A Page -- Nov. 16, 2011 -- PM Edition

Street (L), Welfle (R)

Midview's Street, St. Paul's Welfle Among 4 

Selected Academic All-OAC Volleyball

TIFFIN, Ohio-Heidelberg University senior outside hitters Jackie Reinhart
(New Riegel) and Venessa Haase (Miamisburg), junior right side hitter Jacki
Street (Grafton/Midview) and sophomore middle hitter Amber Welfle
(Norwalk/St. Paul) were selected to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic
Conference Volleyball team, announced today by the league office.  Reinhart,
Haase and Street earned first-team honors, while Welfle picked up honorable
mention accolades.

The announcement comes a day after Reinhart was named American Volleyball
Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-America.

Reinhart, a two-time OAC player of the year and four-time All-OAC selection,
carries a 3.71 grade-point-average in middle childhood education.  In 2011,
she played in all 39 matches and 123 sets and was among the top three on the
team in kills (271), digs (501), blocks (53) and service aces (40).  This
season, Reinhart notched her 1,000th career kill and 2,000th career dig to
become one of three players in school history to reach the 1,000 kill-1,000
dig plateau.

Haase, a three-time All-OAC pick and two-time first-team honoree, carries a
3.51 GPA in sports management.  This season, Haase played in all 39 matches
and 119 sets, led the team in service aces (53), was second in kills (289)
and third in digs (436).  Like Reinhart, she recorded her 1,000th career
kill and is a member of the school's 1,000-1,000 club.

Street, who was selected All-OAC honorable mention for the second straight
season, carries a 3.72 GPA in biology.  Street finished the campaign with
238 kills and a .264 hitting percentage and was fourth on the squad in
blocks (49).

Welfle, who garnered second-team All-OAC accolades in 2011, holds a 3.88 GPA
in business administration.  She played in all 39 matches and 120 sets,
ranking second on the team in hitting percentage (.296) and blocks (88) and
third in kills (271) and service aces (29).

In 2011, the quartet led the Berg to a No. 5 national ranking, a 20-match
winning streak, its third consecutive OAC regular season title and its fifth
straight appearance in the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament, where it
posted a first-round victory over Geneva (Pa.) College.

The 'Berg tied for the OAC lead with Otterbein University for the most
first-team selections with three and was second with four total selections.

Hollinger, Stingy Defense Lead Spartans Past W & J, 59-33

WASHINGTON, Pa. – All-American senior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) scored a game-high 12 points and a smothering all-around defensive effort from the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team lifted the Spartans to a 59-33 season-opening victory over Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) on Tuesday evening inside the Henry Memorial Center.

The Spartans (1-0) are back in action this Friday and Saturday, November 18-19, at the Radisson Classic hosted by Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.). Case opens the weekend versus Muskingum University at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Chardon's Erin Hollinger

As a team, Case limited the Presidents to just 20.7 percent shooting from the floor (12-of-58) for the contest and just 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from three-point range.

Washington & Jefferson scored the opening points on a three-point field goal with 19:20 left in the opening half by Emily Abraham. The Spartans answered with a 17-0 run that spanned the next 8:18 of play, giving the visitors a 17-3 advantage. That lead grew to as large as 18 (25-7) with 4:32 showing on the clock on a three-pointer by junior guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) as the Spartans possessed a 28-13 lead at the halftime intermission.

Out of the break, Hollinger opened the scoring in the second half for Case with a bucket making it 30-13 at the 19:19 mark, but W&J cut the deficit to eight with a 9-0 spurt and trailed 30-22 following a jumper from Kara Seamon. However, the Spartans answered with a quick 8-0 run of their own on four points from  Hollinger, a bucket by Iacono and a pair of free throws from freshman Brooke Orcutt (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge) and the Presidents weren’t able to draw any closer as the visitors pulled away and eventually cruised to the 26-point victory.

Hollinger’s 12 points led 10 Spartans who found the scoring column for the game. The fourth-year Spartan also added five steals, four rebounds and two blocks to her stat line. Iacono and freshman point guard Amanda Germer (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) each finished with nine points, while freshman forward Berit Eppard (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) finished with seven points and a team-best seven rebounds in her collegiate debut.

Hiram College Women’s Basketball Beaten by Marietta College in Season Opener

MARIETTA, OHIO  –  Freshman guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) set school single-season records in three-pointers made and attempts (eight-of-16) in her collegiate debut, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Marietta College, 73-58, tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 15) in the season opener in Marietta.  [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers begin the season with a 0-1 overall record and the Pioneers improve to 1-0 overall.


Both teams traded leads in the opening minutes of the first half.  Hiram built a five-point lead, 16-11, with a 5-0 mini scoring run with four of the five points being scored by Koskinen, including one-of-two free-throws to end the run with 12:34 left in the period.  But the Pioneers answered with a 24-9 run of their own to end the half, leading by as many as 12 points during the run, and took a 35-25 advantage into the locker rooms.


Marietta continued the run in the second half scoring the period’s first 16 points to put the Pioneers up, 51-25, with 15:17 left to play.  The Pioneers recorded their largest lead of the game of 32 points, 60-28, at the 11:28 minute mark.  Hiram managed to cut the deficit to 15 points, 73-58, on a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville), but Marietta already had the game in hand and cruised to the 73-58 final.


Marietta shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor and out-rebounded Hiram, 46-31.  The Pioneers were led in scoring by Aleisha Guiler with 17 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent), including a perfect five-of-five at the free-throw line.  She also grabbed six rebounds.  Jessica Brogan and Heather Booth were tied for second with 10 points each.


Hiram shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59) for the game and was led by Koskinen’s game-high 27 points on eight-of-18 shooting (44.4 percent), including eight-of-16 from three-point range.  Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 13 points.


Yeowomen Fall in Season Opener

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Oberlin College women’s basketball team played closely with La Roche College for 36 minutes, but down the stretch the Red Hawks were able to pull away to claim a 66-52 victory against the Yeowomen on Tuesday night.

Oberlin was spearheaded by a career-high 14-point effort from sophomore Allison Gannon as she went 7-of-10 from the floor. Kelly Warlich contributed with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Allison Anderson distributed nine assists in the setback.

Oberlin’s only lead of the game came in the opening minutes when it led 4-3, but no more than eight points separated the two teams in the opening half. The Yeowomen went into the locker room down 31-24.

A Gannon layup early in the second session got the Yeowomen within three, 35-32, but the Red Hawks quickly responded by pushing the lead out to 13, 49-36, with 8:26 remaining in the game.

Westlake's LaMattina, North Olmsted's Wiedt, 

Green's Rose, Northfield's Kilgore all reach 

double figures in Mount win

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Four players scored in double figures to lead the No. 13 ranked Mount Unionwomen's basketball team to a 68-53 season opening win at Westminster Tuesday night.

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) had nine of her game-high 15 points in a first half that saw Mount Union (1-0) run out to a 38-20 halftime lead.

Senior Amanda Rose (Green/Green) got things moving in the second half as the Purple Raiders saw a 21-point lead get reduced down to eight points, 47-39 with 9:50 to play before Rose scored six-straight points as she had 10 of her 14 points in the second half.


Senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) and junior forward Brittany Kilgore(Northfield/Nordonia) each had 10 points as the other double digit scorers for Mount Union.

Courtney Zitt had 13 points to lead Westminster (0-1).

Miami tops Dayton

OXFORD, Ohio – Paul Williams scored a career high 20 points, but it was not enough for Dayton in a 72-67 overtime loss to the Miami RedHawks.
Kevin Dillard added 11 points, six rebounds six assists and four steals as Dayton dropped to 1-1 overall. The loss also snapped the Flyers’ five-game winning streak against Miami.

Mentor-Ignatius on 'HK-1420 this week

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Final - Saturday November 19th between St. Ignatius High School and Mentor High School at Lakewood (Lakewood, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm .

Bell Named League MVP; Seven Spartans Earn All-UAA Honors Following Banner Campaign

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Following a season that included the second University Athletic Association Championship in program history, the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team landed seven of its student-athletes on the All-Association team with All-American senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) and freshman forward Patrick O'Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) earning Most Valuable Player and Co-Rookie of the Year honors, respectively. In addition, Head Coach Dan Palmer and his assistants were tabbed the Co-Coaching Staff of the Year.

The Spartans concluded the 2011 campaign with a 15-5 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the UAA. Case finished tied with Washington University-St. Louis in the league standings, but gained the Association's automatic-qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament via its victory versus the Bears in late October.

The UAA Championship and NCAA Tournament berth were each the second in school history (2006).

Palmer, also a UAA Coach of the Year in 2006, has guided the Spartans to 45 victories during the past four seasons. He is joined on the 2011 UAA Co-Coaching Staff of the Year by assistants Kevin Bigart, Vlado Hrelja and Ryko Marich.

A 2010 NSCAA third-team All-American, Bell collects his second-straight UAA MVP award and the third All-UAA First Team nod of his career. In 2011, he finished with UAA-bests and program records of 20 goals and 50 points. He caps off his illustrious career as the school's all-time leader for career goals (43) and career points (101). Nationally, Bell ranked seventh in the nation in points per game (2.50), sixth in total points (50), seventh in total goals (20), tied for eighth in goals per game (1.00) and tied for 19th in total assists (10).

In his first year donning a Spartan uniform, O'Day bursted onto the scene, tallying 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists en route to earning Co-Rookie of the Year honors. O'Day also scored a goal in the Spartans' 3-0 NCAA Tournament First Round victory versus No. 17 DePauw University (Ind.).

Joining Bell on the UAA First Team is senior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason), while a pair of seniors, midfielder Kyle Alsup (Avon, Ohio/Detroit Country Day, Mich.) and goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive), headlined the second-team selections.

Junior forward Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington), senior midfielder Mark Ilhan (Westlake, Ohio/Lutheran West) and O'Day were recognized with honorable mention status. 

Olmsted Falls' Julie Radigan, Navarre's Kristen 

Gromes named Academic All OAC

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Senior setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) and junior defensive specialist Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) were selected to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Academic Team. The duo received Capital One Academic All-District VII honors last week.


This is third straight conference academic honor for Radigan, who is an intervention specialist major with a 3.93 cumulative grade-point-average. She was a First Team Capital One Academic All-District VII selection and will be on the national Academic All-America ballot later this month.

On the court, Radigan was named to the All-OAC First Team for the second straight season while ranking second in the OAC in assists per set (10.11). She also had a team-best .298 hitting percentage and averaged 1.14 kills per set and 2.14 digs per set.

Gromes, who carries a 3.86 grade-point-average as an engineering major, earns her second conference academic honor after being a Softball Academic All-OAC Honorable Mention selection in the spring. She was a Second Team Capital One Academic All-District VII selection and also received Capital One Academic All-District IV Second Team honors for softball in the spring.

On the court, Gromes averaged a team-best 4.41 digs per set to rank ninth in the OAC. She also had a team-best 35 service aces and was one of three Purple Raiders that played in every set this season (118).

To qualify for Academic All-OAC consideration, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade-point-average, be a starter or key reserve who has made a significant athletic impact, have at least sophomore academic standing, and be in at least the second year of participation in a sport.

Mount's Radigan Earns All American Honors

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Mount Union senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) was named American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Honorable Mention All-America.

This is the fifth honor Radigan has received in recent weeks. She was also named AVCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team, All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team, and Academic All-OAC.

Radigan ranked second in the OAC in assists (10.11), led the Purple Raiders in hitting percentage (.298), was fifth in digs (2.114), and sixth in kills (1.14) and service aces (15). She finished her career with 3,920 assists, which ranks second in school history.

Radigan helped Mount Union reach two NCAA Tournaments, win the school's first OAC title, and have a 93-34 record during her four years as a Purple Raider. She joins Melissa Mahnke (2008, 2009), Sarah Parker (2009), and Jess DiCarlo (2003) to become the fourth Mount Union player to earn All-America honors.

Cleveland State drains Rio Grande

CLEVELAND - D'Aundray Brown, the reigning Horizon League Player of the Week, scored a career-high 24 points and added nine rebounds and seven steals to lead Cleveland State to an 86-57 win over Rio Grande on Tuesday night in the Wolstein Center.

Jeremy Montgomery added six points, becoming the 19th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. He has 1,004 for his career.

The win improved the Vikings to 2-0 this season, while the Red Storm fell to 4-2.

Brown, who had an old career-high of 18 points on Sunday at Vanderbilt, tied his career-high in steals, also set on Sunday.

He has 14 steals through two games. Brown ranked 13th in the nation in steals as a junior in 2009-10.

"D'Aundray has put some time in," head coach Gary Waters said. "When you put in time, you get results and that's what we are seeing with D'Aundray. He worked hard to understand where his weaknesses were and wanted to improve his left hand and jump shot. And we have really worked on his mid-range shot."

"Sitting out the whole year made me miss the game and made me hungry," Brown said. "It always feels good to get back out on the court. Coach told me to work on my shot and get in the gym and get up extra shots. I put in hard work and so far, it's paying off." 

Through two games, Brown is averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.0 steals per game.

Trey Harmon added 14 points tonight, while Tim Kamczyc added 13 points. Anton Grady had 12 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots off the bench.

The six blocks are tied for the second most by a CSU player in a game and the most by a freshman in a game in school history.

Luda Ndaye tied his career highs in points (7) and rebounds (7) as he made his first career start, filling in for Aaron Pogue who missed the game due to illness.

"I thought our guys competed today," Waters said. "That's what I looked for. Oftentimes, when you play in a big game and come back and play in a game that isn't quite as big, it's hard to get up for that. We emphasized playing hard and we did that, forcing 28 turnovers and making 15 steals.

Rio Grande hung around for the first part of the first half, tying things for the third and final time at 17-17 with 9:27 to play. From there, the Vikings used a 23-10 run to close out the half and head into the locker room with a 40-27 lead.

CSU opened the second half on a 13-6 run to push the advantage to 20 points (53-33) with 15:38 left and the Red Storm didn't threaten from there.

CSU shot .500 for the second straight game, hitting 34-of-68 from the field. The Vikings pressure defense held the Red Storm to 16-of-51 (.314) shooting and forced 28 turnovers that CSU turned into 35 points.

The Vikings will stay at home for a Friday night contest against St.Bonaventure that will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Basketball Team Defeats 

Wittenberg, 56-53, In 2011-12 Season Opener

BEREA, OHIO – Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) scored a career and game-high 21 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Wittenberg University, 56-53, tonight (Tuesday, November 15, 2011) in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.  This was the second game of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader as the B-W men defeated Case Western Reserve University 73-60 in the first game.

The Yellow Jackets have now won nine straight games over the Tigers; including the last three season openers.  In addition, B-W has won its last seven season openers dating back to the 2005-06 season.
In addition to Lairson, junior guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) contributed nine points, including the final two with 17 seconds remaining.  Wittenberg was led by Sarah Watson with 14 points and Kim Replogle with 10.

The Tigers jumped out to a five point lead on baskets by Amber Lara and Watson before B-W got its first points of the season of a layup by Lairson at the 18:05 mark of the first half.
Wittenberg then used a 9-0 run to increase its lead to 15-4 before a three-pointer by freshman guard Shari Mangas (Leipsic) with 14:34 remaining.

The Yellow Jackets used a 6-0 run of their own to tie the game at 14-14 on a layup by Lairson at the 11:36 mark.  B-W outscored the Tigers 17-10 over the remainder of the half to take a 31-24 advantage into the intermission.

Yeomen Drop a Tight One to Start the Season

New Wilmington, Pa. – A late second-half comeback fell short as the Oberlin College men’s basketball team was outlasted by the Titans of Westminster 72-69 on Tuesday night.

Oberlin, which had three players finish in double figures, was led by a career-high 16 points from junior Charlie Crawford-Silva. Rookie Jesse Neaugarten and senior Josh Merritt chipped in with 12 points each.

Playing in his first game since injuring his knee late last season, junior Andrew Fox was a beast on the boards, ripping down a career-high 23, but his shot was off as he finished just 2-of-13 from the floor, including 1-of-8 performance from 3-point land.

In the opening half, the Yeomen found themselves trailing 25-14 with 7:55 left in the frame, but closed the session with an offensive flurry to lead 34-33 at the break. Facing a 29-20 deficit the Yeomen ripped off a 10-0 spurt that featured four free throws by Merritt and a triple-hit from Fox.



Conference Stats (PDF attached)


Ball St. (0-2) at SIU Edwardsville (1-0), 7:00 PM
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The Ball State University women's basketball team (0-2) suffered a 74-55 loss to Wright State (1-0) Sunday afternoon in the Nutter Center.  True freshman Brittany Carter, for the second straight game, led the Cardinals in scoring with 10 points.  Ball State had three players chip in eight points, senior center Amber Crago, sophomore guard Brandy Woody and sophomore forward Katie Murphy who also added nine rebounds on the day. SIU-Edwardsville opened the season with a 67-64 overtime victory over Valparaiso Saturday at the Vadalabene Center.  Raven Berry and Melia Duncan scored nine points in overtime to help the Cougars win the contest.  SIU-Edwardsville was recently picked to finish eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference.  Last season the Cougars ended with an overall record of 11-19.

Miami (0-1) at Marshall (1-0), 7:00 PM
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The Miami University women’s basketball team looks to earn its first win when it travels to Marshall Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game. Three members of this season’s roster are already on Miami’s top-15 all-time block list. Senior Rachael Hencke leads the way with 81 blocks, ranking seventh all-time. After recording one block on Friday against Temple, junior Kirsten Olowinski is right behind her in eighth at 79. Senior Lillian Pitts is tied for 15th with 56 total blocks. Marshall is 1-0 after a dominant, 93-55, win over Miami’s fellow MAC member Kent State on Friday. The Thundering Herd raced to a 57-24 halftime lead and never looked back. The bench contributed 62 of Marshall’s 93 points in the game, led by 16 point apiece from junior college transfers, Shynisha Johnson and Jasmine Shaw. 

Toledo (1-0) at Green Bay (1-0), 7:00 PM 
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Toledo (1-0) looks to continue the momentum from its season-opening victory against Dayton when it travels to "The Badger State" on Wednesday, Nov. 16 to battle nationally ranked Green Bay. Toledo is coming off an impressive 61-51 triumph over the Flyers on Sunday in Savage Arena. Sophomore Andola Dortch led the way with a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals, while senior co-captain Naama Shafir contributed 16 points, a game-high five assists and four thefts. 


The Midnight Blue & Gold held a talented UD offense to 26.8 percent (15-of-56) shooting from the field, including 15.0 percent (3-of-20) from beyond the arc. The 2011 WNIT champions led the entire contest and forced the 2011 NCAA participants into 24 turnovers and took six charges. Green Bay returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last season's 34-2 NCAA ‘Sweet 16' squad, guided by fifth-year head coach Matt Bollant. The Phoenix have been tabbed as the favorite to win the Horizon League crown for a fourth-consecutive season. 

Western Illinois at Northern Illinois, 7:00 PM
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NIU is 7-2 in home openers at the NIU Convocation Center since the arena was opened in the 2002-03 campaign. The Huskies return seven players from last year, including three starters in Kim Davis, Danny Pulliam, and Courtney Shelton, and welcome seven newcomers. In terms of production, NIU returns 64 percent of its minutes, 49 percent of its points, 45 percent of its rebounds, 71 percent of its assists, 44 percent of its blocks, and 53 percent of its steals.  Western Illinois has used its bench well in the first three competitions this season. The Leatherneck bench has contributed 74 points (35%of team's scoring) in the three games this season including the exhibition. Saule Kontautaite led the bench scoring against Hannibal-LaGrange with eight points while Lindsay Carroll added 10 points off the bench at Vanderbilt. Christina Jones also came off the bench in Nashville to collect a career-high six points.

Johnson Signs With Raiders
The Wright State women's basketball program has received a national letter of intent from Jasmine Johnson, a 5-7 guard, during the fall signing period, announced head coach Mike Bradbury.

Johnson (Columbus, OH/Brookhaven) averaged 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per game last season as the Bearcats finished 16-6 overall and 12-2 in the Columbus City League's North Division.