A Page -- Nov. 15, 2011 -- PM Edition


Led by two-time conference MVP/Miami-bound Hannah McCue, Rocky River destined to again be one of premier basketball teams in the region

With three of its top Student/Athletes returning for another season, Rocky River girls’ basketball is expected to have another 20-win season in 2011-12.

The Pirates return chief contributors and long-time starters Hannah McCue, Allyson Helleis, and Ciara Kessler.

McCUE (Grade 12, 6 ft) was  2010-2011 Third Team All-Ohio 2010-2011, Northeast Lakes District Division II 1st Team 2010-2011, West Shore Conference 1st Team 2010-2011,  West Shore Conference MVP, 2009-2010 Special Mention All-Ohio, 2009-2010 Northeast Lakes District Division II 1st Team, 2009-2010 West Shore Conference 1st Team, and 2009-2010 West Shore Conference MVP.

McCue, who will be playing for and studying at Miami of Ohio next fall, averaged 17 pts, 10.3 rebounds 3.7 assists and 3.2 blocks per game in 2011.

HELLEIS (Grade 12, 5 ft 6) was 2010-2011 West Shore Conference 1st Team, 2010-2011 Northeast Lakes District Division II Third Team, 2009-2010 West Shore Conference 2nd Team, and 2009-and 2010 Northeast Lakes District Division II Honorable Mention.


“Allyson is a tenacious leader at point guard whose signature is her ability to control a ballgame and unbelievable leadership skills,” said Rocky River coach Mike Sislowski.

The scrappy Helleis averaged 4.5 assists per game last season.

“WE are counting on Allyson to become a big-time scorer this season after a long season of hard work,” Sislowski said.

KESSLER (Grade 12, 5 ft 10) was a 2010-2011 Northeast Lakes District Division II Honorable Mention and 2010-2011 West Shore Conference Second Team.

Kessler averaged 8 pts and 6 rebounds and 2 Assists per game last season.


“She is a dominant post player with great moves in the paint,” Sislowski said.

In addition, the McNally family, which has been part of the Rocky River girls’ basketball program for nine years running now, should again be a contributing factor. Junior Katie McNally provided spark as the sixth man last year as a sophomore and now will be counted on to provide a greater supporting role.

McNally averaged 6 points and 5 rebounds per game last season.

“Katie is a dynamic five-foot-11 guard and forward who can both dominate in the post and as well as consistently make shots from the perimeter,” the coach said.

River has had one of the most formidable girls’ basketball programs in the region under Sislowski. The Pirates were 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 WSC Champs 2009, 2010 District Champs and a regional finalist in 2010.

“We enter the season with high hopes,” Sislowski said. “After graduating only three seniors from last year’s team, expectations are higher than ever. Seniors McCue and Helleis will be expected to continue their growth as two of the best in the Greater Cleveland Area. With a great balance of post and perimeter players, we believe that anything is possible for this season.”

Oberlin Club Sports Report Nov. 7-13
Report Compiled by Cynthia Getschow
Upcoming Events

Saturday Nov. 19  - Table Tennis at NCTTA Ohio Div. @ Akron U (Akron, OH)
Equestrian Western @ U. Findlay (Findlay, OH)
3:15-5:15    Ice Hockey Game (Elyria Rec Rink)

Team Updates

Badminton Club had a quiet Saturday session because of Parents' weekend—however, we have photos from last week's visit to Baldwin-Wallace as well as from recent play in Oberlin.
-Anrey Wang

This weekend the Oberlin College Bowling Team traveled to Dayton, Ohio to compete in the Wright State Raider Classic. The Thunder placed 17th as a team, while Griffin Sabelli placed 17th as an individual. David Morris also finished in the top 25% of the field and Maya Iverson finished in the top half. The Thunder were coming off a recent hot streak where they had placed near the top of 5 consecutive tournaments. The team had a disappointing start to the weekend, but rebounded very well on Sunday and made up ground. This was the last tournament the Oberlin Thunder will compete in for the fall semester. The team will begin competition again during Winter Term as they look to receive the first Sectionals bid in school history.
-David Morris

The Oberlin College Dressage Team had their weekly lessons, and hosted a team bonding night on Friday the 11th.
-Rebecca Ciota

Fencing had a normal week of practice.
-Alex Guevara

Ice Hockey
The Plague had its first game Saturday afternoon against The Revolution. Although losing 7-4, the team had a great time and played a great game. Sophomores Drew Karlin and Sean Cohen played hard, with two goals each and enthusiastic attitudes. Defenseman Jessica Mikenas held her own against players twice her size and made a number of life-saving defensive plays. Every practice and game we are getting new players signing on for hockey, so it's looking to be a great season.
-Emma Karp

You see, when the Oberlin marching band comes out to your game and plays “Eye of the Tiger” and “Seven Nation Army” during warm-up, there is little that can go wrong. On Parent's Weekend, the Squirrels played their last game of the season against despised rivals Denison. The opposition, suitably awed by the grand occasion, struggled to maintain a semblance of possession in the beginning minutes as the starting lineup passed them out of the park. Under the watchful eyes of a varsity team referee, the defense got to flex some muscle against the opposition strikers too (the center back author felt suitably macho). The wind was in our faces, but the ball just seemed eager to please, smashed shot after shot by Obie forwards. 'Twas only a matter of time before Ben converted a penalty box free-for-all into a finely slotted goal. The midfield held its own, the defense continued sweet-talking forwards into giving up possession, and our forwards strolled across goal on will. Half time.

The second half began with a shuffling up of players, resting tired legs and giving the subs their time in the sun. For a while though, it seemed our cockiness had gotten the better of us as a flurry of box plays by the Denison mids forced Prakash to make some crucial, beautiful saves - even as he yelled some much needed sharpness into our coordination. All you need is one lucky shot though, and a top corner postage stamp gave Denison its first goal. Tactics rapidly shifted - defense was pushed back, an extra mid was introduced. Slowly, steadily, momentum built. Shots were taken at the poor Denison keep with astonishing frequency as our midfield powerhouses stepped on the gas. Their defense, sweet gentlemen that they are, held the doors open as Sam and McKenzie dribbled past with ease. Intensity, and impatience kept growing as the game wound down to its dying minutes. But wait - our wing's ripping down into space - strikers swarm the box - cross - Shin reaches, almost prone on the ground, heads the ball at the last possible moment - GOAL. Oh snap.

Oberlin 2, Denison 1. The Albino Squirrels Club Soccer Team, ending seasons in style since 2009. And with donuts.   
-Saksham Khosla

Table Tennis
This weekend the table tennis club sent 5 members to Ashland University to compete in a round robin match. In the first of two pools, Adam Darer  and Alex Guevara tied for third (out of seven), each with a 3-3 W/L record. In the other pool Kif Leswing dominated with a 4-1 record to advance to the semifinals, although he was defeated by one of Ashland's players. Sarah V. finished with a 2-3 record and later paired up with teammate Hope to win their women's doubles match. Oberlin will face Ashland again, along with several other schools, in the NCTTA competition at Akron University next week. Good luck!
-Alex Guevara

Men’s Ultimate
The Horsecows fight before the coming frost, building the fires necessary to stave off complacency and cold fingers. Determined not to be the underdog in our region, we continue to sprint at every practice. To show up on time and to promise to work hard. The sun set early this past week, but the horsecows did not. We played for the night sky as happily as for the day and we will continue to work hard, so that when the time comes, we, at least, won't be able to say, "We could have done better."
-Raghav Goyal

Women’s Ultimate
The Manti practiced on two out of their usual four days this past week, as they have no further tournaments this semester. One practice included a weight room orientation, introducing players to the workout they will use to stay in tip-top shape over the winter months.
-Cindy Getschow

Jimmy Dagley leads Hudson swim team that returns five state qualifiers and was a Silver Medal team with six Academic All Americans; Explorers also strong on community service side

With a great deal of depth that includes district and state qualifiers and placers returning, Hudson’s boys’ swimming team should be one of the tops in the area again. The Explorers return five state qualifiers

“Our biggest strengths are our depth, size of the team, and experience,” Hudson coach Matt Davis said.  “We return a ton of experience and we have 66 Student/Athletes on our boys and girls team combined.”

The boys return one accomplished swimmer in Jimmy Dagley, a 3-Yr State Qualifier/3 Yr All-American, 2x District Champion 200 Free, 9th 2011 100 Back @ Div. 1 State Championship, 11th 2011 200 Free @ Div. 1 State Championship.

Dagley will be complemented by three-year state qualifiers Adam Motter and Marty Haas.  Both have been to states in relays.

Also back is last year’s top Explorers’ rookie in Alex Obendorf, now a sophomore who was 3rd @ Div 1 State Championship in Diving.

If that is not enough, versatile junior Ryan Hutcheson is back after having been a State Qualifier in the 200 IM, 500 Free, and in Relays.

Also returning are district qualifiers Tyler Behm, Peyton Brown, Patrick Choi, Brendan Dagley, Cooper Goeke, and Donald Moffa. Goeke is a two-time district qualifier.

Other letter winners expecting to have stronger supporting as well as some possible leading roles are Adam Ambroziak, Daniel Berkley, Andrew Crane, Miguel Gomes, and Alexander McQuillen.

The top incoming freshman who is a projected state qualifier is Ross Palazzo.

“Our main focus is to win the NOC Championship as well as NE District Champions,” Coach Davis said.  “We placed 2nd last year.  We also would like to finish higher than our 9th-place finish at the state meet. 

Our overall team goal is to have 100 percent personal bests at the end of the season and qualify everyone from Sectional to the District meet.”

In five seasons, Coach Davis’ boys’ teams at Hudson have compiled an overall record of 37-16.

“This will be one of our strongest teams ever in our school history,” Coach Davis said.

Coach Davis has 2 new assistants in Holly Kear and Jarod Thomas.  “They are a great addition to the staff,” the head coach said.  “Diving coach Dan Miller is back as well as swimming assistant Malloy Martin.  Both are in their 2nd seasons.

The Hudson boys’ team has a combined team GPA over 3.5 and earned Silver Medal Status in the state, which goes to swimming/diving teams with a team GPA over 3.5.

“Our kids are involved in many organizations and activities outside the pool,” Coach Davis said.]

The team had 6 Academic All-Americans last year.  On the community service side of things, On Nov 12, the team volunteered to put together hygiene kits for homeless veterans.  This is the 2nd year the boys have done as always is a great way to give back to those who were willing to risk their lives for the many great freedoms afforded all of us Americans.

“The kids collected more than a thousand travel size personal hygiene items to help deliver to the vets,” Davis said.  “Our team is also adopting 2 Hudson families in need to help provide gifts and cheer for them during the holidays.”

Yeowomen Earn At-Large Berth to Nationals

Indianapolis – For the third straight season the Oberlin College women’s cross country team will be headed to the NCAA Division III Championship Meet, the NCAA selection committee announced on Sunday afternoon.

The Yeowomen, who finished fourth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, earned one of the 16 at-large berths to nationals.

“Obviously this is a great accomplishment for our team,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “We have worked so hard for this all year long and I couldn’t be more proud of our girls.”

Oberlin is the only school from the North Coast Athletic Conference to earn a spot in the meet and is one of four schools from the Great Lakes Region to be a part of field.

At last Saturday’s Regional Championship, the Yeowomen had four runners earn all-region honors, led by Molly Martorella’s third-place finish.

The 2011 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, which are being hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh, will be on Saturday, November 19, at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin. The women’s race will begin at noon ET followed by the men’s race at 1 p.m. ET.



 Kent State (0-1) at Robert Morris (1-0), 7 p.m.

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The Kent State women's basketball team concludes its 2011 two-game season-opening road trip with a Tuesday (Nov. 15) visit to Robert Morris. Opening tip at the Charles L. Sewall Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.  Kent State lost to host Marshall in its 2011-12 season opener, 93-55, last Friday (Nov. 11) at the Cam Henderson Center. The Golden Flashes were led by junior guard Trisha Krewson, who tallied a game-high 18 points in her Kent State debut. 


Freshman guard Jamie Hutcheson added nine points and a game-high four assists in her first collegiate start while junior center Leslie Schaefer chipped in eight and recorded a team-high six rebounds (two offensive, four defensive). The Colonials opened the season with a win for the first time since 2006-07. RMU has won two consecutive games to open the season five times in team history. The Colonials are 79-19 (.806) at home since the 2004-05 season. Robert Morris was picked to finish second in the NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll. Artemis Spanou recorded her 13th career double-double against Coppin State (12 pts., 13 reb.).

University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Archie Miller has announced the signing of three top high school players to letters of intent.  They are 6-foot-9 high school teammates Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott from Ohio powerhouse Columbus Northland High School, and coveted 5-foot-11 point guard Jevon Thomas from Queens, N.Y. by way of Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“We are really excited to add Jevon, Jalen and Devon to the University of Dayton men's basketball program,” Miller said.  “They will all thrive in what we think is one of the best "quality of life" environments that any major university can provide a student-athlete.  We are a program that is consumed with the philosophy of  "Total Development".  

Development athletically, academically, socially, and spiritually is what you are getting with us, and all three of these young guys are about the process of "Total Development."   They are a great fit for us, and we are a great fit for them.  The Flyer Community is as welcoming as any I've ever been a part of and no one will feel it more than Jevon, Jalen and Devon.”

Storm women host Salem International tonight

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- The Lake Erie College women's basketball team looks to open its season with a second straight victory tonight as it hosts Salem International University in a nonconference contest.  The Storm (1-0) is coming off a record-setting performance in its season opener while the Tigers were defeated on the road at Tiffin University.

Rogers (L), Busson (R)

LATEST RESULTS: The Storm routed traditional nonconference rival Ursuline College, 97-31, while SalemInternational fell at Tiffin, 64-30.  Both games were this past Saturday.

LIGHTNING QUICK RECAP: The Storm raced out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back, cruising to a school-record 66-point victory.  Four players scored in double figures, led by Britt Busson and Taylor Rogers with 13 points apiece.       

OPPOSITION POSITION:  The Tigers (0-1) lost their opener at Tiffin University Saturday, 64-30, the program's 79th loss in its last 80 games.  Salem shot just 22.9% in the game. Jackee Thompson led the Tigers with nine points and six rebounds off the bench.  Lester Harbin is in his first season as the Tigers' head coach.  

SERIES HISTORY: This is just the second all-time meeting between Lake Erie and Salem International.  It's the first since the 1988-89 season when Salem (then Salem College) won at home, 100-61, on Dec. 14, 1988.

LAST TIME OUT FOR THE STORM: Lake Erie raced out to a 12-0 lead in the opening minutes and was never threatened in a runaway wire-to-wire rout of Ursuline.  The 66-point margin of victory was the highest in school history.  Four players scored in double figures for LEC, led by Britt Busson and Taylor Rogers with 13 points each.  Busson also added four assists and a career-high six steals as the Storm forced 37 turnovers.  Sarah Wojciechowski scored 11 off the bench and Jen Caiola had 10 points for Lake Erie.  Busson and Wojciechowski each hit three three-pointers.

CHASING 1,000: The Storm has two, and possible, three players who should reach the 1,000-point plateau this season.  Senior center Stephanie Rogers is the closest, coming into the game with 983 points, just 17 shy of 1,000.  Classmate Jen Caiola is also closing in on the milestone, with 918 points – just 82 away.  Graduate senior Alyssa Wagers is at 793 points and needs to average just under nine points per game for the rest of the season to get there.

COACH BOOHER SHOOTING FOR A SOLUTION: Head Coach Bob Booher and the Storm this season in the fight against autism.  For each three-pointer made by Lake Erie, Coach Booher will donate $3 on behalf of Team Mighty Mike to Austism Speaks.  To join the fight, fans can pick up a donation or pledge form in the Osborne Center lobby or go online to LakeErieStorm.com to learn more.