked players in Ohio, London is a strong defensive player and has been evaluated as one of the top shot blockers in the country.

"Malik is a strong post player who will fit into our defensive scheme because of his ability block shots, rebound and be a stopper inside," Waters said. He is another athletic performer who will help us elevate our post game and my goal is to make him a better offensive presence."

CSU opens the 2011-12 season with an exhibition game against John Carroll on Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 7:00 p.m. The regular season begins on Sunday (Nov. 13) with a 2:00 p.m. contest at No. 7 rankedVanderbilt.

Season, mini-plan and individual game tickets are available by calling the Wolstein Center Ticket Office at (216) 687-4848 or by visiting CSUHoops.com.

 OU drops Lake Erie College in exhibition game; Storm starts regular season against Ursuline Saturday

 ATHENS, OHIO – In its dress rehearsal for the 2011-12 season, a short-handed Lake Erie College women's basketball team put up a nearly show-stopping performance for more than a half at Ohio University before the deeper Division I Bobcats pulled away for a 70-52 win in an exhibition game Tuesday night (Nov. 8) at the Convocation Center in Athens.

Despite shooting just 28% in the first 20 minutes, the Storm trailed just 28-25 at halftime thanks to a pressuring defense that forced nine turnovers and held the Bobcats to just seven-of-30 (23.3%) shooting. 

South Russell's Caiola (L), Akron's Benson (R)

Ohio's Tenishia Benson scored 15 points in the first half, going seven-of-seven from the foul line.  But seniorsJen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) and Allison Pavkov (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) each hit a pair of three-pointers in the first half to keep the Storm in the game.  

The Ohio lead was still just three points two minutes into the second half, but then the Bobcats went on a 19-5 run to begin to pull away.  A jumper by junior Chloe Irish (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) with 8:20 remaining brought the Storm within 14 points at 56-42, but the Bobcats responded with 10-0 spurt over the next two minutes to take their largest lead of the game.

LaGrange's Irish (L), Delaney (R)

Caiola finished with a game-high 19 points for the Storm, hitting four three-pointers, while Pavkov chipped in with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.  Sophomore forward Chrissy Delaney (Delaware, Ohio/Lewis Center Olentangy) also scored 10 points.

Lake Erie was without senior starters Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) as well as reserves Liz Stephens (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) and Taylor Rogers (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland/Baldwin-Wallace) for the game due to class conflicts and illness.  Additionally, sophomore forward Jodie Jindra (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) is expected to miss the first six weeks of the season after suffering a leg injury. 

Without the frontcourt depth, the Storm was outrebounded 60-27, including 25-4 deficit on the offensive boards.  

That resulted in 23 second-chance for the Bobcats and none for the Storm.   

Benson led four Bobcats in double figures with 13 points. After the slow start, Ohio shot 50% in the second half to finish at 37.1% for the game. The Bobcats went just one-of-15 from three-point range but were 23-of-34 from the foul line, compared to just 15-of-20 for the Storm.

Lake Erie officially opens the 2011-12 season on Saturday night, Nov. 12, by hosting traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center at 7 p.m.







Three Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s 

Soccer Players Named All-OAC

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team placed three players on the 2011 All-Ohio Athletic Conference team, including two on the second-team. Junior midfielder Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/ New Albany) and sophomore defender Elizabeth Helser (Fort Wayne Ind./ Canterbury) were selected to the second-team and sophomore midfielder Hanna Cavalier (Chippewa Lake/ Lodi Cloverleaf) was tabbed as honorable mention.
L to R -- Elizabeth Helser, Hanna Cavalier, Lindsey Cooper

Cooper, who transferred to B-W from NCAA Division I High Point (N.C.) University in 2009, had her best season. She is earning her second straight All-OAC accolade and was selected as honorable mention a year ago.   This season, Cooper finished second on the team in scoring with 14 points on career and team-best six goals and two assists.  She was first on the team with three game-winning goals, shots with 51 and shots on-goal with 21.

Helser once again anchored a defense that recorded seven shutouts and allowed just 1.23 goals per game for the 11-9 overall Yellow Jackets.  She has been a two-year starter and letterwinner and is earning her second consecutive second-team All-OAC honor.  In addition, Helser had her best offensive season as she recorded a career-best two goals and one assist for five points.

Cavalier had her best season as a collegian and is earning her first All-OAC accolade.  This season, she tallied four goals and four assists to finish third on the team with 12 points. Cavalier tallied her first career goal and assist in a 3-2 season-opening win at Penn State-Behrend on September 4.

Lorain County All-Star soccer matches are Saturday

The Lorain County Senior All-Star soccer matches will be held at Avon
Lake High School on Saturday, November 12.

The girls’ contest begins at 11 a.m. and the boys start at 1 p.m. Cost of the event is five dollars
to cover the annual scholarships and senior awards.

'Berg Looks to Match 1993 Team in Final Game

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University football team will look to finish the
2011 regular season on a four-game winning streak when it hosts Ohio
Northern University
 on Saturday, Nov. 12 in an Ohio Athletic Conference game
at Mayer Field in Tiffin, Ohio.  Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.  A win in
the final regular season game would give the Berg an 8-2 overall record, the
best mark since 1993 when the Student Princes went 8-2 under Dick West.

The game will be broadcast by campus radio station WHEI 88.9 FM.  Josh
Stallings and Jimmy Flynt have the call.  In addition, live stats for the
game will be available at http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/fb/xlive.htm.

Saturday's game marks the last for 17 Student Prince seniors, who come into
the match-up boasting a 39-game record of 20-19 and looking to post the best
four-year record since the class of '95 went 24-14-2 from 1991-94.

Under the direction of fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett, Heidelberg (7-2,
6-2 OAC), winners of three straight games and six of their last seven, are
coming off a 41-28 win at John Carroll University (Nov. 5) in which the
offense totaled 500 yards, 300 rushing yards and had two 100-yard rushers
for the third straight game.  The Student Princes currently sit in a tie
with Baldwin-Wallace College for second place in the league standings.  A
'Berg win and a B-W loss to JCU in the final week of the season will give
Heidelberg sole possession of second place to close the year.

ONU (6-3, 5-3 OAC), guided by eighth-year head coach Dean Paul, has also won
three straight games following its 51-15 win at Wilmington College (Nov. 5).

Saturday's game will be the fifth between Hallett and Paul.  Hallett served
as Paul's offensive coordinator from 1999-2003 when Paul was the head coach
at Thomas More (Ky.) College.  Hallett later succeeded Paul as TMC's head
coach from 2004-06 following Paul's departure for Ada.

The Heidelberg offense enters the game boasting the nation's 18th-best
offense (460.9 yards per game) and 13th-best rushing offense (272.9 ypg.)
while scoring 34.0 points per game.  The ground attack is led by the one-two
punch of sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods
(Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) and sophomore running back/kick returner
Cartel Brooks (Kokomo, Ind./Galion), the conference's reigning offensive
player of the week.  Woods is tied for the league lead and is ninth
nationally with 138.7 rushing ypg.  He has scored eight touchdowns, tallied
1,248 yards and needs 84 more to break the single-season school record of
1,331 set by Bryce Tuohy in 1989.

Brooks, who is fourth in the OAC by averaging 81.9 ypg., has rushed for 655
yards on only 58 attempts for an 11.3 yards-per-rush average and has scored
three of his six TDs from 57 yards or longer.  Brooks has also returned
three of nine kickoffs for TDs-including scores of 85, 79 and 92 yards-and
averages 40.2 yards per return.

Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) will direct the passing
game.  Mees has completed 49.5 percent (104-of-210) of his passes this
season for 1,645 yards and 17 TDs against just nine interceptions, and
averages 182.8 passing ypg.  He has gone over the 200-yard passing mark four
times this season, including in his last two outings.  Among Mees' favorite
targets are junior wide receiver Mario Escalante (Highland Heights,
Ky./Newport Central Catholic) and senior wide receiver CJ Powell (Detroit,
Mich./Bishop Foley).  Escalante has team-highs of 24 receptions and 469
receiving yards and is ninth in the OAC with 52.1 ypg.  Powell has caught 20
balls for 427 yards and a team-high six TDs.

The Polar Bear defense is allowing 22.8 points and 331.2 yards of total
offense per game, including 144.6 on the ground and 186.7 through the air.
Defensive back Chad Coward and linebacker Joe Powell lead the unit with 78
tackles and 68 tackles, respectively, to rank seventh and 13th in the
league.  Linebacker Zack Click has made 51 stops of his own, while all three
have notched two INTs.  Defensive ends Trygve Henrikson and Sean Denson
anchor the four-man front.  Henrikson has tallied 39 hits and 3.5 sacks,
while Denson has been in the backfield for 10.5 tackles for loss and three

ONU's offense is scoring 28.9 points and totaling 357.9 yards of offense per
game, including 193.0 rushing and 164.9 passing ypg.  Justin Buenger leads
the team and is sixth in the conference with 71.3 rushing ypg.  He has 646
yards on 142 carries and has scored six TDs.  Tyler Rue will run the
offense.  Rue has completed 61.7 percent (122-of-195) of his passes this
season for 1,280 yards and 10 TDs against just three INTs, the fewest of any
starting quarterback in the league.  Justin Wilson and Frank Thien lead the
receiving corps, combining for 58 receptions for 616 yards and eight TDs.

The Student Prince defense is allowing 24.1 points and 402.0 total yards per
game, including 142.2 rushing and 259.8 passing ypg.  Heidelberg is third in
the OAC and eighth nationally with 3.44 sacks per game and owns a plus-nine
turnover margin.  The unit is led by the linebacker corps of junior Craig
Sykes (Centerburg), sophomore Dawson Gore (Bellevue) and senior Andy
Fadenholz (Grafton/Keystone).  Sykes leads the unit and is tied for fifth in
the OAC with 83 tackles, including 50 solo stops, and is tied for third with
four INTs.  He also has nine tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks.  Gore
has made 74 tackles, 8.5 of them coming from behind the line of scrimmage,
while Fadenholz, who has 49 hits of his own, is second in the OAC in both
TFL (14.0) and sacks (9.5).

Junior safety Justin Suddeth (Akron/Warren Howland) and senior cornerback
Tony Gordon (Euclid) anchor the secondary.  Suddeth leads all defensive
backs with 53 tackles, while Gordon has two INTs and is fourth in the OAC
with 10 total passes defended.  Junior Stephen Fejedelem (Ravenna) leads a
three-man defensive front with 45 tackles and six sacks.

In 79 meetings dating back to 1900, ONU leads the all-time series, 44-29-6.
The last 'Berg victory against the Polar Bears came in 1994.  The
Heidelberg-ONU rivalry is the second-oldest and second-most played on the
Heidelberg docket.

Oberlin Alumni Profile: Tammela Platt, Class of 2010

A former two-sport athlete, Tammela Platt divulges how her time as an Oberlin athlete prepared her for her new role with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ukraine and also tells you a lot of things she misses about being an Obie in this Alumni Profile piece. 

Name: Tammela Platt
Graduation Year: 2010
Major at Oberlin: English
Sport(s) Played at Oberlin: Volleyball, Track & Field
Current Occupation: U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Secondary TEFL) in Ukraine

How has being a Student/Athlete at Oberlin prepared you for life after college?

I’ve always preferred to be busy; I am much more productive that way. As a Student/Athlete at Oberlin, I had to manage my time and plan ahead in order to get my work done and make it to practices and competitions on time. This prepared me well for life as a Peace Corps Volunteer; we must juggle life at our sites with planning trips to Kyiv for meetings and submitting Peace Corps documents on time.

But more than time management, being a Student/Athlete at Oberlin taught me how to set and adjust expectations and goals – both for myself and for my work – and how to work well with a team, how to be a leader whether or not I have an official leadership role. Teaching in a different country with a different culture and education system, I find myself constantly adjusting expectations for my pupils and for myself; I must also find a balance between leading my Ukrainian colleagues toward new teaching methods and stepping back to learn from their methods. I know all of these skills will serve me well for the rest of my life.

What message would you give to current Student/Athletes at Oberlin?

Enjoy your time as a Student/Athlete. You have such a great opportunity at Oberlin to play Division III sports and be part of an amazing academic institution. For most of you, these are your last years competing in your sport(s) at a highly competitive level; remember that, but also remember that you play because you love the game. Get as much out of it as you can.

What is your favorite memory of being a Student/Athlete at Oberlin?

I have so many great Oberlin Athletics memories, too many to count. Here are two that first sprung to mind. 1) Beating OWU for the first time in volleyball – and then going on to crush them repeatedly for the next couple years, and 2) running in the 400m hurdle finals at track conference my senior year – and getting fifth because two girls fell right before the finish.

Describe the relationship you had with your coach

I had two very different coaches for my two sports at Oberlin. Former volleyball coach Carey Cavanaugh and I differed on many points, but we made it through four years of volleyball together and her knowledge of the game is incredible. Track Coach Jason Hudson knows me better than any other coach or professor at Oberlin. I could walk into practice and he would know if I was having a good or bad day. His door was always open for a chat: about practice, technique, upcoming meets, academics, or life in general. He looks at each of his athletes as individuals. After injury and frustration on my end, he and I worked together to devise the best training plan and event for me to run. He taught me that less can be more – quality over quantity – and to always have a PMA (positive mental attitude). He was right.

Why do you feel it is important to stay connected to the college and the athletics department?

Oberlin College was the perfect place for me to be able to challenge myself both in the classroom and in athletics. I learned so much in my four years at Oberlin and forged bonds with coaches, professors, and fellow students and athletes. Continuing to follow Oberlin College and athletics happenings makes me feel a little more at home, no matter where I am in the world.  I cannot wait to return to campus after my Peace Corps service to meet new faces and see old ones. I am and always will be proud to be an Obie.

What was your favorite spot to hang out at when you were on campus?

My senior year I had a scholar study in Mudd, overlooking Wilder Bowl. I would get a snack at DeCafe and hole up there to work on my thesis. The slanting afternoon light on Peters was always beautiful.

What do you miss most about being a Student/Athlete at Oberlin?

I miss the camaraderie and support among Student/Athletes, seeing them in classes and spending time with them both on and off the field. I miss walking into Philips Gym and knowing the students working at the desk. I miss lifting weights alongside coaches, seeing them practice what they encourage their athletes to do. I miss seeing professors at the gym, proving that they are not just stodgy academics who do nothing but grade papers. I miss showering at the gym almost every day, using my home shower once a week at most (the water pressure was better at the gym, anyway). I miss having a DeCafe smoothie after a hard practice and knowing I deserved it. I miss outdoor hurdle workouts when it’s sleeting. I miss the Oberlin Athletics family but I know that this family accompanies me in my heart wherever I go.