A Page -- Nov. 15, 2010


Two former Blue Streaks -- 

Beaumont's Emily Infeld and Mags' 

Maddie Chambers -- lead 

Georgetown to second at Mid

Atlantic Regional; Hoyas going for 

NCAA national title this week

Nov. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Beaumont alumna Emily Infeld and Magnificat grad Maddie Chambers led Georgetown’s women’s cross country team to a runner up finish at the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional over the weekend and will go for the national championship this weekend.

The two former Blue Streaks were two of four Hoya runners to finish in the top 10 as their team put all seven runners in the top 30.

Junior Emily Infeld finished in third place for the second-straight year at the BIG EAST Championship.
Infeld  took second in the race while Chambers finished eighth.

One week earlier they finished in second place in the Big East Championships with Infeld, a five-time All American, taking third and Chambers eighth in that race.


Infeld won the Paul Short Invitational while Chambers took sixth to lead the Hoyas to a first place in that race last month.

Chambers finished fifth in the first race of the year, the Harry Groves at Penn State, a race in which Infeld did not run.

Emily Infeld


They will be in Terre Haute, Ind. next weekend with the fifth-ranked Hoyas to try to win the national championship.

Olmsted Falls alumnus Dave Pellerite to 

lead Mount Union men's hoops team; 

Raiders and Hiram starting season 


November 15, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

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ALLIANCE, Ohio--Mount Union's men's basketball team hopes that the return of four starters and seven letterwinners will bring consistancy and allow the Purple Raiders to contend for a top spot in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Last season was a roller coaster ride for head coach Lee Hood and the Raiders, as they won four of five games early in the season that included a win over then No. 2 in the nation John Carroll, followed by a seven-game losing streak, then a stretch of five wins in six games before a three-game skid ended the season.

A veteran lineup looks to bring that consistancy headlined by the return of two all-conference selections in senior wing Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) and junior forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek).


Pellerite led the Raiders in scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) and is one of the OAC's top returning scorers with 1,066 career points entering the season. Wood came on strong a season ago as he led the team in field goal percentage (.530) and was second in scoring (12.5 ppg).

The other two returning starters are senior shooting guard Ben Hodkinson (Tippecanoe/Harrison Central), who was among conference leaders in three-point percentage (.465) and junior forward Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk).

Aside from the competitive slate of games in the OAC, the Raiders will have to find success on the road as the first seven games are all away from home.

The 11-game home schedule begins Saturday, December 11 against OAC-rival Capital.

Two dozen Cleveland area 

Student/Athletes help Mercyhurst 

football team earn its first NCAA

playoff spot ever

Nov. 15, 2010

By Jim Coyne

NDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – To the victor goes the spoils. The 2010 Mercyhurst College football team earned a spot in the NCAA playoffs for the first time.  The Lakers have secured a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed in Super Region 1 after posting a 56-37 win over Bloomsburg that captured their first-ever Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship. They will host the winner of the Cal - Bloomsburg game - in Erie, Pa. on Saturday, November 27.

Aurora High alum Mitch Knapp

The best part about it is that the Lakers are blessed with a host of Cleveland-area Student/Athletes on the football team who helped the school accomplish this plateau.



Local Lakers (t to r) Joe Coyne (Avon Lake), Brad Weisenseel (St. Ed), Alex Trouten (Holy Name)

The 2010 Mercyhurst Team has produced the most successful campaign in the program's 30-year history. The Lakers have:
• earned a berth in the NCAA playoffs for the first time.
• captured the program's first-ever conference title.
• entered the nation's top 25 of both the American Football Coaches Association and D2football.com polls for the first time.
• set the single-season record for victories (9).
• defeated two nationally-ranked opponents in the same season, upsetting then-ranked No. 3 California (Pa.) 31-21 on Oct. 23 and then-ranked No. 11 Bloomsburg in the PSAC title game on Nov. 13, 56-37

Hurst locals (l to r) Strongsville's Jim Maxwell, Mentor's Kevin Poropat, Beachwood's Steve Yarbough 

A good part of the success has come up front. The Hurst offensive line has protected its two quarterbacks (the Lakers use a two-man system behind center) to the point that they have enough time to pass, averaging just a shade over one interception per game and are getting sacked only once per game, with only 100 yards lost between them in 11 games.


The Cleveland guys on the line are  77 Joe Coyne (Avon Lake)  88 Ryan Bartizal (Amherst)
and 60 Kevin Poropat  (Mentor)

The starting line that includes Avon Lake’s Joe Coyne, Amherst’s Ryan Bartizal and Mentor’s Kevin Propat has blown enough holes and provide enough protection for the Laker’s offense to average nearly 400 yards a game of total offense.

Westlake's Chambers sisters could 

be the only siblings running against 

each other at NCAA nationals next 

weekend; Toledo gets at-large bid

Nov. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


The Chambers sisters of Westlake might be the only siblings running at the NCAA national cross country championships later this week in Terre Haute, Ind.

Freshman Maddie Chambers, along with Beaumont’s Emily Infeld, helped Georgetown to a second-place finish at the Mid-Atlantic regional Saturday.

Later yesterday, an announcement came out of the NCAA that the University of Toledo was granted an at-large bid in the Great Lakes Regional. One of the Rockets runners is senior Megan Chambers, one of the other five children of Dennis and Mary Beth Chambers, including younger sister Maddie.

Megan Chambers

It is natural for younger siblings to desire to outdo their older siblings in Student/Athletics, which is no different for Maddie, an eight-time All Ohioan. While Megan might not have reached the heights Maddie has in still a young running career, she has had quote a few accomplishments of her own, the most notable an Academic All Mid American Conference selection for Toledo and an Academic All Ohio selection while in high school at Magnificat.

Megan Chambers finished 85th overall at the Eastern Michigan three weeks ago.

Also, a local running for the Rockets is Lindsay Toussant from Minerva. Toussant has steadily improved for Toledo this fall Toussant finished 24th at the All Ohio Meet and 23rd at the MAC championships.


Toussant, incidentally, has a sister, Erica, running for Ohio University women’s cross country team that completed its season Saturday.

Also running for the Rockets is Lakewood’s Hannah Evans, who finished 16th at BG for UT.


Evans earned the Scholar/Athlete Award in the Northeast Ohio Conference  twice for the Rangers in high school.

The Rockets just missed getting an automatic bid after finishing third at the Great Lakes Regional Saturday.

Broadview Heights' Julie Pinter 

named OAC Women’s Swimmer of 

the Week for second time this young 

season and third time in 14 months 

as an S/A at Baldwin-Wallace

Nov. 15, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College sophomore diving sensation Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) is this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Female Swimming Athlete of the Week  for her efforts in two dual meets last weekend.  This marks the second week in a row and third time in her brief two-year career that Pinter has earned the honor.

Pinter, a two-time NCAA Division III All-American competitor and the 2009-10 OAC Diver of the Year, earned her award for capturing first place finishes in both the one-meter optional and one-meter voluntary events last Friday (Nov. 12) against Transylvania University of Kentucky in a dual meet tie in Berea, and for winning the one-meter and three-meter events on Saturday (Nov. 13) in a loss at Washington & Jefferson College of Pennsylvania.

Against Transylvania, Pinter won the 1-meter optional event with 240.40 points and the 1-meter voluntary event with 172.50 points. Against W&J, she won the 1-meter voluntary event with 216.90 points and the 3 meter-optional event with 219.00 points.

Pinter currently holds the school-record and the B-W Natatorium record in the 1-meter optional (259:50 pts.), 1-meter championship (467.53 pts.), 3-meter championship (446.92 pts.) and the B-W Natatorium record in the 1-meter championship (426.40 pts.) events.

Chardon's Hollinger Scores 23 to 

Lead Spartan Women to 59-49 

Victory versus W&J in Season 


CLEVELAND, OH – Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) scored a game-high 23 points as the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with a 59-49 victory versus Washington & Jefferson College (PA) on Monday, November 15 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans (1-0) are back in action this Friday and Saturday, November 19-20, at the Radisson Classic hosted by Carnegie Mellon University (PA). Case opens the weekend versus Muskingum University at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Hollinger scored 12 points in the opening eight minutes as the Spartans sprinted out with a 25-3 run ending in a jumper by the ESPN Academic All-American at the 12:08 mark. During the stretch, the Spartans scored the game’s first 14 points and connected on seven of their first 11 field goal attempts.
W&J cut its deficit to 16, at 32-16, following a pair of free throws from Vanessa Rivera at the 5:51 mark, but the Spartans were able to close on an 8-5 run to make the score 40-21 at the break.
The Presidents opened the second half on a 10-3 run and cut the score to 43-31 when Blair Cotton connected on a three-pointer at 13:25. Later in the half, W&J cut the Spartan lead to nine, at 48-39, when Cotton hit a jumper with 8:02 left to play.
Undaunted, the Spartans answered with an 8-1 run ending in a Hollinger free throw that made the score 56-40 at the 6:13 mark. The Presidents were unable to trim the deficit below 10 the rest of the way as Case held on for the 59-49 victory.
In addition to Hollinger’s 23 points, sophomore guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) totaled 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Fellow sophomore guard Erica Iafelica (North Canton, OH/Hoover) totaled eight points and a team-best six rebounds.

With four of the five state soccer 

titles (three to the Cleveland area) 

going to private schools, is a 

"paper" championship next to 


Nov. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


The house can be bet on this one. Right now, without a doubt, Columbus bureaucrats are rifling through papers, perusing over rosters and whatever other reams of paper they have (totaling about three Redwood trees from the Sequoias) to find the slightest of aberrations on the documents of the three area soccer champions.


Statist and government types in Columbus typically frown on Cleveland area high schools coming down to their playground in the center of the state and winning state titles, but it is no secret they are doubly irked when the schools winning state titles from the Cleveland area happen to be either private, single-sex and/or faith-based schools.

Cleveland-area private schools claimed three of the five state high school soccer titles this past weekend in Columbus Crew Stadium. St. Ignatius won the boys’ Division I title (and possibly secured the school’s second national soccer championship along with it), Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy the boys’ Division III title and Walsh Jesuit the girls’ D-I crown. A fourth private school, Carroll High School from the Dayton area, won the boys’ D-II title over Revere.


The only title won by a public school was the one achieved in overtime in girls’ D-II by Madeira out of the Cincinnati area, 2-1, over Hathaway Brown.

Ironically, it was HB who won the title in the Division II last year on the field, but later had it stripped because of a bureaucratic issue, granting a “paper state title” to Bexley, a Columbus-area public school.

It is peculiar that these so-called “ineligible” players are always found after the game has already been played. One can also bet the house that the school that is always trying to win state titles through shyster lawyers, paper pushers and mainstream media moles are aware of these “ineligible” players before the game is played and then wait until after they lose to go through their paper-pushing process.

That’s right. The mainstream media plays right into their hands on these kinds of issues. Why? Because they are a part of general interest publications that have a hard news division that generates much of its copy off covering those hokey school board meetings at which they concoct ways of getting more funds out of the taxpayers among a few other minor things.

Of course they are going to back the public schools in their quests to get what they want and then blame it on “recruiting” when they don’t get it. The MS media hounds all fall in line with this same statist agenda, educated mostly at state university journalism programs staffed mainly by modern-day Stalinists, essentially hippy refugees from the ‘60s, with their medicinal marijuana pipes and all.

Three of the titles were garnered by Cleveland-area schools, four of the five by Christian schools, three of the five by Catholic schools, and two of the five by Jesuit Catholic schools (the implication here is that academics and athletics should not mix well but the Jesuits keep proving these naysayers wrong), but only one of the five is a single-sex school (St. Ignatius). The Wildcats are the ones that need to watch it the most on this – HB (the “culprit” last year) is also a single-sex school as was the now-defunct Regina, which was prohibited in participating in the basketball tournament in its final season last year.

But wait. Only two of the 10 teams in the state finals this year were Columbus-area schools and only one of the 10 is a Columbus area public school (Pickerington in girls’ D-I, however, in an outlying county).. Last year it was Medina that prevented the Columbus area from sweeping all five state soccer titles (three publics and two privates) with a 4-0 win over Coffman in girls’ D-I. In addition to Bexley’s paper title, Columbus had Worthington Christian win in boys’ D-III over CVCA, DeSales win over Bay in boys’ D-II and Lincoln win over Ignatius in D-I.

Probably the only reason they did not go after Medina for spoil all the fun last year was because it is co-ed and public and probably does its best to adhere to the secular religion of big government and big bureaucracy and big brother/sister.

As a side note, DeSales and Worthington Christian (which lost to CVCA in the title match this year) are co-ed schools, as is Walsh (although it was not always), which as such probably doesn’t have to worry about Pickerington, which is about as close to Columbus as Wyoga Lake Road is to Cleveland. .

The point is that if a “paper championship” does not surface within the next couple months, it can be attributed to the fact that no Franklin County public schools were involved this year. Outside of the insurance industry, the government is the largest employer in the Columbus area with many of those state workers garnering salaries above $150,000 a year, thanks to all the income, excise, sin, hotel and sales tax dollars sent down from here.

Generating paper for all those checks with all those zeroes is something the tree huggers have no complaints about – state championships by Columbus public schools or not.

Mount Union women's baskets starts 

season tonight; 14 of 15 on the

roster hail from northeastern Ohio,

led by Westlake's Rosa LaMattina

Nov. 15, 2010

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's basketball team will be among the favorites in the Ohio Athletic Conference in 2010-11 as it returns all but one starter from a squad that advanced to last season's Sweet 16.


Sophomore Rosa LaMattina is back after she was named OAC Freshman of the Year. An All-OAC Second Teamer from a year ago, LaMattina is joined by three fellow returning starters: senior Lauren Forquer and juniors Amanda Rose and Kori Wiedt. Wiedt was an All-OAC Honorable Mention in both 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Academic All OAC pick, Green High grad Amanda Rose

LaMattina was the Purple Raiders' leading scorer in '09-10, finishing with 11.6 points per game. She also averaged 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals while leading the team in field-goal percentage (.473) and three-point percentage (.473). Wiedt put in 9.3 points per game and hit 49 three-pointers. Rose was the team's best free-throw shooter (.781). She and Forquer averaged 8.6 and 8.4 points, respectively.

Twinsburg grad Kelly Evans

Other key returners include senior Katie Crider, juniors Kelly Evans and Erin Schmidt and sophomores Tierney Allen and Brittney Kilgore. Freshmen Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Olivia Holt, Marybeth Leitch, Bridget Lyons, Megan Saunders and Lauren Tilden will look to contribute for the Raiders.

Lakewood High alumna Megan Saunders

The women will open their season at home for the first time in Venet's tenure. They are scheduled to host Westminster (Pa.) tonight.

Walsh Jesuit alum Erin Schmidt







Nov. 15, 2010

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – Five Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer players were amongst the names listed when the University Athletic Association announced its All-Association teams on Friday, November 12. Three Spartans were named to the conference’s second-team, while another two earned honorable mention spots.

A pair of sophomore midfielders, Deena Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) and Kendra Simmons (Medina, OH/Walsh Jesuit), headlined the second-team selection along with junior defender Kristina Vaci (Painesville, OH/Mentor). Junior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) and freshman forward Leah Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) were recognized with honorable mention status.

Deena Levey had a solid sophomore campaign for the Spartans, finishing third on the team in points (11), goals (4), assists (3), shots (27) and tied for third in shots on goal (14). Playing in all 18 matches and starting 16 of them, Deena Levey also tallied two game-winners over the course of the season and picked up her first Academic All-UAA award. She also was honorable mention All-UAA as a freshman in 2009.

Simmons played in all 18 matches and led the squad in points (17), goals (8), shots (37) and shots on goal (24). She also tallied an assist and a game-winner in 2010 in addition to picking up her first Academic All-UAA honor.

Kennedy was a stalwart in the net for the Spartans, seeing action in 13 matches with 11 starts, while recovering from a life-threatening illness. The junior spearheaded five shutouts with 48 total saves. She allowed just 10 goals for a 0.86 goals against average en route to her second straight honorable mention All-UAA honor.

Leah Levey turned in a memorable rookie year, recording three game-winning goals while playing in all 18 matches and starting 17. She earns her first conference award after finishing second on the team in points (13), goals (6), shots (29) and shots on goal (19).

Case ended the season with a 9-8-1 overall record. The nine total victories tied 2009’s total as one of the top records in program history.


Akron Zips to be led by St. V's Kara 

Murphy and Hoban's Rachel Tecca; 

Solon's Kourtney Brown 

getting paid a visit by Cleveland State

in Buffalo  

Nov. 15, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Akron at IPFW, 7 pm

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UA head coach Jodi Kest, the 2009-10 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year, returns for her fifth year at the helm after guiding the Zips to their most successful season in program history last winter. Headlining the list of returning players for the Zips this season will be a pair of local products in senior Kara Murphy and sophomore Rachel Tecca, alumnae of St. Vincent St. Mary and Hoban, respectively.


Kara Murphy

Murphy, who was the fastest player in school history to record 1,000 points in a career, will enter the 2010-11 campaign with 1,470 points, which is 242 shy of the school record currently held by Cheryl Bowles (1997-2001). Tecca became the first Akron women's player to be named MAC Sixth Player of the Year last winter after averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in just 22.5 minutes a game.


Rachel Tecca

The Mastodons, who were picked to finish fourth in the Summit League's preseason coaches poll, opened their season with a 90-62 loss at No. 24 Michigan State Saturday. The fourth-place pick was the highest in any of the four seasons that the 'Dons have been in the league. Juniors Stephanie Rosado (First Team) and Anne Boese (Second Team) were named to the league's preseason team.

Cleveland State at Buffalo, 7 pm

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Following an 86-63 victory over Howard on Friday, UB is looking to start the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Tonight will mark UB's last game at Alumni Arena until December 6. Solon High Alumna Kourtney Brown had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Brittany Hedderson chipped in with 19 points.


 The Cleveland State women's basketball team concludes its two-game road trip to open the season when the Vikings play at Buffalo on Monday night in Alumni Arena. The Vikings opened the season with a 65-50 win at Cornell on Saturday (Nov. 13) as five players scored in double figures. Cleveland State has won 19 games in three consecutive seasons, with NCAA appearances in 2008 and 2010 in that stretch.

 Creighton at Bowling Green, 6 pm

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Host Evansville scored the first 16 points of the game, riding that torrid start to a 63-62 win over Bowling Green Friday night (Nov. 12) ... the Falcons battled back to within 32-23 at the half, and BGSU eventually took the lead with 8:11 to go on a layup by senior Maggie Hennegan in the dying seconds, the Falcons missed a three-point try, and Lauren Prochaska's putback with 1.2 seconds left put the visitors within a point but UE successfully inbounded the ball and ran out the clock

 Prochaska led the Falcons with 17 points, while Hennegan had a double-double, with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Creighton is playing its third game in four days after traveling to Ohio following a two-game tournament hosted by North Carolina State. Creighton went 1-1 at the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational over the weekend, defeating Liberty 40-35 on Friday to open the season, before falling to North Carolina State 84-71 on Saturday.  Kelsey Woodard averaged 10 points in the two games and earned all-tournament team honors.

 Toledo at Purdue, 7 p.m. (Preseason WNIT)

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Toledo will look to keep its momentum going from a season-opening victory over Saint Francis (PA) when it faces Purdue on Monday, Nov. 15 in the second round of the Preseason WNIT. The 2009-10 Mid-American Conference West Division champions are coming off a hard-fought 71-66 win over the Red Flash on Friday at Savage Arena. SFU led the entire first half and part of the second period, before the Midnight Blue & Gold grabbed the advantage for good with 16:20 left in play in regulation. Junior Naama Shafir paced three Rockets in double figures with a game-high 21 points, to go along with six assists and six rebounds.

 Senior co-captain Melissa Goodall contributed 20 points, six boards and a career-high five blocks, while senior co-captain Jessica Williams had 15 points and a contest-best four thefts. Purdue is also off to a 1-0 start with year with a convincing 93-53 victory over Austin Peay on Friday at home. Courtney Moses led five Boilermakers in double figures with a game-high 20 points and five assists, while Sam Ostarello had 18 points with two blocked shots and Brittany Rayburn added 13 points in the lopsided triumph. The Boilermakers shot a sizzling 52.5 percent (32-of-61) from the field, including 50.0 percent (8-of-16) from beyond the arc, to pull away from the Govs early in the contest.



Fowler’s Big Debut Leads Spartan Men to 85-64 

Win versus Baldwin-Wallace

CLEVELAND, OH – Sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) scored a game and career-high 21 points in his Spartan debut as the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with an 85-64 victory versus cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College on Monday, November 15 at Horsburgh Gymnasium.
The Spartans (1-0) return to action this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20, as hosts of the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Memorial Tournament. Case opens the weekend versus Washington & Jefferson College (PA) at 8:00 p.m. on Friday.
The Spartans got out to a five-point lead, at 9-4, when Fowler connected on a three-pointer at the 14:26 mark. B-W tied the score at 11 apiece with a Matt Triana triple at 10:25 then took its first lead of 13-11 on a Scott Voiers layup at 9:39.
Case outscored B-W 20-8 over the next 7:51 and led 31-19 when sophomore Evan Tsudis (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) hit a layup with 1:48 left before half.  Freshman guard Tim Chung (Cypress, CA/Los Alamitos) led the charge with eight points during the run.
The Yellow Jackets briefly cut the lead to nine, at 34-25, but Fowler hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds left before break to make the score 36-25.
After the Spartan lead grew to 13 on three separate occasions, B-W once again pulled to within 11, at 49-38, when Voiers connected on a layup at the 11:45 mark.
However, Case would open the game up with a 12-4 run ending in a dunk by senior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward), making the score 61-42 with 9:21 remaining.
The Spartan lead grew to a high of 25 on four separate occasions, the first coming at 75-50 when Tsudis completed a three-point play with 4:07 remaining.
In addition Fowler’s 21 points, three other Spartans reached double-figures including Chung with 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting from behind the arc.
Case outrebounded B-W, 48-33, and was led on the glass by senior center Eric Duerr (Erie, PA/Central Catholic) with 11 boards, including seven offensive.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina charges  Mount win

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) finished with 18 points and four steals while the Mount Union women's basketball team used a 24-4 first-half run to pull away in its 77-42 season-opening win over Westminster (Pa.) on Monday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

LaMattina scored 13 points in the opening period, including 11 during the decisive run which turned a 5-5 tie into a 29-9 Purple Raider advantage.

Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) added 15 points while Taylor Hartung (Canton/Massillon Perry) and Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) put in 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Mount Union which led at halftime, 40-20.

LaMattina and Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) led the Raiders on the boards with five rebounds apiece.

The hosts' biggest second-half run was a stretch in which they outscored the Titans, 17-4. Seven different Raiders contributed points, including Kilgore who capped the outburst with six consecutive points.

As a team, Mount Union forced 31 turnovers and shot 27 of 57 (47.4 percent) from the field. The Titans outrebounded the Raiders, 46-33.

Yeomen Hang On to Top Westminster
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Oberlin, Ohio 
– Sophomore Andrew Fox scored a career-high 24 points and senior Pat Bernhard also added a career-best 19 to lift the Oberlin College men’s basketball team to a thrilling 78-72 win over Westminster College on Monday night.

Fox, a native of Tempe, Arizona, also added career-high 14 rebounds to record his sixth career double-double. After a slow start shooting (1-of-6), Fox finished 7-of-14 from the floor and went 8-of-12 at the free-throw line. 

Junior Josh Merritt and rookies Geoff Simpson and Emmanuel Lewis each added eight points in the win.

The Yeomen jumped out to a quick 6-0 edge, but the Titans eventually tied things up at 20 at the 11:06 mark of the opening half. OC held a slight 30-27 edge with five minutes left in the frame, but Mazi Farris would cap off a 9-2 Yeomen run to close out the stanza with a tip-in at the buzzer – giving the home team a 39-29 cushion at the break. 

A stingy Oberlin defense held the Titans to just 27.3-percent (9-of-33) shooting in the first half. 

In the second half the Yeomen would build their advantage to as many as 15, taking a 50-35 lead with 14:36 left to play. 

However, Westminster found a way to crawl back into the game, using an 18-8 spurt to make it 58-53 with just 7:50 to go. Shortly there after, Merritt would foul out of the game, forcing the Yeomen to use an inexperienced backcourt. 

A nice cut to the basketball by Lewis for a lay-up resulted in a 70-60 OC lead with 3:25 left, but the Titans still had one more run in them. Doug Smith, who led Westminster with 19 points, knocked in a triple-try to make it 70-67 with 1:26 to go. However, Fox responded by burying a deep three-ball of his own with the shot clock winding down. On the ensuing possession the Yeomen defense came up big as Charlie Crawford-Silva blocked Smith’s three-pointer. 

Fox and Lewis would closeout the game, making five charity tosses over the final 41 seconds. 

Oberlin shot 47.3-percent (26-of-55) on the night while holding the Titans to 36.4-percent (28-of-77). OC also had a slim 43-40 edge on the bounds.