A Page -- Nov. 11, 2011 -- PM Edition

St. Edward will try to gain the first season split ever in Holy War series with St. Ignatius in this, Week Two, of the computer playoffs

By Adam Mendoza

This week’s OHSAA playoff game between St. Edward and St. Ignatius presents a rematch of Week 10 as the St. Ignatius Wildcats Beat the Eagles 20-17, leaving the Eagles with a chance to create the first season split ever in American football between the two schools.

This will be the second time in the long history of these two schools that they will meet in a playoff game (this is the 49th meeting) and the second time they are meeting twice it the same season, the Wildcats sweeping during the last occurrence (2008).   

The Wildcats come into the game with a 9-2 record after a first round win over Youngstown Boardman. The only blemishes on the St. Ignatius season are losses Mentor in week three, 38-24, and to Cincinnati St. Xavier in week 9, 14-12. 


The Wildcats are led by their QB Eric Williams a transfer from the state of Oregon. He threw for over a thousand yards during the regular season.  The Cats also have relied on the strong leg of

Kicker Tim Shenk, who holds or tied 4 school kicking records.  The defense of Coach Chuck Kyle remains as strong as ever as Tim McVey and Mike Svetina led the defense. 

St. Ed’s is 8-3 on the year after Beating Cleveland Heights in the opening round of the playoffs 28-14.  The Eagles used their punishing ground game to advance to the regional semi-finals. 

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Last week, the Eagles used a punishing ground game in the first quarter to make Cleveland Heights first trip to the playoffs a not so memorable one.   

St. Edward jumped to a 21 –0 first half lead as they rushed for 184 yards in the half.  The running game was pretty much the idea in that half as it ran 42 out of 43 plays.

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Cleveland Hts. would cut the lead to 21-14 with touchdowns in the second and third quarter. 

St. Ed’s would ice the game in the 4th quarter with a Kenny Butler touchdown. Butler and Dwayne Aaron would combine for 4 touchdowns and 313 yards on the ground.

The flags were flying in the game as both teams were penalized 21 times for 199 yards.

The Eagles will now face St. Ignatius in a regional Semi-Final Matchup

This will be the 49th matchup with St. Ignatius. The Wildcats lead the series 26-21-1.  

The two teams met in Week 10 of the season with Wildcats winning 20-17.

The first meeting between the two schools was back in 1952. The Wildcats have won  5 of the last 6, including twice in 2008 (Week 10 and first round of Playoffs). 

In 2010, the Eagles beat St. Ignatius 33-10 to finish 10-0 for their 5th unbeaten regular season in school history, completing a 15-0 year with a state title.

St. Edward comes into the 2011 playoffs with a 6 game winning streak that ended with a state title in 2010. Coach Rick Finotti’s teams hopes to keep that streak going again this year. 

St. Ed’s is 5-7 in regional semi-final games.

The last time they lost in the regional semi-final was in 2006 when the lost to Warren Harding 7-3.

WEEK 10 RECAP

St. Ed’s ended the regular season with a 20-17 loss to rival St. Ignatius at another full house at Lakewood Stadium. 

The Eagles would hold a 10-3 lead going into halftime. When the 3rd quarter started St. Edward would lose it lead.  Two turnovers, one an interception the other a fumbled punt return would lead to 14 unanswered St. Ignatius points and the Wildcats would take a 17-10 lead.

St. Ed’s would tie the game at 17 with a Ryan Fallon touchdown run. Tim Shenk would give the Wildcats a 20-17 lead on a 35 yard field goal. 

Dwayne Aaron and Kenny Butler would combine for 165 yards on the Ground. Ryan Fallon was 10-16 for 160 yards. Chris Connors would have 8 catches for 120 yards and set a school record for most receptions in a a single season.  

CSU Men's basketball to open season Sunday against the 'Bilt

GAME 1 
Cleveland State at #7 Vanderbilt 
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011 • 2:00 p.m. EST
Location: Memorial Gymnasium (14,316) - Nashville, Tenn.
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski) 
TV: ESPNU (Dave Neal and Jimmy Dykes)
Series: Vanderbilt leads, 1-0
Last Mt'g: VU 93, CSU 64 (12/28/94) (Tempe, Ariz.)
Tickets: Available at Site


SETTING THE SCENE: Cleveland State begins the 2011-12 regular season when the Vikings travel to No. 7 Vanderbilt on Sunday (Nov. 13) at 2:00 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU with Dave Neal and Jimmy Dykes on the call. The Vikings, who defeated John Carroll, 88-58, in an exhibition game on Wednesday (Nov. 9) are coming off a 27-9 season, the Horizon League Championship and an NIT appearance in which CSU advanced to the second round. Vanderbilt, which opens its season on Friday night against Oregon, was 23-11 last season.


PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS: Sixth-year head coach Gary Waters will combine an experienced group of upperclassmen with one of the most talented freshman classes in school history as the Vikings set out to win a second straight Horizon League title. The strength of the team is at the guards where seniors Trey Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery return after starting all 36 games last season. They will be joined in the backcourt by freshmen Sebastian Douglas and Charles Lee. Senior D'Aundray Brown returns to the lineup after missing last season with a finger injury to man the small forward spot with freshmen Marlin Mason and Ike Nwamu ready to step in and provide minutes. Senior Aaron Pogue returns as the starting center with junior Tim Kamczyc back at the power forward slot. Sophomores Devon Long and Luda Ndaye and freshman Anton Grady add depth, athleticism and length to the frontcourt.


VIKINGS 22nd IN MID-MAJOR POLL: Cleveland State is one of three Horizon League schools to earn a spot in the annual preseason CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The Vikings received 149 votes from the 31 voters to earn 22nd place. Butler is ranked second with 698 votes and seven first place votes, while Detroit is 15th with 309 votes. Milwaukee, Valparaiso and Green Bay were among the "Others Receiving Votes". Last season, CSU began the season ranked 25th in the poll before working its way up to the No. 1 ranking on Dec. 6 where the Vikings stayed for five weeks.


FIRST CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON ON NOV. 14: The first CSU Hoops Luncheon of the year will take place on Monday (Nov. 14) with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Gary Waters and Kate Peterson Abiad throughout the 2010-11 season. Hosted by MunchBishop of WKNR, the luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Cost of admission is $12 with a reservation or $15 at the door and includes a buffet luncheon and beverages. Tables for eight can also be reserved for $96.00. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5119.


VIKINGS THIRD IN PRESEASON LEAGUE POLL: Cleveland State was picked to finish third in the preseason Horizon League poll as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Butler was chosen as the favorite in the preseason poll, garnering 28 first place votes and 468 points to edge out second place Detroit. The Titans received 19 first place votes and 453 points. Cleveland State earned two first place votes and 388 points to finish third in the voting, while Milwaukee received the final first place vote and 356 votes to place fourth. Valparaiso was fifth with 255 points and was followed by Green Bay (247), Youngstown State (195), Wright State (157), Loyola (145) and UIC (86).


HARMON NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM: Senior guard Trey Harmon was rewarded when he was one of five players named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team. Harmon, the third leading returning scorer in the league, earned the preseason honor after averaging 13.2 points per game last season to rank 13th in the league. He was also seventh in minutes played (33.2) and eighth in three-point field goals made (1.7), while adding 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists. One of the top defenders in the league, Harmon was selected to the Horizon League All-Defensive and Mid-Major Defensive All-America teams last year after ranking fourth in the league in steals (1.5).


PROTECTING THE ROCK: The Vikings averaged a school-record low of 11.4 turnovers last season, the fourth time in head coach Gary Waters' tenure that CSU set a program low for turnovers per game. The Vikings had 11 single-digit turnover games in 2010-11, including a school-record low of four against South Florida (12/22/10). The 11 single-digit turnover games were the most in school history, breaking the old mark of seven in 2008-09.


WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU?: The Vikings welcome back senior D'Aundray Brown to the lineup this year after he took last year as a redshirt after injuring his hand in preseason practice. In 2009-10, Brown earned Horizon League All-Defensive Team accolades, ranking 13th in the nation in steals. He has started 66 career games, including all 32 in 2010-11, averaging 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds for his career. Brown scored 10 points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals in Wednesday's exhibition win over John Carroll. It was his first competitive action since being injured in a Horizon League first round game against Loyola on March 2, 2010.


MONTGOMERY CLOSING IN ON 1,000: Senior Jeremy Montgomery enters the 2011-12 season opener with 988 career points, needing 12 more to become the 19th player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point mark. He scored 149 points as a freshman, 421 as a sophomore and 418 last season.

... AS ARE HARMON AND BROWN: In addition to Jeremy Montgomery, the Vikings have another two players who have the 1,000 career point mark in their sights this year. Senior Trey Harmon has scored 923 points, while senior D'Aundray Brown has scored 616 points in his career. The CSU program has never had three players reach 1,000 career points in a season.


J-MO KEEPS PLAYING: When Jeremy Montgomery takes the floor on Sunday afternoon, he will be playing in his 107th straight game at CSU. It is the ninth longest streak in school history and eight shy of taking over eighth place on the list at CSU. Montgomery, who has never missed a game in his career, is also slated to make his 57th straight start.


A VERY GRADY START: Freshman Anton Grady got his collegiate career off to a great start, notching a double-double of 10 points and 12 boards in Wednesday's (Nov. 9) 88-58 win over John Carroll.


POGUE DOUBLES UP: Aaron Pogue also notched a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds against John Carroll. Pogue, who had a double-double of 13 points and 14 boards in the NIT second round game against the College of Charleston last season, has dropped more than 20 pounds from last year, making him quicker and lighter on his feet. At Wednesday's postgame press conference, Pogue joked that it is the smallest he has been since eighth grade.


CSU IN THE WOLSTEIN CENTER: CSU is starting its 20th season playing in Henry Goodman Arena in the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center. The Vikings are 156-105 (.598) during that span, including winning records in nine of the last 13 seasons. CSU won a school-record 17 home games last year.


FINISHING IT IN REGULATION: Last year's season finale against the College of Charleston extended CSU's school-record streak of consecutive games without an overtime contest to 136. The last time CSU played an overtime tilt came on Nov. 17, 2007 when the Vikings topped Florida State, 69-66, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the 136 games since, CSU is 88-48 (.650).


FREE THROWS: After setting a school record by shooting .749 from the foul line in 2009-10, CSU came back to shoot .731 from the line last year, the second highest percentage in school history. Included in last year's total was a 22-for-23 (.957) performance against Iona, the fourth-highest single game percentage in school history.


FOR STARTERS: Cleveland State was one of just three Division I teams to have the same starting lineup for every game last season as Norris Cole, Trey Harmon, Jeremy MontgomeryTim Kamczyz and Aaron Pogue started all 36 games. Four of those players - all except Cole - are back this year. D'Aundray Brown, who redshirted last season after injuring his finger in preseason practice, is also back. He started all 32 games he played in during the 2009-10 season.


TRIFECTA DUO: The duo of seniors Jeremy Montgomery and Trey Harmon continue to work their way up the three-point field goals made chart at Cleveland State. Montgomery is ranked fifth in school history with 151 three-pointers, while Harmon is 11th with 135 makes.


FAMILY CONNECTION: Freshman Anton Grady has some basketball in his bloodlines as he is the nephew of NBA player Earl Boykins. Grady joined the CSU program after earning first team All-Ohio honors and being named the Division III Player of the Year as a senior when he averaged 22.3 points, 14.8 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 3.8 assists per game at Cleveland Central Catholic H.S., the same high school Boykins also played at. In addition, Boykins played at Eastern Michigan when Gary Waters was an assistant coach.


... AND AN "EARL" IN THE PROGRAM: Head coach Gary Waters has often compared freshman Charles Lee to Earl Boykins. The 5-foot-9 Lee is an attacking point guard who can score and also create opportunities for his teammates and is also a lock down defender. Lee played his final high school season at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, leading the squad to a 22-3 mark and the No. 1 ranking in the state.


THE BROWN'S & COACH GEE: Senior D'Aundray Brown and his father, Aundra Brown, have both been coached by current CSU associate head coach Jayson Gee. Aundra Brown played at Youngstown State from 1987-91 and Gee began his coaching career at YSU in 1989, becoming one of the youngest Division I assistant coaches in the country. D'Aundray Brown arrived at Cleveland State in 2007 when Gee was in his second year on the CSU staff.


SUCCESS 601: The sixth edition of Success Class under Gary Waters is utilizing the book Think Like a Champion by Dave Dinunzio as the course text this year. Instituted at CSU in the summer of 2006, Waters uses Success Class to teach the Viking players the finer points of what it takes to succeed, both on the basketball court and in life. Success Class 101 used John Wooden's book, The Pyramid of Success. Waters relied on John Maxwell's book Talent Is Never Enough in 2007-08 and turned to former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy's book, Quiet Strength in 2008-09. Waters returned to Maxwell in 2009-10, using 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player as the course text and again in 2009-10, using Maxwell's Winning With People. The non-credited class is taught weekly by Waters to the Viking players over the summer and preseason months.


CLOSING IN ON 200: With at least 32 games in 2011-12, Gary Waters will become the fourth coach in program history to coach in 200 career games for CSU. He will join Ray Dieringer (360), Kevin Mackey (211) and Rollie Massimino (203). Waters has coached in 171 games entering this season, posting a 100-71 mark at CSU. He trails only Dieringer (149) and Mackey (142) for most wins in school history.


ADDING ASSISTANCE: The trio of associate head coach Jayson Gee and assistant coaches Larry DeSimpelare and Jeremaine Kimbrough are in their sixth year serving for head coach Gary Waters on the Viking bench. It is the longest tenure for a trio of Viking assistant coaches in school history. Only the tandem of Mitch Buonaguro and Paul Molinari (1996-03) served longer as a unit.


VIKINGS ADD THREE: The Vikings added three high school student-athletes when the trio of Bryn Forbes (Lansing, Mich.), Junior Lomomba (Montreal, Ontario) and Malik London (Chillicothe, Ohio) signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.


Bryn Forbes is a 6-foot-3 guard who 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. Forbes hit 41 three-pointers last season and was a Class B all-area honorable mention selection. He 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.


Junior Lomomba is a 6-foot-4 forward who 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. 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.


Malik London is a a 6-foot-8 forward who 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.


UP NEXT: Cleveland State opens its home season on Tuesday (Nov. 15) when the Vikings host Rio Grande at 7:00 p.m. 



  

 Tonight in MAC Women's Basketball -- November 11, 2011

 

Northwestern (0-0) at Central Michigan (0-0), 12:00 PM

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Central Michigan opens it's 2011-12 campaign at home against Northwestern on Friday, November 11th... The Chippewas were picked second in the MAC Preseason Poll, while Brandie Baker and 2010-11 MAC Freshman of the Year Niki DiGuilio where named to the Preseason All-MAC team... Baker last season became the first player in CMU history, men or women, to register a triple-double. She finished last season 22nd in the NCAA in assists to turnover ratio and tied the program record of 156 assists... DiGuilio finished last year with 17 double-figure scoring efforts, and ranked 25th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (40.8)...  Northwestern enters the 2011-12 campaign in search of its third-consecutive postseason appearance, having reached the WNIT in each of the last two seasons... Fourth-year head coach Joe McKeown has led the Wildcats to 18 and 19-win seasons over the past two years, the most wins since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons... Returning is All-Big honoree Kendall Hackney finished second on the team in scoring last season, as well as senior captain Allison Mocchi and forward Dannielle Diamant.

 

Akron (0-0) at Notre Dame (0-0), 7:00 PM (WNIT)

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The Zips begin the 2011-12 campaign at preseason No. 2 Notre Dame as part of the Preseason WNIT... Akron is guaranteed to play at least two more games in the tournament, with the remaining schedule to be announced after the first round... Akron returns 10 letterwinners and four starters from last year’s team that finished 14-16 overall and 6-10 in MAC play, capped by a 73-65 loss in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals to Toledo, who went on to win the WNIT... Entering this season, Rachel Tecca has tallied 809 career points through 62 games and needs just 193 to join the 1,000-point club. Last season, she scored 475 points, the fifth most in a season in program history...Notre Dame was tabbed second in both preseason national polls and first in the Big East preseason poll, with junior guard Skylar Diggins selected as the Big East Preseason Player of the Year. In addition, senior guard Natalie Novosel and senior forward Devereaux Peters also joined Diggins on the Preseason All-Big East team... In 2010-11, the Fighting Irish finished 31-8 overall and 13-3 in the Big East, tied for second in the league. They suffered losses in the Big East Championship game at Connecticut and in the NCAA Championship game againstTexas A&M. Notre Dame ended the season ranked ninth in the AP poll and second in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

 

Bowling Green (0-0) at Dayton (0-0), 7:00 PM

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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team opens the 2011-12 season by taking on the University of Dayton in Friday (Nov. 11) action... Miller and his staff return nine letterwinners – but just one starter – from last year's 28-5 team. Junior Chrissy Steffen, the lone returning starter averaged 10.4 points per game last season... The Falcons were picked to defend their MAC East Division title in 2012, according to the league's preseason poll ... BGSU has won seven consecutive MAC divisional crowns... BGSU led the nation in free-throw percentage last season, and the Falcons were also among the top-20 schools in three-point field goals per game (sixth), W-L percentage (11th), scoring margin (16th), fewest turnovers per game (20th) and three-point FG defense (20th)... Dayton, coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, received votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today ESPN preseason polls ... the Flyers finished 21-12 last year, reaching the 20-win plateau for the fourth-straight season, and UD loses just one starter from that team ... the Flyers were picked to tie for the Atlantic 10 Conference title in the preseason coaches poll ... senior Justine Raterman, a first-team all-conference selection, is UD's top returning scorer with 16.1 points per game.

 

 

Buffalo (0-0) at Niagara (0-0), 7:00 PM

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The Bulls begin the 2011-12 season tonight as they travel to Niagara to face the Purple Eagles.  This begins the seventh season of the Linda Hill-MacDonald era at Buffalo. The Bulls are beginning a stretch of six of the first seven games away from home... The Bulls turn the reigns over to a new group after the graduation of four of its top players a year ago.  Leading the charge is senior Brittany Hedderson, who finished second on the team in scoring last season at 10.7 points per game.  Also looking to make some noise are fellow senior Teresa Semalulu and redshirt sophomore Nytor Longar, who both scored in double figures in UB’s exhibition win... The Purple Eagles welcome back Kayla Stroman after the Guard missed most of last season due to injury.  Niagara will also gain Lauren Gatto after the Center was redshirted last season after transferring from University of Illinios - Chicago... In her eight games last season, Stroman averaged 12.0ppg while averaging 34 minutes of playing time. 

 

Illinois St. (0-0) at Ball St. (0-0), 7:00 PM

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The Cardinals open its 2011-12 season at home against the Illinois State Redbirds...  Ball State is coming off of an 82-50 exhibition win over St. Joseph's College where all of the Cardinals saw action with freshman guard Brittany Carter leading all scorers with 11 points...  Ball State also had three players chip in nine points, sophomore guard Brandy Woody, senior captain Suzanne Grossnickle and junior guard Mercedes Miller. Defensively, Woody had nine boards on the night... Illinois State scored 21-unanswered points to start the game and never trailed, as the ISU women's basketball team beat Division II Missouri-St. Louis, 92-52, in exhibition play last Tuesday night at Redbird Arena.  Junior Candace Sykes led all scorers with 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting. 

 

 

Kent St. (0-0) at Marshall (0-0), 7:00 PM

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The Kent State women's basketball team begins its 37th season of competition Friday (Nov. 11) at Marshall in a 5 p.m. non-conference matchup at the Cam Henderson Center... Junior guard Tamzin Barroilhet anchors the backcourt, averaging 23 minutes per game and totaling 30 steals on the defensive end... Junior center Leslie Schaefer (Verona, Wis.) is the elder statesman of the frontcourt, hauling in 72 rebounds in 54 games through two seasons as a reserve... Bob Lindsay begins his 23rd season as head coach of the Flashes. Along the way, Lindsay has amassed more victories (412) than any Mid-American Conference basketball coach in history – men's or women's... Marshall returns six players from a 2010-11 squad that went 9-21 overall and 5-12 in Conference USA action. The Thundering Herd are led by 11th-year head coach Royce Chadwick... Senior guard Lateidra Elliott averaged 9.2 points per game to rank as the squad's second-leading scorer last season and has made 20 starts in her career at the point. 

 

Miami (0-0) at Temple (0-0), 7:00 PM

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The Miami University women’s basketball team opens its 2011-12 season on Friday when it travels to Philadelphia to take on Temple at 7 p.m... The RedHawks are led by junior Courtney Osborn who was the team’s leading scorer a season ago with an average of 17.3 points per game, becoming the first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points before the end of her sophomore year... The leading returning rebounder is junior Kirsten Olowinski who averaged a double-double in 2011, fishing third on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game and leading the team in rebounding at 11.1 boards per game... Temple went 24-9 last season and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to eventual National Runner-up Notre Dame... The Owls return three starters and eight letterwinners from that team, including their leading scorer in senior guard Shey Peddy who averaged 14.1 points per game, and had a team leading 104 steals. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Cleveland State basketball to begin regular season tonight

Tennessee State (9-21 in 2010-11) at Cleveland State (21-12 in 2010-11)
Date: 
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
Site: Wolstein Center (8,500) - Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Cleveland State leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Cleveland State 92, Tennessee State 79 (12/17/01)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more

SETTING THE SCENE
Cleveland State will open the 2011-12 season on Friday, November 11 as the Vikings welcome Tennessee State to the Wolstein Center for a 7:00 p.m. contest. Friday's game will be the first of two home games for the Vikings this weekend, as they begin the 38th season of basketball. CSU, who is coming off a pair of strong exhibition contests against John Carroll and Case Western Reserve, returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that advanced to the postseason for the third time in the last four years. Tennessee State, who was selected to finish seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference this season, returns nine letterwinners from a 2010-11 squad that went 9-21 and finished seventh in the OVC.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE
With four starters returning for the 2011-12 season, the Cleveland State women’s basketball team is poised to have yet another successful season under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The starting lineup is centered around junior Shalonda Winton (12.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.2 apg), a preseason first team all-league pick. Winton will combine with the senior trio of Janelle Adams (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Destinee Blue (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Takima Keane (8.1 ppg, 3.2 apg) to form the backbone of the Viking roster. Peterson Abiad will have a deep bench to work with this season, as five additional letterwinners will be returning in juniors Honesty King (5.8 ppg) and Kaila Montgomery (1.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and sophomores Ondrea Hughes (1.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg), Brandee Kelly (0.2 ppg, 0.6 rpg) and Haley Schmitt (1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg). The CSU veterans will be joined by four freshmen, guards Cori Coleman (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Murry Bergtraum), Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Tess Zufall (Slickville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) and forward Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone).

LAST TIME OUT: VS. CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Behind three players in double figures, the Vikings won their second and final exhibition contest of the season, topping Case Western Reserve, 85-42. Shalonda Winton paced the Vikings with 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while Takima Keane added 17 points and Janelle Adams added 12 points and three steals. As a team, the Vikings shot 56% (31-55) from the field, including a 60% (15-25) clip during the second half. CSU held the Spartans to a .291 field goal percentage, including 21% during the opening half.

EXHIBITION #1: VS. JOHN CARROLL
Five Vikings scored in double figures, led by junior Shalonda Winton who posted 16 points and 15 rebounds, as CSU earned an 87-55 exhibition win over John Carroll last Tuesday (Nov. 1). The other four Vikings to score in double figures included seniors Janelle Adams (12 pts) and Takima Keane (14) and freshmen Imani Gordon (15) and Kiersten Green (10). The CSU bench outscored John Carroll's, 41-13, while the Vikings forced 24 Blue Streak turnovers and held them to a .367 field goal percentage.

HEAD COACH KATE PETERSON ABIAD
Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU coming into the 2011-12 season. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 106, needing just 10 more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

38th SEASON OF CSU BASKETBALL
The 2011-12 season will be Cleveland State’s 38th year of intercollegiate competition. The Vikings have compiled an all-time record of 415-575 (.419), while also going 121-150 (.446) in 18 seasons in the Horizon League.

CSU TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

WINTON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

HOME SWEET HOME
CSU has played some of its best basketball at home over the last three years, going 44-13 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season.  It is the best four year stretch in program history, besting the 34 wins the Vikings have recorded twice before (1979-83 and 1998-2002). The Vikings were 13-3 in the Wolstein Center last year, setting a school record for most home wins in a season.

FOURTH STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON
The Vikings 21-12 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the fourth 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 and their 19-14 record during 2009-10.

REBOUNDING MACHINE
Entering her junior season Shalonda Winton is just 15 rebounds shy of breaking into the top-20 on the all-time career rebounds list at CSU. After two seasons in a Viking uniform Winton has collected 460 rebounds, including 300 last year, the fourth highest single season total in program history.

CSU VS. TEAMS IN 2011 POSTSEASON
The Vikings will play seven games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year, including Green Bay who reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. CSU will face the Phoenix twice, as well as Butler who played in the WNIT and Wright State who played in the WBI. The final game will come against Toledo, the 2011 WNIT champion. 

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON RETURNS
The third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, will debut on Monday, Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

UP NEXT
The Vikings will continue their brief two-game homestand on Sunday (Nov. 13), as CSU hosts Big Ten opponent Illinois at 2:00 p.m. Before Sunday's contest, the Vikings will be raising their 2011 Women's Basketball Invitational banner.
Ohio
Series: Cleveland State leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Cleveland State 92, Tennessee State 79 (12/17/01)
Tickets: $8, General Admission // $5, Groups of 10 or more

SETTING THE SCENE
Cleveland State will open the 2011-12 season on Friday, November 11 as the Vikings welcome Tennessee State to the Wolstein Center for a 7:00 p.m. contest. Friday's game will be the first of two home games for the Vikings this weekend, as they begin the 38th season of basketball. CSU, who is coming off a pair of strong exhibition contests against John Carroll and Case Western Reserve, returns nine letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that advanced to the postseason for the third time in the last four years. Tennessee State, who was selected to finish seventh in the Ohio Valley Conference this season, returns nine letterwinners from a 2010-11 squad that went 9-21 and finished seventh in the OVC.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE
With four starters returning for the 2011-12 season, the Cleveland State women’s basketball team is poised to have yet another successful season under ninth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad. The starting lineup is centered around junior Shalonda Winton (12.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.2 apg), a preseason first team all-league pick. Winton will combine with the senior trio of Janelle Adams (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.1 apg), Destinee Blue (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Takima Keane (8.1 ppg, 3.2 apg) to form the backbone of the Viking roster. Peterson Abiad will have a deep bench to work with this season, as five additional letterwinners will be returning in juniors Honesty King (5.8 ppg) and Kaila Montgomery (1.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg) and sophomores Ondrea Hughes (1.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg), Brandee Kelly (0.2 ppg, 0.6 rpg) and Haley Schmitt (1.1 ppg, 0.8 rpg). The CSU veterans will be joined by four freshmen, guards Cori Coleman (Springfield Gardens, N.Y./Murry Bergtraum), Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Tess Zufall (Slickville, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) and forward Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio/Firestone).

LAST TIME OUT: VS. CASE WESTERN RESERVE
Behind three players in double figures, the Vikings won their second and final exhibition contest of the season, topping Case Western Reserve, 85-42. Shalonda Winton paced the Vikings with 23 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while Takima Keane added 17 points and Janelle Adams added 12 points and three steals. As a team, the Vikings shot 56% (31-55) from the field, including a 60% (15-25) clip during the second half. CSU held the Spartans to a .291 field goal percentage, including 21% during the opening half.

EXHIBITION #1: VS. JOHN CARROLL
Five Vikings scored in double figures, led by junior Shalonda Winton who posted 16 points and 15 rebounds, as CSU earned an 87-55 exhibition win over John Carroll last Tuesday (Nov. 1). The other four Vikings to score in double figures included seniors Janelle Adams (12 pts) and Takima Keane (14) and freshmen Imani Gordon (15) and Kiersten Green (10). The CSU bench outscored John Carroll's, 41-13, while the Vikings forced 24 Blue Streak turnovers and held them to a .367 field goal percentage.

HEAD COACH KATE PETERSON ABIAD
Cleveland State head coach Kate Peterson Abiad is entering her ninth season at the helm of the Vikings, and ranks second on the all-time wins list at CSU coming into the 2011-12 season. Peterson Abiad became the third coach in program history to record 100 career victories last season, and currently has 106, needing just 10 more to take over first place on the all-time wins list. Peterson Abiad has led the Vikings to four straight 19-win seasons, including a 21-12 record last year, the second most wins in program history.

38th SEASON OF CSU BASKETBALL
The 2011-12 season will be Cleveland State’s 38th year of intercollegiate competition. The Vikings have compiled an all-time record of 415-575 (.419), while also going 121-150 (.446) in 18 seasons in the Horizon League.

CSU TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL
Cleveland State was picked to finish second in the Horizon League Preseason Poll, receiving 238 points. The Vikings finished behind preseason favorite Green Bay, who received 29 first place votes and 299 points. Wright State (212 points), Butler (197) and UIC (186) rounded out the top five. Detroit was the only other team to collect a first place vote, as they finished seventh with 141 points behind Milwaukee who placed sixth with 177 points. The Titans were followed by Loyola (88), Valparaiso (64) and Youngstown State (48).

WINTON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
Junior Shalonda Winton was named to the 2011-12 Preseason All-Horizon League first team in voting conducted by the league’s 10 head coaches, sports information directors and select media. Last season Winton ranked sixth in the league in rebounding (9.1), seventh in blocks (0.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.462; 146-316) and 15th in scoring (12.5). She also became the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, ending right on the number.

HOME SWEET HOME
CSU has played some of its best basketball at home over the last three years, going 44-13 in the Wolstein Center since the 2007-08 season.  It is the best four year stretch in program history, besting the 34 wins the Vikings have recorded twice before (1979-83 and 1998-2002). The Vikings were 13-3 in the Wolstein Center last year, setting a school record for most home wins in a season.

FOURTH STRAIGHT WINNING SEASON
The Vikings 21-12 overall record last year allowed CSU to finish with a winning record for the fourth 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 and their 19-14 record during 2009-10.

REBOUNDING MACHINE
Entering her junior season Shalonda Winton is just 15 rebounds shy of breaking into the top-20 on the all-time career rebounds list at CSU. After two seasons in a Viking uniform Winton has collected 460 rebounds, including 300 last year, the fourth highest single season total in program history.

CSU VS. TEAMS IN 2011 POSTSEASON
The Vikings will play seven games against teams that advanced to postseason play last year, including Green Bay who reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. CSU will face the Phoenix twice, as well as Butler who played in the WNIT and Wright State who played in the WBI. The final game will come against Toledo, the 2011 WNIT champion. 

CSU HOOPS LUNCHEON RETURNS
The third annual CSU Hoops Luncheon Series, will debut on Monday, Nov. 14 with Viking basketball fans having the opportunity to get monthly updates from CSU basketball head coaches Kate Peterson Abiad and Gary Waters throughout the 2011-12 season. The luncheon will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the fifth floor Viking Loge of the Wolstein Center annex. Future luncheons will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Tuesday, Jan. 17 and Monday, Feb. 13. Reservations can be made by calling (216) 687-5454.

UP NEXT

The Vikings will continue their brief two-game homestand on Sunday (Nov. 13), as CSU hosts Big Ten opponent Illinois at 2:00 p.m. Before Sunday's contest, the Vikings will be raising their 2011 Women's Basketball Invitational banner.


Case Reserve Volleyball Senior Tricia McCutchan Named First-Team Capital One Academic All-District VII

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – Case Western Reserve University senior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District VII Volleyball Team announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Already a two-time Academic All-American, McCutchan earns first-team Academic All-District honors for the third-straight season and once again advances to the Academic All-America ballot.

A biomedical engineering major with a 4.0 grade point average, McCutchan recently concluded the most accomplished playing career in CWRU Volleyball history.


Earlier this week, she became the first Spartan since CWRU Hall of Famer Lindsey Deyer in 2000 to earn first-team All-University Athletic Association honors. In 2011, McCutchan led the UAA with 457 kills, while ranking second with 116 blocks and seventh with a .316 hitting percentage. McCutchan also posted 277 digs while playing in all 118 sets.

A four-time All-UAA selection and three-time Academic All-UAA performer, she finishes her career with the CWRU records for kills (1,917), sets played (495) and blocks (489) in addition to earning UAA Athlete of the Week honors seven times.

McCutchan is a two-time Case School of Engineering Outstanding Student (2009-10 and 2010-11) and was the University's Dorothy L. Hoza Award winner last spring.

The Capital One Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation's top Student/Athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. In order to be eligible for selection, a Student/Athlete must be a starter or key reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average.

Sports Information Directors within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. District VII includes every NCAA Division III institution in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

The release of the Capital One Academic All-America team is scheduled for December 13.

Since the program's inception, a total of 71 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American. During the past two years, 12 Spartans have received Academic All-America acclaim.


Yeomen Hoops Set to Go

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team is less than a week away from its first a game of the season, and when things get underway on Tuesday night at Westminster College expect to see an improved Yeomen squad out on the floor.

Oberlin, which has ran the Princeton offense for the last few years under sixth-year Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco, will be playing a much more up-tempo style this year.

“I felt with our personnel that transitioning away from the Princeton will give us the best chance to win,” Cavaco said.

Leading the way for the Yeomen is junior forward Andrew Fox. Coming off an ACL injury that prematurely ended his 2010-11 season, Fox is back and stronger than ever. The Tempe, Arizona, native led the team with 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game a season ago. With the ability to score inside and out, Fox has the potential for a huge breakout season.



Orchestrating the offense is senior captain and point guard Josh Merritt. A product of San Francisco, California, Merritt averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 assists per game (3rd in the NCAC) in 2010-11. He was the only player on the squad to start in all 25 games and at season’s end he was tabbed as an All-NCAC selection.

Behind Fox and Merritt is a pair of swingmen in sophomore Geoff Simpson and junior Charlie Crawford-Silva. Crawford-Silva emerged as a scoring threat last year, and became a go to player down the stretch. As a sophomore, he averaged 7.6 points per game, and 25.7 minutes per game. Furthermore, he led the team with a .511 shooting percentage. Simpson, who averaged over 25 minutes per game as a freshman, was fourth on the team with 7.8 points per game, and shot .805 from the free throw line, which was good for fourth in the NCAC.

Inside the paint the Yeomen turn to rookie Seth Flatt along with football star Danny Enright, who will be playing his second season of basketball as a Yeoman. After a two-year layoff, Oberlin also returns Philippines native Gian Chiu.

Oberlin also has a trio of backcourt first-years that should all see time in the rotation in Austin LittleMile Gueno and Jesse Neugarten.

Following the season opener at Westminster on November 15, Oberlin returns home to host Earlham College November 19 at 3 p.m. North Coast Athletic Conference play will begin on December 3 at Wittenberg.
Ed's-Ignatius game on 'HKW-1220 this week

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Semi Final - Saturday November 12th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Judy Kirsch Field(Brunswick, OH) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm
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