B Page -- Nov. 11, 2010 Colleges

Vikings travel to Ivies after sending Rock 


Nov. 11, 201

By Greg Murphy

The Cleveland State women's basketball team opens the 2010-11 regular season when the Vikings open a two-game roadtrip in New York on Saturday (Nov. 13) at 2:00 p.m. at Cornell. It will be the first meeting in women's basketball between the two schools. Cleveland State breezed through the exhibition season, defeating both Slippery Rock (64-27) and Ohio Valley (72-50) in the last week. 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. Cornell returns two starters and five letterwinners from last year's team that went 7-20 and finished seventh in the Ivy League at 2-12.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Eighth year 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 Horizon League championships and 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 as the season progresses. 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), who returns in the frontcourt after starting 23 times as a freshman last year, and juniorDestinee Blue (2.0, 1.9) lead a deep frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (0.2, 0.4), who appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly and Haley Schmitt will also fight for time.

Janelle Adams


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 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.

FOR OPENERS: The Vikings are 16-21 all-time in season openers, including a 56-34 win over Ohio in last year's opener. CSU has not won back-to-back season openers since the 1981 and 1982 seasons.

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 Wednesday, Nov. 10 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.

WINTON PASSES HER BOARDS: It may be only two exhibition games, but sophomore Shalonda Winton did more than her fair share of damage on the glass in CSU's wins over Slippery Rock and Ohio Valley, averaging 17.5 rebounds in the two contests. Winton grabbed 21 rebounds against Slippery Rock and followed that with 14 more versus Ohio Valley. The 21 rebounds would have been tied for the fifth most in a single game in school history.

... AND DOUBLES UP: Shalonda Winton recorded double-doubles in both of CSU's exhibition games. She began the preseason with 11 points and 21 rebounds against Slippery Rock and followed that performance with 18 points and 14 boards vs. Ohio Valley. Last season, Winton averaged 6.1 points and 4.8 rebounds with one double-double, a 13 point, 13 rebound effort against Youngstown State (Jan. 22).

GET TO THE POINT: Junior Janelle Adams has taken a liking to her new role as the starting point guard this year, averaging 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in the Vikings two exhibition games. During her first two years at CSU, Adams was one of the first guards off the bench and averaged 3.8 points.

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, DOUBLE 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 IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS: 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 six games (as of Nov. 8), Klein was leading the team in scoring at 20.3 points and ranked second in rebounds (7.5) with two double-doubles, helping Satu Mare to a 4-2 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 continue their two-game swing through New York with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Buffalo on Monday (Nov. 15). CSU then opens its home slate when the Vikings host Niagara on Friday (Nov. 19) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. It will be a one dollar celebration for the first regular season home game when fans can enjoy dollar hot dogs, sodas and discounted merchandise. In addition, the Vikings will raise the 2010 Horizon League Championship banner to the rafters. All fans in attendance will also receive a men's and women's basketball magnet schedule sponsored by Pepsi.

Berg can play the role of the spoiler in Ada

Nov. 11, 2010

By Morgan Hawley

The Heidelberg University football team looks to close out the 2010 season on a high note when it travels to Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio for its season finale. Kick off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Dial-Roberson Stadium. 

It is the second straight year that the Berg has traveled the short distance to ONU. Heidelberg is coming off its third consecutive victory, topping John Carroll University 37-35 last week in its home finale.Andrew Miller connected with Mike Preston for a 15-yard score with 48 seconds remaining and the Berg held on for the win.

Euclid High alum Mike Preston 

It was the first win over John Carroll since 1993. In the win Preston hauled in 151 yards receiving to become the career leader at the Berg. Preston sits at 2,666 which tops the old mark of 2,586 held by Greg Lehrer (1990-93)

Quick Stat of the Afternoon: Heidelberg is looking to produce its first non-losing season since 1997 when the Berg went 5-5 overall. A win over the host Polar Bears would give the Berg its first winning season since1994 when the team finished at 7-3. Heidelberg will also be striving for its fifth OAC victory on the year, which marks the most league wins in 13 years. Its current three game winning streak is the longest under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Mike Hallett.

The Series: Heidelberg and Ohio Northern first met on the gridiron in 1897 and Saturday will mark their 79th meeting. The Polar Bear’s lead the overall series 44-29-6 and have won the last 14 meetings. Prior to the 15-game winning streak by ONU, Heidelberg had won nine out of the previous 11 games, with a tie mixed in. The last time that the Berg topped the Polar Bears was 34-20 victory on Nov. 12, 1994 in Tiffin. On Nov. 13, 1993 Heidelberg beat ONU in Ada, 34-33, to mark the last road win for the Berg over the Polar Bears.

Familiar Faces: When Heidelberg and Ohio Northern take the field on Saturday it will not only be a battle between familiar institutions, but also a contest with familiar faces. Heidelberg head coach Mike Hallett served as the offensive coordinator under ONU head coach Dean Paul at Thomas More College from 1999-2003. Paul left the Saints to begin his tenure at ONU and Hallett took over the reigns for three years before rebuilding the Berg into an OAC contender.

Last Time Out: The 2010 home finale for the Heidelberg last week offered a thrilling Ohio Athletic Conference game that saw the host ’Berg post a 37-35 victory over John Carroll University. Down four with six minutes to play,

St. Ed alum Germany Woods

Heidelberg ran off just over five minutes off the clock beforeAndrew Miller connected with Mike Preston for a 15-yard touchdown to put the Berg on a top, 37-35. A failed point after left an opportunity for JCU to position itself for a 41-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, but the Blue Streaks could not capitalize and it gave the Berg its third win in a row. For the game, Preston had 151 yards on nine receptions with a touchdown, while Germany Woods racked up his third straight 100-yard rushing game. Woods finished with 177 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Defensively, Craig Sykes led the way with nine stops followed by Andy Fadenholz with seven.

Saturday’s Opponent: Ohio Northern enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 8-1 and is 7-1 in the OAC. The Polar Bears are riding a five-game winning streak heading into game 10 on the season. ONU is averaging 34.9 points a game, while keeping its opponents to 12.8. The ONU offense is registering 383.1 yards a game, while holding its opponents to 288.6. Under center is Kyle Simmons who has completed 120-of-197 passes for 1,594 yards and 14 touchdowns. The leading receiving threats are Jay Priest, Brook Crawford and Ryan Fleming. Priest and Crawford lead the way with 29 and 28 receptions, respectively, and Fleming has 447 yards and four touchdowns. On the opposite side of the ball, Jesse Richards has 64 tackles followed by Chad Coward (59) and Zack Click 956).

Polar Bears Last Outing: Ohio Northern put forth a team effort in a 44-6 win over Wilmington last weekend in Ada, Ohio. Ohio Northern outgained WC 424-200 in total offense, forced three turnovers and blocked a punt and a PAT in the victory. Brent Donley gained 90 yards on 15 carries. Kyle Simmons completed 13-of-17 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran seven times for 23 yards and a third score. Marcus Bodamer and Trygve Henrickson each had seven tackles and Chad Coward and Justin Henck each had interceptions to lead the ONU defense.

Academic Honors: Helping to bring out the student in student-athlete is junior right tackle Derrick Arbogast and sophomore defensive end Andy Lovins. For their efforts, the duo has earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV College Division recognition. Arbogast was named to the first team, while Lovins was tabbed a second team honoree. It is the second straight year Arbogast has been honored. He was named to the second team as a sophomore.

New Holders: The Heidelberg record book was overtaken in a couple of categories in the win over John Carroll. Senior Mike Preston increased his career receiving yards to 2,666 to top the record of 2,586 held by Greg Lehrer (1990-93). Senior place kicker Jesse Hawkins connected on a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter to give him 28 for his career which ties the career mark held by John Davis (1985-88).

CSU Men's cagers open tomorrow with Bryant

Cleveland State will open its 80th season of basketball this weekend when the Vikings host Bryant on Friday, Nov. 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game is part of the World Vision Classic, which CSU will be hosting through Monday night (Nov. 15) with the Vikings also playing Iona on Saturday (6:00 p.m.), Kent State on Sunday (6:00 p.m.) and Urbana on Monday (7:00 p.m.).  Kent State will be facing Iona beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the other game played on Friday.  The Vikings return all five starters and a total of nine lettermen off last year's team that went 16-17 and finished fourth in the Horizon League with a 10-8 mark.  This will be the first time that CSU and Bryant, an NCAA Division I squad based out of Smithfield, Rhode Island, have played.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE:  Gary Waters has the Viking Basketball program back at a level where he is comfortable as all five starters and nine lettermen return from last year's team that went 16-17 against one of the most difficult schedules in the country.  The strength of the squad is at the guards where senior Norris Cole (16.4 ppg, 4.4 apg), a first team All-Horizon League selection last year, and juniors Trevon Harmon (10.5 ppg,  2.4 rpg) and Jeremy Montgomery (12.8 ppg, 2.3 apg) each return to once again form the nucleus of the starting lineup this season.  Senior forward D'Aundray Brown (8.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is out until mid-December following preseason surgery on his right index finger, leaving the small forward spot to be manned by the sophomore duo of Charlie Woods (1.8, 0.8) and Josh McCoy, who redshirted last season following hip surgery.  Junior Aaron Pogue (6.3, 5.4) returns as the starter at center with sophomore Tim Kamczyc (3.7, 2.6) opening the year as the starting power forward.  Junior Joe Latas (0.9, 0.9) and freshmen Luda Ndaye and Devon Long will help to provide CSU with a spark off the bench inside this year.  Injuries to Brown, freshman Sebastian Crawford (season/knee) and sophomore Anthony Wells (early Dec./knee), have hurt the bench depth, especially to start the season.  The Vikings set a school record with 214 three-pointers last season and led the Horizon League in free throw percentage (.749) and steals (8.9).

VIKINGS OPEN YEAR RANKED 25TH IN MID-MAJOR POLL:  Cleveland State is one of three Horizon League schools to earn a spot in the annual CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.  The Vikings received 127 votes from the 31 voters to earn 25th place, two places and 26 points behind Detroit, who was picked 23rd with 153 points.  Butler enters the year as the No. 1 team, earning 16 first place votes and 752 total points with Gonzgaa ranked second with 723 points and 15 first place votes.

VIKINGS TABBED FOR THIRD IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLL:  Cleveland State was picked to finish third this year in the Horizon League in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches, SID's and select media. Butler, which lost in the NCAA title game a year ago, received all 48 first place votes to be the overwhelming league favorite with 480 points.  Detroit received 381 points to finish second, edging the Vikings (376 points) out by just five points.  Valparaiso was fourth (312), followed by Milwaukee in fifth (259) and Wright State in sixth (256). After being tabbed as the league favorite in 2008-09, this is the second straight year that CSU was picked to finish third.

COLE REPEATS ON PRESEASON HORIZON LEAGUE SQUAD:  Senior guard Norris Cole, a first team all-league choice last year was rewarded for his hard work when he was one of five players named to the 2010-11 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in a balloting conducted of the league's coaches, sports information directors and select media. Cole, a native of Dayton, Ohio, was third in the league a year ago with a 16.3 scoring average.  He begins his senior campaign ranked 13th in school history with 1,198 career points and ninth by playing in 104 consecutive games.

DOUBLE PLEASURE FOR VIKING FANS:  Viking basketball fans will once again have the opportunity to see the men's and women's squads in action on the same day as CSU will play four home doubleheaders this year.  Both the men's and women's teams will play Detroit on Jan. 20 and Wright State on Jan. 22. The last two twin bills have the men facing Youngstown State on Feb. 12 followed by the women's game against Butler and the men hosting Green Bay on Feb. 26 followed by the women facing Youngstown State.

. . . AND THE VIKINGS LIKE PLAYING TWO:  The Vikings have enjoyed a great deal of success playing doubleheaders over the last three years.  During that time, Viking teams have combined to go 23-5 in doubleheaders with nine sweeps, the men owning a 11-3 mark with the women going 12-2.

CSU SETS FREE THROW MARK:  The Vikings shattered the school record for free throw percentage in a season by shooting .749 (477-637) last year.  It was the fourth straight year that CSU shot .700 or better from the line in a season, an accomplishment that is even more impressive when you realize that CSU has shot .700 or better just six times in the history of the program.  Last year's effort surpassed the old record of .724 (367-507), which was set in 1979-80.

. . . AND THE FOUR-GUARD LINEUP LEADS THE WAY:  The primary reason why the Vikings broke the free throw percentage record was the effort turned in by starters Norris Cole (.785), D'Aundray Brown (.792), Jeremy Montgomery (.851) and Trevon Harmon (.847), who combined to go 314-for-383 from the line (.820).  Montgomery ended the year leading the league in free throw percentage with Harmon second, Cole ninth and Brown not having enough attempts to qualify for the stats.

. . . AND WHAT MORE CAN HARMON DO?  When Trevon Harmon was knocked out of the Milwaukee game near the end of last season.  He missed the next three games and failed to go to the line in limited action during the season-ending loss in the league tourney.  He went to the bench however, leading the league in free throw percentage, shooting .847 from the line and finishing the year by making 39 of his last 40 attempts (.975), including 23 straight.  Unfortunately, Harmon lost the free throw percentage title to teammate Jeremy Montgomery, who, with Harmon out, made 11 of his 12 free throws over the final four games to shoot .851 for the year (80-94).

Parma's Heather Keller, St. V's Mari O'Neill, 

Mayfield's Val Korb, Mentor's Kylee Kolesar 

receive all-league honors in OAC for 

collegiate soccer accomplishments

Nov. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN – Mayifeild High alumna Val Korb, Mentor High product Kylee Kolesar, St, Vincent-St Mary grad Mari O’Neill and Parma High alum Heather Keller all received collegiate recognition today by getting named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference women’s soccer teams.


Korb is a senior forward playing for John Carroll. She was named to the first team.

A sophomore, Kolsear plays forward for, Mount Union . Kolesar received second-team honors.


O’Neill is Korb’s teammate with the Blue Streaks. The John Carroll junior plays defense and joined Kolesar on the second team.


Keller, a Baldwin-Wallace forward, is one of only three freshmen to be named to either the first or second team. She was joined on the second team by yellow Jacket teammate Liz Helser, one of the other two freshmen on the second team. Helser hails from Fort Wayne.


Helser and Keller were two of five freshmen to receive any OAC soccer recognition – first, second or honorable mention.

Spartan Men Picked Second, Women Seventh 

in UAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll

Nov. 11

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – With the 2010-11 college basketball season right around the corner, the University Athletic Association has released its preseason coaches’ poll. The Case Western Reserve University men have been chosen to finish second and the Spartan women were tabbed seventh.

The men’s second-place spot in the poll is the highest in program history. The team is fresh off its first winning season (14-11) in more than a decade and returns four starters along with seven of its top eight scorers. Senior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) 

is expected to lead the squad after scoring 15.1 points-per-game last season – good for third in the UAA.

“Our preseason ranking is indicative of the hard work put forth by our players and our assistant coaches,” said men’s head coachSean McDonnell.  “We hope to meet these expectations by sacrificing individual goals for the betterment of the team.”

The women won nine of their first 10 games and eventually finished with their second winning season (13-12) in three years. The Spartans return four starters and a pair of All-UAA performers, including first-team pick and ESPN Academic All-American junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon), who averaged 14.4 ppg. with a UAA-best 49 blocks.

“Our team is working hard to get better each day, said women’s head coach Jennifer Reimer.  “This is one of the hardest working and most cohesive groups I’ve coached here at Case.  Our ranking in the preseason poll just provides more incentive to work that much harder and move our program forward in the UAA.”

Both teams open the season this Monday, November 15 at home in Horsburgh Gymnasium. The women host Washington & Jefferson College (PA) at 6:00 p.m. and the men entertain cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College at 8:00 p.m.

The 2010-2011 Baldwin-Wallace College 

Women’s Basketball Team Looks to Battle 

for Another OAC Title This Winter

Nov. 11

By Jeff Miller

BEREA --  The 2010-2011 Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team returns four starters and 11 letter winners and will once again look to contend for the Ohio Athletic Conference title and make its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance.

Head Coach Cheri Harrer, who enters her 21st season, guided the Yellow Jackets to a 19-8 overall and 14-4 OAC record a year ago. Every season, her expectation is to win the OAC title, gain an NCAA tourney berth and capture the school’s first-ever NCAA Division III national title.

Back to lead this year’s team is two-time All-OAC guard/ forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove). She is one of the top-returning players in the OAC and Great Lakes Region of Divisiuon III and needs just 20 points to become the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Last season, Schroeder scored a team-high 14.5 points-per-game, grabbed 5.1 rebounds-per-game, led the team with 28 three-pointers, passed for 45 assists and made a team-high 31 steals. She also shot 43.7 percent from the floor, including 35% from three-point range, and made more than 87% of her foul shots (120-of-137).

“Amanda once again will be our team leader,” said Harrer, who is looking for her eighth OAC title and enters her 21st season with 415 career wins to rabnk second all-time in league history.  “She has proven why she is amongst the best players in the OAC.” We will count on her leadership as well as production from our other veterans and newcomers.”

In addition to Schroeder, the Yellow Jackets return eight players that saw a significant amount of playing time last season.  Senior guard Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands), junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace), junior guard/ forward Monica Gustin (Bexley) and junior forward/ center Catherine Spisak (Sandusky/ St. Mary Central Catholic) and sophomore guard Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover), sophomore point guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/ Colonel Crawford) and sophomore point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) all averaged 15 minutes or more of action per game.

French, Rossman, Schroeder and Stack will be once again be looked upon to handle the guard duties.  Stack, appeared in all 27 games with seven starts last season.  She averaged 4.5 ppg. and 1.6 apg. and shot 37.7 percent from the field.  French led all freshmen last season with 6.9 ppg. and contributed 1.9 apg. and 1.3 rpg.  Rossman started every game and scored 3.3 ppg., grabbed 2.3 rpg. and led the team with 78 assists.  In addition, sophomores Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa./ Corry Area) and JoBeth Roll (Bucyrus/ Senior) and newcomer Kristen Troyer (Dover/ Garaway) will push for time in Coach Harrer’s rotation.

Laurel alumna Autumn Williams

At the wing and forward positions, the group of Carpenter, Coulter, Gustin and Spisak all return to anchor the post play.  Coulter, who is just one of three players to start every game, returns after averaging 7.6 ppg.  She also contributed 4.3 rebounds, 15 assists, 18 blocked shots and 17 steals.  Gustin will be called upon to have an increased role in the offense after averaging 1.8 ppg and 1.3 rpg last year.  Spisak was the leading rebounder a year ago with 6.6 rpg. and scored 6.1 ppg.  Carpenter, who like Gustin can alternate between guard and forward, averaged 7.0 points and 1.1 rebounds in 23 games.  Newcomers Victoria Brown (Berlin Heights/ Western Reserve), Melissa Hoffbauer (Bloomville/ Buckeye Central), Jessica Lairson (Louisville), Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/ Columbian), Natalia Simovic (Seven Hills/ Parma Normandy) and Autumn Williams (Cleveland/ Laurel School) all look to gain playing time.

Coach Harrer will put her team to the test early and often as she once again has a tough non-conference schedule.  The Yellow Jackets open the season on the road with games against traditional rival and North Coast Athletic Conference power Wittenberg University, play both Alma (Mich.) College and national power Hope (Mich.) College at the Hope Tipoff Tournament and face cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University all in the first eight days of the season.

CSU Men's Basketball Adds Five During 

Early Signing Period

Five High School Student/Athletes Comprise "Best Class 

Yet" To Come To CSU Under Waters; Cleve. Central 

Catholic's Anton Grady only local in quintet

November 11, 2010     

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND -- Buoyed by a pair of post-season appearances and an average of 21 victories over the last three years, the Cleveland State men's basketball added another victory on Thursday (Nov. 11) when head coach Gary Waters announced the signing of five high school student-athletes to national letters of intent to attend Cleveland State and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2011.

Signing with Cleveland State are Tremain Brown (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding), Anton Grady (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic), Charles Lee (Milwaukee, WI/Huntington Prep), Marlin Mason (Detroit, MI/Cass Tech) and Ike Nwamu (Greensboro, NC/Westchester Country Day).  Each will enter CSU as freshman next fall with all four seasons of eligibility remaining.

"I am very excited about this class," Waters said.  "It is the strongest class that we have brought in during the five years that I have been at Cleveland State.  I can't say that it is the best class in school history because I don't know the history here, but I wouldn't doubt it.

"Getting the type of players that would allow us to play our style of basketball was very important this year.  I was looking for players who could play our pressing style and had a great deal of athleticism and this class is just that.

"This class is about as versatile and athletic as they get with just about every player being capable of playing multiple positions."

Brown, a 6-5, 185-pound wing, averaged 13.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a junior, helped Harding to a 23-3 record.  He earned first team all-county honors.

"Tre is the most versatile player in this class," Waters said.  "He can play multiple positions around the perimeter, from point guard to a wing forward.  He is 6-5 but has outstanding ball handling skills, can shoot from the outside and score going to the basket.  I believe that Tre is a great addition to our program.

Grady, a 6-8, 215-pound forward, has been a dominant force in Cleveland-area basketball the last three years.  He averaged 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks as a junior.

Grady averaged 11.6 points, 12.1 rebounds and 8.2 blocks as a sophomore to lead Central Catholic to a 23-3 record and the state Division III title. He was rated as the fourth best prospect in Ohio by ESPN.com and earned three stars from ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.

A three-year starter, Grady owns career averages of 12.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 6.3 blocks.

"The addition of Anton is a very big step for our program because he is an area kid who is recognized as being one of the best players in the state this year.  For Cleveland State to get a player like Anton to stay home to play, it sends a message to the other schools in the state.

"Anton is a forward with the natural ability to play both inside and outside.  He is very athletic, loves to run the floor and he has a great feel for the game while fitting into our philosophy of adding players who are winners."

Lee, a 5-9, 160-pound point guard, played his high school basketball at Hamilton High in Milwaukee before heading to Huntington (WV) Prep this season.

A third team all-region choice as a junior in 2009-10 at Hamilton, he averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 assists to help the team to a 20-4 record and the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

A first team all-league choice in each of his final two seasons, he was ranked 68th at his position by ESPN.com

"Charles is what I call a point guard deluxe," Waters said.  "He excels at leading the team on the floor and defends the ball as well as any player that I have ever seen.  He shoots the ball well, both from three-point and when creating shots for himself inside the arc, and is an outstanding passer.  I believe that he can put us in position to win multiple championships during his career."

Mason, a 6-6, 210-pound forward, averaged 11.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a junior, helping Cass Tech to a 16-5 record.

A preseason first team all-league choice this year, he averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game as a sophomore while playing at Harrison High in Farmington Hills, MI.

"Marlin is the youngest player in the class and I believe that he is just beginning to realize his true potential on the court," Waters said.  "He is 6-6 and has great athleticism that allows him to play both inside and outside.  I look forward to seeing him grow as a player in the next five years."

Nwamu, a 6-3, 195-pound guard, earned first team all-conference honors in each of the last two years while leading his team to a 55-3 record, including a second place finish in the state tourney last year.

He averaged 17.4 points per game last year and owns career averages of 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.9 steals while shooting 72-percent from the line.

"Ike is the steal of this class," Waters said.  "He has the ability to score from the perimeter and off the dribble and possesses unbelievable athleticism.  He also comes from a winning program, one that could very well be the best in North Carolina this year.

The signings come on the eve of the opening of the 80th season of basketball at Cleveland State.

The Vikings return all five starters from the 2009-10 squad that won 16 games while playing against one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the nation.  CSU is led by senior Norris Cole, who was a first team All-Horizon League selection last year after averaging 16.3 points a game.

CSU opens the 2010-11 regular season with the busiest opening weekend in school history as the Vikings will play four games in four days (Nov. 12-15) as part of the World Vision Classic. CSU will take on Bryant on Friday (7:30 p.m.), Iona on Saturday (6:00 p.m.), Kent State on Sunday (6:00 p.m.) and Urbana on Monday (7:00 p.m.).

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.